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OF THE Tho. Murray >
F.R. S. & F, A. S.
LATE PRINTER IN EDINBURGH,
SOCIETY OF SCOTISH ANTIQUARIES, &c,
Aler. Smellie, Printer.
On the failure of the Edinburgh Magazine and Review, of which an account has been given at the close of the former volume, Dr STUART went again to London, and engaged in the Political Herald and English Review, in the employment of Mr John MURRAY, a very respectable bookseller in London, formerly mentioned. He conducted both of these works with much spirit and ștrong talents, but with his accustomed keen severity. Continuing his usual dissipation, he at length became dropsical, and was obliged to give up his literary labours at London.
He returned to Scotland, in the slight hope of being benefited by his native air, and took up his residence in his fathers house at Musselburgh ; where, a short time before his death, his medical attendants deemed it advisable to relieve him temporarily from the oppressive effects of the dropsy, by the operation of tapping. Even in this latter scene of his life, at which Mr Smellie was present, who related the circumstance to his son Mr ALEXANDER SMELLIE, Dr STUART evinced his keen inveteracy against Dr ROBERTSON in a very singular manner. He entreated the assistants at the operation, to bottle up the fluid they were then draining from his abdomen, that it might be sent to the Principal, to use as a purge. Dr STỦART soon after died, in 1786, aged only forty-four.
Besides his juvenile performance already mentioned, and the share he took in the Monthly Review, Edinburgh Magazine and Review, Political Herald, and English Review, which have all been adverted to, Dr Stuart published, 1. A View of Society in Europe ; 2. Observations concerning the Public Law and Constitution of Scotland;