Letters & Papers of John Singleton Copley and Henry Pelham, 1739-1776

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Massachusetts Historical Society, 1914 - ART - 384 pages
This book features the personal memoirs of John Singleton Copley.

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Page 273 - That we will neither import, nor purchase any slave imported after the first day of December next, after which time we will wholly discontinue the slave-trade, and will neither be concerned in it ourselves, nor will we hire our vessels, nor sell our commodities or manufactures to those who are concerned in it.
Page 22 - Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said John Alden, 2nd, as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who, at his request, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses the day and year above written.
Page 21 - And I do hereby Revoke and make Void all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made And I do Declare this only to be my Last Will and Testament...
Page 117 - My having no other Assistance but what I drew from Nature (the Early Part of my Life being quite obscured from Art) this grounded me in the Knowledge of Nature, while had I come to Europe sooner in Life, I should have known nothing but the Receipts of Masters.
Page 49 - In this country, as you rightly observe, there is no example of art except what is to [be] met with in a few prints indifferently executed, from which it is not possible to learn much.
Page 81 - Advantage but even of the expence 1 have been at as truly as if you had plundered me on the highway. If you are insensible of the Dishonour you have brought on yourself by this Act, the World will not be so.
Page 134 - You say you dont know what I mean by a Peaza. I will tell you than, it is exactly such a thing as the cover over the pump in your Yard, suppose no enclosure for...
Page 64 - ... [shoe-maker?], not as one of the most noble arts in the world. Which is not a little mortifying to me. While the arts are so disregarded, I can hope for nothing either to encourage or assist me in my studies but what I receive from a thousand leagues...
Page 125 - But to begin with the most important. Sukey and myself are very well; she is imployed in working on muslin, and myself in the Labours of the pencil. We commonly rise by six oClock in the morng, breakfast at 8, go to our respective Labours till 3, when we dine; at six ride out, and since we have be[en] here I have by no accident Lost more than one Day, as there is so many that are impatient to sit I am never at a loss to fill up all my time.
Page 20 - Do make and Ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say First and Principally I recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God...