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for one part of my salary and at Martinmas last for another; and I desire that this salary may be paid to the gentleman who does that part of my duty which I was obliged to leave undone, in the manner agreed on between my very worthy colleagues and me before we parted.  I never was more anxious for the good of the College than at this moment; and I sincerely wish that whoever is my successor may not only do credit to the office by his abilities, but be a comfort to the very excellent men with whom he is likely to spend his life, by the probity of his heart and the goodness of his temper.—­I have the honour to be, my lord, your lordship’s most obedient and most faithful servant,


     PARIS, 14th February 1764.[139]

The Senate accepted his resignation on the 1st of March, and expressed their regret at his loss in the following terms:  “The University cannot help at the same time expressing their sincere regret at the removal of Dr. Smith, whose distinguished probity and amiable qualities procured him the esteem and affection of his colleagues; whose uncommon genius, great abilities, and extensive learning did so much honour to this society; his elegant and ingenious Theory of Moral Sentiments having recommended him to the esteem of men of taste and literature throughout Europe.  His happy talents in illustrating abstracted subjects, and faithful assiduity in communicating useful knowledge, distinguished him as a professor, and at once afforded the greatest pleasure and the most important instruction to the youth under his care.”


[126] Nichol’s Literary Illustrations, iii. 515.

[127] Hume Correspondence, R.S.E.  Library.

[128] Ibid. Printed by Burton.

[129] Burton’s Life of Hume, ii. 157.

[130] Ibid., ii. 163.

[131] Carlyle’s Autobiography, p. 431.

[132] See above, p. 58.

[133] Burton’s Life of Hume, ii. 168.

[134] Original in possession of Professor Cunningham, Belfast.

[135] Caldwell Papers, i. 192.

[136] Wealth of Nations, Book V. chap. i. art. ii.

[137] Fraser’s Scotts of Buccleuch, ii. 403.

[138] Tytler’s Kames, i. 278.

[139] Glasgow University Records.



Smith joined his pupil in London in the end of January 1764, and they set out together for France in the beginning of February.  They remained abroad two years and a half—­ten days in Paris, eighteen months in Toulouse, two months travelling in the South of France, two months in Geneva, and ten months in Paris again.  Smith kept no journal and wrote as few letters as possible, but we are able from various sources to fill in some of the outlines of their course of travel.

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