Hume, David. An eminent historian. Born in Edinburgh, 1711. After laying the basis of a great literary reputation by is "Treatise of Human Nature," produced "Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary," and other works. His celebrated "History of England," published between the years 1754 and 1761, for two generations esteemed the ablest work of its class; was considered by many critics open to objection on the score of skepticism and undue partiality. Hume died in 1776.