Joseph Willard's receipt - Baldwin was not reluctant to ask for gifts for the library. One such gift was inscribed with the notice that it was “Presented to the American Antiquarian Society—By Joseph Willard Esq of Boston, Mass—Jany 24, 1834—To save being further dunned by C. C. Baldwin the Librarian to whom I last week gave several tractates.” Willard, formerly a lawyer in Lancaster, Massachusetts, and, like Baldwin, a member of the Worcester Bar, moved his practice to Boston. “He is a good Lawyer and, what is infinitely more creditable to him, he is a good Antiquary,” wrote Baldwin, who made a point of keeping in touch with Willard. The pamphlet with Willard’s inscription and Baldwin’s counter signature is a volume of sermons by the Reverend John Mellen, of the Second Church of Lancaster. John Mellen, Fifteen Discourses upon Doctrinal, Connected Subjects (Boston: Edes and Gill, 1765) [record].
The Amerian Antiquarian Society, 1812-2012 - A View at the Bicentennial
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