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astragal All bar one

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Nice to know that it's not all doom and gloom down at the riba's Special Collections. A grant from the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust will pay for the proper conservation of archival material by nineteenth- century titans Sir George Gilbert Scott and William Burn. One might wish that the former had been as diligent about following up casual conversations in hotel bars as we are about preserving his archive. He failed to send 'proofs and evidences of Christianity etc' to Arthur Schopenhauer, the atheistic philosopher of pessimism whom he met in a Frankfurt hotel: but for Scott's dilatoriness, Schopenhauer might have changed his mind, sparing us existential- and many other -isms.

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