Volltext: The life, studies and works of Benjamin West, Esq. president of The Royal Academy of London

[The following letter on an interesting subject is curious, 
and is inserted here_ to be preserved.] 
Jllr. West's Letter to Sir George Beaumont, Bart. 
East Cowes Castle, Isle Qf Wight, 
Sepnso. 1515. 
DEAR Sm Gnonsn, 
" Your letter to me iiom Keswick of the thirty-first 
of last month I, have received at this place : in that letter 
you have honoured me with the communication of ' the 
Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury having 
done you the honour, among others, to inform you -of 
the commands of His Royal Highness the Prince 
Regent, that. measures be forthwith taken for the 
erection of a monument to commemorate the victory of 
Waterloo, in pursuance of an address of the House. of 
Commons; and to request you to applyto such artists 
as you think lit, for designs for this national column  
and you are pleased to say, that you believe at this 
distance you cannotbetter forward theirviews than by 
applying to me. 
" The honourable way in which you have noticed my 
humble abilities in the arts, by calling on them for a


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