In reference to the donations from the North, I must bear testimony, not only to that from the citizens of Boston, but also to the great good accomplished by the purposes to which it has been devoted by the direction of the committee acting in behalf of the donors. While the supplies furnished by the Government and private contributions were devoted to the relief of starving humanity, there was still a class whose peculiar wants could not be reached by these sources. The sick and aged, infirm and feeble children, to whom the food furnished was not sufficient to sustain life, and to whom food of a different character was necessary, were supplied through this gift. Nine thousand one hundred dollars and ninety-five cents was placed in the hands of a committee for the State composed of Hon. W. AY. Holden, ex-Governor of North Carolina, K. AAr. Pulliam, Esq., and the Asst. Commissioner, with instructions to provide for this class of sufferers, without regard to race, political or religious sentiments. By the appointment of sub-committees, principally composed of ladies, the fund has been freely given, and a considerable balance still remains to be used as cases occur, and to meet the exigencies of the approaching winter. This charity has been of incalculable benefit, and the recipients are exceedingly grateful to the donors.
The thanks of all are particularly due to. Wm. Gkay, Esq., chairman of the committee on behalf of the Bostonians, tor his sympathy and interest in this voluntary act of humanity, and to Addison Gaoe, Esq., who personally visited this section and proposed this excellent arrangement.
United States Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. Semi-annual report on schools for freedmen. 1867. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office. Daniel Murray Collection. https://www.loc.gov/item/98650733/