1786 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Hume

Edmond Malone, 1786 ca.; Maloniana; in Sir James Prior, Life of Edmond Malone (1860) 368-69.



Mr. Burke told me he was well acquainted with David Hume, and that he was a very easy, pleasant, unaffected man, till he went to Paris as secretary to Lord Hertford. There the attention paid him by the French belles savants had the effect of making him somewhat of a literary coxcomb.

Mr. Burke said that Hume in compiling his history did not give himself a great deal of trouble in examining records, &c; and that the part he most laboured at was the reign of King Charles II., for whom he had an unaccountable partiality.