In connection with his reading, we ought to mention that he was a great admirer of the first Napoleon
, and collected all the books he could find about him.
was a collector in the real sense of the word.
He loved books, especially old books, and was fond of attending book auctions.
His library numbers several thousand volumes, largely, but by no means wholly, scientific and historical.
Among his treasures of a purely literary character is a de luxe
edition of Longfellow
, who was perhaps his favorite poet.
One volume which he loved to exhibit to those who cared for such things was printed in 1492.
He was greatly interested in Arctic explorations, and owned the works of some of the earlier explorers in those fields.
was a high authority on certain kinds of books, especially on Americana.
He knew the best authorities, the excellencies and weaknesses of well-known writers, as well as those of lesser note.
He knew about the different editions of authors and their market value.
Besides his library, he had an interesting collection of autographs, some of which were attached to documents of historic value.
Among his autographs were the signatures of several signers of the Declaration of Independence
, that of George Washington
, and several other Presidents
He was particularly pleased to secure an original Revolutionary company's pay-warrant, bearing the signature of General William Heath
and his under officer, Captain Thomas Urann
(one of Mrs. Elliot
's ancestors). At one time Mr. Elliot
had a valuable collection of postage stamps; he also possessed rare coins of all nations, and a relic collection which included Indian arrow-heads (one of which was found on his own home lot), a Revolutionary cannon ball, South Sea Island weapons, pistols once owned by Ethan Allen, etc. In connection with the study of geology, he once gathered together a very creditable cabinet of minerals.
He always placed a high value on such heirlooms as chanced to come to his branch of the family, whether it were