6. Letter with no address:


Bath 13 of May 1776

Dear Brother

I received both your Letters and all the Inclosures; but am afraid, in my present Hurry, not to answer with the same Exactness as you write all the particulars contain'd in Yours. But I shall try: Miss Keith's 21 Letter oblig'd me to write in a greater Hurry than I shou'd have inclin'd or had propos'd. Please send my Note to her with the enclos'd Petition. I send you my Letter to Dr Blair 22 unseald that you may read it, and then send it to him seal'd, after communicating it to Katy and my own Family.

I fancy you have sent off my Man by sea, according to my Directions. I believe you are in the Right with regard to the Livery; but if you followd my Directions rather than your own Judgement, there is no Remedy. He must come to Miss Elliot's Brewer Street, near Golden Square. I have got a Job Servant, a very honest, careful, intelligent Man, whom I shall send back to London, with some Regret; but I shall keep him some-time to instruct the new one, who, I fancy, is but raw.

I am sorry for poor Annie Carre 23 whom I shall certainly visit at Bristol[.] I am afraid, by the Place, they think her threatend with a Consumption.

I have drawn on the Bank for 200 pounds, which is more Money/ than I shall probably need while in England: But it is here more at Command and the Loss is but small. I gave Colin also a Note on the Bank for 15 pounds; as I reckond five or six for his Expences in going down[.]

My Love to Katie and to Mrs Home. I am glad to hear such good Accounts of Davie, who will not, I am sure, altogether neglect his Studies during the Summer Season, tho he will intermingle more Exercise with them[.] I have now in reality a Prospect of returning next Autumn in better Health than I left you. Tell Katie that I shall be much displeasd with her, if she starve my Family in my Absence. Yours sincerely

David Hume


21.

Presumably Jenny or Anne Murray, daughters of Robert Keith (died 1774), who was generally known as Ambassador Keith.

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22.

Hugh Blair (1718-1800), minister of the Canongate Kirk, then of Lady Yester's Kirk, and finally of the High Kirk, in Edinburgh; popular preacher, popular lecturer, and arbiter elegantiarum of his day; author of Dissertation on Ossian and Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles-Lettres. He was a member, with Hume, A.Carlyle, Adam Ferguson, Adam Smith, Robertson, and others, of the famous Poker Club. He was on very friendly terms with Hume. Their friendship was not disturbed by Blair's sympathy with Hume's theological opponents, as Hume judiciously avoided discussions of such matters (Burton, i.427, ii.116). The letter mentioned here is HL 524.

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23.

Annie Carre, Presumably a near neighbour of the Home of Ninewells.

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