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Our needs,

in order to accomplish this, are—

1. A Permanent Endowment Fund. 2. A Fire Proof building for our archives.

We need not argue here the importance—nay, the absolute necessity—of securing these at the earliest practicable day.

We need the means of purchasing books, Mss., and documents which we cannot otherwise secure. We ought to provide for the absolute security of our archives, and to make them more accessible to those desiring to consult them. We should provide more efficient means for collecting material still scattered through the country and perishing in the hands of private individuals. We need sufficient clerical force to put in proper shape the vast material which we have collected, and conduct properly the very large and increasing correspondence of the office. We need to be independent of the fluctuations of annual receipts—in a word to put the Southern Historical Society on a footing akin to the richly endowed Societies of the country, in order that it may do efficiently the great work committed to its charge. We can compass this important work by combining the efforts of our friends in several ways.

1. We believe that the Legislatures of the States which composed the Confederacy, may be induced to follow the lead of Texas and make appropriations to an enterprise in which they are all so vitally interested. We ask our friends in each State to exert themselves in this behalf.

2. There are surely men of large means who feel sufficiently interested to be willing to make large contributions towards putting the Society on a permanent basis, and linking their names with this effort to vindicate the truth of history. We beg our friends everywhere to seek out such men and bring proper influences to bear upon them.

3. That much may be accomplished by lectures and entertainments properly managed, the success of our friends in Baltimore and New Orleans, and the splendid lecturing campaigns of General Fitzhugh Lee abundantly prove. Will not our friends in the cities and towns arrange for such efforts during the coming winter? [534]

4. And there are many individuals who can contribute $1,000, $500, $100, or less sums, towards swelling our endowment—the money to be paid in instalments, if preferred, and sent as may be convenient to our Treasurer, Judge George L. Christian.

We beg our friends to send forward their own names with the amounts they can subscribe, and time and manner of payment, and to exert themselves to induce others to do likewise.


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