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68.: From LORD ERROLL - 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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From LORD ERROLL
MS., GUL Gen. 1035/146; unpubl.
Slains Castle, 8 July 1762
I am Extremely Sorry to hear of the Death of poor Mr Buchanan. I Really think He will be a considerable Loss to the University as He was so rising a young man. If His Place is not already fill’d up I wou’d beg Leave to Recommend to the University, Mr James Crombie.1 I have heard a very good Character of him, and as to his Capacity you must Certainly know something of that as He has been at Glasgow with Mr Duffe.2 As to the other Affair about Mr Ruats place, the Memorial came at a time when my mind was so much taken up In attending Poor Lady Erroll, and as the fatal Event to me, soon follow’d,3 It was not In my power to do In It what I cou’d have wished, but I go to London In September, and then I hope I shall be able to put a favourable End to it.4 I am with great Esteem Dear Sir
Your most Obedient Servant
[1 ]James Crombie (1730–90), educ. St. Andrews, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, 1760–4; though then nominally Minister of Llanboyd, Presbytery of Elgin; became Minister of Presbyterian, later Unitarian, congregation, Belfast 1769–70; founded the Belfast Academy and was its first Principal 1786–90
[2 ]Not identified
[3 ]Rebecca, Countess of Erroll, dau. of Alexander Lockhart, died on 2 May 1761, presumably the ‘fatal event’.
[4 ]See Letter 59 from Erroll, dated 27 Oct 1761.