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DISCOURSE IX.

ON THE REMOVAL OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY TO SOMER

SET-PLACE.-THE ADVANTAGES TO SOCIETY FROM

CULTIVATING INTELLECTUAL PLEASURE.

GENTLEMEN, THE honour which the Arts acquire by being permitted to take possession of this noble habitation, is one of the most considerable of the many instances we have received of his Majesty's protection ; and the strongest proof of his desire to make the Academy respectable.

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Nothing has been left undone, that might contribute to excite our pursuit, or to reward our attainments. We have already the happiness of seeing the Arts in a state to which they never before arrived in this nation. This Building, in which we are now assembled, will remain to many

future

ages an illustrious

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