1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Hume

Samuel Johnson, 1773, Boswell, Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides (1786); Life of Johnson, ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 5:309.



I observed that Mr. Hume, some of whose writings were very unfavourable to religion, was, however, a Tory. JOHNSON. "Sir, Hume is a Tory by chance, as being a Scotchman; but not upon a principle of duty, for he has no principle. If he is anything, he is a Hobbist."