Drafts of letters, miscellaneous notes and part of a diary of John Hill Burton, and transcripts of letters of David Hume and Dr Alexander Carlyle. Edit


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  • 1770-1881, undated. (Creation)


  • 260 Leaves (Whole)



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  • Conditions Governing Use

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  • Scope and Contents

    The contents are as follows.

    (i) Drafts, circa 1840-1880, undated, of letters of John Hill Burton to various people, including Lord Brougham and Sir James Gibson Craig. These also include transcripts of three letters of David Hume, 1770-1776, and one of Dr Alexander Carlyle, 1805 (folios 23-25, 70). (Folio 1.)

    (ii) Miscellaneous undated notes, including probably some of Burton's last written words; notes for ‘The book hunter’ (London, 1860) and ‘Queen Anne’ (London, 1880), and part of a diary for 1880-1881. (Folio 73.)

  • Arrangement

    260 folios.

  • Bibliography

    The Hume transcripts have been published by J V Price, 'Hume and Nancy Orde, three new letters', in ‘Hume and the Enlightenment: essays presented to Ernest Campbell Mossner’, edited by William B Todd (Edinburgh, 1974) pages 128-135.