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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 Call of France

The Call of France

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(p.423) Chapter 30 The Call 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/9780199243365.003.0030

On his way to London in August 1763, David Hume may well have taken the opportunity to review in his mind the incessant call of France, which, having opened with Baron de Montesquieu 14 years previous, had finally become irresistible. The several translations of his works had brought him many readers and nearly as many admirers at Paris. Charles Pinot Duclos, perpetual Secretary of the French Academy and a distinguished man of letters, was one of Hume's most outspoken partisans. Victor, Marquis de Mirabeau, and Jean, Marquis de Chastellux, were interested in his speculations on luxury and population. That famous novelist and Anglophile the Abbé Prévost translated the History of the Stuarts; and another novelist, Crébillon the Younger, was an early admirer of Hume and later dedicated a novel to him.

Keywords:   London, France, Baron de Montesquieu, Paris, Charles Pinot Duclos, Marquis de Mirabeau, Marquis de Chastellux, Abbé Prévost, Stuarts, Crébillon the Younger

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