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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 JOHN HOME OF NINEWELLS1
MS., RSE viii. 38; Rae 302–3.
Dalkieth House 31. August. 1776
As the Duke2 proposes to stay here till thursday next, I may not have an opportunity of seeing you before your return to Ninewells. I, therefore, take this opportunity of discharging you and all others concerned of the Legacy which you was so good as to think might, upon a certain event, became due to me by your Brothers will; but which, I think, could upon no event become so; viz the legacy of two hundred pounds Sterling. I hereby therefore discharge it for ever; and least this discharge should be lost I shall be careful to mention it in a note at the bottom of my will. I shall be glad to hear that you have received this Letter; and hope you will believe me to be, both on your Brothers account and your own, with great truth, most affectionately yours—
P.S. I do not hereby mean to discharge the other Legacy, viz that of a copy of his works.
[1 ]As David’s elder brother, John had inherited the family estate of Ninewells, Chirnside, Berwickshire.
[2 ]Of Buccleuch.