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$3,291 02 $7,844 62
technic Association and Far
mers' Club .. Freight on Transactions Incidental expenses.
40 00 101 71 32 40
5 25 48 00 12 91 45 00 67 00
7 88 178 99
Account of property held by the Institute February 1, 1863. Real estate-No. 351 Broadway and No. 891 Leonard street, cost....
$45,800 00 Less mortgage
$25,800 00 Library and fixtures
13,643 65 Office furniture and fixtures, iron safes, case of models of fruit, &c.
Carried forward... [Am. Inst.]
$40,378 40 Property used at the Fairs..
1,353 60 Gold and silver medals on hand..
Cash in the treasury Feb. 1, 1863....
$42,370 50 REPORT OF THE LIBRARY COMMITTEE OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE,
The report submitted by the Library Committee to the Institute, at its stated meeting in the month of December, was merely a brief statement of its operations up to that period. Your committee now beg leave to submit their Annual Report, as directed by section 49 of the by-laws.
The present and past year have been rendered memorable in the annals of our history, and but little encouragement has been offered to make any unusual efforts to extend the usefulness of this branch of the Institute, either to its members or to the public. Yet, while surrounded with discouraging influences, your committee have not disponded in their labors, although they have not been disposed to make the usual annual additions of books to the library. They have consequently restricted their purchases to such books as seemed absolutely necessary to supply the wants of those members whose pursuits are more particularly of a scientific character.
Their monthly meetings have been held regularly, at all of which a quorum of members have been present; and many of them have been attended by the whole committee. The number of volumes in the library, at the date of the last report was.....
8,332 There has been added during the year by purchase ... 36 By subscription..
Total volumes in the library...
It may not be uninteresting to the Institute to know that your committee are somewhat extensively connected by correspondence and exchanges with kindred institutions, both in our own and other countries; they, therefore, deem it not inappropriate to specify them. They comprise the following:
AUSTRIA.—Engineers' Society, Vienna.
Imperial Royal Agricultural Society, Vienna.
do Nantes. do
do Marseilles. do
do Rouen. do
do Bordeaux. do
do Mentz. do
do Lyons. Minister of Agriculture and Commerce, Paris. Museum of Natural History of France. National Assembly, France. National Academy of Rouen. Society for the Encouragement of National Industry. GREAT Britain.—Royal Agricultural Society of England. Society of Arts, London. Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland. CANADA.-Mechanics' Institute, Montreal. Natural History Society, Montreal. Library, city of Montreal. Mechanics’ Institute, Toronto. Russia.—Imperial Library, St. Petersburg. Imperial Academy, St. Petersburg. Imperial Free Economic Society of St. Petersburg. Horticultural Society of St. Petersburg. Imperial Society of Agriculture, Moscow. UNITED STATES.-Agricultural College, Michigan. American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass. Burlington County, N. J., Society of History and Natural Sciences. Brooklyn Horticultural Society. Franklin Institute of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Harvard College Library. Illinois State Agricultural Society. Maine Board of Agriculture. Massachusetts Board of Agriculture. Michigan State Agricultural Society. Maryland Institute, Baltimore. Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore.
Mercantile Library Association, New York.
Owing to the temporarily diminished resources of the Institute, your committee deem it inexpedient to ask a further appropriation of money for their use at present. There remains subject to their draft, of an unexpended appropriation, the sum of $83.06, with which it is hoped their successors will be able to meet all obligations that may be incurred by them during the next year. It cannot be denied that the library rooms present one of the most attractive features of the Institute; they are well warmed and lighted, and offer inducements to its members to frequent them often. The most instructive and interesting periodicals are at their command, while those who are more particularly interested in agriculture and science, will always find standard works upon those subjects to aid them in their researches. Nor should it be forgotten that the Institute offers attractions to those who are not specially devoted to these interesting and important objects. It is centrally located, easy of access, the annual dues are small, and if no higher motive than that of economy were urged, it is doubtful if any public institution in the city offers superior inducements, or where one can pass an evening more satisfactorily or profitably, especially when it is considered that every member is