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suppress the throbs which agitated your bosoms. Such bursts of overwhelming sorrow are far more valuable testimonials of the merit of him, whom the Divine Being has thought fit to remove to another and to a better world, than “ the pomp and circumstance" of funeral procession. His virtues are embalmed in your hearts; may the remembrance of them be manifest in your lives!”
A copy of the Annual Report of the Society, which contained the foregoing, having been transmitted to the Hon. Richard Peters, President of the Philadelphia Society, it produced those strong feelings of sympathetic regret, which the following letter, and minute of the Philadelphia Society, so expressively testify.
Copy of a Letter from Richard Peters, esq;
to B. Hobhouse, esq.
Belmont, May 22, 1812. “ I Received, through the kindness of Mr. Barclay, the Proceedings of the Bath and West of England Society; and communicated to the Philadelphia Sociery your pathetic address on the death and character of the late Mr. Billinglley.
66 With a sincere concurrence in the sentiments and feelings of the Philadelphia Society, I obey their request in transmitting the enclosed testimony of their respect for the character, and regrets for the loss, of the late estimable Mr. Billingsley. The general forrow which appears to have pervaded the members of your Society, is a more honourable Memorial of his worth, than are the applauses of the million, who are most commonly seduced by the glare of splendid achievements. Such evidences of merit, authenticated by the unsophisticated impulses of the heart, are far more solid and incontrovertible, than are the plaudits bestowed on heroes and statesmen, by those who are dazzled by the gaudy and deceptious lustre, with which ambition and policy well know how to gild what are called great actions. , History employs her pen in recording the ravages of conquerors,
who defolate the most fertile regions of the earth; and in displaying the events, produced by wily politicians, which entangle nations in difficulties and embarrassments. Seldom, indeed, do we meet, in her pages, with any notices of the public and private virtues of private individuals, who, by cultivating and spreading the arts of peace, become more commendable and extensive benefactors to mankind, than are the most distinguished amongst those lhe emblazons; and on whose praises she delights to dwell. It falls to the lot of few (and so far it is fortunate for the human race) to imitate beroes and statesmen. But all may follow the examples, in a greater or less degree, of those who have contributed to the instruction of their fellow men, in the knowledge and practice of the means which ensure and diffuse happiness and comfort to the great family of mankind. It is reserved for individuals who feel their influences, and celebrate and hold up for imitation, and in so doing, to reward, the public and private virtues of private men, whose lives have been devoted to the performance of benevolent and good actions ; while the contemporary or succeeding eulogists of the few who acquire, by shining and arduous exploits, imposing renown, are engaged in recording or reviewing their great, but too often ruinous enterprizes.
You individually, and your highly-respectable Society generally, have reflected much honour on your own characters, while you were doing justice to the worth and eminent usefulness of your colleague and friend! Mr. Billingsley's writings, and the accounts I have seen of his early and more recent exertions on agricultural and oeconomical subjects, have often instructed and gratified me. then, be permitted to add my humble" praise ; and to join, most cordially, in the' regrets his loss has excited. At the same time, suffer me to affure
you of the personal esteem, and respe&ful conk, deration with which
I am, very truly, your obedient Servant,
RICHARD PETERS, In behalf of the Philadelphia Society, for
promoting Agriculture, &c. &c. B. Hobhouse, esq; President of the
Bath and West of England Society for promoting Agriculture, &c.
Copy of the minute of the Philadelphia Society
respecting the late Mr. Billingsley, referred to in Mr. Peters's lecter, traosmitted to the Bath and West of England Society, through its President, Sir B. Hobhouse, bart,
“ Agriculture Society, Philadelphia,
May 12, 1812. “ A printed paper from the Bath and Weft of England Agricultural Society, containing an eulogium on the late Mr. Billingsley, was read, having been communicated by the President of the Philadelphia Society of Agriculture.
*** The Society resolved to request the President to present to the President of the Bath Society their fincere and unfeigned fympathy, and to express the high sense they entertain of the distinguished virtues and patriotism of the deceased Mr. Billingsley, whose long and successful exertions have not only moft essentially promoted the agricultural interests and prosperity of his own nation, but have been exemplary and instructive to the cultivators of the soil, in all countries in which they are known.”
66 Extract from the Minutes,
- JAMES MEASE, Secretary."
On folding Sheep in the Day-time; accompanying
a claim for a Premium proposed by the Society for that Experiment.
IN A LETTER TO THE SECRETARY.
West- L avington, Wilts,
0&t. 30, 1812. HAVING :en a premium proposed by the
Bathand Westof England Agricultural Society, for “ folding sheep in the summer months," and