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214.: To JAMES HUNTER BLAIR - 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 JAMES HUNTER BLAIR1
MS., SRO Blairquhan Muniments; unpubl.
Custom–house Edinburgh, 29 Oct. 1781
I am extremely sorry that it is [not] in my power to wait upon [you] at dinner today. I had all yesterday a very disagreable pain in my stomach, and in addition I have got this day a pain in my side. I am afraid an Election dinner2 is not the proper remedy for these complaints. I most sincerely congratulate you and ever am
Dear Sir Most faithfully Yours
[1 ]James Hunter Blair (1741–87) of Dunsky, Wigtown; banker, partner of Sir William Forbes (see the latter’s Memoirs of a Banking–House, 1803); M.P. for Edinburgh 1781–4; Ld. Provost of Edinburgh 1784–6; noted for his extensive knowledge of the trade and manufactures of Scotland.
[2 ]Blair was elected M.P. the day the letter was written.