they may have for a century, to get copies of these manuscripts. In the second place, even if we are poor, we ought to be willing to give at least 20 dollars a year for the encouragement of such a proposition as this of Dr. Hartwig's."
After this recommendation they evidently thought the matter to be as yet unfit for being decided upon, and it was no farther entered into. Since then nothing more was heard of it, even after a repeated inquiry from the Leyden librarian, Dr. W. N. du Rieu. He had already accepted, with the necessary reservations, the task which Dr. Hartwig had allotted to him and had applied himself with energy to the further elaboration of Dr. Hartwig s plans. When he understood that help from the Congress at Chicago was not to be thpught of for the moment, he would not yet give up the biusiness as far as he was concerned. Ever acting in concert with Dr. Hartwig he now resolved to make an attempt at forming the intended association of librarians.
To this end he first applied to the Dutch Government with' a request for its moral, and also some moderate finantial support. This support was readily granted him. In the Budget for 1895 a sum of money was set aside for the preparation of the business, with the following explanation:
„It is proposed to form an international society for the autotypie reproduction of such codices as, on account of their great value, cannot be sent to a foreign library. The seat of this society will be at Leyden. Each library which is a member of this society, shall have the right to have a reproduced codex by paying a yearly contributior. for defraying the expenses. However, the preparation of this matter requires money for the payment of copying-fees and postage, in view of which the Government, believing that the establishment of this society deserves help from the State, wishes to set aside a sum of 100 fl. for the year 1895."
Mr. du Rieu, being assured of help from the Government and feeling certain of the sympathy of his foreign colleagues, whom he had visited or whom he had consulted by letter, could now develop his plan. Already in May 1894 he put the case