The journal of design and manufactures
Miscellaneous, pp. 29-32 ff.
Miscellaneous. artists who have accepted these situations as something to lean upon while pur- suing their own profession. To me such a situation would be extremely conve- nient; and if you could afford me any information how or why these masters obtained their appointments,-whether through talent or otherwise, and what that talent was ; or if you could bring me under the notice of the proper authorities through the publication of this, I should feel much obliged ....... " A LANDScA'PE-PAITER, WHO HAS NOT BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL IN HIS PROFESSION." [We have given only so much of this correspondent's letter as related to the discussion of an important general prin- ciple, and even this without adopting his views.-Ed. J. oflD. and M.] 1J~isce1Taneous. ExhiBITioN OF 1851.-Among the nu- merous manifestations which are occur- ring constantly of the desire to assist in the Exhibition, we may mention one which took place at Sunderland. Mr. Cooper, and other large shipowners, proffered their willingness to bring articles for exhibition carriage-free in their vessels.-The gossip about the Exhibition increases with its growth, and we are gratified to find that the interest in it is spreading through all classes. As far as possible, every man, woman, and child, should be taught to take a pride in it.- The Leeds manu- facturers, under the presidency of the mayor (Mr. J. Bateson),havecommenced their selection of local commissioners, to aid in carrying out the Royal Commis- sion. The names of several gentlemen representing the different branches of industry in the locality, have been added to the local committee appointed in No- vember last. The provincial papers re- cord the progress in the formation of other local committees now making, espe- cially in the north. We are very glad to see that the sys- tem of despatching a Commissioner to explain the nature of the Exhibition of '51, which had proved so successful at the commencement of the undertaking, has been resumed under the direct authority of the Commission. Captain Ibbetson, Messrs. P. le Neve Foster, and Hepworth Dixon, have accordingly started; and the results of their mission are already ap- pearing in the increased interest which the districts they are visiting shew in the subject. We would most emphatically advise the appointment of further Com- missioners to be sent, so that there may be an instant and united action in enlist- ing the sympathies of the whole kingdom and of all classes in the movement. In connexion with this subject, we may men- tion that the Duchess of Sutherland is about to set the example of forming Com- mittees of Ladies to assist; and that the Lord Mayor of London will forthwith give a banquet to the Royal Commissioners and the chief municipal authorities of the principal towns of the United Kingdom, -a measure which we think will be very useful in cementing a spirit of general co-operation. The following letter has been addressed to the Prince Albert :-" May it please your Royal Highness or Most Noble Prince,-Seeing that your Royal High- ness has set on foot a subscription for a great Exhibition of the 'industrious' of all nations, and feeling it to be the means, under God, of doing much good, and also calculated to bring about a more friendly feeling between the nations of the earth, I beg to enclose my subscrip- tion of one shilling. It is all I can afford, as I am a working man with a wife and four children,'but always ready to every good work; and would beg to suggest to your Royal Highness that if our great men could induce the working classes to give one shilling a family to be placed with your large subscriptions, you would be able to carry out the great work which has been begun by your Royal Highness in a manner becoming a great nation like ours, presided over by a good and gracious Queen, whom I hope God will bless and long preserve. Hoping you will forgive every imperfection, and par- don my boldness, I remain your Royal Highness's most obedient servant, " JAmEs RANDLE, "Parish Constable, Braintree, Essex. "To His Royal Highness Prince Albert, and to his Consort our beloved Queen." A window-blind maker, Robert Lawn, who sent his subscription of 5s. to the fund for carrying out the object of the pro- jected Exhibition of the Works of Indus- try in 1851, also addressed a letter to his Royal Highness, suggesting the pro- priety of making it publicly known to working mechanics of all trades that their subscriptions to the contemplated object, however small, will be received. The writer affirms that there is a vast body of men of his own class who are anxious to subscribe their mites, and that they only wait to know if they will be received to send them to the proper receiver.
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