1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Hume

John Wilson, et. al., in Blackwood's Magazine (April 1822); Noctes Ambrosianae, ed. Mackenzie (1854) 1:156.



NORTH. He was a man of the truest genius — the truest learning — and the truest excellence. His nature was so mild that he could do without restraints, the want of which would have ruined the character of almost any other man. I love the memory of David Hume — the first historian the modern world has produced — primus absque secundo, to my mind! His account of the different sects and parties in the time of Charles I. is worth all the English prose that has been written since. At least, 'tis well worth half of it.