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134.: From DAVID HUME - 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 DAVID HUME
MS., RSE ii. 51; HL ii. 266–7.
St. Andrews Square, 23 Nov. 1772
I shou’d agree to your Reasoning,1 if I could trust your Resolution. Come hither for some weeks about Christmas; dissipate yourself a little; return to Kirkaldy; finish your Work before Autumn; go to London; print it; return and settle in this Town, which suits your studious, independant turn even better than London: Execute this plan faithfully; and I forgive you.
I was apply’d to, a few days ago, by poor Roby Arbuthnot,2 in favour of his Son, now 13 years of Age, and a promising boy, as I am told, whom he intends to send to Glasgow, in a view of procuring him an Exhibition at Oxford. You know the State of that Family; and have probably heard that both the Parents of the boy are unfortunate People of Merit. I own, that, trusting to your Humanity, I promised them your Interest and Advice in that Scheme: I hope you are not pre–engaged for any other Person: Otherwise I cannot doubt of your Concurrence.
Ferguson has return’d, fat and fair; and in good humour, notwithstanding his Disappointment,3 which I am glad of. He comes over next week, to a house in this neighbourhood. Pray, come over this winter, and join us.
I am My Dear Smith Ever yours
[1 ]Possibly referring to a letter from Smith that has not been traced.
[2 ]? Robert Arbuthnot of Kirkbraehead (1708–73), who had three sons, or perhaps a member of the private banking firm of Arbuthnot and Guthrie, which failed in June 1772.
[3 ]Perhaps at failure to secure a post as Secretary to the Committee of Inquiry on East Indian Affairs: see Letter 133, n. 6.