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[530] fund. The endowment fund has been given to us for the preservation of our archives.

We need at once a fire-proof office, and we will use all efforts to procure from the States of the late Southern Confederacy such contributions as will secure that object. Texas has been prompt and liberal in this behalf, and I am assured Mississippi will follow her lead so soon as the Legislature of the State assembles.

When I organized this Society, in 1868, there was but little general hope of our ever attaining what we have now accomplished. From the day of our re-organization, in 1873, and the transfer of our domicil, I have never had a doubt of our success. When Mr. Hayes was installed as President, his Secretary of War, McCreary, wrote to me inviting cooperation between the archive office of the Southern Historical Society and the archive office of the United States. His proposals were liberal and his whole action enlightened He appointed General Marcus J. Wright, of the late Confederate army, to the duty of collecting from all sources the records of the Confederacy, and sent him to confer with me about the details of our cooperation.

This policy of Mr. McCreary has almost completed our work of collection. We have now to deal with that of preserving what we have collected, and it is the duty of all who have an interest in our work, in every State of the late Southern Confederacy, to procure for us such appropriations as will place—here, in Richmond—an office of ample and safe structure, where we will be able to preserve for history the true story of the war between the States. This done, the great work and object we have so long striven for will be complete.

I am, gentlemen, with warmest regards, your friend and comrade,

Dabney H. Maury, Chairman Executive Committee.

The Secretary of the Society (Dr. J. William Jones) then read the report of the Executive Committee, which had been unanimously adopted by the Committee at a meeting held for the purpose.

annual report of the Executive Committee of the Southern Historical Society for the year ending October the 31ST, 1883.

In presenting our Ninth Report your Committee are glad to be able to congratulate the Society that we have realized the promise


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