Jean-Jacques Rousseau, having found asylum in 1762 with the genial Earl Marischal Keith at Môtiers-Travers in Neuchâtel, had politely declined the invitation of David Hume to go to England. Though he had a tremendous reputation in England, Rousseau liked neither the country nor the people. ‘The happy land where David Hume and the Marischal of Scotland were born’ was more of a temptation; but Keith's visit there in 1763 dispelled all thoughts of living among so many bigots and in such an insufferable climate. Moreover, Hume was a philosopher, and Rousseau was not overfond of philosophers – though, to be sure, he had not read any of Hume's philosophy. He was, however, able to draw an astute comparison of the intellectual and temperamental differences between Hume and himself.
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