Friday, June 19, 2009

More on William Hanbury and Church Langton

I looked up William Hanbury in Guy Paget and Lionel Irvine's Leicestershire from the Robert Hale County Books series.

They write:

In 1758 Mr Hanbury exhibited his first proposals for his charities. The exordium was:

"It will be no difficulty to pick out a society of honest and worthy men whose virtue and probity will render them truly respectable, and apply whatever is entrusted to their care to the glory of God, and the good of mankind."

To this he adds in his book a footnote:

"Here I must own myself to have been mistaken; for I soon found it to be the most difficult thing in the world."

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