The Death of Adam Smith – 17 July 1790

Posted on July 16th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Adam Smith, the moral philosopher and political economist who wrote ‘An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations’, died In Edinburgh on 17 July 1790, aged 67.

To mark the day, here are four newspaper notices from 1790 that report on the death of Adam Smith.

We’d love to find out more about the papers that he destroyed before he died – the ones that he deemed ‘not fit for the public eye’. Hmm, it does make one wonder what he destroyed…

historical newspaper reports about the death of adam smith

Hereford Journal – Wednesday 28 July 1790

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historical newspaper reports about the death of adam smith

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette – Thursday 29 July 1790

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historical newspaper reports about the death of adam smith

Stamford Mercury – Friday 30 July 1790

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historical newspaper reports about the death of adam smith

Derby Mercury – Thursday 28 October 1790

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