University library of autobiography Volume 7; including all the great autobiographies and the autobiographical data left by the world's famous men and women

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 Excerpt: ...of the world. His "Treatise of Human Nature," which was published in 1739, may fairly be called the turning point in mankind's study of philosophy. His other philosophical and political books of argument were almost equally momentous; and his "History of England," though it has since been superseded by more accurate and less partisan works, was the historical masterpiece of his age. Hume was born of the Scottish aristocracy, but as a younger son he was without financial means and had to support himself while making his way in the world of literature and scholarship. His personal appearance is said to have been almost as unprepossessing as that of his great contemporary, Dr. Samuel Johnson. Yet his solid worth won him a tardy recognition even in the highest circles and he became a diplomat, entrusted with British diplomatic missions and finally an Under-Secretary of State in the British Government. Jealous of his fame, suspicious of his enemies, and knowing how bitterly many men regarded him because of the "f reethinking" character of his writings, Hume determined to make his own record of his life. He, therefore, in his closing years, very carefully prepared the following brief memoir. MY OWN LIFE It is difficult for a man to speak long of himself without vanity, therefore I shall be short. It may be thought an instance of vanity that I pretend at all to write my life; but this narrative shall contain little more than the history of my writings, as indeed almost all my life has been spent in literary pursuits and occupations. The first success of most of my writings was not such as to be an object of vanity. I was born the twenty-sixth of April, 1711, old style, at Edinburgh. I was of a good family, both by father and mother. M...

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