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The Mr. Griffiths to whom Smith desires to be remembered was the editor of the Monthly Review, in which a favourable notice of his book had appeared in the preceding July.


[107] Burton thinks with great probability that this junction of names was meant as a sarcasm on Lord Lyttelton’s taste.

[108] Burton’s Life of Hume, ii. 55.

[109] Edmund Burke.

[110] Soame Jenyns.

[111] Afterwards the Earl of Shelburne, the statesman.

[112] Probably Charles Yorke, afterwards Lord Chancellor Morden.

[113] Burton’s Hume, ii. 59.

[114] Annual Register, 1776, p. 485.

[115] Mackintosh, Miscellaneous Works, i. 151.

[116] Buccleuch MSS., Dalkeith Palace.

[117] Mr. Campbell was the Duke’s law-agent.

[118] The Secret History of Colonel Hooke’s Negotiations in Scotland in Favour of the Pretender in 1707, written by himself.  London, 1760.

[119] Bonar’s Catalogue of Adam Smith’s Library, p. x.



1761. Aet. 38

Smith visited London for the first time in September 1761, when Hume and probably others of his Scotch friends happened to be already there.  He had not visited London in the course of his seven years’ residence at Oxford, for, as Mr. Rogers reports, the Balliol Buttery Books show him never to have left Oxford at all during that time, and he had not visited London in the course of the first ten years he spent in Glasgow, otherwise the University would be certain to have preserved some record of it.  For Glasgow University had much business to transact in London at that period, and would be certain to have commissioned Smith, if he was known to be going there, to transact some of that business for it.  It never did so, however, till 1761.  But in that year, on the 16th of June, the Senate having learned Smith’s purpose of going to London, authorise him to get the accounts of the ordinary revenue of the College and the subdeanery for crops 1755, 1756, 1757, and 1758 cleared with the Treasury (that public office being then always in deep arrears with its work); to meet with Mr. Joshua Sharpe and settle his accounts with respect to the lands given to the College by Dr. Williams (the Dr. Williams of Williams’s Library); to inquire into the state of the division of Snell’s estate as to Coleburn farm, and the affair of the Prebends of Lincoln; and to get all particulars about the L500 costs in the Snell lawsuit with Balliol, which had to be paid to the University.  Those documents were delivered, on the 27th of August, to Smith in praesentia, and then on the 15th of October, after his return, he reported what he had done, and produced a certificate, signed by the Secretary

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