The Address of Q. Sept. Tertullian, to Scapula Tertullus, Proconsul of Africa. Translated By Sir David Dalrymple.
Edinburgh: Printed by Murray & Cochrane, 1790. 8vo (in 4s), pp. viii, 139 [140 blank], uncut, original boards, paper label on spine; front joint worn, spine a little worn, binding soiled. Tertulian (c. 160 - c. 225) appears to have written this in 212 to persuade Scapula that Christians should not be persecuted, as they are not "atheists," nor are they disloyal. Sir David Dalrympe (1726 - 1792) had a wide circle of literary friends, including David Hume, Adam Smith, James Boswell, and James Beattie among others. He met Edmund Burke in 1791, shortly after this work was published and just before his death. Burke said of him, that he was "the pleasantest, the most good humoured, the most unaffected, & the most communicative man of letters I ever conversed with." In this work, his considerable knowledge of the classics and of early Christian writings is very much on display: the text occupies the first 32 pages, and pages 35 - 139 are notes and commentary, including a further criticism of Edward Gibbon's account of the effect of Christianity on the Roman Empire.
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