March of "Improvement"
Anon / Anon
Introduction / Miscellaneous
Colleges, Commerce, Architecture
Introduces as a 'castle-building jeu d'esprit rather than as a serious matter' a letter from an 'old Subscriber' raising questions concerning the improvement of the metropolis (131). The letter enquires: 'Is not the Borough a very improper place for the king's, or any other, college?—Is it not the very mart of trade, and consequently every noisy and in confusion?—And what a magnificent improvement would its erection near Westminster Abbey be to that ancient and very sumptuous pile.' Suggests that it should be built in Gothic style to correspond with the abbey, and notes: 'The seat of learning and wisdom is in that neighbourhood (Westminster School, Houses of Parliament, Courts of Justice, &c.); therefore it is the place best adapted for the erection of a college'. (132)
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