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Material on hand.

Our acknowledgments from time to time of material received for our archives, render it unnecessary to enumerate here valuable gifts which have come to us during the past year.

We have only to repeat what we have said in former reports, that without the means of purchasing a Ms. or a book, the generous gifts of friends have enabled us to make a collection which could be sold for a large sum of money, but which is of priceless value, for the vindication of the name and fame of our Confederate people.

Our collection is widely recognized as of great value, and writers are freely consulting it. But we are still anxious to collect everything which may be of any value, and we again appeal to our friends to help us by sending to our archives (as a loan, if they cannot give it) any material which they may have or can secure. We especially commend the example of our honored friend, W. W. Corcoran, Esq., (our Vice-President for the District of Columbia,) who has, during the year, added to his previous kindness by purchasing and presenting to the Society valuable material.

If our work were to close now, we feel assured that we have already accomplished grand results, and that even if our collection were scattered, our publications would live on and testify for the truth. [533]

But we have an increasing conviction that we are but on the threshold of our usefulness, if we can enter the open door of our opportunity and place our Society on a permanent basis.

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