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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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The Adulation of France

The Adulation of France

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(p.441) Chapter 31 The Adulation of France
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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/9780199243365.003.0031

The arrival in France of the first peacetime Ambassador of Britain since the outbreak of the Seven Years' War was overshadowed by that of his private secretary. Though David Hume had, during the previous two decades,l occasionally thought of taking refuge in France from the persecution of Scotland and the intolerance of England, he entered that country in 1763 with dignity and was afforded the reception of a hero. No sooner had he set foot in the British Embassy in Paris than young Lord Beauchamp informed him that they must instantly go to the Duchesse de la Vallière's. The evening ended with supper at President Charles-Jean-François Hénault's, who received the distinguished visitor with open arms and voiced compliments in the name of the Dauphin. So was the tone set for the triumphal stay in France of a Scottish man of letters.

Keywords:   France, Ambassador, Britain, David Hume, Scotland, Lord Beauchamp, Dauphin, man of letters

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