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188.: To WILLIAM STRAHAN - 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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To WILLIAM STRAHAN
MS., Goldsmith Libr., University of London, A.L. 110; Rae 321–2.
Edinburgh, 20 Dec. 1777
The last letter1 I had the pleasure of receiving from you congratulated me upon by being appointed one of the commissioners of customs in Scotland. You told me at the same time that you had dined that day with Sir Grey Cooper, and that you had both been so good as to speak very favourably of me. I have received from London several other congratulations of the same kind. But I have not yet received, nor has the Office here received any official information that any such appointment had been made. It is possible that the Commission is not made out on account of the fees. If this is the case, you may either draw upon me for the Amount which I understand to be about £160; or you may write to me and I shall by return of Post remit you the money to London. Whatever be the cause of the delay I beg you will endeavour to find it out and let me know as soon as possible, that I may at least be at the end of my hope. Remember me most affectionately to all your family and believe me to be
Most faithfully yours
Neither you nor Mr Cadell have wrote me anything concerning the new Edition of My Book2 It is Published? Does it sell well? does it sell ill? does it sell at all? I left directions with Mr Cadell to send copies of it to several of my friends. If John Hunter3 was not among the Number, put him in ex dono authoris; and desire Cadell to send me the Account of the whole that I may pay it. I should write to him; but it would only be plaguing him. If you draw upon me make your bill payable at five days sight. I return to Kirkaldy on Christmas day.
[1 ]Not traced.
[2 ]Ed. 2 WN appeared early in 1778 with numerous though minor changes for the sake of style, factual accuracy, and additional information, along with some theoretical adjustments.
[3 ]The famous surgeon and anatomist whose collections were acquired by the College of Surgeons, London.