1761 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Hume

Richard Hurd to William Mason, 27 November 1761; in Correspondence of Hurd and Mason, ed. Pearce and Whibley (1932) 59-60.



Hume's history is entertaining. He says a great deal, and very pertinently, on the feudal System; but nothing that contradicts me, tho' he may possibly be of that opinion. What I did not expect, is, that I receive no new light from him upon this subject. Now this work is completed, I will tell you my sentiments of it in few words. His Libertinism on many occasions is detestable; his bigottry to the Stuart family, which occasion'd his political folies, pernicious, and his bias to the french taste and manners, which appears thro'out his work, ridiculous. Otherwise, this is the most readable General history we have of England.