of the Citie of God in our generations. There
is no want of parts and abilities in the Spirits of
our men, but the waie to order them for publick life,
and to bring them together as stones fitly compacted
to make up a perfect Palace, is that which make’s
us all useless one to another; wee finde that now and
then, as it were by chance, som exquisite pieces of
Learning, which som have been hatching all their life
time drop out; wherein appear’s, besides the
usefulness of the Subject, or the uselesness thereof,
som inclination to bee found extraordinarie; but these
endevors, disjointed from publick Aims, advance little
or nothing, the Happiness, which true Learning rightly
ordered in all the parts thereof; and Subordinate unto
Christianitie, is able to bring unto Mankind.
Such pieces therefore serv onely as a witness, to
shew what wast there is of profitable time and abilities,
for want of loving combinations for publick Designs.
It is the observation of Forreigners concerning our
Universities, that they finde in them men of as great
learning as any where els; but that they lie as it
were dead and unknown to the whole world of other men
of Learning; becaus they delight to live a retired
and unsociable life: this humor therefore amongst
other parts of our Reformation, must by som Gospel-principles
and Rational inducements bee Reformed, not onely in
Colleges but in other Associations. The Lord teach
us the waie of Truth and Righteousness, that wee may
profit in all things to advance the glorie of his
name in the Kingdom of his Son, in whom I rest
Your friend and servant.
THE REFORMED LIBRARIE-KEEPER.
Printed by William Du-gard,
Anno Dom. 1650.
THE Reformed Librarie-Keeper:
Two copies of Letters concerning the Place and Office
The first Letter.
The Librarie-Keeper’s place and Office, in most
Countries (as most other places and Offices both in
Churches and Universities) are lookt upon, as Places
of profit and gain, and so accordingly sought after
and valued in that regard; and not in regard of the
service, which is to bee don by them unto the Common-wealth
of Israel, for the advancement of Pietie and Learning;
for the most part, men look after the maintenance,
and livelihood setled upon their Places, more then
upon the end and usefulness of their emploiments;
they seek themselvs and not the Publick therein, and
so they subordinate all the advantages of their places,
to purchase mainly two things thereby viz.
an easie subsistence; and som credit in comparison
of others; nor is the last much regarded, if the first
may bee had; except it bee in cases of strife and debate,
wherein men are over-heated: for then indeed
som will stand upon the point of Honor, to the hazard
of their temporal profits: but to speak in particular
of Librarie-Keepers, in most Universities that I know;
nay indeed in all, their places are but Mercenarie,
and their emploiment of little or no use further,
then to look to the Books committed to their custodie,
that they may not bee lost; or embezeled by those that
use them: and this is all.