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In Their Own Words

March 20, 1740

Trustees’ Zeal Waned

Each year, the Trustees celebrated the third Thursday of March as their anniversary day. On this anniversary, however, a number of Trustees who usually attended were missing, leading the Earl of Egmont to sadly note:

“… It is a melancholy thing to see how zeal for a good thing abates when the novelty is over, and where there is no pecuniary reward attending the service. Had the Government given us salaries but of £200 a year, few of our members would have been absent… .”

Source: U.K. Historical Manuscripts Commission, Diary of the First Earl of Egmont (London: His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1923), Vol. III, p. 124.