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tioned, and still more from those which Colonel Mure has furnished, in his important publication of the · Caldwell Papers.

5. The note which has been added upon Archbishop Magee's marvellous judgment, pronounced against Hume's “ wicked heart and weak head," seemed required by a strict regard to truth and justice-if, indeed, that judgment did not carry with it the certainty of unhesitating and instant reversal.

6. In discussing Hume’s merits as an historian, too little reference had been made to Mr. Brodie's most valuable work. It is, indeed, hardly fit that any one after him should handle the subject. There is perhaps no other instance of so complete a demonstration of historical errorsof an historian's errors through prejudice and negligence.

7. To the Life of Robertson is appended the greater part of the discourse on the nature of the pleasure derived from Science-Natural, Moral, and Political. In truth, the same argument is applicable to all the pleasures derived from literature ; and Robertson afforded a remarkable example

; of one richly endowed with the powers of literary exertion, passing the period of his early youth in study and contemplation, and the greater part of his after life in the same pure enjoyments—a comparatively small portion of it only having been devoted to composition. It is a most gratifying reflection, that the doctrines contained in the first of the discourses referred to received the sanction of my revered friend, Dugald Stewart, in the last of his works, the Introduction to which was written a very short time before his decease.

LONDON, April 5th, 1855.

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tioned, and still more from those which Colonel Mure has furnished, in his important publication of the Caldwell Papers.'

5. The note which has been added upon Archbishop Magee's marvellous judgment, pronounced against Hume’s “ wicked heart and weak head," seemed required by a strict regard to truth and justice-if, indeed, that judgment did not carry with it the certainty of unhesitating and instant reversal.

6. In discussing Hume’s merits as an historian, too little reference had been made to Mr. Brodie's most valuable work. It is, indeed, hardly fit that any one after him should handle the subject. There is perhaps no other instance of so complete a demonstration of historical errors— of an historian's errors through prejudice and negligence.

7. To the Life of Robertson is appended the greater part of the discourse on the nature of the pleasure derived from Science-Natural, Moral, and Political. In truth, the same argument is applicable to all the pleasures derived from literature ; and Robertson afforded a remarkable example of one richly endowed with the powers of literary exertion, passing the period of his early youth in study and contemplation, and the greater part of his after life in the same pure enjoyments—a comparatively small portion of it only having been devoted to composition. It is a most gratifying reflection, that the doctrines contained in the first of the discourses referred to received the sanction of my revered friend, Dugald Stewart, in the last of his works, the Introduction to which was written a very short time before his decease.

LONDON, April 5th, 1855.

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