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[27] Thomson’s Life of Cullen, i. 605.

[28] Thomson’s Life of Cullen, i. 606.

[29] Bisset’s Burke, i. 32.

[30] Prior’s Burke, p. 38.

[31] Outlines of the Philosophy of Education, p. 23.

[32] Prior’s Life of Burke, Bohn’s ed. p. 38.

[33] Burton’s Life of Hume, ii. 55.

[34] Caldwell Papers, i. 170.

[35] Hamilton’s Reid, p. 40.

[36] Brougham’s Life and Times, i. 78.

[37] Chamberlayne’s Angliae Notitia for 1750.

[38] Smith’s copy of this book seems to have gone out of existence like the others, for his cousin and heir, David Douglas, wrote Lord Buchan in January 1792 that he had searched for it in Smith’s library without any success, and that though a catalogue of the library had since then been made out, Lockhart’s Memoirs was not contained in it.  Douglas’s letter is in the Edinburgh University Library.

[39] Book II. chap. x.

[40] Cockburn’s Life of Jeffrey, p. 12.

[41] Stewart’s Works, x. 12.

[42] Richardson’s Life of Arthur.  See Arthur’s Discourses, p. 510.

[43] Richardson’s Life of Arthur.  See Arthur’s Discourses, p. 508.

[44] Stewart’s Works, x. 12.

[45] Sinclair’s Old Times and Distant Places, p. 9.

[46] Hamilton’s Reid, p. 43.

[47] M’Cosh, Scottish Philosophy, p. 66.

[48] Boswell’s Correspondence with Erskine, p. 26.

[49] Currie’s Memoirs of James Currie, M.D., ii. 317.

[50] Ramsay, Scotland and Scotsmen, i. 462, 463.

[51] Steuart’s Works, vi. 379.

[52] Ibid. vi. 378.

[53] Dr. Cleland’s account of Glasgow in New Statistical Account of Scotland, vi. 139.

[54] Stewart’s Works, ed.  Hamilton; x. 68.



A common misconception regarding Smith is that he was as helpless as a child in matters of business.  One of his Edinburgh neighbours remarked of him to Robert Chambers that it was strange a man who wrote so well on exchange and barter was obliged to get a friend to buy his horse corn for him.  This idea of his helplessness in the petty transactions of life arose from observing his occasional fits of absence and his habitual simplicity of character, but his simplicity, nobody denies, was accompanied by exceptional acuteness and practical sagacity, and his fits of absence seem to have been neither so frequent nor so prolonged as they are commonly represented.  Samuel Rogers spent most of a week with him in Edinburgh the year before his death, and did not remark his

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