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MONG the various methods designed for promoting
knowledge, no one appears better adapted to that important end than a publick Library. An institution of this kind is so generous and extensive in its nature, that it affords instruction on
most easy, terms to all who are defirous of improvement. The opulent friend to learning may be furnished with authors not generally found in private collections; whilst the genius which might languish and be discouraged for want of proper opportunities, may have access to many volumes, containing the experience of past ages and the present times. When men thus possess the means of being acquainted with the arts and sciences, it may justly be expected that important enquiries will be profecuted, and the good of society, increased.
Sensible of the great advantages to be derived from this fruitful source, certain gentlemen laid the foundation of the present Library, in the year 1731, and soon had the fatisfaction of feeing it enlarge, and prove useful, the best compensation for their care and services. In 1742 a charter was obtained, with Power to make laws, &c. incorporating them by the name of THE. LIBRARY COMPANY OF PHILADLEPHIA.
Other Gentlemen of this city animated with the same liberat sentiments, and the success of these worthy Men, thought it necessary that more Libraries should be formed. These when estaA 2