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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 HENRY MACKENZIE1
Edinburgh, Tuesday 23 May 1780
I have read with great attention twice over the two draughts of the mirror.2 The first appears to me by much the best. The objection of its being too humble does not strike me as well founded. It is at least ten times more interesting than the second, where there seems to be too much general talk which, tho it relates to the mirror, is not directly applied to it till the end of the paper, and, in the reading, appears on that account much flatter and colder. The observations are, in other respects, perfectly just and proper in both. I have taken the liberty to make a few marginal remarks upon the language of both; they are of no great consequence whether adopted or rejected. I ever am
Dear Sir Most faithfully yours
[1 ]Henry Mackenzie (1745–1831) novelist and essayist; Attorney for the Crown in Scotland; edited The Mirror 1779–80, and The Lounger 1785–7.
[2 ]Most likely Mackenzie submitted to Smith drafts of the farewell retrospect of the editor of The Mirror (iii, No. 110, Sat. 27 May 1780), in which he comments on the intentions and performance of the small circle of contributors to the periodical.