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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 EDMUND BURKE
MS., Sheffield City Librs.; Burke Corr. v.3.
London, Monday 1 July 1782
My dear friend
I cannot avoid writing you a few lines to tell you how deeply I feel your affliction.2 I hope and trust that you will exert your usual firmness and that your friends and you will immediately plight unalterable faith to one another, and with unanimous consent chuse a leader whose virtues may command the same confidence with that which you all had in the worthy man whom it has pleased God to take from you.3 When I first heard of the misfortune my first movement was to run to your house; but I restrained myself for fear of disturbing your sorrow. I am ever yours
[1 ]As Paymaster General, Burke had an office in Whitehall which he vacated on 17 July after resigning (Burke Corr. v. 18–19, 21).
[2 ]The Prime Minister, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham, died at noon on 1 July. He was head of the Administration that succeeded North’s, in March 1782, with a view to concluding peace with the Americans.
[3 ]Smith no doubt hoped Burke would rally Rockingham’s followers, e.g. Charles James Fox and Lord John Cavendish, to the side of Shelburne, then Secretary of State for Home Affairs. Shelburne did become Prime Minister, but Burke saw this as ‘a sore, a very sore tryal’ (Burke Corr. v. 20). Such was the suspicion of Shelburne that Burke, Fox, and Cavendish all resigned office.