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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 DAVID HUME
Fraser, Scotts of Buccleuch, ii. 403; Rae 168–9.
Glasgow, 12 Dec. 1763
My Dear Hume,
The day before I received your last letter1 I had the honour of a letter from Charles Townshend,2 renewing in the most obliging manner his former proposal that I should travel with the Duke of Buccleugh, and informing me that his Grace was to leave Eton at Christmas, and would go abroad very soon after that. I accepted the proposal, but at the same time expressed to Mr Townshend the difficulties I should have in leaving the University before the beginning of April, and begged to know if my attendance upon his Grace would be necessary before that time. I have yet received no answer to that letter,3 which, I suppose, is owing to this, that his Grace is not yet come from Eton, and that nothing is yet settled with regard to the time of his going abroad. I delayed answering your letter till I should be able to inform you at what time I should have the pleasure of seeing you. . . .4 I ever am, my dearest friend, most faithfully yours,
[1 ]Letter 77, dated 28 Oct. 1763.
[2 ]Letter 76, dated 25 Oct. 1763.
[3 ]Not traced.
[4 ]See New Letter a.