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LXVIII. CLAIMS OF LITERATURE: “1. Whatis meant by LITERATURE,
the Origin, Motives, Objects, and when proposed as the object of a cha-
Transactions, of the Society for the ritable fund ?
Establishment of a Literary Fund. “ 2. The author of the first outline

of the institution was charged with asTHE origin of this volume is ex- suming what he should have proved,

pressed in a Resolution of the that the benefits of literature outweigh General Committee of the Society its evils, and it was alledged, if that FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE opinion were proved, be would not be LITERARY FUND, to publish a work justified in promoting those evils, and in prose and verse, under the title of increasing the number and inisery of CLAIMS OF LITERATURE ; includ- authors, by holding out encourageing an account of the institution, mo ment to the choice of literary employtives, objects, and transactions of the ments. society for the establishment of a li. “3. The society was charged with terary fund, poems recited on is an indirect censure of the government of Riversaries, &c. Mr. Boscawen, Mr. the country, though that government D. Williams, and Mr. Reeves, were has liberally founded schools and requested to communicate on the universities, and supports learned and subject, and to prepare papers for the opulent establishments. publication : and by mutual agree “4. And, supposing the establishment, with the concurrence of the ments of the country should not prospecial committee, the papers of Mr. vide for all literary claimants, it was Williams were received as fully suffi. seriously and earnestly advised to cient for the purpose of explaining to leave them, as they have hitherto the public the objects, principles, and been left, to the discretion and patendencies of the institution of a lite tronage of the government, nobility, tary fund, which form a considerable and opulent gentry, and not to unpart of this work.

dertake their relief by a LITERARY The contents are divided into six FUND. Sections, followed by the transactions “ There have been important obof the society, and the poems recited stacles to the progress of the underat anniversary meetings.

taking; and if I state the consideraSect. I. Is an introduction, in which tions and reasons which by surinountit is observed, that, “ THE HISTORY ing them, founded the society, I shall OP THE Society, to be useful, in the most useful manner, write its should consist more of argument than HISTORY.. p. 6—9. barralive, for the difficulties which “ Sect. II. LITERATURE, THE OBatsected its origin arose more from JECT OF A CHARITABLE INSTITUmisapprehension and sophistry than from any of the common obstacles to In the proposals for a fund to recharitable iostitutions.

lieve authors in distress, the expres"On the first intimation of the de. sion literary was taken in the most ensign, it was asked,

larged sense; comprehending every VOL. I.

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species of mental exertion which has art, his first essays, like those of othet been, or can be, communicated or scholars, would have been in criticism diffused by language, writing, print and imitation; and habit would have ing, or any arts analogous to them. checked and suppressed that immedi.

Genius, or the faculty of invention ate intercourse with Nature, and all and discovery, is the actuating prin- those novel combinations, and origiciple of all ihese arts; the origin of nal conceptions, by which he holds all the distinctions of man from other the whole dramatic world at his feet." animals, and the source of all his pe. p. 16, 17. culiar happiness. This supreme dis Sect. III. UTILITY OF LITERAtinction, when conferred on the in- Turt. This is proved by argument tellect of a philosopher, generates new and illustrated by examples: The ad. ideas; in the imagination of a poet, vantage of literature to agriculture is it creates new images, or personifies state, and the following appeal made: new ideas : even, in the art of expres " Who will presume to affirm the pasion, both in prose and verse, this fa- tronage and support of Virgil were culty may be displayed: but to bear misemployed and unproductive, when the characters of genius, all the ideas the fascination of his numbers revived should be fertile in useful truths, and a spirit of husbandry, nearly extinall the inventions interesting to hu- guished by civil war. manity,” p. 10, 11.

The art of writing is a privilege Puilosophy is allowed superi- bestowed by Genius, yet attainable ority of claiin; and " DISCOVERIES by all mankind. By this discovery, BY ACCIDENT, such as are daily all ideas and emotions of the mind made in natural history, natural phis may be transmitted to the world, and Josophy, and the arts; if, by their rendered common benefits and enjoy. means, the talents of the discoverer ments. What would riches and hó. open a new career of enquiry, are en nours avail, without the resources of tiiled to the honours of genius. this invention ? LEARNING; when not a steril admi “ Indeed, if literature had effected ration of former excellence, when as- nothing more for mankind, than the sociated with kindred enthusiasm, has perpetual accommodation of its lanunquestionably similar claims. Con- guages to its fluctuating situations, it nected with the remark that the should have been preserved above

great class of LITERATI, or the distress. Language, as wants and de• learned, is formed of writers sires are multiplied, advances from \ whose minds are merely well stored sound and metaphor into abstract • memories,' it is observed that genius combinations, the use of which Ge* commands by sublimity and beautyof nius alone can wrest from the hands 'conception; learning and literary in- of Imposture ; and language is the industry prefer their claims by obvious strument of all social acquisitions. UTILITY'." p. 12, 13,

“It is by the encouragement of On language it is remarked, that learning, in this sense of it, society " Fine writers may be denominated can dissipate those early errors and the tailors and milleners of the intel, prejudices, with which the rudiments lectual world. They agreeably clothe, of all institutions are clogged; behind but do not form the ideas of genius." the shapeless masses of which, so:

pbisnis are converted into the sem. “LEAKNING, the study of ancient blance of truths, and men acquire the models, to form an elegant taste, and a logic of vice, or become wicked from sensibility to the beautiful and sub- principle."' p. 25, 26. Jime in general truths, is of great im Some historical references are portance and advantage; and I can. made in this section among which are not refuse my admiration to many of the following: those scholars who are absorbed by * Alter the subversion of the Ro. it. But if SHAKSPEARE had been a man empire, and in the ages of darkprofound scholar, in the cominon ness and misery which succeeded, not sense of the word, he would not have a ray of light tinged the horizon, until produced those dramas, which, sprink. CHARLEMAGNE in some degree fa+ led as they are with errors and voured LEARNING. It became, howfaults, astonish us by their excellen- ever, the policy of the governments cies. Penetrated by reverence for the which theii arose, and which have ancient productions of the dramatic since prevailed to retain genius and

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