Testaments and Tracts for the army in Missouri and Kentucky.
Richmond, Va., Dec. 20, 1861.
--I have made an arrangement with a publishing house in Nashville, Tennessee
, by which the Confederate forces in the West
may be supplied with religious reading.
In no division of the Southern
army is the destitution so appalling as in this — many regiments being almost entirely destitute of God's inspired word.
The Colportage Board, at its recent meeting, directed me to make an appeal for funds with which to supply our brave men in the West
I expect to spend January and February in visiting some of the prominent points in the South
, and the amounts which may be contributed will be used for this purpose, unless the donors wish them to be appropriated in some other way. Almost every day brings us some new instance in which the printed page has been of service to our soldiers.
Thus far, more than three millions of pages have been published and distributed; but the fields are still white unto the harvest.
Let all who have a heart to aid in such a cause send by mail to me, or to Mr. George J. Sumner
, of this city, their donations.
A. E. Dickinson
General Sup't Army Colportage.
Southern papers will render us an important service by inserting the above.