« ZurückWeiter »
stract will shew its progress and pre- lings, and the like sum shall be paid hy sent state, and the insertion of it and all who join them at any future period. the regulations will much oblige,
2. Each member shall continue to
pay an annual contribution of Ten ShilYour obedient Servant,
lings and Sixpence. The first payment
to commence on the first Wednesday John Meliss.
of January next, 1805: After which, Progressive Account of the Glasgow' and in all time coming, those who enter Public Library.
betwixt the first of January and the
first of April, shall pay a full year's con1804. Subscribers . Vols. tribution. Those who enter betwixt July 2.
2 the first of April and the first of OctoDec. 10.
40 ber, shall pay a half year's contribution: 1805.
-And those who enter betwixt' the Jan. 3.
first of October and the first of January, April 1. 72
shall be free uill January. It being al169
ways understood that such payments July 1. 126
are over and above the entry-money. Oct. 1. 145
3. All the money which may be rai. 1806.
sed in virtue of this Institution shall be Jan. 1. 143
487 laid out in Books of approven merit, April 1. 173
745 only, and of which a judgement will be July 1. 199
782 formed by a majority of the members Oct. 1. 210
at each general meeting.
4. There shall be Four General Meet1807.
ings held every year, viz, On the first Jan. 1. 240
Wednesday of January—the first Wed. April 1.
1086 nesday of April--the first Wednesday July 1. 275
1105 of July—and the first Wednesday of Oct. 1, 289
October. Intimation of the place and 1808.
hour of meeting, to be sent to each Jan. 1.
member by the Secretary or Librarian, April 1.
three days before the meetings take 317
place. Extraordinary general meetings, July 1. 332
upon special affairs, may at any time, Oct. 1. 339
1502 be called by the Curators; or, upon a 1809.
request made to them, under the hand Jan, 1. 371
1650 of any twelve Subscribers, which they Abstract of the Regulations of tbe Glasgow eight days after such request, and
are obliged to comply with, withia Public Library, instituted Dec. 10. 1804.
cause the same to be intimated accorPREAMBLE.
dingly; and the meeting cannot be; To provide for the means of diffu. held sooner than three days after the inșing Literature and Knowledge, is an timation, object of the greatest importance to so- 5. The Management of this Instituciety, and claims the attention of every tion shall be vested in a Committee, friend to mankind,
consisting of nine Curators, Treasurer, To answer this end it is judged a mat. Secretary, and Librarian ; of whom four ter of great utility, to establish a Pub. shall at all times be a quorum. The lic Library in the City of Glasgow, 0- mode of election of these office-bearers pen upder proper regulations, to all shall be thus: the presiding Subscriber who may be inclined to take the benefit shall put the question, Who of the perof it, upon paying a small sum annually, sons in the list of Subscribers shall be towards its maintenance and increase. first Curator? and shall, in presence
For establishing such a Library, tle of the meeting, take a solemn promise Subscribers have agreed upon the fol- from the person on whom the choice lowing articles of institution.
has fallen, That he shall discharge 1. — Unalterable. — Each Subscriber the duties of his office with fidelity, shall pay of entry.money, Twelve Shil-. The person so elected, being thence.
But if any
forth Preses of the meeting, shall pro- enable them to prepare this list, every
The otices of Treasu. as meet his approbation.
addition was made to the above 9. At each quarterly general meeting,
a Report of the proceedings of the Com-
6. The Treasurer sha ave the ma. judge proper, and give orders to the
ficient to pay.
tion, to the persons holding the follow. 8. A meeting of the Committee shall ing offices :- The Peers of Parliament, be held on the Wednesday previous to whose ordipary place of family residence each general meeting, when the Trea- is in the county of Lanark-The Mem. sürer shall lay a state of his transactions ber of Parliament for the county of Lanbefore them, for the purpose of being ark-The Member of Parliament for audited and settled, and the balance in the district of borougbs of which Glashis hands ascertained. They will then gow is one-The Lord Provost, Dean inform themselves as to the state of the of Guild, and Deacon Convener of the Library, and make out a report there- Trades of the City of Glasgow-The on, to be laid before the general meet. Principal of the College of Glasgow-ing. They will also prepare, to be laid The Moderator for the time of the before the general meeting, a list of such Presbytery of Glasgow--The SheriffBooks as they would recommend for the Depute of the county of Lanark, and his use of the Library. And the better to Substitute-The Sheriff Clerk of the
county of Lanark-The Dean of the Eight Hundred and Four.–They shall Faculty of Procurators in the City of also compose the general meetings, Glasgow—The Town Clerk of the City where each Subscriber shall have a of Glasgow—and the Preses of the Fa. voice : but where no attempt shall be culty of Physicians and Surgeons in made to change any thing in the constiGlasgow.
tution of the Library, which, by these In the Name of these Trustees, all Articles, is declared to be unalterable. actions, or suits at law, shall be insti. Of these general meetings the first Cututed, or defended; and when called up. rator shall always be Preses :-in his on by the Committee, or a third at absence, the next Curator, and so on least of the Subscribers, they may ex- to the last :-in the absence of all the amine and rectify any abuses which may Curators, the Treasurer:-or in his abat any time take place, contrary to sence, the first Subscriber on the list these Articles.
who is present. The Curators shall 11. Such as wish at any time to be. cause a list of the Subscribers to be come members of this Institution, shall made up eight days previous to each pay the entry-money, and annual con- general meeting : this list shall be entribution, in terms of these Articles, to tered in a book kept for the purpose, the Treasurer, who will give a receipt and signed by the Secretary, which book for it. Upon producing this receipt shall be produced at every general meetto the Librarian, he is empowered to ing. add his name to the list of Subscribers, 16.-Unalterable. The sole property and admit him a member accordingly. of the Library, consigned over to the
12. The right of a Subscriber to the Public, shall remain vested in the Trususe of the Library cannot be transferred tees, under the settled Management, and to any other person or persons.
for the declared purposes of the Insti. 3d Fan, 1806. The preceding regula. tution. tion was altered thus: The right of a Sub- 17. Should any of the persons who are scriber to the use of the Library may be nominated Trustees become Subscribtransferred to any other person, on such ers for the privilege of the use of the Subscriber sending a letter to that effect Library, they shall be requested again to the Secretary ; and the person to to subscribe in the Testing Clause of whom the transfer is made shall be ad. this Instrument, in the special character mitted a member on subscribing the of Trustees, by the name of the office, Regulations, and paying Two Shillings character, and capacity, under which and Sixpence in name of entry-money. they are so nominated, and their sub
13. Such aș, by declining to pay the scription is to be accounted valid also annual contribution, have forfeited their for such of the Trustees as do not acprivilege to the use of the Library, may tually subscribe, provided they have au. be again admitted, upon either paying thority to that effect. up their arrears, or paying the entry- 18. A majority of two-thirds of the money anew. Declaring, however, that Subscribers may, at any future period, such members as are under the necessi- apply to the Crown for a Charter of Inty of leaving the place, shall not there- corporation,
or to the Provost, Magis. by lose their privilege, but shall, on their trates, and Town Council of the City return, be free to the use of the Library, of Glasgow, for a Seal of Cause to the on paying the yearly contributions, in same effect; having these Articles interms of these Articles.
serted as the basis of incorporation, and 14. Should any person, who has been vesting in the Subscribers so incorporata member for five years, become unable ed, in place of the Trustees, the proper. to pay the annual contributions, he will ty of the Library, reserving, however, be entitled to the use of the Library to the Trustees, all the authority here gratis.—The Managers for the time will by given them as Guardians of the Lib. be judges of such claims.
rary. 15.--Unalterable. The whole Subscribd. RULES FOR THE LIBRARIAN. ers shall form one Society, to be called The Librarian shall keep the key of by the name of The Subscribers for the the Library, and have the custody of use of the Glasgow Public Library, in the Books, for which he shall be acstituted in the Year One Thousand countable, When he enters on his Feb. 1809.
charge, he shall receive an exact Cara. may take it out anew, provided no Jogue of the Books, subscribed by the other Subscriber has applied for it in the 'Treasurer and five of the Curators, interim. which shall lie in the Library ;-and a copy of this Catalogue, subscribed by Scotland, so far as I have learned,
There are only three libraries in the Librarian, with an acknowledge. ment of his having received the Books which have been made public propertherein, shall be lodged with the Treaty, by a conveyance to trustees : viz.
one at Perth, established about thirty 2. Each Subscriber shall be entitled years ago; the one at Glasgow, of to receive from the Librarian, and have which this is an account ; and one rein his possession at one time, only one cently established at Leith. Their volume of folio, or of quarto; or two volumes of any one Book in octavo and utility is so highly obvious, that it is deunder ; but when any book consists of voutly to be wished similar institutions one volume, he shall be entitled to have
were established in every town, and in that volume only.
every parish of Scotland.
J. M. 3. Books in folio may be kept out of the Library six weeks at a time-in quarto four weeks--in octavo and un. der
, two weeks. A single Number of Letters to the Editor, occasioned by any Book, Review, or Magazine, four
SIR JOHN Carr's CALEDONIAN days only.
SKETCHES. 4. If any Subscriber detain a Book
LETTER I. - Introduction. LOCH bevond the time specified, he must pay
NESS. a fine of three pence for every week the book is so detained, and for a less time
SIR, in proportion; and he can have no o. ther book from the library till the fore IN the Caledonian Sketches by Sir
JOHN CARR, just published, that mer be returned, and the fine paid.
s. If any Subscriber shall lend or suf. renowned tourist seems to have been fer to be lent out of his house or family, at great pains to conciliate the natives any Book or Pamphlet belonging to the of Scotland. This he has attempted, Library, he shall forfeit Two Shillings not only directly by the most flatterand Sixpence for the first offence-Five ing encomiums, and testimonies to Shillings for the second—and if guilty their courage, their learning, and their. of a third, he shalt forfeit all right to hospitality; but obliquely, (if I misthe Library."
take not,) by a curious stratagem, and 6. If a Subscriber lose a Book, he must pay the value of ir; or if a vo.
one scarcely very creditable to the lilume of a set be lost, that set must be terary character. Knowing that the taken and paid for. If any Book be name of Dr Samuel Johnson is not the injured beyond what may be reasonably most grateful in the world to truly allowed for the using, it must be laid Scottish ears, and probably supposing before the Committee for their determi- that the antipathy to it is much nation, and the injury be paid for to
er than it really is, he has thought fit their satisfaction. 7. The Librarian must take a receipt,
to introduce the great lexicographer in a Book to be kept for the purpose,
on numberless occasions from the for every book lent out; but should it time that he enters the Debateable be inconvenient for any subscriber tuat. Land till he leaves Scotland, --sometend in person, for the purpose of grant. times even forcing him in by the ing such receipt, he must send a line to shoulders ; and, on most occasions, he the Librarian, who will, in that case, be
seems to have introduced him for no authorized to subscribe for him.
other 8. The Librarian must lend out the
purpose than to decry him, and Books to the Subscribers in the order to hold him up to ridicule and conof their application. A Subscriber, af. tempt. As I do not recollect of Sir ter keeping a Book the time specified, John Carr having previously manifesta
ed such hostility to this illustrious exposed only to those winds' which Englishman, I hope I may be excu- have more power to agitate than consed for saying, that I can figure no o- seal; or it is kept in perpetual mother motive for so hazardous an at- tion by the rush of streams from the tack, but a wish to gratify his suppo- rocks that inclose it. Its profundity; sed anti-Johnsonian readers, and per- though it should be such as is reprehaps to propitiate the Censors of the sented, can have little part in this exNorth. No device could be more emption; for though deep wells are shallow. Even in Scotland, Johnson's not frozon, because their water is sepre-eminence as a moralist is fully ad- cluded from the external air, yet, mitted ; and his learning and taste are where a wide surface is exposed to the admired; while his bigotry and super- full influence of a freezing atmosphere, stition are pitied and forgiven, at least I know not why the depth should by all those who are likely to peruse keep it open. Natural philosophy is the Caledonian Sketches, in the form now one of the favourite studies of of an elegant 4to, price two guineas the Scottish nation, and Lough Ness in boards.
well deserves to be diligently exaBut even supposing Sir John Carr mined t." bo be free from the imputation now Nothing, it must be allowed, can hinted at, it must be evident to every be more unphilosophical than the Docreader of his Sketches, that he is ex- tor's arguments just quoted. He protremely willing to have this work claims his unacquaintance with hycompared with the Journey to the drostatics and chemistry. Western Islands; and that he has se- scarcely be necessary to remind any dulously employed himself, in the reader, why depth should retard freezcourse of his tour, in endeavouring to ing ;-that, during frost, the particles find out the Doctor's errors, and that of the water come to the surface in he exults in correcting them. What- succession, the lighter and warmer asever had been his motives, the public cending, and the colder and heavier would have been obliged to him for descending, till the whole mass of wataking this trouble, provided only he ter attain an equal temperature. If had shewn himself qualified for the the depth of a lake be very great, it undertaking. How very unfit he is, must evidently require many weeks, shall shortly appears
perhaps months, to accomplish this e Although Dr Johnson was undoubt- qualization of temperature ; and, till edly a man of a most capacious mind, then, its surface will not be frozen
a very dungeon of learning *,"yet, in one interesting department of Without stating any objection to literature, it is well known he was the Doctor's opinion, however, (altho' wofully deficient : I mean physical he thus had a fair opportunity, if he science in general. His journey a- knew when to embrace it,) Sir John bounds with examples. Speaking of Carr favours us with a new view of Loch Ness never freezing, he says: the non- freezing quality of Loch “ If it be true that this lake never Ness, stimulated, no doubt, by the refreezes, it is either sheltered by its mark of Dr Johnson, that "it well high banks from the cold blasts, and “ deserves to be diligently examined.”
* It is a matter of curious observa
tion, (says the Knight, that the ri* A dungeon of learning!-a fine and
ver Ness, like the lake from which it perfectly new expression for profundity
issues, of lore, for the knowledge of which the literary world is indebted to Sir John Carr.
ť svo edition, 1775, p. 63•