Report of the trustees [afterw.] Annual report

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Page 2 - Although the school and even the college and the university are, as all thoughtful persons are well aware, but the first stages in education, the public makes no provision for carrying on the great work. It imparts, with a noble equality of privilege, a knowledge of the elements of learning to all its children, but it affords them no aid in going beyond the elements. It awakens a taste for reading, but it furnishes to the public nothing to be read.
Page 18 - ... that the College received its present name, in honor of its distinguished benefactor, Nicholas Brown. Mr. Brown graduated in the class of 1786, being at the time but seventeen years of age. He commenced his benefactions in February, 1792, by presenting to the Trustees and Fellows of the College the sum of five hundred dollars, to be expended in the purchase of law books for the library. This he did, in the language of the letter announcing the donation, under a deep impression of the generous...
Page 4 - In consequence of this suggestion, Mr. Joshua Bates, of London, who had spent a portion of his early life in Boston, made his first noble donation of $50,000, the income of which was to be devoted to the purchase of books of a permanent value.
Page 42 - I have never seen anything so excellent ; and hereafter no large Catalogue will be considered complete without something similar appended to it." From Europe like expressions of approval came. " I have shown it to some of the profession here," wrote one of the chief British librarians, " and they are as much astonished at the idea as at the execution of it. I do not think there will be many imitators. The labor of such a work must be enormous, and certainly beyond our resources and methods.
Page 3 - Library, and their desire to awaken "a general interest in it, as a City Institution, important to the whole people, as a part of their education, an element of their happiness and prosperity;" regarding that course as being "the surest way to make it at last a great and rich Library for men of science, statesmen, and scholars, as well as for the great body of the people, many of whom are always successfully struggling up to honourable distinctions, and all of whom should be encouraged to do it.
Page 11 - Court shall receive an annual ^f,, 1 ^ t salary of not less than one thousand dollars, the amount of which, if above that sum, shall be determined not oftener than once in each year by the concurrent vote of the two branches of the city council of said city, and said salary shall be paid to him in equal quarterly payments out of the treasury of said city, and shall be in full for all services which he is or may hereafter be required or authorized to perform as said justice.
Page 3 - ... arise. The commencement should be made, of preference, in a very unpretending manner; erecting no new building and making no show; but spending such moneys as may be appropriated for the purpose, chiefly on books that are known to be really wanted, rather than on such as will make an imposing, a scientific or a learned collection; trusting, however, most confidently, that such a library, in the long run, will contain all that anybody can reasonably ask of it For, to begin by making it a really...
Page 120 - It seems to me the best of all sea voyages. Besides its rhetorical value, it has another quite additional, inasmuch as it realizes so fully for me the promise of the large, wise boy who made my school-days in Chelmsford so glad by his lively interest in books and his native delight in ethical thought, and life looks more solid and rich to me when I see these many years keep their faith." Hawthorne cites this piece from "The Dial" as " a solitary example of facts which had not lost their vigor by...
Page 11 - Librarian up to that d.ite had been chosen "by the concurrent vote of the two branches of the City Council. The Trustees conceive that this is too precarious a tenure for such an office. The Trustees are not aware that it has ever been deemed expedient in any part of the country to subject the teachers or the librarians iu our universities and colleges to the uncertainty of an annual election, by public bodies partaking largely of a political character. As the Trustees are directly responsible to...
Page 3 - In this way the Trustees would endeavor to make the Public Library of the City, as far as possible, the crowning glory of our system of City Schools ; or in other words, they would make it an institution, fitted to continue and increase the best effects of that system, by opening to all the means of self culture through books, for which these schools have been specially qualifying them.

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