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the time beings fubject nevertheless to all such contracts heretofore made and now subsisting between the said Union Library Company and any of their members, as the said Directors shall deem proper and expedient.

Enacted and published the 13th of March, 1769.

FRANCIS HOPKINSON, Secretary.

A Law to enable the Directors of the Library Company of Philadel

phia, to purchase a lot of ground in the City of Philadelphia, to crect a building thereon for the use of the institution, and for other purposes therein mentioned.

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N order to accommodate the company with a lot of ground,

and a convenient building for the uses of the library, IT IS ENACTED by the Library Company of Philadelphia, That empowerede the Directors shall have power and authority to purchase a a lot. lot in the city of Philadelphia, on ground rent, on the best terms they can procure, and to cause to be executed, on behalf of the company, a proper counterpart of the deed to be received for the said ground.

THAT the Directors shall have power to contract for mate

And erect a rials and workmanship, and to cause to be erected a suitable building, building, with cellars, the said building to be two stories high, and of a Gize sufficient to accommodate and serve the purposes of the library, having regard therein to a gradual increase of books, and other articles there to be deposited.

THAT in order to defray the expence of the said building, One hundred the Directors shall endeavour to make an addition to the num- previously ber of the members, by disposing of shares, and having procur

disposed of. ed one hundred new members, they may proceed on the work, and may appropriate the monies now due, and becoming due, and belonging to the company, as well as the cash in the hands of the Treasurer, reserving enough for the current expenses of

Directors the library. And the Directors are hereby empowered to grant, empowered bargain and sell for the highest price they can obtain, and by real estate deed or deeds, under the common seal of the company, convey the company

and affure all or any part of the real estate belonging to the company, and to appropriate the monies arising from the said sales to the purposes aforesaid.

And part of the lot which they may purchase.

It is hereby further enacted, That the Directors for the time being, may fell or let out on ground rent for ever, and by deed or deeds, under the common seal of the company, convey and affure such part of the lot they may purchase, as they may judge proper. Enacted at a general meeting, held pursuant to public notice, on Monday the first day of June, 1789.

W. RAWLE, Secretary.

At a meeting of the Directors, December 6th, 1792.

Resolved, that persons indebted for fines or hire, be, in future, entirely precluded from the use of the books belonging to the Library Company of Philadelphia, until such fines and hire be paid.

Extracted from the Minutes,

BENJAMIN R. MORGAN, Secretary.

A Law for increasing the Price of Shares.

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OR the increasing the funds of the Library Company of

Philadelphia, for the enlarging the collection of books, and facilitating the advancement of knowledge and literature, It is enacted by the faid Library Company of Philadelphia, That any person or persons (who shall be approved of by the Directors for the time being) shall be admitted a member or members of the faid Company as fully, to all intents and purposes, as any member now is or can be, upon paying into the hands of the said Company's Treasurer, the sum of Forty DOLLARS, and receiving a certificate, agreeably to the directions of a law directing the manner of admitting new members.

And be it further enacted, That so much of the law, passed on the twentieth day of February, one thousand seven hundred and fixty-eight, as fixes the price of a share at ten pounds, be hereby repealed.

Enacted at a general meeting, held pursuant to public notice,
on Friday the thirtieth day of August, 1793.

BENJAMIN R. MORGAN, Secretary.

At a meeting of the Directors, on the second of January, 1794, the following

report was made and adopted by the Board, to wit:

The committee to whom was referred the application of the Librarian, relative to the cases of executors and administrators of deceased members, report,

That it would be advisable to direct the Librarian, that no books shall be lent, in such cases, except on notes signed by all the executors or adminiftrators of the person deceased, or by some one of them, appointed and authorized by written orders of the others-such orders to be left with the Librarian as long as any books are taken out by virtue of them.

Extracted from the minutes of the Directors,

BENJAMIN R. MORGAN, Secretary.

An act to repeal so much of any law or laws of the Company, as authorizes the

Directors to dispose of the real estate belonging to the Company. IT is enacted by the Library Coinpany of Philadelphia, Thạt so much of any law or laws as authorizes and empowers the Directors to grant or demise any part of the real estate belonging to the said Company shall be and the same is hereby repealed. Provided always nothing herein contained shall be deemed or taken to restrain the Directors from making leases or agreements relative to the building erected for the reception of the Loganian Library,

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the cellar under the same, and the cellar under the building in which the Library belonging to this institution is now contained.

Enacted at a general meeting held pursuant to public notice,

on the sixteenth day of March, 1795.

BENJAMIN R. MORGAN, Secretary.

At a meeting of the Directors of the Library Company of Philadelphia, April

17, 1795.

The Secretary reported, That the following act has been passed by the Legislature of this commonwealth, viz.

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An act to authorize the Directors of the Library Company of Philadelphia to in

crease the annual payment of the Members of the said Company. HEREAS, by the charter of the said company, the annual payments di

rected to be made by its respective members appear limited to the sum s of ten shillings, which, from the depreciation of money since the year one thou“ sand seven hundred and forty-two, when the said charter was granted, has be“come inadequate to the purposes originally intended : And whereas, the stock. “ holders in the said company, at a general meeting on the sixteenth of March,

one thousand seven hundred and ninety five, instructed the Directors to petition “the Legislature to pass a law authorizing the said Directors to increase the said “ payments to two dollars, and it appears reasonable that the prayer of the said “petitioners should be granted.

“ Section 1. Be it therefore enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in General Assembly met, and it is hereby "enacted by the authority of the same, That the Directors of the Library Company, 6 for the time being, be, and they are hereby, authorized to increase the annual “ payments hereafter to be made by the members of the said company, to the sum “of two dollars from each member of the said company, any thing in the char“ter thereof to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding.

“GEORGE LATIMER, Speaker

of the House of Representatives.

“ROBERT HARE, Speaker of the Senate. « Approved, April the thirteenth, 1795.

" THOMAS MIFFLIN, Governor

of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."

Whereupon, the following resolution was agreed to, viz.

Whereas by an act of the General Affembly, passed on the thirteenth day of April instant, the Directors of the Library Company of Philadelphia are authorized to increase the annual payments to be made by each member to the sum of two dollars, it is therefore Resolved, That the an

nual payment to be made on each share, on the first Monday of May next, and from and after that time, shall be, and it is hereby, increased to the sum of two dollars, and the Treasurer is hereby authorized and instructed, to demand and receive the same from the Members, under the like penalties and forfeitures as are now in force for recovering the annual payments heretofore established.

Extracted

from the Minutes,

BENJAMIN R. MORGAN, Secretary.

At a meeting of the Directors, held the sixth of Augus, 1795, the following

resolution was adopted, to wit:

Resolved, that every member, or other person, who shall take out a book or books on hire, fhall pay, for the use of the Library, the following rates weekly: For Duodecimos and Octavos two fixteenths of a dollar, Quartos three fixteenths of a dollar, and Folios four fixteenths of a dollar, and no smaller sum, although the book may be returned within the week.

That for neglecting to return the book or books, so taken out on hire, within the times specified in the rules of the Company, they shall pay to the Librarian, for the use aforesaid, two fixteenths of a dollar per week in addition to the hire. *

Extracted from the minutes,

BENJAMIN R. MORGAN, Secretary:

At a meeting of the Directors held November 7, 1805, the following resolution

was adopted, to wit:

Books belonging to this institution, having in several instances been obtained by printers, and taken to pieces for the purpose of enabling them to print new editions, and such practices being deemed inconsistent with the purposes for which the Library has been established, Resolved, that in all

'For the further penalties sce che rules and regulations annexed, particularly the 3d and 4th.

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