REGARDING THE DUTY WHICH WE ALL OWE OF HELPING TO KEEP ALIVE AND OF TRANSMITTING TO FUTURE GENERATIONS THE BODY OF STORIES AND TRADITIONS WHICH ILLUSTRATES THE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE NAVAL SERVICE
The following letter, having been brought to the attention of the Board of Control of the Institute, is published, with the author's consent, in the hope that it will so appeal to members of the Institute and others interested in the navy as to cause them to give personal support to the project which it advocates.
The Board of Control is in full sympathy with the views expressed in Captain Goodrich's letter, and will do all in its power towards establishing and maintaining a file of records of adventures, incidents, travels and stories bearing on naval life and naval personalities, from which selected portions will be published from time to time in the Institute PROCEEDINGS, and to which reference may be had by anyone properly interested.
It is hoped that the efforts of the Institute in this direction will meet with the support and co-operation necessary to their success.
PHILIP R. ALGER, Professor, U. S. Navy,