Michigan Agricultural College Lansing Ingham County Mich. January 1888.
To the Members of the Society for the Promotion of Agricultural Science: It has become an established custom for the President of this Society to issue a circular letter to the members with reference to the Annual Meeting of the Society. Permit me then to call your attention to some reasons why the next meeting of our Society should be one of unusual interest.
The published transactions of former meetings have awakened gnereal interest in your labors, and created a demand for your publications The work of the future in the same line will excite new interest if we are true to our trusts.
Agricultural Science must of necessity come into unusual prominence in consequence of Congressional action in establishing experiment stations in thirty-nine States, with funds from the National Treasury to carry on the work. The increased activity in the line of original investigation and experimental research will bring into prominence the peculiar field of inquiry occupied by this Society. It remains for the Society for the Promotion of Agricultural Science to keep abreast with the general movement in this direction among the several States.
By vote of the Society at its meeting in Philadelphia it is made the duty of the President to remind the members that "the ideal of the Society can only be reached by making all papers presented adhere closely to original work and truly scientific methods and results, bearing in mind that the end sought is to point out the practical aim and application con exted with the subject treated."
Let me urge upon every member of the Society to prepare a paper however brief, which shall carry out the aims of the Society, and to present the same at the meeting in Cleveland next August. The title of the paper with abstract should be sent to the Secretary, Prof, W. R. Lazenby, Columbus, Ohio, before the first day of August.
Thanking you for the unexpected honor in electing me to so important a position, and invoking your aid to keep the reputation of our Society up to high-water mark, I remain
Yours Faithfully, R. C. Kedzie, President S. P. A. S.
[Mrch?] 9 1888
My Dear Prof Barry my work has been delayed by trouble with the [printers?] long after it should have been out. I could not think of your buying a copy as I owe you one in return for your courtesy and besides you will have one [au revoir?] [John T. Fallin?]