Volume VII is completed with this number, and we will be prepared to furnish the bound volume so soon as we can get it from our binders. We sell the bound volume at $3.50, $3,75 and $4, according to binding, and as this volume contains twelve numbers instead of six, it will really save our subscribers the cost of binding one volume--e. g., instead of paying $5 for the year (bound in half calf), as they have done for previous years, they will only pay $4. We beg that our friends will exert themselves to induce others to subscribe to the bound volume, and that they will send on their own orders at once.
Your subscription expires with this number, and we beg that you will renew at once (we mean, of course, those who have only paid to the close of this year, and that embraces much the largest part of our list). We ask you to renew at once, because we must put our printers to work on our January number, in order that it may be out by the middle of December, and it will be necessary for us to know how many of our subscribers will continue, so that we may regulate the number of copies to be printed. In order to be able to supply subscribers with our back numbers, we have been printing a much larger number of copies each month than our subscription list justified. But this has been a source of serious embarrassment, and we must discontinue it. We cannot promise a full set of the Papers for next year to those who do not begin with the first number. We beg, then, that you will at once either send us $3, authorize us to draw on you, or notify us that you will do so very soon. Do not wait for an agent to call on you (we have very few agents), but consider this as a personal application for the renewal of your subscription, and send us at once your renewal or your notification that you will do so soon.
Special donations to relieve the Society of its old debt are earnestly desired, for, while we hope to be able to work through from current receipts, it would be a very great relief to the Society if our friends would liquidate the debt by special contributions and leave the Papers free from this burden. Please read our financial statement in our report, and then help us in any way you can: 1. By special contribution, large or small. 2. By taking a Life-Membership and paying the fee of $50, which will entitle you to all future publications free of cost. 3. By buying our back volumes, which we sell at $2, $2.25 and $2.50 per volume, according to binding, except the seventh volume, which contains twelve numbers, which we sell at $3.50, $3.75 and $4. 4. By inducing others to subscribe or buy back volumes. 5. By recommending to us reliable and efficient canvassers, to whom we will pay liberal commissions.