Hume takes a very different tone in this emollient letter, emphasising his wish that he could hold religious convictions and praising Traill's erudition in making a contrast between "the stationary & the flowing philosophers". He refers to their mutual acquaintance James Ogilvy, Lord Deskford (later 6th Earl of Findlater), and also hopes that Traill would join the ranks of the 'moderate' Edinburgh clergy - including such men as William Robertson, Hugh Blair and John Home - with whom Hume had developed an important friendship. Traill's draft reply strikes a similar note of mutual respect over-riding deep philosophical differences ("...there are few, I believe, who have higher notions of your Talents as a Writer and Penetration as a Philosopher, than I have...")
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