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…as peace is the end of war, it is the end, likewise of preparations for war; and he may be justly hunted down as the enemy of mankind, that can chuse to snatch by violence and bloodshed what gentler means can equally obtain.

Samuel Johnson
Thoughts on the Late Transactions Respecting Falkland's Islands (1771)



















Joseph Wright of Derby (1734–1797), British, active in Italy 1773–1775, The Dead Soldier, ca. 1789, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.

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Yale University is pleased to host the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Northeast American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, an event it last hosted in 1993. Home to Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Lewis Walpole Library (in nearby Farmington), the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery, and host institution for The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, the Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell, and the Yale Indian Papers Project, Yale has longstanding traditions in eighteenth-century studies across the disciplines. The Beinecke, which in 2013 is celebrating its 50th anniversary, will host the conference's welcome reception.  

Optional conference events

  • a recital of period music at the Yale Historical Instruments Collection
  • an exhibit of eighteenth-century medical treatises, instruments and other materials at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
  • guided tours of the recently renovated and re-opened Yale University Art Gallery
  • a forum on the future of the journal Eighteenth-Century Studies with its new editor