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(Per Press Association.)

DUNEDIN, March 9

A large number of citizens assembled this afternoon at the Public Library to take part in the formal presentation of the McNab collection to the City of Dunedin. It comprises 3000 volumes. The chairman of the Library Coin-, mittee (Mr Sinclair) said* tha,t ; when it was remembered what an amount of time and. energy Mr McNab had devoted to making his researches, to collecting different works and different pamphlets and papers dealing with the early history of.our Dominion, and the amount of money he had spent in connection therewith, they would feel all the more deeply indebted and grateful. The fact that he had selected the Dunedin Public Library for the housing of such valuable works would make Dunedin citizens more proud of their Public r Library. . '■ Mr McNab, in the , course of his speech, said: "Thelcollection I am now I presenting to your city was originally eomenced to provide material for my historical investigations, and it served that purpose very well for a time. As 'the number of books increased, however, the demand on my time for their care and arrangement made very serious inroads into what little time I could put aside for writing, and, worse than all, I found the collecting mania taking hold of me. In deciding what material should come under the definition of a New Zealand collection I found some very considerable difficulty in laying down precisely where a limit should be put, but finally I included the following:—(1) Books written about New Zealand; (2) books written in New Zealand; (3) books written by New Zealanders. The last-mentioned class give us fiction, as it is but natural for writers of that class of material to go to the centre of the Empire, and from there publish to all English-speaking people. Once there, they incline to regain, and so little by little their connecfcion with us weakens. It is not advisable to ,drop such writers . too soon from a New Zealand collection because ! they always pu* a distinct New Zealand flavour into their work, and introduce New Zealand idioms, style, and terms, to say 'nothing of- material which is unique for story or for incident. Mr W. Downie Stewart (Mayor), in the course of his acknowledgment on behalf of the people of Dunedin, said that he wished that there were some method by wich the city could adequately acknowledge, its gratitude to Mi" McNab and other benefactors of the city—some method analogous to the system which prevails in- the United Kingdom of presenting a man with the freedom of the city. In the meantime all they could do was to assure Mr McNab that the citizens value his great gift and count it a matter of honour to carefully guard and add to it, so that | it might fulfil his highest hopes for its I usefulness, and to wish him personally all good fortune in his future' career. *

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M'NAB COLLECTION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8815, 11 March 1914

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M'NAB COLLECTION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8815, 11 March 1914