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26.: To WILLIAM JOHNSTONE - Adam Smith, Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence Vol. 6 Correspondence of Adam Smith 
Correspondence of Adam Smith, ed. E. C. Mossner and I. S. Ross, vol. VI of the Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1987).
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To WILLIAM JOHNSTONE
MS., Pierpont Morgan Libr., New York; Scott 236.
Glasgow, 19 Aug. 1758
I am much obliged to you for your attention in mentioning me to Mr. Elliot:1 I have the greatest desire to see him but have been looking in the map and find Minto2 above three score mortal miles from Glasgow the nearest way that I can go to it. This abates my ardor a good deal. However I shall take the affair ad avisandum.
I send you enclosed a portion of a letter I received last night from Captain Gordon;3 it is of an early date, but it had come under cover to another Gentleman who was out of the way. It is [n]ot what I expected. I had told him that we might make a demand upon him for one or two hundred pounds, and tho he gives me here an unlimited commision we must not abuse Generosity, but confine our demand to a sum within the largest of the two; and the more within it the better. Show this letter to John Hume4 and if you can too to James Russel;5 and let me know by next post if possible what sum will be wanted from him.6 I ever am,
Dear Johnstoune ever yours
[1 ]Gilbert Elliot.
[2 ]Minto, Roxburgh.
[3 ]? Hon. William Russell Gordon (1736–1816), 2nd s. of William, 2nd Earl of Aberdeen; educ. Glasgow University 1748; Cornet 11th Dragoons 1756, Captain 1759.
[4 ]John Home the dramatist.
[5 ]James Russel (d.1773), Edinburgh surgeon and later Professor of Natural Philosophy.
[6 ]Scott speculates (236, n. 3) that the project mentioned in this letter was the establishment of the Glasgow Academy of Art.