Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
The life, studies and works of Benjamin West, Esq. president of The Royal Academy of London
Person:
Galt, John
Persistente ID:
urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1662038
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/resolver?urn=urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-g-1663115
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should be allowed to indulge the predilectionsofhis 
genius; and a private meeting of the Friends was ap- 
pointed to be holden at his father's house, at which 
the youth himself was requested to be present, 
in 
order to receive, in form, the assent and blessing 
of the Society. On the day of meeting, the great 
room was put in order, and :1 numerous company 
of both sexes assembled. Benjamin was placed 
men and women 
the 
his f'ather, and 
by 
thei r 
 took 
respective 
some time 
forms on 
in silence, 
each side. After sitting 
one of the women rose and 
addressed the meeting on the wisdom of God, and 
the 
various 
occasions 
which 
selected 
He 
from 
among His creatures the agents of His goodness. 
When she had concluded her exhortation, John 
VVilliamson also rose, and in a speech than which, 
Perhaps, 
the 
porticos 
of Athens 
never resounded 
with 
more 
impressive oratory, 
the 
he resumed 
topic which 
had 
been 
the 
subject 
of 
his 
Former 
address. 
He began by observing that it was fixed 
as one of their indisputable maxims, that things 
merely ornamental were not necessary to the 
well-being of man, and that all superfluous things 
should be excluded from the usages and manners 
of their society. " In this proscription, we have,
        

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