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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 WILLIAM STRAHAN
MS., Pennsylvania Historical Society; Scott 286–7.
Custom–house, Edinburgh, 22 May 1783
My Dear Strahan
I have for these several months been labouring1 as hard as the continual interruption which my employment necessarily occasions, will allow me. I now only wait for some accounts which my friend Sir Grey Cooper was so good as to promise me from the treasury,2 in order to compleat all the Additions which I propose to make to my third edition. This Edition will probably see me out and I should therefor chuse to leave it behind me as perfect as I can make it. The Principal additions are to the second Volume. Some new arguments against the corn bounty; against the Herring buss bounty; a new concluding Chapter upon the mercantile System; A short History and, I presume, a full exposition of the Absurdity and hurtfulness of almost all our chartered trading companies; I expect to be able to finish it in about a month after I receive the treasury accounts which are now preparing. I must correct the press myself and you must, therefor, frank me the sheets as they are printed. I would even rather than not correct it myself come up to London in the beginning of next winter and attend the Press myself. Remember me to Cadel, to Rose3 and to Griffiths.3 I long to have more dinners at the Packhorse. If you have any literary news, I should be glad to hear it. I should likewise be glad to know your judgement concerning the present state of our affairs. I ever am
My Dear friend most affectionately yours.
[1 ]On additions to WN ed. see Letter 222 addressed to Cadell, dated 7 Nov. 1782.
[2 ]Sir Grey Cooper had access to the bounty accounts as Secretary to the Treasury.
[3 ]William Rose and Ralph Griffiths: associates in publishing the Monthly Review.