A Short History of the Library Company of Philadelphia: Comp. from the Minutes, Together with Some Personal Reminiscences

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order of the Board of Directors, 1913 - 24 pages
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Page 3 - The number was not so great as we expected; and though they had been of great use, yet some inconveniences occurring for want of due care of them, the collection, after about a year, was separated, and each took his books home again. And now I set on foot my first project of a public nature, that for a subscription library. I drew up the proposals, got them put into form by our great scrivener, Brockden, and, by the help of my friends in the Junto...
Page 3 - This was the mother of all the North American subscription libraries, now so numerous. It is become a great thing itself and continually increasing. These libraries have improved the general conversation of the Americans, made the common tradesmen and farmers as intelligent as most gentlemen from other countries, and perhaps have contributed in some degree to the stand so generally made...
Page 3 - Junto, procured fifty subscribers of forty shillings each to begin with, and ten shillings a year for fifty years, the term our company was to continue. We afterwards obtain'da charter, the company being increased to one hundred : this was the mother of all the North American subscription libraries, now so numerous.
Page 13 - Be it remembered in honor of the Philadelphia youth (then chiefly artificers) that in MDCCXXXI they cheerfully, at the instance of Benjamin Franklin, one of their number, instituted the Philadelphia Library which, though small at first, is become highly valuable and extensively useful, and which the walls of this edifice are now destined to contain and preserve: the first stone of whose foundation was here placed the thirty-first day of August, 1789.
Page 13 - Be it remembered, In honor of the Philadelphia Youth, (Then chiefly artificers,) — That, in MDCCXXXI, They cheerfully At the Instance of Benjamin Franklin, One of their Number, Instituted the Philadelphia Library, Which, though small at first, Is become highly valuable, and extensively useful, And which the Walls of this Edifice Are now destined to contain and preserve ; The first Stone of whose Foundation Was here placed The 31st of August, MDCCLXXXIX.
Page 14 - ... anxious should descend to posterity, and continue usefully to extend to others the means of prosecuting those pursuits he had himself so successfully cultivated. With this view, he erected a suitable building in Sixth street, near Walnut, for the reception of a library, and, by deed, vested it (with the books and certain rents, for the purpose of increasing their number, and paying a librarian) in trustees, for the use of the public, forever.
Page 13 - August, 1789; the minutes state, ' that, upon the suggestion of Dr. Benjamin Franklin, a large stone was prepared, and laid at the southwest corner of the building, with the following inscription, composed by the Doctor, except so far as relates to himself, which the committee have taken the liberty of adding to it: ' Be it remembered, in honor of the Philadelphia youth (then chiefly artificers), that in MDCCXXXI, they cheerfully, at the instance of Benjamin Franklin, one of their number, instituted...
Page 5 - Logan to be a gentleman of universal learning, and the best judge of books in these parts...
Page 25 - The South East prospect of the City of Philadelphia,
Page 7 - any civil .gentleman to peruse the books of the library in the library -room, but not to lend or to suffer to be taken out of the library, by any person who is not a subscribing member, any of the said books, Mr. James Logan only excepted.

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