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167.: From JOSEPH BLACK - 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 JOSEPH BLACK
MS., RSE viii. 8; unpubl.
Edinburgh, 22 Aug. 1776
I said lately to Mr Hume that I should write to you now and then an account of his health to save him the trouble of doing it. Since my last he has past his time pretty well but is much weaker—he sits up, goes down Stairs once a day and amuses himself with reading,1 but hardly sees any Body. He finds that the conversation of even his most intimate freinds fatigues and oppresses him for the most part. And it is happy that he does not need it for he is quite free from Anxiety impatience or low Spirits and passes his time very well with the assistance of amuseing Books. He says he wrote to you lately2 and expects an answer.
I am Dear Sir Yours affectionately
[1 ]During the journey to England in April, Hume read ‘chiefly in the classics’ (Mossner 594), and early in August he was reading Lucian’s Dialogues of the Dead (see Letter 163 addressed to Alexander Wedderburn, dated 14 Aug. 1776).
[2 ]Letter 165 from Hume, dated 15 Aug. 1776.