the fourteen years of his connection with it, would prevail in future, so that public confidence might in every way be secured.
That this institution should be administered for the good of the whole community, earnestly inviting the less favored, yet remembering that the researches in learning and science made by the less numerous may spread widest, and do most good in the end; that its officers and employes might always be selected for their efficiency and fidelity; and that its Trustees might always be men who know what such a library should be and do, uninfluenced by politics or sectarian views,—these were his earnest wishes in all his latter years.
He felt that if the affairs of the Library were ever administered in any other spirit, or for any other purpose, than to promote the best culture of the whole mass of our people, it would decay and fail, ceasing to accomplish its true object.
On the death of Mr. Everett
he was elected by the Trustees President
of their Board; but a year afterwards he resigned that place, leaving it to be filled by his friend, Mr. Greenough
, who for ten years had co-operated with him and Mr. Everett
in every effort for the wise advancement of the Library.1 Mr. Ticknor
also declined to be re-elected Trustee, and thus retired, after fourteen years of zealous labor, having carefully, during the last months, brought to completion those portions of the work to which he had been more especially pledged.