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Catalogorum idem plane munus est in Republica literaria, quod in Romana fuit olim

Nomenclatorum; indicant enim Doctrina Candidatis nomina illorum, quos prensare, quos
colere, quorumque ope uti oporteat, ut honores, quos ambiunt, consequi possint: quam-
que præterea jucundæ, quam doctis omnibus desideratissimæ illorum prodeant impres-
siones, eruditorum ubique scripta epistolæque abunde testantur.

MIDDLETON.

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THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY 661109

ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS, 1013

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PREFACE.

NOTICE.

The volumes now published contain a catalogue of the books belonging to the University. A catalogue of the maps and charts would, if added to the third volume, make it probably about equal in size to one of the other volumes, Such a catalogue is now preparing, and will be printed with all convenient speed, when it will be furnished without any additional charge to all who may possess these volumes ; but it was not thought expedient to defer the publication of the catalogue of the books till that time.

der of the University, due fruilists, anu se veidi vuci nauns vi yicau celebrity, as Sir Kenelm Digby, Richard Baxter, Governor Winthrop, Dr. Gale, Dr. Lightfoot, Dr. Watts, Dr. Mead, Bishop Berkeley, Bishop Sherlock, Dr. Hales. A particular statement of the different benefactions is necessarily deferred for the present. What is now proposed is to give some account of the existing library

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PREFACE.

The present Library of Harvard College dates its origin from the destruction of Harvard Hall, with its valuable contents,* by fire, in the year 1764. The General Court, which, in consequence of the prevalence of the small pox in Boston, was then sitting in Cambridge, and occupying the room appropriated to the Library, immediately voted to erect a new building; and Harvard Hall was in a short time fully replaced by the present edifice of the same name. A corresponding zeal was manifested by other friends of the institution, to furnish the new hall with a library and philosophical apparatus. The General Court of New Hampshire, which at that time had no college of its own to provide for, granted, at the instance of Governor Wentworth, three hundred pounds sterling towards restoring the Library :: "The Society for Propagating the Gospel in

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* Library, Philosophical Apparatus, &c. The Library was a very valuable collectičn'» more than 5000 volumes. Among the principal Confribritors to it were the Rev. John Harvard, the founder of the University, the Hollises, and several other names of great celebrity, as Sir Kenelm Digby, Richard Baxter, Governor Winthrop, Dr. Gale, Dr. Lightfoot, Dr. Watts, Dr. Mead, Bishop Berkeley, Bishop Sherlock, Dr. Hales. A particular statement of the different benefactions is necessarily deferred for the present. What is now proposed is to give some account of the existing library

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