|Library Company of Philadelphia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
(Henry Cunnard is my second cousin 7 times removed. Our common ancestors are Thones Kunders & Elin Magadelen Tyson and Thomas Potts & Elizabeth Basset.)
In 1727, a literary society was formed in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin and eleven associates. This was the famous "Junto," and from it originated the Library Company of Philadelphia, the first library of a public nature in America. The instrument of association was dated July 1, 1731, and the charter granted by the proprietary May 3, 1742.