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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Acting Associate University Librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections
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Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Church Government at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1813 to 1846. Trustee of Princeton University from 1807 to 1850. Author of A Brief Retrospect of the 18th Century (New York, 1803). See: A Landmark in American Intellectual History: Samuel Miller's 'A Brief Retrospect of the 18th Century' 1803; an Exhibition Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of its Publication. (Princeton: The Library, 1953). Compiled by Howard C. Rice, Jr. and Alexander D. Wainwright. [(ExB) 0639.739 no. 11]. [full text]
    According to the New York Tribune for March 25, 1900, President Patton announced the receipt of the library of Samuel Miller as a gift to the university and the seminary libraries. "The 4,500 volumes will be divided equally between the two libraries. The books treat mainly of themes connected with the history of the Church, and many are of great value." In actuality, this was not the entirety of Miller's library, but the residue held by his heirs after a number of titles had been sold at auction in Philadelphia on December 13, 1898. (See A Description of an Extraordinary Collection of rare Bradford, Zenger, Franklin, Keimer And Other Early American Imprints ... From the Libraries of Dr. Samuel Miller, Dec'd Of Princeton, Jas. A. Bancker, Dec'd of New York and other Sources to be sold on Tuesday, December 13th, 1898. Catalogue compiled and sale conducted by Stan. V. Henkels. [Philadelphia : Davis & Harvey, 1898.]) Evidence in the Miller papers at Princeton Theological Seminary indicates that portions of the library were also handled by Leary's in Philadelphia.