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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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From EDMUND BURKE
MS., Lowell Autograph Coll., Houghton Libr., Harvard; Burke Corr. v. 98–9.
Horseguards, [London,] 20 June 1783
My dear Sir,
I received your very kind Letter of congratulations, on my return to Office.1 I received your Condolence at my Departure from it.2 In what state I am to be met with by your Sympathising Sentiments when you receive this, I know not. That such a friend, and such a man as you are, should take any concern in my fortunes is a Circumstance very flattering to me. I want some consolation I assure you—not with relation to such paltry affairs as mine, which I hope I do not rate a great deal above their Value; but on account of finding, that the Labours of many years are likely to produce few or none of the advantages, with regard to objects (for which I readily forget myself) which ought to be, and are far nearer to your heart and to mine. We had a shake of a Court Earthquake a day or two ago3 —All is settled again; and in great apparent Tranquility on the old Foundations. But we walk the Streets of Naples.4 Your ingenious and publick Spirited fellow Citizen—Mr. Miller5 will give you this. Mrs Burke and a family much obliged to you entreat you to continue your old partiality to us all. I have the honour to be with the most sincere regard and Esteem
My dear Sir Your most faithful and affectionate humble Servant
[1 ]Letter 226 addressed to Burke, dated 15 Apr. 1783.
[2 ]Letter 217 addressed to Burke, dated 6 July 1782.
[3 ]The King had quarrelled with the Duke of Portland, First Lord of the Treasury, over the best way to relieve the financial embarrassments of the Prince of Wales (Geo. III, Corr. vi. 400–10). A compromise was arranged on 25 June (Parliamentary History ed. T. C. Hansard, London, 1814, xxiii. 1030–41).
[4 ]The recent eruptions of Vesuvius had attracted much attention (Annual Register for 1780, publ. Jan. 1782, 72–96).
[5 ]Not identified.