Autograph Letter Signed ("Adam Ferguson") to "Miss Scott",

FERGUSON, Adam 1771-1855. Son of famous philosopher, friend of Walter Scott (1854)


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6 pages 8vo, 29 Albany Street, Edinburgh, 1 May 1854

A good tempered letter, full of detail, particularly about the running of his household. Having just moved into his new house at 29 Albany Street, Edinburgh -"We have got into a very good house here but I am not yet reconciled to the Change as I sadly miss the Meadow Walk" - Ferguson writes to a "Miss Scott" about various family matters and offers her a job. 

It is tempting to think that this letter from Walter Scott's great friend, Ferguson, is written to one of Scott's relatives, "Miss Scott". While possible, Ferguson makes it known in the opening lines the difference in status between himself and the recipient: "It is not every day you receive a letter from a Knight-Banner and so I trust you are duly sensible of the honor now done you!!!" It is jovial, certainly, but one doubts that Ferguson would write in such a way to a close relative of his old friend. Indeed, some two pages later it becomes clear his predominant reason for writing; he wishes her to rejoin his employ: "if your good mother could spare you during the ensuing summer and it should meet your own wishes to resume your post here on the old terms it would be very agreeable both to Lady F and myself. You will have neither marketing or shopping (perhaps a few stray commissions from Ld Andrews) and be ready to accompany us to our old quarters in Portobello, as the distance and sundry inconveniences attending it put Moffat out of the question – so ponder well and let us hear." 

He writes about the health of his wife, "Lady F.", who has "has been suffering much from a severe attack of influenza", and Mrs John Lyon (wife of his "right hand man in the letter writing way"), who has been "suffering much from rheumatism but is now considerably better", and "all the Connect in George Square in their usual good health." 

Ferguson, eldest son of the Scottish philosopher, met Walter Scott when they were both students at Edinburgh University. Scott said that Ferguson had 'the lightest and most airy temper with the best and kindliest disposition' (National Galleries Scotland). 

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