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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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From CHARLES TOWNSHEND
MS., GUL Gen. 1464/8; Rae 164–5.
Adderbury, 25 Oct. 1763
The time now drawing near when the Duke of Buccleugh intends to go abroad, I take the liberty of renewing the subject to you: that if you should still have the same disposition to travel with him I may have the satisfaction of informing Lady Dalkeith1 and His Grace of it, and of congratulating them upon an event which I know that they, as well as myself, have so much at heart. The Duke is now at Eton: He will remain there until Christmass. He will then spend some short time in London, that he may be presented at Court, and not pass instantaneously from school to a foreign country; but it were to be wished He should not be long in Town, exposed to the habits and companions of London, before his mind has been more formed and better guarded by education and experience.
I do not enter at this moment upon the subject of establishment, because if you have no objection to the situation, I know we cannot differ about the terms. On the contrary, you will find me more sollicitous than yourself to make the connection with Buccleugh as satisfactory and advantageous to you as I am persuaded it will be essentially beneficial to him.
The Duke of Buccleugh has lately made great progress both in his knowledge of ancient languages and in his general taste for composition.2 With these improvements his amusement from reading and his love of instruction have naturally increased. He has sufficient talents: a very manly temper, and an integrity of heart and reverence for truth, which in a person of his rank and fortune are the firmest foundation of weight in life and uniform greatness. If it should be agreeable to you to finish his education, and mould these excellent materials into a settled character, I make no doubt but he will return to his family and country the very man our fondest hopes have fancied him.
I go to Town next Friday, and should be obliged to you for your answer to this letter.—I am, with sincere affection and esteem, dear sir, your most faithful and most obedient humble servant,
Lady Dalkeith presents her compliments to you.
[1 ]Caroline Campbell, dau. of John 2nd Duke of Argyll and 1st Duke of Greenwich; widow of Lord Dalkeith M.P., mother of Henry 3rd Duke of Buccleuch; md. Charles Townshend 18 Sept. 1755.
[2 ]Townshend took a keen interest in the Duke’s education: see I. Ross, ‘Educating an Eighteenth–Century Duke’, The Scottish Tradition: Essays in honour of Ronald Gordon Cant (Edinburgh, 1974), 178–97.