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tries, Globes, some mathematical Instruments, an Apparatus for Experiments in Natural Philosophy, and for Mechanics; Prints, of all Kinds, Prospects, Buildings, Machines, &c.[1]

That the Rector be a Man of good Understanding, good Morals, diligent and patient, learn' d in the Languages and Sciences, and a correct pure Speaker and writer of the English Tongue; to have such Tutors under him as shall be necessary.

    all the Greek Authors from Homer himself, in divers Editions (and one of them in that of Rome, with Eustathius's Commentaries, in 4 Vols.) to near the End of the 4th Century, with divers later, as Photius, Suidas, divers of the Byzantine Historians; all the old Mathematicians, as Archimedes, Apollonius, Euclid, Ptolomy's Geography and Almagest, with Theon's Commentaries and Diophantus, in the whole above 100 Vols. in Greek Folio's. All the old Roman Classics without Exception, and some of them in several Editions (as all Tully's Works in four Editions). All Grævius, Gronovius, Salengre's and Poleni's Collections of Roman and Greek Antiquities, containing above Five Hundred distinct Discourfes in 33 Tomes, with some Hundreds of late Authors in Latin, as Vossius, Lipsius, Grotius, &c. A good Collection of Mathematical Pieces, as Newton in all the three Editions, Wallis, Huygens, Tacquet, Dechales, &c. in near 100 Vols. in all Sizes, with some Orientals, French and Italian Authors, and many more English, &c. A handsome Building above 60 Feet in front, is now erected in this City, at the private Expence of that Gentleman, for the Reception of this Library, where it is soon to be deposited, and remain for the publick Use, with a valuable yearly Income duly to enlarge it; and I have his Permission to mention it as an Encouragement to the propos'd Academy; to which this noble Benefaction will doubtless be of the greatest Advantage, as not only the Students, but even the Masters themselves, may very much improve by it.

  1. See in Turnbull, p. 415. the Description of the Furniture of the School called the Instituto at Bologna, procur'd by the Care and Direction of Count Marsigli, and originally at his private Expence.