David Hume (1711-1776)

From: Chapter Fourteen (1771-1772) of Benjamin Franklin in London (2016) by George Goodwin:

“…For the rest of (Franklin’s) Scottish month he was in Edinburgh, where he arrived “Through Storms and Floods” and “lodged miserably at an Inn” for the first night. But relief was at hand, because the deist David Hume played the Good Samaritan (sic). Hume was a great friend of both (William) Strahan and (John) Pringle and he and Franklin had got to know each other during Hume’s thirty-month stay in London between 1767 and 1769. He now had an elegant house in the New Town and invited Franklin to live there for the rest of his time in the city, where he entertained him “with the greatest Kindness and Hospitality”…As (Franklin) wrote to William, he once more met the cream of the Scottish Enlightenment, men such as William Robertson, Principal of Edinburgh University and pre-eminent historian, together with his colleague the distinguished philosopher Adam Ferguson. Franklin wrote a sad note to Sir Alexander Dick after his return to London, regretting, ” ‘Tis an uncomfortable Thing, the Parting with Friends one hardly expects ever again to see”. Probably the more so because his trip to Scotland had been a great success, shown by the light-hearted, almost puckish letter he received from David Hume afterwards…”

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