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Since the year 1842, the annual “ Mis- scripts; a library of printed books; a mucellaneous Estimates” presented to the seum of ancient sculpture ; museums of House of Commons, have exhibited the natural history, in all its departments; colnovel feature of a distinct series (issued as lections of prints, of medals, and of maps a separate Sessional paper), under the head, and charts; and (not least in importance) “ Education, Science, and Art." Such the nucleus of an ethnographical museum grants as had previously been voted for lite- —has received the sum of 894,0991. : viz. rary, scientific, or artistic purposes, were for the maintenance of the establishment mixed up with those for“ Public Buildings, and for acquisitions, 468,6561., and for new Royal Palaces, Roads, Harbors, and Gaols.” | buildings (including temporary corridors

The following tabular view of the sums and passages), 425,443l. "If to these sums voted, under this head, in each of the be added those granted from the year 1753, last six years, shows a progressive annual when the museum was founded, down to increase since 1843:

1830, together with the grants of the current

year, 1847-8, the whole sum devoted to “Estimates, &c., Miscellaneous Services. — the British Museum by Parliament will Education, Science, and Art.”

amount to 2,061,8951. For the year ending

The sum voted for general purposes, in 25th March, 1842

£212,524 the first year after the foundation, was 1843

210,889 20001., and last year, as above, 45,4061. 1844

219,867 The mean annual average of the sums 1845

283,084 granted, both for general purposes and for 1846

300,288 buildings, during the last twenty-four years, 1847

325,908 is 54,1051.

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The whole sums granted in aid of muse- But our more immediate purpose, in this ums, and other public collections, and article, is to give a rapid summary of the including the grants for buildings to re-history, and existing condition, of public ceive them, in the several years from 1830 to libraries in the metropolis—amongst which 1845, amounted to £1,180,264. Of this that of the British Museum is pre-eminentgum, the British Museum-which, it is to ly the chief, although not the earliest-and be remembered, includes a library of manu-I then to compare the advantages which in VOL. XII. No. III.

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