to appeal to the Christians of the South
for means to publish and circulate Testaments and tracts.
These appeals, made through secular and religious papers, were liberally responded to by men of all denominations.
The board intrusted with the management of this immense work is composed of men of intelligence.
They have sought distinction neither for themselves nor the society they represent.
It has a history that will survive the present revolution—a place in the affections and a claim to the esteem of the public that time cannot shake.
All of its numerous publications are said to be highly evangelical, and commend themselves to members of all denominations.
We have no means at present of estimating the number of pages this society has printed and circulated.
It has done much—and much remains to be done.
The army is large and is daily growing larger.
The demand for the Scriptures and tracts continues to be as great, if not greater than at any former period.’
Rev. A. E. Dickinson
, the general superintendent
of this board, gives the following incidents illustrating the feeling of our people generally at the beginning of this work: