The Athenaeum Centenary

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Boston athenaeum, 1907 - 236 pages

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Page 106 - The Athenaeum Centenary. The Influence and History of the Boston Athenaeum from 1807 to 1907, with a record of its Officers and Benefactors, and a Complete List of Proprietors. 1907. With numerous portraits. "The Influence of the Athenaeum on Literature in America.
Page 37 - With this thought in my mind, as I opened the door of the reading-room, I glanced towards the spot and chair where Doctor Harris usually sat, and there, to my astonishment, sat the gray, infirm figure of the deceased Doctor, reading the newspaper as was his wont ! His own death must have been recorded, that very morning, in that very newspaper ! I have no recollection of being greatly discomposed at the moment, nor indeed that I felt any extraordinary emotion whatever. Probably...
Page 23 - ... may be considered as a true revival of polite learning in this country after that decay and neglect which resulted from the distractions of the Revolutionary War, and as forming an epoch in the intellectual history of the United States.
Page 23 - October, 1805, after some desultory remarks from various members on the subject of a Library, it was voted, on motion of Mr. Emerson, seconded by Mr. Shaw, that a LIBRARY of periodical publications be instituted for the use of the Society.
Page 37 - ... glowing fire, as real and lifelike an object (except that he was so very old, and of an ashen complexion) as any other in the room. After a long while of this strange intercourse, if such it can be called, I remember — once, at least, and I know not but oftener — a sad, wistful, disappointed gaze, which the ghost fixed upon me from beneath his spectacles ; a melancholy look of helplessness, which, if my heart had not been as hard as a paving-stone, I could hardly have withstood. But I did...
Page 48 - ... wish you to send me any suggestions that occur to you with regard to such a building. I am anxious to secure a large, generous, hospitable vestibule, hall, and stairway. I remember the stairs (by Bernini, I think) which lead to the Vatican on the right of St. Peter's. Can you send me the measurements of these, — width, height, breadth? They were stairs of such exquisite proportions that you seemed to be borne aloft on wings.
Page 79 - ... a committee, composed of Nathaniel Bowditch, Francis C. Gray, George Ticknor, Thomas W. Ward, and Francis J. Oliver, was appointed to attend to this subject. The expediency " of uniting, in the Athenaeum, the principal circulating libraries of this city...
Page 18 - The very Night following, a Desolating Fire broke forth in his Neighborhood. The House in which he with his Flock, had Praised God, was Burnt with the Fire. Whole Streets were Consumed in the Devouring Flames, and laid in Ashes. His own House also took a part in the Ruines: But by the Gracious Providence of God, he lost little of his Beloved Library: Not an Hundred Books from above a Thousand: Of these also he had an immediate Recruit, by a Generous Offer which the Honourable Mrs. Bridget Hoar made...
Page 82 - Samuel Appleton, Thomas H. Perkins, Abbott Lawrence, David Sears, Edmund Dwight, Nathan Appleton, William Lawrence, George W. Lyman, Samuel A. Eliot, George C. Shattuck, George C. Shattuck, Jr., Edward Brooks, John D. Williams, John Bryant, Jr., John C. Gray, John P. Gushing, William Appleton, Francis C. Gray, Jonas Chickering, and Josiah Quincy, Jr.
Page 37 - ... remarkable sight, however, was Mr. Hildreth, writing his history of the United States. He sits at a table, at the entrance of one of the alcoves, with his books and papers before him, as quiet and absorbed as he would be in the loneliest study; now consulting an authority; now penning a sentence or paragraph, without seeming conscious of anything but his subject. It is very curious thus to have a glimpse of a book in process of creation under one's eye.

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