Our next number will complete volume VII of our Papers, and with it will also expire the subscription of the larger proportion of our subscribers. We hope that they will all make up their minds to renew promptly, and if any of them prefer to take a good start by sending their subscriptions even before they receive their last number, it will be all the better. And will not our friends exert themselves to get us up clubs in their respective communities? We promise that there shall not only be no diminution in the interest and value of the Papers, but that they shall improve as the years go on.
“the Hood Orphan fund” is gradually increasing, but ought to be vigorously pushed now. He bequeathed them to the care of his old brigade, but comrades of the Army of Northern Virginia, whose fame he did so much to win, and of the Army of the Tennessee, whose annals his gallantry illustrated, Confederates generally, whose cause he served so faithfully, and lovers of patriotic devotion to duty everywhere, should esteem it a sacred privilege to see that these helpless orphans are not only placed beyond the fear of want, but that they are properly educated and provided for. Funds intended for this noble object should be sent to the committee in New Orleans, who have charge of the matter, but if it will be any convenience to contributors, it would be to us a “labor of love” to receive and forward their donations.
Original reports, letter books, and Documents of every description, bearing on the war, are still earnestly desired at this office; for, while we have already an invaluable collection, we are as anxious as ever to make it as full and complete as possible. And, where our friends have valuable documents which they are not willing to part with, but which they are willing to have copied, we beg that they will send them at once to our office, where they can be copied both for our own use and that of the War Department in Washington.
Our annual report for the year ending 1st of November, 1879, will appear in our next (December) number, together with a report of our annual meeting.
The “army of Northern Virginia Memorial volume” has been delayed longer than was anticipated. But it is now fast approaching completion, and subscribers will be compensated for the delay by its containing, in addition to the matter promised, General Fitz. Lee's address on “Chancellorsville,” to be delivered at the reunion on October 29th. In order to secure the book, send on your subscriptions at once.