He who leads up the van is
stout Thomas the tall,
Who can make us all laugh, though he laughs at us all;
But entre nous, Tom, you and I, if you please,
Must take care not to laugh ourselves out of our fees.
Then we remember what Jeffrey says of “the magical vivacity” of the conversation of Professor John Millar.
 Add. MSS., 6856.
 Carlyle’s Autobiography, p. 73.
 Fleming’s Scottish Banking, p. 53.
 Oswald’s Correspondence, p. 229.
 Caldwell Papers, ii. 3.
 Wealth of Nations, Book II. chap. ii.
 Notices and Documents illustrative of the Literary History of Glasgow, p. 132.
 Strang’s Clubs of Glasgow, 2nd ed. p. 314.
 Ramsay’s Scotland and Scotsmen in Eighteenth Century, i. 468.
 Smiles’s Lives of Boulton and Watt, p. 112.
During his residence in Glasgow Smith continued to maintain intimate relations with his old friends in Edinburgh. He often ran through by coach to visit them, though before the road was improved it took thirteen hours to make the journey; he spent among them most part of many of his successive vacations; and he took an active share, along with them, in promoting some of those projects of literary, scientific, and social improvement with which Scotland was then rife. His patron, Henry Home, had in 1752 been raised to the bench as Lord Kames, and was devoting his new-found leisure to those works of criticism and speculation which soon gave him European fame. David Hume,