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HENRY, became third Duke of Buccleuch in 1751, and in 1810 he succeeded to the titles and large estates of the Queensberry family. He was educated at Eton, and in 1764 his Grace and his brother,Campbell Scott, set out on their travels, accompanied by the celebrated Adam Smith, author of the 'Wealth of Nations,' who received [p.221] an annuity of £300 in compensation for the salary of his chair of Moral Philosophy in theUniversity of Glasgow, which he had of course to resign when he undertook the charge of the youngDuke. Their tour, which lasted nearly three years, afforded an opportunity to the philosopher and his pupils to become acquainted with Quesnay, Turgot, D'Alembert, Necker, Marmontel, and others who had attained the highest eminence in literature and science. The Duke's brother, the Hon. Campbell Scott, was assassinated in the streets of Paris on the 18th of October, 1766, and immediately after this sad event his Grace returned to London. For Adam Smith, who had nursed him during an illness at Compiègne withremarkable tenderness and assiduous attention, the Duke cherished the greatest affection and esteem. 'We continued to live in friendship,' he said, 'till the hour of his death; and I shall always remain with theimpression of having lost a friend, whom I loved and respected not only for his great talents, but forevery private virtue.' It was through the Duke's influence that Smith was appointed, in 1778, one of the Commissioners of Customs in Scotland.
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The accounts of the Earl, which are still preserved among the manuscripts in Haddo House, throwinteresting light both on the Chancellor's personal habits and on the manners of the times. His lordship had evidently been fond of such sports as hunting, hawking, and horse-racing. There are frequent entries of payments made to the men who brought hawks, for hoods and bells, and for a hawk glove, and hawks' meat. A certain Patrick Logan receives £32 (Scots) for 'goeing north with hauks;' on one occasion, 'my Lord goeing to the hauking,' receives £5 16s.; on another, £12 14s. At that time there were horse-races at Leith, which continued to be kept up till a comparatively recent period. They had evidently been patronised by the Chancellor, for in his accounts there appear such items as these—'To my Lord goeing to Leith to his race, £8 8s.;' 'for weighing the men att Leith that rade, £1 8s.;' 'to the man that ran the night before the race, 18s.;' 'item, to the two grooms, drink money art winning the race at Leith, £8 8s.;' 'item, to the Edinburgh officers with the cup, £14;' 'item, to the Smith boy plaitt the running horse feet, 14s.'





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