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Various manuscripts of David Hume., 1738-1776, undated.

Identifier: MS.23159

Scope and Contents

The papers include David Hume's agreement with John Noon for publishing the ‘Treatise of human nature’, 1738; his appointment as Judge Advocate, 1746; a letter of Hume recounting the order to remove three French works purchased by him while Keeper of the Library of the Faculty of Advocates - ‘Contes’ of La Fontaine, Bussy-Rabutin's ‘Histoire Amoureuse des Gaules,’ and Crébillon's ‘L'Ecumoire,’ - deemed by three of his curators 'indecent Books and unworthy of a place in a learned Library', 1754; verses; memoranda of reading; the manuscript of ‘My own life’, 1776 (published, London, 1777; see J Y T Greig's ‘The letters of David Hume’, volume l, page l); the codicil to his will, 1776, concerning his manuscripts.


  • Creation: 1738-1776, undated.

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22 Items

Language of Materials

From the Series: Undetermined


22 items (no number 1, 2).

This is volume IX in the arrangement established for the calendar of the papers (MS.23164).


Hume, David. 'Treatise of human nature' (London, 1739-1740).

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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