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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 CHARLES TOWNSHEND
College of Glasgow, 17 Sept. 1759
It gives me great concern that the first letter I ever have done myself the honour to write to you should be upon so melancholy an occasion. As your Brother1 was generally known here, he is universally regretted, and your friends are sorry that, amidst the public rejoicings and prosperity, your family should have occasion to be in mourning. Everybody here remembers you with the greatest admiration and affection, and nothing that concerns you is indifferent to them, and there are more people who sympathise with you than you are aware of. It would be the greatest pedantry to offer any topics of consolation to you who are naturally so firm and so manly. As your Brother dyed in the service of his country, you have the best and the noblest consolation: That since it has pleased God to deprive you of the satisfaction you might have expected from the continuance of his life, it has at least been so ordered that the manner of his death does you honour.
You left Scotland so much sooner than you proposed, when I had the pleasure of seeing you at Glasgow, that I had not an opportunity of making you a visit at Dalkieth, as I intended, before you should return to London.
I sent about a fortnight ago the books which you ordered for the Duke of Buccleugh to Mr. Campbell at Edinburgh. I paid for them, according to your orders, as soon as they were ready. I send you enclosed a list of them, with the prices discharged on the back. You will compare with the books when they arrive. Mr. Campbell will further them to London.2 I should have wrote to you of this a fortnight ago, but my natural dilatoriness prevented me.
I ever am, with the greatest esteem and regard, your most obliged and most obedient humble servant,
[1 ]Col. Roger Townshend, youngest brother of George and Charles, killed in July 1759 by a cannon–shot from Fort Ticonderoga (Scots Mag., xxi. Sept. 1759, 501).
[2 ]See Letters 41 and 44 addressed to Archibald Campbell, dated 24 Oct. 1759 and 9 Jan. 1760.