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During the month of July there were received at the Library, by purchase, 994 volumes and 374 pamphlets; by gift, 682 volumes and 2,374 pamphlets; and by exchange, 24 volumes and 56 pamphlets; making a total of 1,700 volumes and 2,804 pamphlets.

There were catalogued 3,927 volumes and 2,703 pamphlets, for which were written 8,788 cards, in addition to which 3, 105 slips were written for, and 9,424 cards received from, the copying machine.

The following table shows the number of readers, and the number of volumes consulted, in both the Astor and Lenox Branches of the Library, also the number of visitors to the Print Exhibition at the Lenox, during the month:

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The most popular books of the month were (in non-fiction): Lorimer's "Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son," Keller's "Story of My Life," Van Vorst's "Woman Who Toils"; (adult fiction) Ward's "Lady Rose's Daughter," Page's "Gordon Keith," Green's "Filigree Ball"; (juvenile fiction) Alcott's "Little Women," Burnett's "Sara Crewe," Ellis's "Righting the Wrong."

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The more important gifts of the month were: From the Astronomical Laboratory at Groningen, 6 pamphlets of the Laboratory's publications; from the British Museum, 5 volumes, including volume 2 of the Subject-Index of Modern Works, Catalogue of additions to the manuscripts in the British Museum, 1894-1899, etc.; from Oscar Burckhardt, "Der Musikverein von Milwaukee, 1850 to 1900"; from C. M. Burton, "The Bi-centenary of the Founding of the City of Detroit" and volume 32 of the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society Collections; from Don Carlos Silva Cruz, "Chile at the Pan-American Exposition"; from the Cuban Secretary of State and Justice, 5 volumes and 37 pamphlets, miscellaneous Cuban documents; from J. Hanno Deiler, 2 volumes and 5 pamphlets by himself, relating to Germans in Louisiana; from Prof. F. B. Dexter, a copy of volume 3 of “Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College"; from Mrs. Ford, "Selected Speeches of Sir William Molesworth "; from the Ambassador of France to the United States, "Les Combattants Français de la Guerre Americaine, 1778-1783"; from the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, John Hutchinson's "Catalogue of Notable Middle-Templers"; from George F. Kunz, 3 pamphlets, including 2 catalogues of jade collections; from W. P. Letchworth, a copy of "Homes of Homeless Children" (1876); from Louis Lombard, "L'Académie à Rome, 16661903"; from the London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews, 52 volumes of the Jewish Missionary Intelligencer; from Dr. Charles Perrier,

Nimes, "La maison centrale de Nîmes"; from the Government of Porto Rico, the Journal of the Executive Council, 2d Legislature, 1st Session; from B. H. Roberts, a copy of his "Mormonism, the Relation of the Church to Christian Sects"; from the St. Bride Foundation Institute, I volume and 7 pamphlets, reports, catalogues, etc., of the Institute; from the Scientific American, 38 volumes and 157 pamphlets; from the Swedish Missionary Society, Congo Free State, 15 volumes and 17 pamphlets, including almanacks, grammars, arithmetics, etc., in the Congo language; from the Burgomaster of Tiel, 48 of the documents of Tiel; from William C. Whitney, No. 183 of "Letters of Alexander Gunn," and from the Yacht Racing Association of Massachusetts, 4 volumes and 3 pamphlets.

The exhibition of books, etc., relating to New York under Dutch rule and the exhibit of the Arundel Society color prints at the Lenox Branch were continued. The plates displayed in the stands at the Astor were changed to those from "Der Moderne Stil."

At the circulation branches the picture bulletins were as follows: EAST BROADWAY, Famous men and women born in July, Independence Day, Good novels and stories for summer reading, Good stories for boys and girls, Books on Jewish history and literature, John Ruskin; AVENUE C, New books, Famous men and women born in July; OTTENDORFER, Pope Leo XIII., B. L. Farjeon, Fairy folk, Summer sports; MUHLENBERG, Animals; YORKVILLE, Gardening; AGUILAR, Independence Day, Historic New York, New books; HARLEM, Patriotism.

ACCOUNT OF CAPTURE OF U. S. SHIP FROLIC BY THE ORPHEUS FRIGATE, CAPTAIN HUGH PIGOT, 19 APRIL 1814.

Printed from the original manuscript in the Ford Collection, New York Public Library.

April 19th at half past five A. M. discovered from the mast head a strange Sail bearing N. W B N. appearing under easy Sail at 3/4 past five discovered two more one bearing North, the other N. W turnd all hands up and made Sail for them to Reconitor at half past Seven near enough to discover one to be a Frigate one an Armed Schooner the other we could not make out. Captain Bainbridge finding it not possible to Clear the Florida Shoals the wind being E B. N tackt Ship and stood for the Cuba Shore in hopes of getting into the Mantansas finding it not possible to bear up for the Havana and Clear the Frigate at 9 AM saw the land the pass Mantances bearing S S. E the going in of the harbour S. E the Frigate gaining on us fast the Schooner to winward bearing E. N. E to cut of our Retreat approshing the land fast and finding it not possible to get into the Mantances and no beach to run the Ship on, Should the Cap Run her on Shore we must all bin lost at Meridian being about 2 Miles from the Rocks Capt Bainbridge thought it most prudent to tack Ship and clear the Frigate if possible after tacking the wind headed the Ship of and brought us within half gun shot of the Frigate. She fired a Shot wich pased over our Ship, the Capt thought it best to lighten the Ship and keep her before the wind and Set all Sail wich was done cut away the anchors the larbord guns all Shot and every other article that was possible was hove overboard finding the Frigate still gaining on us being within long muskett Shot discovered the Frigate clearing away to give us a Broad Side. Cap! Bainbridge with the *Concultation of his officers thought it most prudent to haul down the cullors and save the spilling of blood being under the Frigates guns one broadside would have sent us to eternity) at one p m on the 20 of April the cullors was struck the Frigate Ranged alonside and fired a Voley of Musketry in to us fortunately no one was it proved to be the British Frigate Orpheus Capt Hugh Pigot

Your Most Humb!
& Most obdt Servant

BENJ WAINE

NASAU NEW PROVIDENCE

MAY 14th 1814

To Capt JOSEPH BAINBRIDGE

* Incorrect-As no consultation was held but Lt Wilkinson repeatedly requested Captain Bainbridge to strike his Flag before he did-as it would be the lives of many on board-which request of Lt Wilkinson was solicited by Sailing Master James B. Wright, and Benjamin Waine (Acting Pilot

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J. B.

JACOB WAGNER TO COLONEL READ ON AMERICAN AFFAIRS IN 1798.

Printed from the original manuscript in the Ford Collection, New York Public Library.

DEAR SIR

TRENTON, NEW JERSEY, 30 Sept 1798

I have had the honor of your two favors of the 10th and 25th. Believe me, Sir, it affords me a high Satisfaction to be enabled to write what you are pleased to consider as acceptable.

The arrival of the Fanny from Greenock has brought us no dispatches, and we depend for information upon what is detailed in the New York papers. You will have seen the extraordinary letter of Talleyrand to Gerry, enclosing his passport: in which the following passages will not have been passed over by you: "May you return to the United States and the communication of what has passed "between us, since you only have represented your government remove the "injurious opinion of hostile intentions on the part of France. You have fre"quently assured me, that if you could not treat here as envoy your good offices "should not be wanting as a citizen on your return to the United States," &c. I thought on perusing the correspondence between Talleyrand and Gerry in which the latter so basely and dishonorably rendered up the names of the persons the envoys had pledged themselves in no event to disclose, he had reached the summit of servility to France and treachery to his own country: it remains to be ascertained whether he is prepared to go a greater length in submitting to be the instrument of deluding his fellow citizens with false representations of French friendship and sincerity on his return.

The avowal by M. Bellamy of the character of Y in the dispatches puts to shame Talleyrands pretense of being unacquainted with those anonymous characters and Gerry's declaration to the same effect. You will have seen that he reproaches the latter with want of candour and truth in asserting that he was unauthorized and unaccredited by the Minister for Foreign Relations. If the fact wanted any additional support it would be found in Gen! Marshall's relation of a circumstance not mentioned in the dispatches.

The company at the private dinner to which Talleyrand invited Gerry consisted of X. Y. Z. After rising from the table X & Y renewed to M: Gerry in the room and in the presence of T. the money propositions which had been before rejected. It is not however said when this conversation took place in Talleyrands hearing: but that is not material.

The number of deaths in Philadelphia have increased since the cold weather and the new cases proportionately diminished. This is a prognostic of the declension of the disorder by the cold weather. I entertain no doubt at present of the City being sufficiently healthy to admit of our return in the first week of November: that was the period of the removal of the Office of State to the City last year.

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