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Chapter 15: Boston Public Library. its History and Mr. Ticknors connection with it. his great purpose to make it a free Library. his perseverance on this Point. his labors. popular division first provided. Mr. Ticknor's visit to Europe for the interests of the Library, subsequent attention and personal liberality to the higher departments of the collection. For some time after the publication of his History of Spanish Literature, Mr. Ticknor did not take up any new or absorbing occupation, but, at the end of a little more than two years, he was asked—unexpectedly to him—to take part in a work which connected itself with plans and desires that had long been among his favorite speculations, and he soon became profoundly interested, and zealously active in promoting the organization of the Boston Public Library. In the early period of his life, when he returned from Europe in 1819, after enjoying great advantages from the public libraries of the large cities an