Repton, Humphry, 1752-1818 / Fragments on the theory and practice of landscape gardening: including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic architecture, collected from various manuscripts, in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally written; the whole tending to establish fixed principles in the respective arts
[Fragment XXXV. Concerning houses of industry, continued], pp. 229-231
230, In -this plan: there is no pretension to ornament in any respect that may incur unnecessary-expense, except perhapsin the small Cupola for the Bell; and this appendage, trifling as it is, gives to the whole that characteristic feature which dis- tinguishes it as a public building. To you, my dear Edward, it is'unnecessary to remark oe circumstance which you may perhaps find an opportunityf inculcating to your Parishioners; that in providing for the future comforts of the Poor, they may possibly be anticipating the future happiness of themselves or' their descendants; since we too often see the hard-hearted opulent oppressor, in the vicissitudes of life, reduced to look for support to those public institutions to which he has reluctantly contributed.* It may perhaps be objected to the design; that something more ornamental might have been proposed, perhaps adopting the Gothic style, but the answer is obvious; the first considera- tion in a Poor-house is economy. The prevailing'Taste for fragments of Gothic Architecture is 'apt to display itself in the doors and windows of a Dairy, for which, there can be no plausible reason assigned; but if 'the Gothic character be introduced in any small building, there is This Plan was at first highly approved by the leading persons in the Parish, till it was discovered that the Situation proposed was so desirable, that the Site occupied in private houses would produce more profit, and therefore the'Poor for the present continue in their former unwholesome abode ; but, as a late Orator observed of Negro Slaves, compared with Eels flayed alive-" they are used to it."
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