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Vol. XI.

September, 1907.

No. 9.


Reference Department.

During the month of August there were received at the Library, by purchase, 1,016 volumes and 487 pamphlets; by gift, 887 volumes and 1,498 pamphlets; and by exchange, 37 volumes and 174 pamphlets, making a total of 1,940 volumes and 2,159 pamphlets.

There were catalogued 1,371 volumes and 882 pamphlets; the number of cards written was 1,033, and of slips for the copying machine 1,573; from the latter were received 8,200 cards.

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:


Circulation Department.

The most popular books of the month were (in non-fiction): Clemens' "Christian Science," Ibsen's Plays, Spencer's "Education"; (adult fiction): De Morgan's "Alice-for-Short," Williamson's "Princess Virginia," Mason's "Running Water"; (juvenile fiction): Wiggin's "New Chronicles of Rebecca," Lang's Fairy Books, Barbour's "Crimson Sweater."


East Broadway, 33

East Broadway, 197

Rivington Street, 61

Le Roy Street, 66

Bond Street, 49

8th Street. 135 Second Avenue

10th Street, 331 East

13th Street, 251 West

23d Street, 228 East

23d Street, 209 West

34th Street, 215 East

40th Street, 501 West

42d Street, 226 West

50th Street, 123 East

51st Street, 463 West

58th Street, 121 East

67th Street, 328 East

69th Street. 190 Amsterdam Avenue.

Travelling Libraries

77th Street. 1465 Avenue A

79th Street, 222 East

81 st Street. 444 Amsterdam Avenue.

Blind Library

96th Street, J.12 East

iootta Street, 206 West

110th Street, 174 East

123d Street, 32 West

125th Street, 224 East

135th Street, 103 West

145th Street, 503 West

156th Street 922 St. Nicholas Avenue.


140th Street and Alexander Avenue...

176th Street and Washington Avenue.

Kingsbridge Avenue, 3041

St. George

Port Richmond





Gifts of the month worthy of mention came from the following: Henry C. Rew, his " Wonders of the World Abroad . . . illustrated with numerous remarkable camera pictures, privately imprinted for Henry C. Rew and dedicated to the Old Guard at a memorable dinner given in Buffalo, Friday evening, September J5> 1905," issued in an edition of 500 copies from the Mathews-Northrup press; Ira H. Brainard, Facsimile reprint of Lincoln's Cooper Union Address, New York, 1860; from the Century Company, a collection of 196 volumes and 539 pamphlets, periodicals, government documents, etc.; from Micajah Pratt Clough, Impressions of two bookplates by E. D. French; from General Charles L. Davis, his "North Carolina Society of Cincinnati," Boston, 1907; from Doctor S. A Green, a miscellaneous collection, including his " Lawrence family of Groton, Massachusetts, "etc.; from Samuel V. Hoffman, "A memorial biography of the Very Reverend Eugene Augustus Hoffman," by Theodore Myles Riley, 2 volumes, privately printed at the Marion Press, Jamaica, N. Y., 1904; from L. S. Holtzoff, his " Contemporary America," Vol. i, 1907; from the Kaukasische Museum and öffentliche Bibliothek in Tiflis, their" Bericht" for 1903, 1904, and 1905; from William O. McDowell, 42 numbers of the " Courrier de la Conference de la Paix "; from Ralph Modjeski, a copy of " The Thebes Bridge: a report to the President and Directors of the Southern Illinois and Missouri Bridge Company," by Alfred Noble and Ralph Modjeski, Chief Engineers (Chicago, 1907); from Luis Thayer Ojeda, a copy of his "Thayer family of Brockworth according to the researches of Rev. Canon William Bazcley," Santiago de Chile, 1907; from the Railroad Gazette, a collection of 154 volumes and 5 pamphlets, mainly books relating to mining, engineering, etc.; from M. Reid and Company, a copy of the "Fiftieth anniversary of M. Reid and Company, containing illustrations of some of the buildings recently erected by this Company"; from the Scientific American, 55 volumes and 532 pamphlets, a miscellaneous collection of periodicals, etc.; from Wilbur Marcy Stone, 23 bookplates designed by himself; and from Henry Winslow, 3 etchings by himself.

At the Lenox Branch the exhibition of etchings, lithographs and other prints by contemporary German artists, and the collection of bookplates, remained on view. At the Astor Branch the exhibition of plates from H. S. Williams' "History of the Art of Writing" was continued, as was also the collection of original etchings by American artists.

Picture bulletins and temporary collections of books on special shelves at the circulation branches were as follows: Hudson Park, Gardens; Bond Street, Harvest days, Music, School days; Ottendorfer, Hendrik Hudson, Deutsche Romane; TompkinsSquare, Birthdays of celebrated men and women, Holland and the Dutch, Labor day, Our navy; Jackson Square, Summer day; Muhlenberg, Arabian Nights' Entertainment, Some stories for vacation days; 34TH Street, Philippines, Korea, Panama, Stories of the railroad; O-jth Street, Books about the baby, Books for our gardeners, Fairies; Riverside, Tales of the sea, Vacation stories; St. Agnes, Books on Holland, Books for little folks; i25th Street, Fairy stories, Labor; Bloomingdale, Tragedies of childhood, Flying machines; HamilTon Grange, The little librarian, Fishing; Мотт Haven, Notable people, Travel; Stapleton, Play days, The sea, Vacation reading; Tottenville, Robert Fulton, Golden numbers.

In addition there were bulletins on sports at four branches, on new books at three branches, on Richard Mansfield at two branches, and on Augustus Saint Gaudens at two branches.

Until further notice reading-room service in circulation branches on Sundays from 2 to 6 p. M., and on week-day evenings until 10 p. M., is arranged as follows:

Rivington Street Branch... .61 Rivington Street Sundays and Evenings

Ottendorfer Branch 135 Second Avenue Sundays

Tompkins Square Branch 231 East 10th Street Sundays

Muhlenberg Branch 209 West 23d Street Sundays

Riverside Branch 190 Amsterdam Avenue. .Sundays

The following branches are open for the circulation of books on Sunday:

St. Raphael Branch 501 West 40th Street 10 A. M. to Noon

Cathedral Branch 123 East 50th Street "" ""

Sacred Heart Branch 463 West 51st Street "" ""

East Broadway Branch 197 East Broadway 9 A. M. to 6 p. M.

Except as stated above, circulation branches close on Sundays, and on week days their reading rooms are closed at 9 P. M. The Astor branch is open from 9 A. M. to 9 P. M., and Lenox from 9 A. M. to 6 P. M. except on Sundays.


The following letters to Commodore Richard Dale are printed from the original manuscripts in the New York Public Library.

Benjamin Stoddert то Richard Dale.

Navy Department 13 July 1798. Sir

Enclosed you will receive an Act of Congress which passed the cth Inst—and new Instructions founded upon that Act, authorizing the Capture of French armed vessels, wherever found. You may therefore allow yourself a wider range, & keep farther from the shores. The French cruisers have too good information of your cruising ground to come within your reach. You will try whether you cannot fall in with them two or three degrees farther from the Coast—indeed if you have sufficient confidence in your crew, and ship, (which I wish was better prepared) you may have a better chance of falling in with them coming on our Coast, or going off with their prizes, by standing as far to the Southward as Latitude 34, & as far Eastward as Longitude 65—which will be about one Degree Westward of Bermudas, & in the tract of the Enemy ['s] Vessels.

The Cutter at New York of 14 guns will be prepared for Sea by the 2Oth Inst—The Captain will be ordered to join you, & I hope will be ready to do it on that day. You will Judge whether it will be most prudent to wait until you have this Vessel under your Command, before you venture so far as I have suggested.

Capt. Dectaur in a better appointed ship than yours has been more fortunate than you have yet been—but let not that circumstance make you uneasy. Your Services have been highly advantageous in protecting the merchant Vessels, & in keeping in a great degree the Enemy from our coasts—and the confidence of the President, and your Country, in your vigilance, enterprise, & Bravery, is undiminished.

The Coast from Cape Henry to Long Island, is still to be the object of your protection. It is not unlikely that in stretching farther South, you may fall in with Capt. Truxton.

Congress it is expected, will adjourn in two or three days without a positive declaration of War. Yet we shall not on that account, be the less at War with the armed Vessels of France. But it is the policy of this Country & Justice requires, that we should not forget, that we are at Peace with all the rest of the World. You will therefore treat the Vessels, Citizens, & Subjects of all other nations, as you would wish to be treated by them. American Commanders, will not suffer themselves, to be outdone in Zeal & Bravery in the Service of their Country—nor should they, in their attention to the Duties of Hospitality & Humanity. If you should ever fall in with an American Vessel captured by an Armed Vessel of any Nation

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