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A GROUP OF BOOK-LOVERS AND PUBLIC
*If we were to take away from the Museum Collection [of Books] the King's Library, and the collection which George the Third 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 value of the Library, has been procured with money voted by the Nation. The Nation has done almost nothing for the Library. ...
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 in-
When you have given a hundred thousand pounds,-in
on British Museum, 7th June, 1836. (Q. 1785–4795.)
Notices of some early Donors of Books.—The Life and Col
lections of Clayton Mordaunt CRACHERODE.-William
The Reader has now seen that, within some twelve or Book II, fifteen years, a Collection of Antiquities, comparatively small Bookand insignificant, was so enriched as to gain the aspect of a Public National Museum of which all English-speaking men might be
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