The McGill David Hume Collection

Extracts from the Writings of Hume

Knox, Vicesimus, 1752-1821

Extracts, elegant, instructive, and entertaining, in prose; selected from the best modern authors, and disposed under proper heads: intended to assist in introducing young persons to an acquaintance with useful and ornamental knowledge. London: Rivingtons et al., 1791. Y 9K77p (RBD)

Elegant extracts, or, Useful and entertaining passages in prose: selected for the improvement of young persons, being similar to elegant extracts in poetry. London: Printed for C. Dilly, 1794. Uncat 0815 (RBD)

Elegant extracts in prose selected for the improvement of young people. 10th edition. London: J. Marunan, 1816. PN6012 K6 1816 (RBD)

The references are arranged as follows:

[ Item number for editions of 1791/1794/1816 ]; [ title ]
        [ page number for editions of 1791/1794/1816. ]

Book the Third: Orations, Characters, and Letters.

40/40/52 Character of Alfred, King of England,
                pages 116/732/649
42/42/54 Character of William the Conqueror,
                pages 117/733/650
45/45/57 Character of William Rufus,
                pages 119/735/652
47/47/59 Character of Henry I,
                pages 120/736/653
49/49/61 Character of Stephen,
                pages 120/737/653
51/51/63 Character of Henry II,
                pages 121/737/654
53/53/65 Character of Richard I,
                pages 122/738/655
55/55/67 Character of John,
                pages 123/739/656
57/57/69 Character of Henry III,
                pages 123/739/656
59/59/71 Character of Edward I,
                pages 124/740/657
61/61/73 Character of Edward II,
                pages 125/741/658
63/63/75 Character of Edward III,
                pages 125/741/658
65/65/77 Character of Richard II,
                pages 126/742/659
68/68/80 Character of Henry IV,
                pages 127/743/660
70/70/82 Character of Henry V,
                pages 128/744/661
72/72/84 Hume's Account of Henry VI (for there is no regular Character of this Prince given by this Historian) is expressed in the following manner.
                pages 128/745/662
74/74/86 Character of Edward IV,
                pages 129/746/663
78/78/90 Character of Richard III,
                pages 130/747/664
80/80/92 Character of Henry VII,
                pages 131/747/664
82/82/94 Character of Henry VIII,
                pages 132/748/665
85/85/97 Another Character of Edward VI,
                pages 133/750/667
87/87/99 Character of Mary,
                pages 134/750/667
90/90/102 Another Character of Elizabeth,
                pages 135/751/669
94/94/106 Another Character of James,
                pages 137/754/671
97/97/109 Another Character of Charles I,
                pages 139/755/673
100/100/112 Character of Charles II,
                pages 141/757/675

Book the Fourth: Narratives, Dialogues, &c. with other Humorous, Facetious, and Entertaining Pieces.

53/53/53 Delicacy constitutional, and often dangerous
Delicacy of taste desirable
That it teaches us to select our company,
                pages 240/860/772
55/55/55 Learning: Its Progress
Learning Useless without Taste,
                pages 242/862/774
66/66/66 Human Nature, its Dignity,
                pages 256/877/789
75/75/75 How Politeness is manifested,
                pages 262/883/795
86/86/86 Simplicity should be preferred to Refinement in Writing,
                pages 274/895/807
99/99/99 The real Characteristics of the Whig and Tory Parties,
                pages 290/911/823
109/109/109 Causes of national Characters,
                pages 297/919/831