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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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Citizen of Edinburgh

Citizen of Edinburgh

(p.240) Chapter 19 Citizen of Edinburgh
The Life of David Hume

Ernest Campbell Mossner

Oxford University Press

David Hume was to remain a citizen of Edinburgh for the rest of his life, despite temporary residence in London and Paris. The Edinburgh into which he now thrust his roots deeply was little changed physically since his student days. Britain's third city in size, after London and Bristol, Edinburgh at mid-century had a population slightly over 50,000. Then just beginning to grow fast, it was to reach the 80,000 mark in 1775. Reputed as one of the most cosmopolitan towns of Britain and one of the most Continental, Edinburgh was also reputed to be one of the filthiest. With due poetic licence, the poets of Edinburgh of the eighteenth century took a certain civic pride in its very stenches, Henry Erskine, for instance, devoting an entire poem to The Cloaciniad.

Keywords:   David Hume, citizen, Edinburgh, London, Paris, Britain, cosmopolitan, poets, Henry Erskine, The Cloaciniad

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