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A Letter to Adam Smith, LLD. on the Life, Death, and Philosophy of his Friend David Hume, Esq. By one of the People called Christians.
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(HUME, David.) HORNE, George.

A Letter to Adam Smith, LLD. on the Life, Death, and Philosophy of his Friend David Hume, Esq. By one of the People called Christians.

A new edition, published by desire of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.

Published: London: F. and C. Rivington, 1799

Stock code: 104700

Price: £350

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Sixth edition. George Horne contended “that a man of Hume’s known opinions could not by any possibility be the good and virtuous man Smith represented him to be, for had he been really generous, or compassionate, or good-natured or charitable, or gentle-minded, he could never have thought of erasing from the hearts of mankind the knowledge of God and the comfortable faith in his fatherly care, or been guilty of ‘the atrocious wickedness of diffusing atheism through the land'” (Rae). Horne goes on to charge this “atrocious wickedness” against Smith too, an attack to which he never replied although Horne’s work went through three editions in 1777 alone, with a fourth in 1784 and a Dublin edition in 1786.

Duodecimo (171 x 102 mm), 36 pages. Modern library buckram, spine lettered gilt. A very good copy.

Bibliography: Jessop, p. 44; Vanderblue, p. 52.

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