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: Mr. Antonio PANIzzi received his appointment on the £ fifteenth of July, 1837. If he had worked hard to gain £, promotion, he worked double tides to vindicate it. In the £" following month, Mr. CARY resigned his Assistant-Librap.s., rianship. He left the Museum with the hearty respect and £ with the brotherly regrets of all his colleagues, without any
'. exception. Of him, it may very truly be said, he was a man Books, July, much beloved. 1837. Nor was it otherwise with Mr. BABER. His public services began in old Bodley towards the end of the year 1796, and they were so efficient as to open to him, at the beginning of the present century, a subordinate post in the British Museum, his claims to which he waived the instant that he knew they would stand in the way of ELLIs, his early friend of undergraduate days. He became Assistant-Librarian in 1807; Keeper of Printed Books in 1812. He, too, was a man with no enemies. In literature he won (before he was fifty) an enduring place by his edition of the Vetus Testamentum Graecum e Codice MS. Alevandrino . . . . descriptum. Of the amiability of character which distinguished Mr. BABER, not less than did his scholarship, the present writer had more than common experience. It was my fortune to make my first intimate acquaintance (1835) with the affairs of the British Museum in the capacity of a critic on that part of Mr BABER's discharge of his manifold functions as Keeper which related to the increase of the Library, both by purchase and by the operation of the Copyright Act. I criticised some of his doings, and some of his omissions to do, with youthful presumption, and with that self-confident half-knowledge which often leads a man more astray, practically, than does sheer ignorance. So far from resenting strictures, a few of which may have had some small validity and value, while a good many were certainly plausible but
shallow, he turned the former to profit, and, so far from
One of Mr. PANIzzi's earliest employments in his new office of 1837 was to make arrangements for the formidable task of transferring the whole mass of the old Library from Montagu House to the new Building, but he also did something immediately towards preparing the way for that systematic enlargement of the Collection of Printed Books which he had formerly and so earnestly pressed on the attention, not merely of the Select Committee of the House of Commons in 1835-36, but of every Statesman and Parliament-man whose ear he could gain, whether (in his interlocutor's opinion) in season or out of season. To use the expression of the man who, at a later date, mainly helped him in that task, Mr. PANIZZI’s leading thought, in regard to Public Libraries, was that Paris must be surpassed. In common with others of us who, like himself, had been examined before Mr. HAWEs’ Committee on that subject, he had brought into
salient relief some points of superiority which foreign
* I believe that his earliest contribution consisted of some articles entitled ‘Notes of a Reader, published in 1830, in a periodical (long since defunct) called The Spirit of Literature. These were written and
In the autumn of the year 1835, Mr. Watts' attention Bookiii, was attracted to the publication of the Minutes of Evidence a^0N taken before the Select Committee on the British Museum, the ^""^ first portion of which had been ordered to be printed, by racism the House of Commons, in the preceding August. He
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read the evidence with great interest, and ere long he wrote Haem (in 1836 and 1837) some valuable comments upon it, which embodied several suggestions for the improvement of the Museum service, and for making it increasedly accessible BamsH
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to the Public. More than two or three of the suggestions so offered, he lived to carry out—long afterwards, by his own exertions, and with the cordial approval of his superior officer, Mr. Panizzi—into practice, after he had himself entered into the service of the Trustees as an Assistant in the Printed Book Department.
But he chose a very unfortunate medium for his useful communications of 1836 and 1837. He printed them in the columns of the 'Mechanics' Magazine,' where, for practical purposes, they were almost buried. Of this fact I am able to give a small illustrative and personal instance. Possibly, it may be thought to have some little biographical value, as a trait of his character.
In both of the years above named Mr. Watts did the present writer the honour to make some remarks on his humble labours for the improvement of the Museum in 1835 and 1836. Mr. Watts' remarks were very complimentary and kind in their expression. But I never saw or heard of them, until this year, 1870, after their writer had passed from the knowledge of the many acquaintances and friends who, in common with myself, much esteemed him, and who will ever honour his memory.
printed long before Mr. Watts became a correspondent of the Mechanics' Magazine, as mentioned in the text.
Book ni, One of the communications which my late friend pub
HisTM*! lished in that' Mechanics' Magazine contained two sugges_
Mis"um tions—made contingently, and by way of alternative plans
Ubdiesi. —for tne enlargement of the Museum buildings. Nearly
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eleven years afterwards (August, 1847), I unconsciously