This volume was compiled by Mr. Edwin Gill, private secretary to Governor Gardner, June 1, 1931 to January 7, 1933. In January 1936 the material was turned over to the North Carolina Historical Commission for publication. In printing this book the method and procedure used in the publication of the letter books of Governors Morrison and McLean have been adopted. The Council of State provided the funds.
The biographical sketch, Oliver Max Gardner, was written by Mr. Allen Jay Maxwell at the request of Governor Gardner.
The list of appointments was compiled from the appointment book in the governor's office by Miss Mamie C. Turner, executive clerk.
The North Carolina Historical Commission authorized my services for the purpose of arranging the papers, writing the headings, preparing the table of contents, compiling the index, and supervising the printing of the material.
In some instances I have found it necessary to change the capitalization, punctuation, phraseology, and sentence arrangement, but in all cases I have endeavored to retain the original meaning. The deletion in some of the letters has been explained in the footnotes.
I wish to express my appreciation to Mr. Edwin Gill for assisting in supplying data and valuable information.
D. L. CORBITT.
Raleigh, N. C.
February 1, 1937