Harper's Weekly 02/18/1865


Whoever wishes to help the invalid soldiers
can do so at a very small expense of personal
effort. The great engines like the Sanitary
Commission are very apt to paralyze individual
exertion by the obvious reflection that while ev-
ery body is doing something no single body need
do any thing. One very good plan of remedy-
ing this negligence is the monthly tax of a larger
or smaller amount, self-imposed, by many of the
most active circles of co-workers of the Sanitary
in towns and villages. But another is the send-
ing of books that have been read in the family,
with the old magazines and illustrated papers.

The value of these to the soldiers in the list-
less hours of hospital life is incalculable. Nor
need any one refrain from sending because he
may have so few to send. If one person in ev-
ery village sent a dozen books—if fifty papers go
from a single neighborhood, the aggregate is one
that can be readily computed.

A letter just received from the Ninth Corps
Hospital at City Point says, speaking of the
prompt receipt of a box of books and a package
of pamphlets and Harper's Weeklies, etc.: “I
need not say that they are a great addition to
our humble library, and eagerly welcomed by
the soldiers here. It is singular but true that
of all my appeals to acquaintance and others
for books none have been successful thus far
except in your case. It is because they are ig-
norant that the gospel of good books are a min-
istry to the spirits in a prison hospital.”

Why will not every reader of these lines send
a little addition to the means of amusement for
the soldiers, either to the nearest dépôt of the
Sanitary Commission, to some hospital known
to him, or to Mr. J. Savary, Agent United
States Sanitary Commission, Ninth Corps Hos-
pital, City Point—prepaying all the charges?

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