House Library 1816 to 1916
|Some major entries on this page:|
|On 2/7/1866 he applied for leave for Charles Dundas to use the Library in the long vacation and on 3/12/1866 the Committee wrote to him to say that because of Dundas's:|
|... conduct in the Library on Monday evenings lately he will not be allowed to enter the Library for the future.|
|He died in 1883 and a long letter of sympathy signed by J.W. Leavers as president was sent from the meeting of 7/5/1883.|
The Committee of Bromley House Library having met this day, desire most respectfully to express to you their profound sense of loss in the death of your late husband the Rev. J.F. McCallan, and their deep grief at his sudden removal from the sphere of his varied and valuable activities. They vividly recall his long and unflagging interest in the Library the rich culture and thoughtful counsel which he placed at its service, and the bright urbanity which rendered him always so welcome a colleague to all whose privilege it was to work with him.
Nor while painfully missing him from their own board, can the Committee forget how widely his pure and kindly influence extended. They gratefully remember the zealous support which he brought to every Institution in the Town of his adoption, which commended itself to his judgement, as conducive to the best welfare of the people;and they cherish above all the recollection of that true Christian liberality, which bound him in sympathy and friendship with many of his fellow townsmen widely separated from him in opinion, and did so much to mitigate the bitterness of parly and to diffuse around him the spirit of the Master whom he served.
The Committee beg to be allowed to offer to you and to your children their deep and respectful sympathy in your sorrow.
I am, Madam,
On behalf of the Committee
Very faithfully yours,
|His widow replied to the meeting of 7/8/1883.|
|James William McCraith
|At their retirement every householder in the parish signed an address that read:|
|You have by your sympathy, kindness, and unfailing courtesy, endeared yourselves to our hearts, and by your devotion to duty you have shown us an example to follow, which must always remain impressed on our memories.|
[3953 & 4204]
|He bought from the Library:|
|Newspapers - ‘Papers 2nd hand’||6s 0d||29/12/1900||Books||6s 0d||26/11/1902|
||£1 5s 0d||13/11/1901||Books||2s 0d||20/11/1914|
|In April 1857 Mazzini wrote to Jessie Meriton White:|
|Do not write to Marioni; good as he is, he knows nothing about the actual condition of Italy: he has not a single correspondent since years and is in a dreamy half-Piedmontese, half-Palmerstonian condition.|
|The Minute Book for 11/3/1866 has the following entry:|
document of which the following is a copy was affixed in the Library
on the 2nd day of March 1867.
Bromley House Library
Pursuant to the 25th Rule notice is hereby given that at the annual general meeting of the Shareholders to be holden on the first Tuesday in April 1867 the following resolution will be proposed for adoption. - Viz. -
That in the opinion of this meeting the expenditure in Salaries and Wages is excessive, and that the Committee be, and are hereby requested to take immediate steps to reduce the same and at the same time secure greater efficiency in the service of the Library.
|The names of 23 subscribers appear below this and their presence is individually recorded against their names in the main list.|
|The minutes for 15/3/1867 contain:|
|To Samuel Newham
President of Bromley House Library
You are aware that I some time ago placed my Resignation as Librarian in your hands but with the view that its acceptance by the Committee should be deferred until Xmas next.
Finding however that dissatisfaction exists amongst some of the Subscribers who might become an increasing source of unpleasant feeling between me and them I have reflected that I should best consult the interests of the Institution and my own character as a Gentleman by requesting you to accept my resignation.
At the same time permit me to say with all sincerity and activated by the single desire that the Institution of the Library should not suffer I will cheerfully if it be the wish of the Committee continue my service for another 3 months, i.e. until 1st July when I should respectfully beg to retire.
With the warmest feeling of respect to you and the Committee and of thankfulness for the kindness I have invariably received at their hands during the 9 past years of my office.
I have the honour to be
Your most obedient servant
|Marioni had many supporters and over the next few months they rallied to his cause so that the Committee meeting of 3/6/1867 recorded:|
|The following is a copy of the
memorial referred to in the last
To the Committee of Bromley House Library
We the undersigned Shareholders earnestly desire that Count Marioni may be requested to retain office as Librarian until the end of the present year.
From the letter of the Count entered in the Committee Minute Book it appears that when he several months ago placed his resignation in the hands of the President, he expressed the wish to remain in Office until next december, when he would have completed ten years service.
We feel confident that if this wish had been mentioned at the Annual Meeting it would have met with a hearty response and remembering the Count’s long, faithful and able services (to which the Committee and Shareholders have recently borne testimony) we desire that effect should now be given to the Count’s wish and that such arrangement should be made by the Committee as well secures to the Library the advantage of his services, until the close of the present year.
|This was dated 8/5/1867 and below are listed 135 names. (These have been entered individually in the Main List.)|
|His will, dated 4 November 1882
was witnessed, and presumably drawn up, by W.H. Toone, a
He left all his estate with a gross value of £423 5s 5d:
|Unto my two dear friends Sophia Perry Herrick of Beaumanor Park and the Reverend Thomas Street Millington of Woodhouse Eaves.|
|Buildings for which Marshall was responsible as architect include:|
(Pevsner & Williamson, 1979)
|He bought books from the Library for:|
|10s 6d||30/11/1900||5s 0d||11/12/1908||10s 0d||10/12/1913|
|8s 6d||13/11/1901||5s 0d||25/11/1910||9s 9d||20/11/1914|
|1s 0d||7/11/1907||4s 0d||5/12/1912||5s 6d||13/1/1916|
|John George Martin
|John Thornton Masser
|An inscription inside Nature and Life [Db 1084] reads:||Nature and Life also has pasted into it a two page letter from Nicholas Michell which reads:|
Bromley House Library
Presented by the Author
Wishing to present to the Bromley House Library an Illustrated volume of mine, just published, and the last Revised Edition of three other little works, I beg to say I have forwarded by post the volumes named on the other side.
I have some very old and valued friends residing in your Town, and they are pleased to think that the books might not be unacceptable to you. –– If therefore your Committee will receive them as presented to the Library by the Author, I shall feel gratified
Nature and Life – just published
Famous Women and heroes
- - - - - - - - - - - -
The Secretary of
"The Bromley House Library"
|The other two surviving members of the quartet of books carry similar inscriptions.|
| The cover of Nature and Life
|A number of payments for books were made between January 1894 and May 1895:|
|£6 0s 10d||2/1/1894||£5 0s 0d||16/7/1894||£5 10s 6d||May 1895|
|A parcel costing 1s 1d was sent on 14/12/1893.|
|Philo L. Mills (c.1832-1905)
|The signature of
Rev James Alexander Mitchell
|It was Moore who discovered the White Lion Book Club labels in some books at Bromley House and he wrote about them in Notts and Derbyshire Notes and Queries.|
|An Old Nottingham Book Society
I have recently come across two book-labels headed 'Book Society - White Lion' dated 1788-9 and designated respectively 'Town Class' and 'North Class'. The 'Town Class' contains the following names of members:- John Sherwin, Esq., Mr Samuel Turner, Rev Dr Haines, Rev A.C. Launder, Francis Gawtherne, Esq., Thomas Frost, Esq., Rev Jeremiah Bigsby, Mr Thomas Rawson, Samuel Smith, Esq., Dr Storer, Rev John Blanchard, Mr Charles Pennington, Mr John Alleyne, Mr Robert Thompson, Mr Samuel Fox, Mr Francis Roe, Coape Sherbrooke, Esq., Rev James Eyton steward. The names of the members of the 'North Class' are:- Right Honourable Lord Middleton, Sir John B. Warren, Thomas Charlton, George Robinson, Esq., Hon, Henry Sedley, Rev Robert Stanser, John Newton, Esq., Rev J. Eyton steward.
Each member was required to transmit the books to the person whose name immediately followed his own
Bromley House Library W. Moore
individual Christmas boxes
|24/12/1870||12s 0d||10s 0d|
|23/12/1871||15s 0d||£1 0s 0d||3s 0d|
|28/12/1872||17s 0d||£1 0s 0d||2s 0d|
|20/12/1873||£1 0s 0d||£1 0s 0d||4s 6d|
|23/12/1874||£1 0s 0d||£1 0s 0d||5s 0d|
|24/12/1875||£1 0s 0d||£1 0s 0d||4s 0d|
|23/12/1876||£1 5s 0d||£1 0s 0d||2/6||1/-||6d||1/6||5s 6d|
|22/12/1877||£1 5s 0d||£1 0s 0d||2/-||1/-||1/-||1/-||1/-||6s 0d|
||£1 5s 0d||£1 0s 0d
|27/12/1879||£1 5s 0d||£1 0s 0d||2/6||2/-||1/-||5s 6d|
|24/12/1880||£1 5s 0d||£1 0s 0d||3s 6d|
|24/12/1881||£1 5s 0d||£1 0s 0d||2/6||6d
|23/12/1882||£1 5s 0d||£1 0s 0d||6s 0d
|22/12/1883||£1 5s 0d||£1 0s 0d||2/6||2/6||2/-||2/-||6d||3d||9s 9d|
|20/12/1884||£1 5s 0d||£1 0s 0d||2/6||2/6||1/-||1/-||6d||6d||8s 0d|
|26/12/1885||£1 5s 0d||£1 0s 0d||2/6||2/6||1/-||1/-||6d||7s 6d|
|25/12/1886||£1 5s 0d||£1 0s 0d||2/6||2/6||3/-||1/-||1/-||1/-||11s 0d|
|24/12/1887||£1 5s 0d||£1 0s 0d||13s 0d|
|24/12/1888||£1 7s 0d||£1 0s 0d||18s 0d|
|24/12/1889||£1 7s 0d||£1 0s 0d||18s 6d|
|27/12/1890||£1 7s 0d||£1 0s 0d||£1 0s 6d|
|19/12/1891||£1 7s 0d||£1 0s 0d||£1 0s 0d|
|24/12/1892||£1 18s 0d|
|2/1/1894||Postman 2/-,||Window cleaner 2/-||Drayman 1/-||Lamplighter 1/-||Derry’s porter 6d||6s 6d|
|31/12/1894||Sollory’s man 2/6||Railway 1/-||Postman 2/-||Derry’s man 1/-||6s 6d|
|1895||Window cleaner 2/6||Derry’s porter 1/-||Postman 1/-||Drayman 1/-||Dustman 1/-||Newspaper boy 6d||7s 0d|
|The signature of
J. William Moore
|The minute for this meeting reads as follows:|
|Special Meeting of the Committee
held 10th December.
The Revd R.W. Almond President in the Chair.
Captn Acton Mr J Churchill
Rev J Wolley Mr W. Howitt
Mr O. Sterland Mr Newsham
|It was resolved that he should have another trial on the following conditions:|
|The above having been read over to the said Samuel Moore he fully agreed thereto and confirmed it by subscribing his name.|
|The text of the resolution
agreed to by Samuel Moore
along with his signature
|Bronze doors were installed remembering him:|
loving memory - Father, Pastor, Friend.
|Charles Edward Mudie|
|He was born in Chelsea on
18/10/1818 and was one of
the many sons of a secondhand bookseller, who also sold newspapers and
hired out books at a penny a time. Charles opened his own shop in 1830
in King Street, London, where he also published novels. This was
probably 28 Upper King Street, Covent Garden where in 1841 a Thomas
Mudie was running a newspaper agency. Other Mudies in similar
this time were:
T. Mudie & Sons, stationers at 15 Coventry Street, Haymarket;
Chr. Mudie & Peter, booksellers at 15 St Martin's Court, St Martin's Lane. (Post Office, 1841).
Among those whose work he published at about this time were the poet James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) and Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
In 1843 Charles began the loan of his own books to students at the University of London and his success ensued with his charging a guinea for borrowing one volume at a time for a year. By 1852 he had new premises on New Oxford Street at its junction with Museum Street and hart Street, just a few yards south of the British Museum. He was offering publishers advance purchase of three or four hundred copies of their new books and was himself obtaining corresponding discounts. He rejected books he thought objectionable, one such being George Meredith's The ordeal of Richard Feveral which he found 'too racy'. He also dealt with non-fiction.
| Mudies soon
had outlets on Cross Street in
Manchester and on New Street in Birmingham. Their withdrawn books were
offered at £5 for a hundred volumes in 1860. They exported books
using watertight boxes some of which were reported to have survived
In December 1860 a further new building was housing over a million volumes with, for its day, advanced stock handling methods coupled to a very loyal staff who wore a uniform including striped trousers. Thus Mudie had a virtual monopoly of the book trade and W.H. Smith kept the railway bookstall trade. These two forms seem to have divided the book market to their own advantage. Mudie formed a limited company in 1864 with half the stock in the hands of publishers such as John Murray.
Charles Mudie died on 28/10/1890.
|They are both buried in the
Church cemetery in Nottingham.
The inscription on the tomb justly says:
knowledge for its own sake, he, strove to diffuse it
among his countrymen.
He laboured for industrial peace, and the welfare of the children of the, poor.'
[4145 & 4146]
|Another gift was a
Portrait of George Noel Gordon, Lord Byron 1815,
described as ‘after George Henry Barlow [oil; 5.5 x 4 inches], is in the Reading Room (2006).
Its label shows:
|Bought by L.C. Musters, St Peter’s Gate, 1897. Presented by the late Mrs Chaworth Musters|
|This was minuted on 13/6/1899.|
Caroline Anne, Mrs Musters and John Chaworth Musters
[4256, 4142 & 4143]