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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 ANDREW STRAHAN
MS., Kress Libr., Harvard University; Rae 396–7.
Edinburgh, 29 Sept. 1785
Mr. Logan, a Clergyman of uncommon learning, taste and ingenuity; but who cannot easily submit to the puritanical spirit of this country, quits his charge and proposes to settle in London; where he will probably exercise what may be called the trade of a man of Letters.1 He has published a few poems, of which several have great merit and which are probably not unknown to you. He has likewise published a tragedy, which, I cannot say I admire in the least.2 He has another in manuscript, founded and almost translated from a french drama, which is much better. But the best of all his works which I have seen, are some lectures upon Universal History,3 which were read here some years ago, but which, notwithstanding they were approved and even admired by some of the best and most impartial judges, were run down by the prevalence of a hostile literary faction, to the leaders of which he had imprudently given some personal offence. Give me leave to recommend him most earnestly to your countenance and protection. If he was employed in a review he would be an excellent hand for giving an account of all Books of taste, of history, and of moral and abstract Philosophy. I ever am,
My Dear Sir Most faithfully and Affectionately yours
[1 ]See Letter 215 from Henry Mackenzie, dated 7 June 1782.
[2 ]There exists a letter from Logan to Mackenzie with another version of Smith’s opinion of Runnamede: ‘tho’ [Smith] expressed his approbation of it as a poem in terms that I would not chuse to repeat, he seemed to doubt of its being adapted to the English Stage’ (Scott 285–6).
[3 ]Elements of the Philosophy of History (1781), based on lectures given at Edinburgh, 1779–81.