Complimentary Dinner to William Durant

Privately printed, 1894 - 54 páginas

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Página 4 - Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable to him : a new friend is as new wine ; when it is old thou shalt drink it with pleasure.
Página 24 - It will give me pleasure, Sir, to welcome you to this seat of my retirement; and whatever I have, or can procure, that is necessary to your purposes, or convenient and agreeable to your wishes, you must freely command, as inclination to oblige you will be among the last things in which I shall be found deficient, either on your arrival or during your stay.
Página 24 - Mr. Peale to send them a full-length portrait of the general, to be used as a model for the sculptor. The only method by which a perfect likeness of the great patriot might be secured, was to have the artist make a model from the living face ; and Messrs. Franklin and Jefferson accordingly engaged Houdon, a portrait sculptor, then without a rival in the world, to go to America for the purpose. Houdon was a small, active, and exceedingly industrious Frenchman ; careful and prudent, and disposed to...
Página 8 - Honest men esteem and value nothing so much in this world as a real friend. Such a one is, as it were, another self to whom we Impart our most secret thoughts, who partakes of our Joy, and comforts us in our affliction; add to this that his company Is an everlasting pleasure to us.
Página 24 - English guinea being worth twenty-five livres) for the statue and pedestal. Besides this, we pay his expenses going and returning, which we expect will be between four and five thousand livres : and if he dies on the voyage, we pay his family ten thousand livres. This latter proposition was disagreeable to us; but he has a father, mother, and sisters, who have no resource but in his labor : and he is himself one of the best men in the world.
Página 24 - He remained there a fortnight, and made, on the living face of our illustrious friend, a plaster mould, preparatory for the clay impression which was then modelled into the form of a bust, and immediately, before it could shrink from drying, moulded and cast in plaster, to be afterward copied in marble in Paris. The clay model was left at Mount Vernon, where it may be seen upon a bracket in the library, whitewashed, as to resemble marble or plaster of Paris.
Página 24 - ... Its Associations, the foregoing details have been gathered. In the presence of James Madison Houdon made exact measurements of the person of Washington, made notes on the sort of clothes he wore, etc., and then returned to France. The statue was not completed until 1789, when to the inscription upon the pedestal were added the words: "Done in the year of CHRIST one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, and in the year of the commonwealth, twelve.
Página 24 - ... insurance upon Houdon's life, in London, at an additional expense of five hundred livres, or about ninety-two dollars. It was more than a year after the order for the statue was given before Houdon arrived. He came over in the s'ame vessel that brought Doctor Franklin home.
Página 30 - I regret very much to have to write and say it will be impossible for me to accept your invitation to attend the twenty-fourth annual reunion of our Society.
Página 24 - Done in the year of CHRIST one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, and in the year of the commonwealth, twelve." Houdon's statue stands in the rotunda of the capitol at Richmond. It is of fine Italian marble, size of life. The...

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