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10 When Hugh died, Adam inherited their father’s estate. Margaret Douglas Smith As a widow and single mother, Margaret Douglas lived near her family of established landowning farmers and she had the emotional and advisory support of a circle of powerful local dignitaries, whom her prudent husband had arranged to act as his unborn son’s guardians. Their backgrounds indicate the patronage available to baby Adam if he survived (child mortality at the time was horrendous). His father, in addition to the provision he made for his 13-year-old son and heir, Hugh Smith, also made provision for ‘any child or children of my present marriage’.
As infants grow into children they ‘develop increasingly sophisticated principles of action and judgement’ to ‘assess and judge an increasingly diverse range of actions and motivations’; 3. what seem ‘to be isolated and haphazard interactions’ leads, as we ‘grow older to habits of behaviour’, to the eventual state of where they ‘solidify into principles that guide our conscience’; 4. 17 Truly, man does not live on bread alone (before farming he did not live on bread at all). Nor did he ever live alone.
This puts a different slant on the oft-quoted letter expressing Smith’s concerns about Hume’s suitability: I should prefer David Hume to any man for a colleague; but I am afraid the public would not be of my opinion; and the interest of the society41 will oblige us to have some regard to the opinion of the public. (Corr5) Smith damns Hume with ‘faint praise’ by applauding him as a potential colleague and simultaneously raising the unfortunate circumstance of the likely hostile reaction of the Church to his appointment, following the precedent of the Edinburgh Church ministers in 1745, who had voted 12–3 against Hume’s appointment to Edinburgh’s Chair of Moral Philosophy.