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The Life of David Hume$
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Ernest C. Mossner

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243365.001.0001

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Leisure and Laughter

Leisure and Laughter

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(p.232) Chapter 18 Leisure and Laughter
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The Life of David Hume
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Ernest Campbell Mossner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243365.003.0018

Throughout the spring of 1749 David Hume remained in London widening his literary contacts. The Philosophical Essays, which Andrew Millar had published, had gone unanswered and seemingly unnoticed despite the presence of the inflammatory essay ‘Of Miracles’. Oddly enough it was Hume himself, acting as temporary reader for Millar, who was instrumental in the bringing out of the first refutation in Ophiomaches; or Deism Revealed, an anonymous work in two volumes by an Irish clergyman, the Reverend Philip Skelton. Breaking his journey at Oxford on his way to London to seek a publisher, Skelton was introduced to Dr John Conybeare, the Dean of Christ Church. Conybeare handed him a copy of Philosophical Essays, suggesting that he should introduce into his manuscript some comments on the section ‘Of Miracles’; and Skelton acquiesced. The incident points to the growing intimacy between Hume and Millar.

Keywords:   David Hume, London, Philosophical Essays, Andrew Millar, Of Miracles, Ophiomaches, Deism Revealed, Philip Skelton, John Conybeare

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