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1840


The Collected Letters, Volume 12


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TC AND WILLIAM DOUGAL CHRISTIE TO MEMBERS OF THE LONDON LIBRARY ; 14 December 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18401214-TCWDC-MLL-01; CL 12: 362-363


TC AND WILLIAM DOUGAL CHRISTIE TO MEMBERS OF THE LONDON LIBRARY

57 PALL MALL, / December 14th, 1840.

SIR,

WE are instructed by the Committee of the LONDON LIBRARY to inform you that at a Meeting held by them on Saturday, the 28th of November,1 it was resolved,—

That the Library shall be opened, and books issued on the first of May, 1841.

That the entrance-money, £5, be now declared due, and the subscribers requested to pay the same to Messrs. Bouverie and Co., 11 Haymarket.

That the first annual subscription of £2 be declared due on the first of May, 1841.

We have therefore to request, unless it should have already been done, the early payment of your entrance-money.

The Committee are now of necessity actively engaged in the collection of books for the Library. In collecting books for a Library which is to embrace every department of literature and philosophy, they must of course proceed both systematically, and with that fair degree of attention to all subjects, which will for a long time preclude the possibility of completeness in any one. The Committee are anxious, however, to combine, so far as is possible, an adherence to system with the satisfaction of the wants of subscribers; and with this view we are instructed to invite you to send in to the Committee a list of the books which you are likely to apply for from the library. The Committee wish it to be understood that they do not bind themselves to the purchase of the books named, but that they will be happy to be guided by your wishes, so far as is compatible with the system of their proceeding.

We are also instructed to state, that the Committee will be glad to receive any donations which you may be kindly disposed to make to an institution having very large objects in view, and requiring very large means for their adequate realization; and that they will feel obliged by any exertions which you may have it in your power to make in the way of promising additional subscribers.

We have the honour to be, / Sir, /
Your faithful and obedient servants,

T. CARLYLE
W. D. CHRISTIE

Honorary
Secretaries.2