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Smith,. The Reverend Thomas (1764 — 1825)

Born in Dumfries, Smith graduated from Edinburgh University in 1785 and was ordained to Alloa Seminary. He was licensed to preach by Dumfries Presbytery in 1789, but soon after was called to the congregation of Meclenburgh County, North Carolina. He declined the call. However, he emigrated to America in 1800, where he did missionary and supply work for eleven years. He was appointed pastor of a U.P congregation where he remained until his death. He was Moderator to the Synod of the American Church in 1814.

Burns wrote to Smith on 4th July 1791 apologizing for the delay in replying to the minister's 'kind obliging letter.... People will pretend business, and make fifty apologies all of them frivolous and untrue. Five minutes, you will say, would do the business, and what man so hurried that he cannot spare five minutes? So 'tis impossible to excapulate the Poet from the vile charge of unkindly neglecting his friend.' Burns then adds 'A few days after I got your much valued letter, I fell, or rather my horse fell with me and I broke my right arm.'

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