1. Letter addressed on back:

John Home of Ninewells Esqr
Butters Land, New Town of

Morpeth 23 of April 1776

Dear Brother

I have had excellent Weather, have performed every day's Journey 1 without Fatigue, have had good Beds by Colin's 2 Care and have slept well, my Appetite not amiss, few pains in my Bowels, and not much more demand to go to Stool than Health requires; but that there is any Appearance of material Alteration I can neither flatter myself nor you. I shall be at Newcastle tonight; and probably go on at the Rate of two Posts a day. You may say to all my Friends that the Journey agrees with me. Tell Dr Black 3 that I observe his Prescription of a low Diet. My Love to Katy[.]4

Yours sincerely

David Hume


Hume left Edinburgh for London on the 21st of April. For fuller account of Hume's journey, see Burton, II, 495-506, HL 519-529, and Mossner 590-596.

In the notes the following abbreviations are used:

Burton=John Hill Burton, Life and Correspondence of David Hume. Edinburgh, 1846.2 vols.

Hilson and Price=J.C.Hilson and John Valdimir Price, Hume and Friends, 1756 and 1766: Two New Letters, Yearbook for English Studies, VII(1977), pp.121-127.

HL=The Letters of David Hume, ed.J.Y.T.Greig. Oxford, 1932, 2 vols. [Letters are listed by number rather than by volume and page.]

Hunter=Geoffrey Hunter, David Hume:some unpublished Letters. Texas Studies in Literature and Language, II(1960/61), pp.127-150.

Mossner=E.C.Mossner, The Life of David Hume, 2nd ed.Oxford, 1980.

NHL=New Letters of David Hume, eds. R.Klibansky and E.C.Mossner. Oxford, 1954. [Letters listed by number.]

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2. Colin Ross, previously the confidential servant of Hume's friend William Mure(see n.14, below). After Mure died(25 March 1776), it was arranged that he should undertake the functions of travelling servant and sick nurse to the dying friend of his old master. See Hunter, 136 n.
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3. Joseph Black(1728-99), professor of medicine, Glasgow, 1756-66;practised as physician;made investigations into the question of ‘latent heat’, which formed the basis of modern thermal science, and gave the first impulse to Watt's improvement in the steam engine, 1756-62;professor of medicine and chemistry, Edinburgh, 1766-97. He was a prominent member of the intellectual society by which Edinburgh was then distinguished. Amongst his intimates were Hume, Adam Smith, Ferguson, Hutton, Alexander Carlyle, Dugald Stewart, and John Robinson.
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4. Katherine(1710?-90), the philosopher's sister.
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