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PRINTED BY J. E. ADLARD, BARTHOLOMEW CLOSE.

CHAPTER III.

A GROUP OF BOOK-LOVERS AND PUBLIC
BENEFACTORS.

“If we were to take away from the Museum Collection {. Books] the King's Library, and the collection which Reorge the Thirs gave before that, and then the magnificent collection of Mr. Cracherode, as well as those of Sir William Musgrave, Sir Joseph Banks, Sir Richard Colt Hoare, and many others, and also all the books received under the Copyright Act, if we were to take away all the books so given, I am satisfied not one half of the books [in 1836], nor one third of the palue of the Library, has been procured with money voted by the }. The Nation o done almost nothing for the a brary. . . . . ‘Considering the British Museum to be a National Library for research, its utility increases in proportion with the very rare and costly books, in preference to modern books. . . . . I think that scholars have a right to look, for these expensive works, to the Government of the Country. . . . . “I want a poor student to have the same means of indulging his learned curiosity,+of following his rational ursuits, of consulting the same authorities, of fathoming the most intricate inquiry, as the richest man in the kingdom, as far as books go. And I contend that Government is bound to give him the most liberal and unlimited assistance in this respect. I want the Library of the British Museum to have books of both descriptions. . . “When you have given a hundred thousand pounds,-in ten or twelve years, Ryon will begin to have a library worthy of the British Nation.’— ÁNtonio PA-1zzi-Eridence before Select Committee on British Museum, 7th June, 1836. (Q. 4785–4795.)

Notices of some early Donors of Books.-The Life and Collections of Clayton Mordaunt CRACHERODE-William PETTY, first Marquess of Lansdowne, and his Library of Manuscripts.-The Literary Life and Collections of Dr. Charles BURNEY.-Francis HARGRAVE and his Manuscripts.-The Life and Testamentary Foundations of Francis Henry EGERTON, Ninth Earl of Bridgewater.

THE Reader has now seen that, within some twelve or *: # ap. 111.

fifteen years, a Collection of Antiquities, comparatively small Book. LovERS AND

and insignificant, was so enriched as to gain the aspect of a jo National Museum of which all English-speaking men might ...”

tolts.

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