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For annexing the Loganian Library to the Library belonging to the Library Company of Philadelphia, and for other purposes therein mentioned.
WHEREAS James Logan, formerly of Stenton, in the county of Preamble. Philadelphia, Esquire, influenced by the patriotic desire of extending the benefits of learning among his fellow citizens, by deed, bearing date the 8th day of March, one thousand seven hundred and forty-five, conveyed to certain trustees, therein named, a lot of ground, situate on the west side of Sixth street, in the city of Philadelphia, between Chestnut and Walnut streets, with the building thereon erected, and a large and valuable collection of books, for the use of the inhabitants of the city of Philadelphia; and for the support of the said institution, by the same deed, he vested in the said trustees certain rents charge therein described, and reserved to himself the right of altering or cancelling the said deed; and afterwards proposing to settle other rents charge, and appoint other trustees for the same purposes, he cancelled the said deed, and partly prepared another, which he did not live to complete; and by his last will and testament, bearing date the twenty-fifth day of November, one thousand seven hundred and forty-nine, the said James Logan reserved from his residuary estate, and devised the two rents charge thereafter mentioned, declaring them to be intended for the use of the said institution; and since his death, William Logan and James Logan, sons of James Logan aforesaid, John Smith and Hannah his wife, the said Hannah Smith being the surviving daughter of James Logan, the elder, and the said William Logan, James Logan and John Smith, being the surviving executors of his last will and testament, induced by the same laudable motives, and desirous of carrying the intention of their father into effect, by deed, bearing date the twenty-eighth day of August, in the year one thousand seven hundred and fifty-four, between the said parties, on the one part, and Israel Pemberton, junior, William Allen, Richard Peters, and Benjamin Franklin, of the other part, conveyed to, and vested in, the said Israel Pemberton, junior, William Allen, Richard Peters, and Benjamin Franklin, their heirs and assigns, to the use of the said William Logan, James Logan, John Smith, Israel Pemberton, junior, William Allen, Richard Peters, and Benjamin Franklin, their heirs and assigns for ever, in trust for the purposes hereafter mentioned, the messuage and lot of ground before mentioned, situate on the west side of Sixth street, between Chestnut and Walnut streets, in the city of Philadelphia, in the said deed particularly described, with all and singular the books therein deposited, according to the catalogue thereof, the uses and trusts of which settlement were in substance as follow: that is to say, "That there should be a perpetual succession of trustees, part of whom should be of the descendants of the said James Logan, the elder, preferring the male line to the female, as long as any of his descendants remained; that one of his male descendants, taken in priority of birth, and preferring the male line to the female line, should be Librarian of the said public library, with a power of employing deputies; that the library should be opened for the public
use of the citizens, and that books might be borrowed thereout, under certain restrictions ;" and for supporting the expense of the institution, and enlarging the collection by the purchase of other books, from time to time, the said parties of the first part, by the same deed conveyed to the said parties of the second part, to the use aforesaid, on the trusts aforesaid, the said rents charge, devised in the said last will and testament of the said James Logan, the elder, to wit, a certain rent charge of twenty-one pounds sterling per annum,* with clauses of increase, at stated periods, according to the valuation of disinterested men, issuing out of a certain tract of land, situate in Solebury township, Bucks county, containing three hundred and ninety-six acres and three quarters of an acre, which by deed, dated the first day of May, in the year one thousand seven hundred and fifty, was granted by the same James Logan, the elder, to Jonathan Ingham, in fee simple, and also a certain rent charge of ten pounds sterling per annum, with the like clauses of increase, issuing out of a certain other tract of land in the same township and county, containing two hundred acres, which by deed, dated the twenty-sixth day of May, in the year one thousand seven hundred and fifty, was granted by the said James Logan, the elder, to Jacob Dean, in fee simple: And whereas the said library was thereupon opened for public use, according to the provisions in the said settlement contained; but since the death of the said William Logan, who was the first Librarian, the avocations of the other trustees, the situation of public affairs, and other causes, have suspended the provisions of this liberal institution, although the books are found, upon examination, to be in good condition: and whereas an addition has been made to the said collection, for the same purposes, of near one thousand volumes, by the will of the said William Logan, and the whole now consists of about three thousand five hundred volumes: And whereas James Logan, the only surviving trustee of the said institution, hath requested the Legislature, that, pursuant to an agreement made between him and the Directors of the Library Company of Philadelphia, the said messuage, lot of ground, two rents charge, and the books and other things in the said messuage contained, may be vested in the Library Company of Philadelphia, and that power may be given to make such provisions as may tend most effectually to render the said institution beneficial to the public, consistently with the design of the founder; and it appears to the Legislature proper to aid him therein : the Loganian SECTION I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of RepresenLibrary vested tatives of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in General Assemin the Library bly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, Philadelphia. That all and singular the aforesaid messuage and lot of ground, two rents charge, with all and every the arrearages thereof, and the books and other property in the said messuage contained, shall be, and they are hereby, vested in the Library Company of Philadelphia, their successors and assigns, for ever, in trust for the support and increase of the said Loganian Library.
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SECTION II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, brary and their That the Directors of the said Library Company of Philadelphia, for the time being, together with James Logan, and such two other trustees as he shall appoint, a majority of the whole of whom shall be a quorum, shall be trustees of the said Loganian Library, and
* Afterwards increased to and now twenty-five pounds sterling.
dant of James
may and shall, from time to time, make such by-laws, rules and regulations, for the preservation and management thereof, as consistently as may be with the meaning and instructions of the said donors, as occasion shall require. Provided always, That the said The books, of the Loganian books and other property now in the said messuage, and such ad- Library to be kept apart ditions thereto as may be made, shall always be kept separate and from those of apart from the books belonging to the Library Company of Phila- the Library Company. delphia, and to be called by the name of THE LOGANIAN LIBRARY, agreeably to the intention of the donor, and for continuing a succession of trustees, composed of the descendants of the said James Logan, the elder, or of persons appointed by such descendants. SECTION III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, What descenThat upon the demise of the said James Logan, son of James Lo- Logan shall be gan, the elder, the next heir male of the said James Logan, the trustee: elder, if resident in the city of Philadelphia, or within seven miles thereof, preferring the issue of the eldest son to the issue of the second or other son, and the male line to the female line, and in case of the extinction of the male line, then the eldest heir male in the female line, shall always be one of the trustees of the said institution, and shall have power to supply vacancies, in case of the his power. death or resignation of any of the said associate trustees; and in case such male heir shall not be resident in the said city of Phila- minority or delphia, or within seven miles thereof, or shall be in his minority, absence. the survivor or survivors of such associate trustees shall supply such vacancy, as it shall happen.
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SECTION IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, The trustees That the said trustees shall have power to dispose of, at public sale, apply the prothe said messuage and lot of ground in Sixth street aforesaid, the ceeds of cerproceeds whereof shall be applied to the general purposes intended and recover by the donors, and to demand, and by all lawful ways and means charge. levy, recover and receive all and every the arrears of the said rents charge, whether the same accrued before the passing of this act, or shall hereafter accrue, by distress or action, in the corporate name of THE LIBRARY COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA.
Approved, March the thirty-first, 1792.
Speaker of the Senate.
Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
DESCENDANTS OF JAMES LOGAN.
*The deed of trust requiring that a record of the names of the descendants of the Founder should be kept, "as long as any of them remained,” for the purpose of ascertaining who is the appointing trustee, the following is deemed appropriate to accompany the present publication.
CHILDREN OF THE FOUNDER.
1. Sarah Logan married Isaac Norris.
DESCENDANTS BY THE MALE LINE.
CHILDREN OF THE ABOVE WILLIAM LOGAN.
1. William, left one son, who died without issue. 2. Sarah, married Thomas Fisher.
3. Dr. George, married *Deborah Norris. 4. *Charles, married Mary Pleasants, of Virginia.
CHILDREN OF THE ABOVE DR. GEORGE LOGAN.
1. *Albanus, married Maria Dickinson. 2. Gustavus, died at the age of 14. 3. Algernon Sydney, died unmarried.
CHILDREN OF THE ABOVE ALBANUS LOGAN.
2. Elizabeth, married Dr. Thomas Betton. 3. *Gustavus.
4. John Dickinson.
SON OF THE ABOVE CHARLES LOGAN.
*Charles, married Sarah Robeson, and has a son, 1. *James Logan. 2. A daughter, *Sarah.
DESCENDANTS OF SARAH LOGAN, DAUGHTER OF WILLIAM, AND THOMAS FISHER.
1. Joshua Fisher, married Elizabeth P. Francis, and left a son, *Joshua Francis Fisher. 2. William Logan Fisher, residing at Wakefield, near Germantown, has sons, *Thomas R., Lindley and *Charles W.
3. *Hannah Logan Fisher, married James Smith.
4. James Logan Fisher, married Eliza George, and left sons, 1. *Sydney George Fisher. 2. Dr. James Logan Fisher, and 3. *Henry Fisher.
5. Esther Fisher.
DESCENDANTS BY THE FEMALE LINE.
CHILDREN OF SARAH LOGAN AND 18AAC NORRIS.
1. Sarah, married John Dickinson, author of the "Farmers Letters," and left two daughters, 1. *Sally Norris, 2. Maria, married Albanus Logan, son of Dr. George Logan.
CHILDREN OF HANNAH LOGAN AND JOHN SMITH.
1. Sarah Logan Smith, married William Dillwyn, and left one daughter, married to Samuel Emlen.
2. James Smith, Jr. married Hester Hulings, and left sons, John J. Smith and James Logan Smith. The sons of John J. are, 1. *George Roberts Smith, 2. *Alexander and, 3. *Harry. Hannah, daughter of James Smith, married Henry Drinker, and left sons, *Henry and *Sandwith. *Sarah, married Hugh Roberts. Elizabeth married Mordecai Lewis, and has sons, James, Joseph, *Charles, *Henry and Mordecai.
3. Hannah Smith, married to John Cox; died leaving one child, a daughter, married to Dr. Isaac Davis.
4. John Smith, married Gulielma M. Morris, and left sons, 1. Richard M. Smith, who left a son, *Dillwyn Smith, 2. *John J. Smith, Jr. who has sons, viz. Lloyd P. *Albanus, *Robert P. and *Horace J. 3. Morris Smith, who left one child, Richard M. Smith. The daughters of John Smith, married to Samuel Hilles and George Stewardson, have also each *male descendants.
For a complete family Tree, see record kept in the Loganian Library.
* Those having this mark attached to their names are living, September, 1837.
REGULATING THE MANNER OF
OPENING AND CONDUCTING THE LOGANIAN LIBRARY.
I. The Library shall be open daily (Sundays excepted) at the same hours as those of the Library Company of Philadelphia.
II. The Librarian shall deliver books to such persons as shall come to the Library in order to read them, and receive them again, previous to shutting up the room, first examining whether they are damaged. At the time of delivering a book to the person desirous of reading at the Library, he shall require his name, and enter it in a book to be kept for that purpose, together with the name of the book so delivered to him, which entry shall be cancelled when the book is returned. No person shall be permitted to take a book out of the room, before he has signed a promissory note to return the same, undefaced, within the time limited, viz. five weeks for a Folio, three weeks for a Quarto, and two weeks for those of smaller size, and shall, also, deposit double the value of the book with the Librarian until the same is returned. The borrower may, on producing the book to the Librarian, renew his note for the like time.
III. Any person keeping a book beyond the limited time shall pay to the Librarian, for the use of the institution, twenty-five cents, per week for a Folio, eighteen cents and three-quarters per week for a Quarto, and twelve cents and a half per week for any book of smaller size, to be deducted out of his deposit; and if the book shall be kept out so long, as that the fines shall amount to more than the sum deposited, then the signer of the note, shall be liable to the payment of the surplus; which terms shall be expressed in the form of the note.
IV. Any person injuring a book, and refusing to make compensation for it, or otherwise infringing the rules, shall be excluded from future access to the books, until the next meeting of the trustees, when it shall be the duty of the Librarian to report, and of the trustees to take order, thereon.
V. All persons residing out of the city of Philadelphia who wish to take any book out of the Library, must first obtain permission in writing, from at least one of the trustees; if they reside more than seven miles from the city, they may retain a book double the time allowed an inhabitant within the city, without incurring a fine.
VI. The trustees shall, from time to time, determine what books shall not be permitted to be taken out of the Library.
By-law of the Loganian Library adopted February 14, 1833.The members of the Library Company of Philadelphia shall be permitted to take out books from the Loganian Library upon signing a promissory note to return the same undefaced within the time limited by the existing by-law, and upon pledging at the same time their respective shares in the Company as security for such return