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REPORT OF THE LIBRARIAN.
OUR mission as a learned Society possessed of a library rich in many departments, has been followed quietly but industriously during the past year. There has been an increase in the number of scholars engaged in important historical and antiquarian research as well as of those whose genealogical and biographical studies have been pursued primarily with a view to admission into the various patriotic societies of the day. Our attic hall, and newspaper room have received partial relief by the disposal of a large mass of duplicate unbound newspapers. This clearance was not made until they had been freely offered to other institutions. There has been but one change in the working force of the library.*
By direction of the President, a liberal contribution of our duplicate American literature has been made to the Municipal Library of Frankfort-on-the-Main, “An institution which with more than 300,000 volumes ranks among the most important libraries of Germany." His Honor, the Mayor of that city, Dr. Adickes, in his official application writes: “This American Section will be especially devoted to the philosophical, historical, judicial, political, industrial, commercial and sociological literature of the United States. Such an American Section of the Municipal Library of Frankfort would be extensively used by the widest circles, as this library is open to everyone free of charge, and its large reading room is always available to the public.” This National Society has acted favorably upon many like appeals. The book-plate for our Civil War literature of 1861-1865, suggested in my last report, has been secured. It is happy in design and execution. The outer frame work holds an inner frame of lighter construction which contains the following: John and Eliza Davis Fund Founded 1900. Beneath this inscription are the portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Davis, and in the panel below, the seal of the Society, to which has been added 1812 the date of the incorporation. The engraved plate authorized by the Council for general library use, is a model of good taste and excellent workmanship. Within the upper half of a Gothic frame, appear the portraits of “Isaiah Thomas, President 1812-1831" and “Stephen Salisbury, President 1854-1884” surmounted by the seal of the Society. Below are shelved folio and octavo books, with opened specimens of early imprints and manuscripts. At the base of the arch is "Ex Libris American Antiquarian Society-Founded 1812.”
* Upon the death of Mr. Alexander S. Harris, our faithful janitor since
, he was succeeded by Mr. James E. Fenner on May 8, 1905.
A visitors' book has been opened with a view of securing information for our own use, and for the use of others when deemed expedient. It contains the date, name, residence and remarks, and is intended for discriminating use by those members and others whose researches are being pursued from time to time in our treasure-house.
Our copy of “The Story without an end, translated from the German of Carové by S. Austin, with Preface and Key by A. B. Alcott”: 18°, pp. 123, Boston 1836, contains the suggestive entry by my honored predecessor :—“Samuel Foster Haven 1837. The first book he learned to read through, himself." The reference is to his only child and namesake whose painstaking work on our “Ante Revolutionary List of Publications in the United States” is gratefully recalled. In the preface to the second edition of our founder's History of Printing, Dr. Haven pays a just tribute to his son which should appear as a preface to the separately printed copies of the pre-revolutionary list. Thus their memorial character would be preserved and the father's desire carried out. The signatures 1-45 sent by our distinguished librarian to such friends as John R. Bartlett, George Brinley, James Lenox and J. Hammond Trumbull were forwarded with promise of title page and preface. Dr. Trumbull's interleaved copy with many additions corrections and notes has answered the questions of many scholars since its arrival here in 1898.
Of Harvard College theses before the Revolution we have —and greatly desire any others to add to this remarkable file:-1720, 1722, 1723, 1725-1727, 1730-1732, 1737-1751 1753-1756, 1758-1763, 1765-1773. The Essex Antiquarian lacks volume I, numbers 1 and 2; and The Spirit of 76, volume I, numbers 4, 7, 8, 10 and 12; volume II, number 3; volume III, numbers 3, and 5-12; volume IV, numbers 2-7 and 12. Our file of the annals of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company lacks 1660, (1672 is imperfect), 1676, 1691, 1695, 1698, 1699, 1700, 1701, 1702, 1704, 1705, 1708, 1720, 1765, (1767 is imperfect), 1788, 1791, 1795 and 1851. Thus twenty sermons appear to be wanted, two of which are needed to replace imperfect ones. I append a bibliographical note—not in Sabin-relative to the sermon of 1675. It was preached by Rev. Samuel Phillips of Rowley but not printed. In the year 1839 the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company reprinted as one of their series, an artillery sermon preached in 1675 by Rev. John Richardson of Newbury. A line title thereof follows:
The Necessity of a well Experienced Souldiery. Or A Christian Commonwealth ought to be well | Instructed and Experienced in the | Military Art. | Delivered in a Sermon, upon an | Artillery Election, | June the 10th, 1675. | By J. Richardson of Newbury. | Psal. 144:1. .... Jer. 43 . ... Boston: Reprinted by Company vote, 1839, | By J. Howe, No. 39, Merchants Row. On the reverse of the title page is printed the following paragraph:
“The original printed Discourse from which this is a reprint, was found among the papers of the late Dr. Osgood,
of Medford, and was presented at their last anniversary, with others of more recent date, to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company by his son, David Osgood, M. D., of Boston, to whom the Company present their respects and thanks.” Puzzled by the state of the case, I wrote to Capt. Albert A. Folsom-perhaps the highest authority—to which he replied on November 8, 1882: “The Richardson sermon doesn't come in at all. Note on title page it was delivered June 10, 1675. The first Monday of June would hardly come on the 10th. Why the Company printed it in 1839, I can't imagine. Vote may have been taken at dinner time!” I submit the following supplementary information :
April 22d, 1905. Dear Mr. BARTON:
I have received the Proceedings of the October meeting and am glad to find by your report (pp. 331-332), that you have acquired since I wrote my “Paul Revere's Portrait of Washington," a copy of Weatherwise's Almanac for 1781, with the “beautiful copperplate" frontispiece, although I regret that the last line is clipped from the "explanatory text” as with it Revere's name may have gone. I have, however, had my ascription of authorship confirmed by a grand-daughter of the engraver, which I am sure your Society will be glad to know, as the following letter shows:
Boston, Jan. 16th, 1904. Dear Sir:
Please excuse my carelessness in not acknowledging your kindness in sending me the photograph of Paul Revere's Washington, for which I thank you. I have no question that it is his, as, when I was a child my father always carried one of the heads in his watch, which had a double case. Of course, I cannot be positive, but both my sisters and I remember his disappointment, sixty years ago, at losing it, when the watch was returned from being repaired without the engraving, which we had frequently opened the outer case of the watch to look at. The wreath surrounding the head was all cut off, to fit the inside of the cover.
MARIA A. REVERE. You are at perfect liberty to print this in your Proceedings as a supplement to what you say on the subject. I am,
CHAS. HENRY HART.
The sources of gifts for the year ending October 15, number four hundred and eight, namely: from forty-eight members, one hundred and forty-three persons not members, and two hundred and seventeen societies and insti
tutions. We have received from them thirty-four hundred and seventy-nine books; eleven thousand seven hundred and thirty-two pamphlets; seventeen bound and one hundred and fifteen volumes of unbound newspapers, two hundred and ten maps; one hundred and sixty-one portraits; eightysix engravings; one framed and twenty-six unframed photographs; three proclamations; three manuscript volumes; two book-plates and a collection of articles for the Cabinet; by exchange, eighteen books and ninety-four pamphlets; and from the bindery twenty-six volumes of magazines;-a total of thirty-five hundred and twentythree books, eleven thousand eight hundred and twenty-six pamphlets, seventeen bound and one hundred and fifteen volumes of unbound newspapers, etc.
The generous gift of our associate Mr. Andrew McFarland Davis was mentioned in the last report of the Council. It includes about three hundred and fifty copies each of his “Confiscation of John Chandler's Estate;” and “Tracts relating to the Currency of the Massachusetts Bay 16821720" which was carefully edited by him. The receipts from the sale of these remainders will be credited to the John and Eliza Davis fund.
With the usual gift from Hon. Edward L. Davis, we received the following suggestive letter from Hon. George Bancroft, written less than a year before his death at the ripe age of four score and ten:
1623 H Street, WASHINGTON D. C. 25 Feb., 1889. E. L. Davis, Esq.. My dear Mr. Davis:
I am most sensibly grateful to you for the gift of an excellent photograph of the house in which I was born. My memory is fresh as to the house, the rooms within, the garden with its few but excellent peach trees, and my old age is gladdened by the care that friends in Worcester now keep up a faithful friendship for their forerunner who was born in the last century and is perhaps now the oldest of those who first opened their eyes to the light in the village now one of the largest of our cities. Ever most truly and gratefully yours,
GEO. BANCROFT. On August 11, 1886, President George F. Hoar deposited copies of letters from Attorney-General Levi Lincoln, Sr.,