1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Hume

William Godwin, in Letter of Advice to a Young American on the Course of Studies (1818) 13.



Whoever reads English history must take Hume for his text. The subtlety of his mind, the depth of his conceptions, and the surpassing graces of his composition, must always place him in the first class of writers. His work is tarnished with a worthless partiality to the race of kings that Scotland sent to reign over us; and is wofully destitute of that energetic moral and public feeling that distinguishes the Latin historians. Yet we have nothing else on the subject, that deserves the name of composition.