The Old thirteen colonies.—Newcastle's administration.
in 1754 David Hume
, whose penetrating mind
had discovered the hollowness of the prevailing systems of thought in Europe
, yet without offering any better substitute in philosophy than a selfish ideal skepticism, or hoping for any other euthanasia to the British constitution than its absorption in monarchy, said of America
in words which he never need have erased, and in a spirit which he never disavowed, ‘The seeds of many a noble state have been sown in climates, kept desolate by the wild manners of the ancient inhabitants, and an asylum is secured in that solitary world for liberty and science.’
The thirteen American colonies, of which the union was projected, contained, at that day, about one million one hundred and sixty-five thousand white inhabitants, and two hundred and sixty thousand negroes; in all, one million four hundred and twenty-five thousand souls.
The Board of Trade1
sometimes reckoned a few thousands