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FERGUSON, ADAM 1723-1816


32 essays on philosophical topics with a few fragments of notes. Three volumes of lectures on pneumatics and moral philosophy (mainly 1776-1785). A copy of the Proceedings of the British Commissioners at Philadelphia, 1778-1779, partly in Ferguson's hand.

Edinburgh UL

Many single letters by Ferguson to various correspondents are in collections at the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh UL, Glasgow UL


ALEXANDER CARLYLE, 17 letters, 1775-1802. Edinburgh UL

ALEXANDER CARLYLE, copies of letters, and other material, 1775-1800.

NLS, Lee papers.

HENRY DUNDAS, 1st Viscount Melville, two letters, 1780 and 1810.

Melville Castle Muniments, Scottish RO

SIR JOHN MACPHERSON, 72 letters, 1773-1808. Edinburgh UL

CHRISTOPHER WYVILL, one or two letters, 1782. Wyvill papers, North Riding RO

Printed Material

ADAM FERGUSON, Saggio sulla Storia della Societa Civile, ed. Pas­quale Salvucci ( Florence, 1973).

Includes an excellent bibliography and list of manuscripts.

The Correspondence of Adam Ferguson , ed. Vincenzo Merolle (1995)

DAVID KETTLER, The Social and Political Thought of Adam Ferguson (Columbus, Ohio, 1965).

JOHN SMALL, Biographical Sketch of Adam Ferguson ( Edinburgh, 1864).

New Palgrave ; ODNB; ESS vi 184; IESS v 369.

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