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THAT THE SOCIETY is NOT RESPONSIBLE for all the statements contained in the papers which we publish would seem too obvious to need repetition. We cannot hold a full meeting of the Society to discuss and endorse every paper before it is published, nor can the Executive Committee presume to decide on the accuracy of every statement made in papers sent us. Even the official reports of our most distinguished soldiers often differ in their statements, from the point of view from which each describes the events recorded, and there is scarcely any thing we can publish which would meet universal approval.
We have, therefore, adopted the rule of allowing those who made the history to tell it in their own way, publishing nothing without the name of the author attached, and leaving the writer himself responsible for his own statements.
But we are, of course, careful to publish only what is given by responsible men, and what seems of sufficient interest, importance, and reliability to admit of a place in our Papers. And where there are honest differences of opinion, we think it better to give both sides a hearing than to allow these opposing views to sleep in our Archives until those most interested have passed away.
We are glad to know that our course in this respect meets the almost uni- versal approval of our friends ; and have regretted to learn that it has met the disapprobation of any whose opinions we respect.
RENEWALS of old subscribers and the securing of new ones are always in order, and particularly so now, as our next number will complete our 4th volume.
OUR DECEMBER NUMBER will contain the Annual .Report of the Execu- tive Committee and an account of our Annual Meeting.