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248.: mcculloch to ricardo1 - David Ricardo, The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, Vol. 7 Letters 1816-1818 
The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, ed. Piero Sraffa with the Collaboration of M.H. Dobb (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2005). Vol. 7 Letters 1816-1818.
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First published by Cambridge University Press in 1951. Copyright 1951, 1952, 1955, 1973 by the Royal Economic Society. This edition of The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo is published by Liberty Fund, Inc., under license from the Royal Economic Society.
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mcculloch to ricardo1
Edinburgh 13th Jany 1818
The bearer of this note, a man of good education and of respectable character, having been reduced by the pressure of the times to a situation of great difficulty and distress, had been advised by some of his friends to publish a little work, giving an account of a voyage to Spitzbergen1 —He has already sold one edition, chiefly in this city and Glasgow, which has enabled him to put his family into a somewhat better state, and to pay of a few small debts; and has now published another edition with the view of realizing a little capital—He has taken this edition with him to London, and I hope you will excuse the liberty I now take of recommending him to your patronage—The subscription of a gentleman of such high respectability, and so well known in the city of London and in the literary world, would be of the greatest service to this poor man, and for these reasons I have presumed to introduce Mr Laing to you—
I am with the greatest respect Dear Sir Your Mt Ob St
J. R. McCulloch
David Ricardo Esqre
[1 ]Addressed: ‘David Ricardo Esquire / Upper Brook Street / Grosvenor Square / London’ and marked: ‘Hand by J. Laing Surgeon’.—MS in R.P.—Letters of McCulloch to Ricardo, I.
[1 ]John Laing, An Account of a Voyage to Spitzbergen; containing a Full Description of that Country, of the Zoology of the North, and of the Shetland Isles; with an Account of the Whale Fishery, London, Mawman, 1815; 2nd ed., with slightly altered title, Edinburgh, Black, 1818; 3rd ed., Edinburgh, Tait, 1821. See Edinburgh Review, June 1818, Art. I. The book is dedicated to McCulloch, who was probably related to the author, his mother being a Laing. On the tribulations of John Laing, see Historical MSS Commission, Report on the MSS of J. B. Fortescue, vol. x, p. 438.