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INTERESTING

ANECDOTES,

MEMOIRS,

ALLEGORIES,

ESSAY S,

AND

POETICAL FRAGMENTS,

TENDING

TO AMUSE THE FANCY,

AND

INCULCATE MORALITY.

BY MR. ADDISON:

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR.

1797,

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A

COLLECTION

OF

INTERESTING

Anecdotes, Effays, &c.

ANECDOTE

OF A LATE CELEBRATED

PHILOSOPHER and HISTORIAN.

HE late David Hume, Efq. (the learned and

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ingenious fubject of the prefent Anecdote,) lived in the New-Town of Edinburgh; between which and the Old-Town, there is a communication, by means of an elegant bridge over a fwamp. Defirous one day to cut his way fhorter, Mr. Hume took it into his head to pafs over a temporary one, which had been erected for general accommodation,

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