The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Pownall, Thomas (1722–1805)

  • Henry W. Spiegel
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English colonial administrator and Governor of Massachusetts, Pownall was an early critic of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations. He published his criticism under the title A Letter from Governor Pownall to Adam Smith in 48 large quarto pages late in 1776. Smith acknowledged it in a polite letter early in 1777. There is a further reference to the matter in Smith’s correspondence with Andreas Holt of 26 October 1780.

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