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Philosopher's Will

David Hume

A Philosopher's Will

David Hume, the greatest of Scottish philosophers, added this codicil to his will in favour of his friend John Home, the author of Douglas. The two had always dis-puted about the merits of claret and port, the latter championed by the philosopher, and about the correct way of spelling their names, " Home " or " Hume."

I leave my friend, Mr. John Home of Kilduff, twelve dozen of my old claret at his choice, and a single bottle of that other liquor called port. I also leave him six dozen of port, provided that he attests under his hand, signed John Hume, that he has himself finished the bottle in two sittings. By this concession he will terminate the only two differences that ever came between us concerning temporal matters.



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