11. Letter addressed on back:

To
John Home Esqr
at Ninewells near
Dunse


Edinburgh 29 of July 1776

Dear Brother

I wrote you last week, that our Sister had been ill of a slight Fever, but was, I hoped, recovering. You know that the smallest Fever of cold always affected her head extremely, though it also went off presently. But the Truth is, that she had and has no Fever, yet her Deliriousness continues and encreases upon her, so that at present she has clearly lost her Judgement. It seems there were some Symptoms of the same kind about ten days before, which your Son and Peggy agreed to conceal from me, for fear of giving me Vexation: But the Case became too dangerous to admit of any farther delay; and I have been obliged to put a keeper upon her. I cannot say but this new and very melancholy Incident makes me desire to see you. Mr Smith will probably leave the house, the End of the week; but even, if he shoud not, Jocky coud be at your house, and you coud have his bed. Do not however come in before Thursday Evening: For as your Presence can do no real Service, farther than relieving my anxious Mind, it is needless to hurry yourself; and even if you delay'd some days longer, there woud no sensible Inconvinience follow either to her or me. I am myself tolerably well, notwithstanding the Shock of this unexpected Incident[.] For what can be more unexpected, than that a Person shoud keep her Judgement till past sixty, and then lose it without any Disease, and without any new Subject of Vexation or Affliction? But I hope the Matter is not passt all hopes. I am Dear Brother

Yours sincerely
David Hume


Copyright 2002 Chuo University. All rights reserved.