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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Libraries, free public (search)
Libraries, free public Free libraries have existed for less than half a century. Their establishment assumed that books are beneficial: but it involved also the assertion that it is the proper function of government to supply books to such of its citizens as may require them at the expense of the community as a whole. Herbert Putnam, librarian of Congress, writes as follows: Libraries of this special type do not yet form the major portion of the institutions supplying books on a large scale to groups of persons. Under the head of Public, Society, and School libraries, these institutions in the United States aggregate 8,000 in number, with 35,000,000 volumes, with $34,000,000 invested in buildings, with $17,000,000 of endowments, and with over $6,000,000 of annual income. Of these the free public libraries supported by general taxation number less than 2,000, with 10,000,000 volumes, and with less than $3,500,000 of annual income. They are, however, increasing with disp
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Long Island. (search)
about 15,000 British and German troops landed on the western end of Long Island and prepared to move forward. Washington sent reinforcements to Sullivan, and General Putnam was placed in chief command on the island, with instructions to thoroughly guard the passes in the hills. The whole American force on the island did not exce It was obvious that they intended to gain the rear of the Americans by the Bedford and Jamaica passes. At three o'clock on the morning of the 27th word reached Putnam that his pickets at the lower pass (below the present Greenwood Cemetery) had been driven in. He immediately sent General Lord Stirling with some Delaware and Maile Howe, with the main body of the British, under Clinton and Cornwallis, was pressing towards the Bedford and Jamaica passes to gain the rear of the Americans. Putnam had neglected to guard the latter pass. When, at eight o'clock, the invaders had reached those passes, not more than 4,000 men were out of the lines at Brooklyn;
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New York City (search)
he main body of the army, accompanied by a host of Whigs, left the city (Sept. 14) and moved towards Fort Washington, leaving a rear-guard of 4,000 men, under General Putnam. On the 16th they were on Harlem Heights, and Washington made his headquarters at the house of Col. Roger Morris, his companion-inarms in the battle on the M. The American guard fled at the first fire, and two brigades that were to support them ran away in a panic. But the British were kept back long enough to allow Putnam, with his rear-guard, to escape along a Beekman's mansion. road near the Hudson River, and gain Harlem Heights. This was done chiefly by the adroit management ay, a Quakeress, living on the Incleberg (now Murray Hill), who entertained the British officers with wines and other refreshments, and vivacious conversation. Putnam, on hearing of the landing at Kip's Bay, had struck his flag at Fort George, foot of Broadway, and made his way to Harlem Heights, sheltered from observation by i
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Noddle's Island, skirmish on (search)
In the early summer of 1775, Noddle's Island and Hog Island abounded with hay, horned cattle, sheep, and horses belonging to the British, then in Boston. On the morning of May 27, about twenty-five men went to the islands and carried away or destroyed much of the stock. A party of marines was sent from the British squadron in the harbor on a sloop and schooner to arrest them. The Americans retreated from Noddle's Island to Hog Island, and took from the latter 300 sheep, besides cows and horses. Then they drew up in battle order on Chelsea Neck, and by 9 P. M. they were reinforced with two 4-pounders, and were led by Dr. Joseph Warren, with General Putnam as chief commander. They kept up a cannonade on the schooner for two hours, when the British deserted her, and at dawn the Americans boarded her, carried off four 4-pounders and twelve swivels, and then set her on fire. In this skirmish the British lost twenty killed and fifty wounded; the Americans had four slightly wounded.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Putnam, Herbert 1861- (search)
Putnam, Herbert 1861- Librarian; born in New York City, Sept. 20, 1861; graduated at Harvard in 1883; admitted to the bar in 1885; practised at the Minnesota and Massachusetts bars. He became librarian of the Minneapolis Public Library in 1887, of the Boston Public Library in 1895, president of the American Library Association in 1898, and librarian of Congress in 1899. See public libraries.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Whitney, James Lyman 1835- (search)
Whitney, James Lyman 1835- Librarian: born in Northampton, Mass., Nov. 28, 1835; graduated at Yale College in 1856; was chief of the catalogue department in the Yale library for many years and in that capacity edited the Ticknor catalogue of Spanish Literature and other similar publications. In 1899 he succeeded Herbert Putnam as librarian of the Boston Public Library.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), William Henry, Fort, capture of (search)
ho felt strong in his position because of the close proximity of 4,000 English troops, under General Webb, at Fort Edward, only 15 miles distant. Webb was Munro's commanding general. When Montcalm demanded (Aug. 1) the surrender of the post and garrison, the colonel refused, and sent an express to General Webb for aid. For six days Montcalm continued the siege, and daily expresses were sent to Webb asking aid, but none was furnished. One day General Johnson, with a corps of provincials and Putnam's Rangers, had marched a few miles in that direction, when they were recalled, and Webb sent a letter to Munro advising him to surrender. This letter was intercepted, and Montcalm sent it to Munro, with a peremptory demand for his instant surrender. Perceiving further resistance to be useless, for his ammunition was exhausted, he yielded, Montcalm agreeing to an honorable surrender and a safe escort of the troops to Fort Edward. The Indians were disappointed, for they expected blood and b
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Williams, Eleazar -1795 (search)
e a missionary, or lay-reader, among the Oneida Indians, and in 1826 he was ordained missionary presbyter, and labored in northern New York and Wisconsin. There were indications that Mr. Williams was the lost prince of the house of Bourbon, and it was proved, by physiological facts, that he was not possessed of Indian blood. His complexion was dark, but his hair was curly. The claims of Mr. Williams to identity with the dauphin of France were not put forth by himself, but by others. In Putnam's monthly magazine (1853-54), Rev. Mr. Hanson published a series of papers under the title Have we a Bourbon among us? and afterwards published them in book form and entitled the volume The lost Prince. Mr. Hanson fortified the claim to identity by most remarkable facts and coincidences. In 1854 the Prince de Joinville, heir to the throne of Louis Philippe, visited Mr. Williams at Green Bay, Wis. The accounts of the interview, as given by the clergyman and the deeply interested prince, dif