A letter to Adam Smith LL.D. on the life, death, and philosophy of his friend David Hume esq., by one of the people called Christians [G. Horne].

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Page 33 - I have lived to see this world is made up of perturbations ; and I have been long preparing to leave it, and gathering comfort for the dreadful hour of making my account with God, which I now apprehend to be near...
Page 6 - I dine, I play a game of backgammon, I converse, and am merry with my friends; and when after three or four hours...
Page 34 - And therefore, where I have failed, Lord, shew mercy to me; for I plead not my righteousness, but the forgiveness of my unrighteousness, for His merits, who died to purchase pardon for penitent sinners. And since I owe thee a death, Lord, let it not be terrible, and then take thine own time: I submit to it: let not mine, O Lord! but let thy will be done.
Page 34 - God hath heard my daily petitions, for I am at peace with all men, and he is at peace with me; and from. that blessed assurance I feel that inward joy, which this world can neither give nor take from me: my conscience beareth me this witness, and this witness makes the thoughts of death joyful.
Page 47 - Upon the whole, I have always considered him, both in his lifetime and since his death, as approaching as nearly to the idea of a perfectly wise and virtuous man, as perhaps the nature of human frailty will permit.
Page 14 - I would wish to live. Suffer me so to do, I most humbly beseech thee, yet a little while, till mine eyes shall behold the success of my undertaking to overthrow, by my metaphysics, the faith which thy SON descended from heaven to plant, and to root out the knowledge and the love of thee from the earth.
Page 13 - We all know, Sir, what the word SUPERSTITION denotes, in Mr. HUME'S vocabulary, and against what Religion his shafts are levelled, under that name. But, Doctor SMITH, do you believe, or would you have us to believe, that it is CHARON, who calls us out of the world, at the appointed time? Doth not HE call us out of it, who sent us into it? Let me, then, present you with a paraphrase of...
Page 11 - ... owner was good company, and knew how to manage his cards ? Low as the age is fallen, I will venture to hope, it has grace enough yet left to resent such usage as this. You endeavour to entertain us with some pleasant conceits that were supposed by Mr.
Page 29 - Upon the whole, Doctor, your meaning is good; but I think you will not succeed this time. You would persuade us, by the example of David Hume, Esq., that atheism is the only cordial for low spirits, and the proper antidote against the fear of death . . . You may smile over Babylon in ruins and congratulate the hardened Pharaoh on his overthrow in the Red Sea.

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