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to President Thomas Jefferson, and on the 19th of the same month directed the librarian to endorse thereon, “To be
the property of the American Antiquarian Society unless · recalled during the life-time of Mr. Hoar.” These letters,
which are numerous, cover the period from 1801 to 1809 inclusive. See also in the librarian's report of October, 1902, Mr. Hoar's letter of June 30, 1902 by which he presents his valuable Phillipine collection, retaining only a life interest therein.
Hon. Rockwood Hoar has presented a copy of his father's “Autobiography of Seventy Years,” to which has been appended type-written Errata and in which the corrections have been made with the pen.
Two early account books received from Rev. Henry F. Jenks are supposed to have belonged to the Huntoon family of Canton, Massachusetts.
The gift of Dr. George L. Kittredge of his “The Old Farmer and his Almanack” contains a full length reproduction of our portrait of Robert B. Thomas which now presides over the lobby containing our almanacs, registers and year books.
Dr. Joseph F. Loubat has added three Central American codices to those already received from him.
None of the rarities offered by Prof. Thomas in the following letter had been collected by the Mathers or by our founder. They were gratefully accepted.
May 1, 1905. My dear Mr. Barton:
A year or so ago I promised to send the Librarian of the American Antiquarian Society a collection of the works of Henry More, the Cambridge Platonist. It has so happened that owing to the fact of their being packed away I have only come across them in the last few days. I subjoin a list of books which I shall be glad to give the Society if they wish them. I hardly need say that some of them are scarce. I secured them when I was engaged in study on the Mystics. I also offer another folio which is interesting on account of the edition.
ALLEN C. THOMAS.
Works by Henry More, the Platonist.
Psychozoia, a poem, Cambridge, 1647-sm.4to.
Mr. Henry P. Upham has remembered the Society by sending it the seven volume edition of the Journal of the Lewis and Clark expedition, edited by our associate Dr. Reuben G. Thwaites.
Mrs. Warren F. Draper has contributed a mass of literature, chiefly educational; and the product of her late husband's press at Andover, Massachusetts.
A list of the articles bequeathed to the Society by the late Mr. Charles E. French of Boston will be found appended to this report. The letters which relate thereto bear dates 26 June and 12 July, 1905. The executors report that “A cash bequest will be attended to later."
A set of The Harvard Graduates' Magazine has been received from Dr. Warren R. Gilman who will continue to add the same to our rare collection of College literature.
The closing of the printing office of Charles Hamiltonour printer since 1869—has brought to us from the estate an accumulation of their imprints of many years. After adding much valuable historical material to our own shelves, we have acted as distributing agent of the remainder.
Mrs. Samuel Foster Haven as executrix of the estate of Dr. Haven has transferred to the Haven Alcove the two hundred volumes which constituted the remainder of his valuable library. She has not only waived a life interest therein but has also made a contribution of early American imprints from her own library.
Mrs. William W. Johnson's gift of bound volumes of Vermont, Massachusetts and New York newspapers has strengthened our files of the early nineteenth Century.
Mr. Franklin P. Rice, Editor, has provided us with a much needed extra set of his rare “Worcester Births, Marriages and Deaths;” and “Worcester Town Records, 1801-1848."
The mass of material sent to us by the widow of Mr. Caleb A. Wall, has filled many gaps in our departments of slavery, rebellion, local history, broadsides, etc. Mr. Wall's manuscripts and newspaper clippings, which relate chiefly to Worcester and Worcester County, were transferred, with the approval of the library committee to the Worcester Society of Antiquity. One of the minor, undated broadsides gives the following information:
REGULATIONS. GUESTS should register their names before being assigned to rooms.
FULL BOARD will be charged until the room is vacated and settlement made.
PERSONS having no baggage must pay in advance.
Guests inviting others to eat with them should report them at the office.
FULL BOARD charged for children occupying seats at the first table.
For all MEALS sent to Rooms, or out of time, fifty per cent extra will be charged.
REGULAR BOARDERS are required to pay in advance.
The Proprietor will not be responsible for Money, Valuables or Baggage, unless specially deposited for safe keeping.
Guests will please report at the office, any neglect or inattention of servants.
RATES OF BOARD.
16 " " Lard . . . . . 10 "
16 16 " Currency, . . . $40
MEAL HOURS. Breakfast 81
Tea 7 W. H. CUNINGGIM,
Mrs. George M. Woodward, by a large gift of American magazines, has helped to complete many sets.
The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions has presented the original passport given by the Sultan of Turkey to the Rev. Rufus Anderson, an honored, early missionary of the Board. One of Worcester's leading Armenians has kindly translated this interesting manuscript broadside:
MR. ANDERSON, eminent in learning and a nobleman of America, in company with an indigenous servant and interpreter, has made application to us through the United States embassy, for a written permit, to enable him to travel by land and sea towards Beyroot, holy Jerusalem, holy Damascus and Cairo of Egypt.
During his travels to and from these places, all the clergy, students and governors, members of councils and all others in authority in those states, must honor and protect the said nobleman, that he may return safe and thus our royal command be carried out.
The servant who accompanies him is not one of those who takes an assumed name nor he dress in European attire, but is, nevertheless, a true American.
During their sojourn in Constantinople or in their travels in the above mentioned places, whenever they may tarry and on their return and whenever requested and in accordance with my Royal commands, their necessities should be obtained and delivered to them and payment be demanded for them. Never to annoy or discomfort them but give them due respect and protection.
Dated 1260 Mohamedan era
1844 Christian era Literally translated from the orignal by Michael H. Topanelian. Worcester, Mass., A. D. 1905.
We make special acknowledgment of the many bibliographical aids supplied by the Library of Congress through Dr. Herbert Putnam, its efficient head.
The first twenty volumes of the “Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections" were received from our late associate Hon. James V. Campbell of Detroit, upon application of the librarian. Volumes 21-32 have reached us with the following gracious letter:
LANSING, MICH., December 2, 1904.
I have your letter of Nov 29th. We will send you by express the volumes of the Pioneer and Historical Collections, which are necessary to complete your file. We are very glad to do this as a tribute to the memory of our honored and revered Judge Campbell. In the books we are about to send you will notice vol. 30 is lacking. This volume has not yet been published.
Very truly yours,
State Librarian. The Worcester County Law Library Association has thoughtfully furnished a framed photograph of their Vinton portrait of the Honorable George F. Hoar. It has been placed in the office with the portraits of the other Presidents of the Society.
Two copies of the rare volume two of our Archæologia Americana have been secured by purchase, both containing manuscript notes. The brief "notes and queries" in one copy are by the late Judge Hiram W. Beckwith of Dansville, Illinois, from whose library it was obtained. The other copy is backed in gilt, Archæologia | Americana 2 Synopsis of Indian Tribes; and upon the Ay-leaf in ink “Mr. Schoolcraft | St. Mary's / with Mr. Gallatin's respects." At the end of the Synopsis Mr. Gallatin has added extra pages 419-422 in print, the first two pages containing "Supplementary Cherokee Transitions," with notes by Mr.Gallatin and the Rev Mr. Worcester: the others marked “Errata and Corrections" are followed by a note of the Publishing Committee. Not only are the Errata double in number but they do not wholly agree with those in the regular issue. There are also some erasures which are not noted even in Mr. Gallatin's