In January 1757 he succeeded David Hume as librarian to the faculty of advocates, but soon relinquished this office on becoming tutor in the family of Lord Bute.
Orr, David Hume and his Influence on Philosophy and Theology (1903, especially ch.
He had leisure to visit his friends and became especially intimate with David Hume who belonged to the same family as himself.
Jacobi's next important work, David Hume fiber den Glauben, oder Idealismus and Realismus (1787), was an attempt to show not only that the term Glaube had been used by the most eminent writers to denote what he had employed it for in the Letters on Spinoza, but that the nature of the cognition of facts as opposed to the construction of inferences could not be otherwise expressed.
A legacy of f 200 from David Hume showed the esteem in which he was held by that philosopher.
The attack made by David Hume on the causal relation led directly to the new rationalism of Kant, who argued that it was wrong to regard thought as mere analysis.
But finally David Hume offered him, late in 1765, an asylum in England, and he accepted.