Autograph letter signed, Adam Ferguson, to John Home, West Lauriston, 9 October 1780
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Ferguson is glad to see J:M: does not drop the Oar'... J:M: probably being James Macpherson, author of the Ossian, and friend of both Ferguson and Home. Macpherson also knew Johnstone, having been secretary to Johnstone when he was governor of West Florida.
There is the possibility too that J:M: could be John Macpherson MP for Cricklade, though he had no obvious connection with Johnstone.
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John Home (1722-1808), a close friend of Ferguson, was a Scottish minister, writer and playwright, and graduate of Edinburgh University, 1742. His first play, Agis: a tragedy, founded on Plutarch's narrative, was finished in 1747. His tragedy of Douglas was first performed in 1756 in Edinburgh. Other works were his tragedy The Siege of Aquileia (1760), the tragedy The Fatal Discovery (1769), Alonzo (1773), and Alfred (1778).
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- Autograph letter signed, Adam Ferguson, to John Home, West Lauriston, 9 October 1780