further generous purposes in relation to the Library.
He kept up a frequent correspondence with Mr. Everett
and Mr. Ticknor
, and in July, 1855, he finally expressed, to both of them, a distinct intention of giving a large quantity of books to fill the shelves of the new edifice as soon as it should be ready.
was passing the summer at Lake George
, and there received two letters to this effect from Mr. Bates
, and one from Mr. Everett
enclosing what he had received.
Immediately each of these gentlemen expressed the conviction, that some one should go soon to England
to confer with this liberal benefactor, and each proposed that the other should go. Mr. Ticknor
urged Mr. Everett
, as far as he thought he properly might, to undertake this mission, and Mr. Everett
answered him in the following terms, both feeling that this was a turning-point in the history of the Library:—