In June 1751 David Hume wrote to Michael Ramsay in reference to Henry Home's recent Essays on the Principles of Morality and Natural Religion. Thus early began the campaign of the religiously zealous against the two Humes, a campaign that was to come to a head in 1755 and again in 1756. Home had, moreover, piously concluded his Essays with a prayer, which, although common talk had it that it had been dictated by the Reverend Hugh Blair, was not deemed sufficiently Christian by the Evangelical Party. David and Henry were linked together in yet another way, as the friends and political helpmeets of the Moderate Party. It was thus up to the Moderates to defend both of them against untoward attacks of the rival faction out of friendship, ecclesiastical polity, and their own philosophy of humanity.
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