volume 13 will be found, we think, one of the most interesting and valuable of our whole series — a fit companion to the volumes already issued.
Renewals of membership Fees for 1886 are now in order, and we hope that our members generally will forward their dues at once, and without waiting for any farther dunning
. The great need of the Society is a promptly paying
membership, which will enable us to meet current expenses as they arise.
So many forget that our terms of annual membership are ‘$3.00 per annum in advance
,’ and that when one is enrolled as a member he continues as such until he withdraws, entitled to all privileges, and responsible for all dues
We have had some ugly experiences of late in having members, who have been receiving our papers for several years, and owe us for their dues, to coolly respond to our gentle reminder that we need the money, ‘I only subscribed for one year, and paid for that.’
Now, of course, every intelligent man knows that a subscriber to a newspaper, or magazine, or annual, who fails to notify the publisher beforehand to discontinue his subscription, is legally
bound for it, and that he cannot discontinue until he has paid up all arrears
. But we cannot, of course, undertake to enforce our legal rights
for the small sums due us in widely-scattered communities, and can only appeal to our friends to let us have our just dues—a very small matter to each individual, but a large aggregate to us. There is justly due the Society today at least five thousand dollars
. The half of this would pay in full our expenses for 1885, and print our volume for 1886.
kind words are always pleasant, and we have been the recipients of some very strong expressions as to the interest, value, and importance of our work.
One of the strongest of these comes from a distinguished editor of Boston
, who says that ‘no society at the North
has done a work at all comparable to the grand work accomplished by the Southern Historical Society.’
We can only say that much more remains to be done, and that if our friends will only stand by us we will do a work of which what has been already accomplished is but the beginning.