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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., Pennsylvania Historical Soc.; Burke Corr. v. 301–2.
Beconsfield, 20 Dec. 1786
My dearest friend,
I received a Letter from you and enclosures well justifying that name. I have sent off the Letter to Col. Ross.1 Will Burke has already received great Civilities, and some service from both the Gentlemen you mention—particularly Sir John Macpherson.2 But your Letters will go a great way, I have no doubt, in securing the continuance of their friendship, and possibly3 its future exertions. I wish that in your Letter to Sir John Macpherson you would Let him know that Will Burke has made, as he has, the strongest acknowledgements of his Kindness to him—and you may mention some thing of the same sort relative to Sir Archibald Campbell;4 for in Truth he received him with a strong memory of their old acquaintance and had been remarkably attentive to him; though, (possibly from want of opportunity) he had not the same particular obligations to him that he had to Sir John Macpherson. Many Many thanks to you and the cordial good wishes of all here. Remember me and my Son most respectfully to Mrs Douglas. I am ever My dear Sir
Your most faithful and obedient humble Servant
I send this to London which gets it some hours forward. My Richard retains a most grateful Sense and he bids me to tell you so, of your constant kindness to him whilst he was in Scotland.5
[1 ]See Letter 264 addressed to Lt. Col. Alexander Ross, dated 13 Dec. Smith sent it to Burke first, but the accompanying letter has not been traced.
[2 ]See Letter 197, n. 1.
[3 ]MS.: possible.
[4 ]Sir Archibald Campbell (1739–91), of Inverneil; General and M.P.; served in America and India; Governor of Madras, 1786–9.
[5 ]Richard Burke (1758–94), son of the statesman; one of the youngest members of The Club, to which he was elected in 1782; visited Scotland in the summer of 1785; briefly an M.P.; Burke was inconsolable after his death.