12. Letter addressed on back in Hume's nephew John's 30 hand:

John Home Esqr of
Ninewells at Ninewells
To the Care of the
Postmaster at
to be forwarded
by express

Edinburgh 13 of Aug 1776 31

Dear Brother

Dr Black tells me plainly, like a man of Sense, that I shall dye soon, which was no disagreeable News to me: He says, I shall dye of Weakness and Inanition; and perhaps give little or no warning. But though I be growing sensibly weaker every day, this Period seems not to be approaching; and I shall have time enough to inform you, and to desire your Company, which will be very agreeable to me: But at this time, your Presence is necessary at Ninewells to settle Josey and comfort his Mother. Davy also will be very useful with you; I am much pleas'd with his Tenderness and Friendship. I beg therefore that neither you nor he may set out; and as the Communication between us, is open and frequent, I promise to give you timely Information.

If Carter's horses had been set out before the Arrival of my letter, they had been here on Friday or at farthest on Saturday[.] I entertain therefore no Apprehensions on that head; and it woud have been but a small Inconvenience even had it happend[.]/ [on the same paper verso in Hume's nephew John's hand]

I was enquiring whether Mr Halls 32 Estate was sold & the waiter at the Coffee house told me he wa pretty sure no part was sold. I could not see Mr Cockburn 33 or any of his clerks otherwise would have asked them.


John Home (1758-1806), the third son of Hume's brother John. He was afterwards a Writer to the Signet in Edinburgh.

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The first paragraph of this letter has already been published by Greig from John Home's copy (HL 535).

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Possibly Sir John Hall, 3rd Baronet of Dunglass, who died in July 1776. He was married to Sir John Pringle's sister Magdalen (Hunter, 149 n.)

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Tom Cockburn[?] See HL 301.

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