THE elevation of Dr. Temple to the Archbishopric of Canterbury will give great satisfaction to all librarians as well as to all who care for education and progressive thought. No doubt his Presidency of the Library Association was for him merely a fugitive episode in a career which his successor in that office described as processional, but during that year nevertheless he gave us a fine address, attended several meetings with a charm, urbanity and wisdom which all remember, and performed such offices as the opening of new libraries, the signing of diplomas and writing so many letters of congratulation to towns providing new libraries that he said he was perforce bound to make them very short—“concentrated congratulations or potted cordiality” he called them. His excellent stories at the Annual Dinner at Scarborough will not easily be forgotten by those who heard them. He is exactly at the time of life to take on the onerous duties of his great office, and as we have said librarians in their quiet sphere rejoice in the event.
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