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ployment, and talents now are not thought incompatible with
performing an active part, either in public or private concerns.
There is less encouragement in this, than in any other country, for
a man to confine himself to authorship. This I think a great
advantage; it prevents genius from degrading itself by unworthy
subserviency, and it gives servants to the public of greater
capacity. It brings men of learning and men of the world more into
contact; it blends the business of life and Uk instruction more
intimately; it destroys pedantry, and enriches literature. LETTER
VI. Fine Arts. Mv Dear Sm, We agreed so fully in the opinion, that
our country was destined to acquire a glorious reputation from the
successful cultivation of the fine arts, that I very cheerfully
answer your inquiries as to our prospects in this respect, and what
has been done here for encouragement. On this subject there is much
prejudice, and it is so often considered Under very narrow and
false views of its importance, that I shall, at the risk of
repealing many ideas which may be already familiar to you, presume
so far on your patience, as to give an outline of the reasons which
should influence us, rationally and individually, to promote the
growth of the fine arts in our country. I think my observations
will be capable of general application, but I request you to bear
in mind,that I am writing under the impulse of local impressions,
and my allusions will be principally to facts existing in this
vicinity. It is impossible to avoid very confident expectations of
future glory from the arts, when we consider the numerous
indications that we have given of aptitude for their cultivation.
Surely, the eminent artists produced in this country, during the
last generation, did not sprine from mere accide...
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