BENJAMIN WELLES REMARKER 1806|
When Allston was in Paris in 1804, he was there with Benjamin Welles, a Harvard classmate. [Gerdts and Stebbins, p. 381] After Paris, Allston travelled to Italy. While Allston was still in Europe, his friend Welles, back in Boston, wrote Remarker, No. 10 that was published in the Monthly Anthology, June 1806. Concerning the "love of Nature," Welles wrote,
It is purely spiritual, because it is produced by the perceptions of the mind, of what is abstractly beautiful, and it is rapturous in that sympathy which rebounds from the coincidence of natural and ideal beauty.