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DAVID HUME TO MATTHEW SHARP, ESQ.

Welde Hall, near St. Alban's, April 25th, 1745. MY DEAR SIR, I Am informed that such a popular clamour has been raised against me in Edinburgh, on account of scepticism, heterodoxy, and other hard names, which confound the ignorant, that my friends find some difficulty in working out the point of my professorship, which once appeared so easy. Did I need a testimonial for my orthodoxy, I should certainly appeal to you; for you know that I always imitated Job's friends, and defended the cause of Providence, when you attacked it on account of the headachs you felt after a de. bauch. But, as a more particular explication of that particular seems superfluous, I shall only apply to you for a renewal of your good offices

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