A New Jersey correspondent, whose official position gives weight to his words, says : " Allow me to commend heartily your pertinent and opportune criticisms upon the various forestry schemes and papers on forest legislation. A very careful study of our rainfall in New Jersey (see Ann. Rep. of State Geologist for 1881, pp. 60-91), has convinced me that so far as New Jersey is concerned, there is no noticeable diminution in the mean annual or seasonal amount. And the extent of forest in our State is diminishing very slowly ; in some sections it is increasing".