Excerpt from Bulletin to He Pennsylvania Museum, Vol. 7: July, 1909
St. Simon (i714) speaks of the questions Of etiquette raised by the upholstered benches of the Presidents who, during the sitting of Parliament, sat more than one foot higher than the poor dukes, whose benches were less well provided and appeared on the level with mere councillors. It is only in I759 that benches were taken off the stage of theatres, not Only seats of honor, but plain benches, so that as many as two hundred persons might crowd the stage, leaving no room for exits. At this time, however, the bench's majestic proportions had been reduced. It was no longer provided with a coffre and it had lost its dais, even the back had gradually been lowered, so that, in the course of the eighteenth century, it was hardly recognizable. Then it was that for drawing - room purposes it was upholstered and turned into a sofa, while the bench of ancient days was relegated to ante-chambers where alone it now is found, and in churches, where its use has continued.
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