Online Library of Liberty

A collection of scholarly works about individual liberty and free markets. A project of Liberty Fund, Inc.

Advanced Search

David Hume, The Progress of English Liberty [1778]

0011-02_tp
Title Page

Edition used:

The Progress of English Liberty (1778)

Available in the following formats:
Kindle 47.7 KB This is an E-book formatted for Amazon Kindle devices.
EBook PDF 110 KB This text-based PDF or EBook was created from the HTML version of this book and is part of the Portable Library of Liberty.
HTML 24.6 KB This version has been converted from the original text. Every effort has been taken to translate the unique features of the printed book into the HTML medium.

About this Title:

Towards the end of writing his 6 volume history of England Hume surveyed the entire sweep of English constitutional development. We include this aside as a separate essay here.

His investigations now permitted him confidently to reject the Whig view that England has enjoyed a single constitution whose original plan was laid by the ancient Saxons. In fact, Hume argued, English history brings to light a succession of diverse constitutional arrangements which led, in ways that were largely unplanned and unanticipated, to “the most perfect and most accurate system of liberty that was ever found compatible with government.”

The original can be found here: David Hume, The History of England from the Invasion of Julius Caesar to the Revolution in 1688, Foreword by William B. Todd, 6 vols. (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund 1983). Vol. 2. Chapter: XXIII: EDWARD V AND RICHARD III.

Copyright information:

The text is in the public domain.

Fair use statement:

This material is put online to further the educational goals of Liberty Fund, Inc. Unless otherwise stated in the Copyright Information section above, this material may be used freely for educational and academic purposes. It may not be used in any way for profit.

Table of Contents: