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ANDERSON, JAMES 1739 – 1808


His papers do not seem to have survived; there is a tradition suggesting that his widow burnt them to singe her chickens.

Manuscripts of two papers submitted to the Royal Society for publication in 1780 and 1781. Royal Society Library, London.

A few letters to and from various correspondents. Edinburgh UL


SIR JOSEPH BANKS, one letter, 1794. BL Add. MS. 33979.

JEREMY BENTHAM, one letter, 1781. Shelburne papers, W. L. Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

GEORGE CUMBERLAND, eight letters, 1800-1805. BL Add. MSS. 36498-36500.

GEORGE DEMPSTER, four letters, 1784-1785. NLS, MS. 6602.

DAVID ERSKINE, 11th Earl of Buchan, a few letters, 1767-1796. Laing MSS., Edinburgh UL

JOHN JAY, five items, 1794-1795. Jay papers, Columbia UL, New York.

GRIM JONSSON THORKELIN, four letters, 1788-1792. Edinburgh UL

Printed Material

CHARLES F. MULLETT, ‘A Village Aristotle and the Harmony of Interests: James Anderson (1739-1808) of Monks Hill’, Journal of British Studies, VIII 1 (1968) 94.

ALISTAIR DOW, 'The hauteur of Adam Smith: an unpublished letter from James Anderson of Monkhill', Scottish Journal of Political Economy 31 (November 1984) 284-5

New Palgrave; ODNB; ESS II 55.

Portrait: BL(P); NPG (A).