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297.: To WILLIAM JOHNSTONE - Adam Smith, Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence Vol. 6 Correspondence of Adam Smith 
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 JOHNSTONE
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Glasgow, Monday [Mar./Apr. 1752–63]1
It gives me the greatest joy to hear that you are likely to be soon here. The sooner you come and the longer you stay the better. This week, however, is the sacrament week, so that as a friend I would advise you to keep clear of it, as I shall be almost constantly in the way of my Duty. This day se’nnight is a good travelling day and will bring you here exactly upon the conclusion of our holidays when you will find everything ten times more joyful on account of the melancholy of the foregoing week. I shall expect a fortnight of you at least. I ever am etc
I hope I need not tell you to come directly to my house.2
[1 ]This letter is undated, but the references to ‘sacrament week’ and ‘Duty’ suggest that it was written during Smith’s teaching days at Glasgow University, when he would be required to perform religious exercises at Easter.
[2 ]Smith is thought to have occupied the ‘back Divinity House’, 1752–7, and then two of the houses in turn in Professors’ Court, 1757–64 (Scott 420–1).