John Home Esqr of
Ninewells at Ninewells To the Care of the Postmaster at Dunse
to be forwarded by express
13 of Aug
A letter forwarded by express
to his brother,13 August 1776, announcing that Dr.Black expects
him to die in a few days. Appended to the letter is a note in
the autograph of one of Hume's nephews, John Home.
Cornet Hume of Lord Waldegrave's
Regiment of Dragoon Guards. Lewes Sussex
St Andrews Square
12 of May
A letter of 2 1/2 pages from
Hume to his nephew, Joseph Home of Horndean---the philosopher's
"Josey"---written from Edinburgh, at Hume's new house
on St.Andrew's Square, 12 May 1771. A note in the autograph
of Agnes Home, Josey's mother, is added at the end.
A fragment of a draft letter,
measuring 18.5 x 23cm., written from Fontainebleau 1763, to
the Earl of Halifax; torn from the corner of the fragment but
was done so before Hume used the paper, so his text is not affected.
A letter, signed, from Hume
to Miss Nancy Orde, from Edinburgh, 16 August 1770. A single
sheet, 36 x 22.2cm., folded once, written on the recto and half
verso of the first leaf, with the following leaf blank. A humorous
and affectionate letter about an incident concerning Baron Orde's
A letter,signed, from Hume to
Miss Nancy Orde, from Edinburgh, 12 April 1773. A single sheet,
37.5 x 22.8cm., folded once, written on the recto only of the
first leaf, with the address 'To/Miss Nancy Orde' on the verso
of the second leaf; small pieces cut from corners of the second
leaf, not affecting text. About wallpaper for his new house.
A letter, signed,from Hume to
Miss Nancy Orde,from Bath, 10 June 1776. A single sheet, 38.8
x 23.5cm., folded once, written on recto with two lines on verso
of first leaf, with the address 'David Hume to Miss Nancy Orde'
on the verso of the second leaf; torn at folds. About the lack
of success in treating his illness and his approaching death.
A letter, signed, from John
Home, Kinsman to David Hume, to Miss Nancy Orde,from Edinburgh,
2 September 1776(eight days after David Hume's death), advising
her of a provision in Hume's will affecting her. One sheet,
37.2 x 22.5cm., folded once, written on recto of first leaf
only, with the address 'Miss Nancy Orde' on recto of second
leaf; small pieces missing from one fore-edge and in centre
of second leaf, not affecting text.
Contemporary note on David Hume.
A leaf measuring 21 x 20.5cm., about Hume's alledged readiness
to correct and to revise criticisms by others of his philosophy.
The author claims 'certain knowledge' that critics of Hume submitted
their pieces to him not for the reasons given in the account
of Hume's dispute with Rousseau but because they wanted to be
sure that they had not misinterpreted Hume. A penciled note
suggests that the author might possibly be Dr.Angus Macdonald(1834-1886),
but the handwriting and content of the fragment place it towards
the end of the 18th century, or,possibly,at the beginning of
the 19th century.
Contemporary note on David Hume.
A fragment on a single sheet measuring 22.7 x 18.3cm., alluding
to Hume's illness and the letter published by William Mason
in his 'Memoir of the life and writings of Gray.' As the fragment
refers to Hume's illness and a writing published the year before
his death, it must date from 1776.
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