"Arkansas," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1865 ... (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1869), 29.
John Osborne, Dickinson College
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Executive Office, Little Rock, December 9,1865.
Rev. J.H. Leard:
Dear Sir: Understanding that you leave in the morning on a mission of charity in behalf of the destitute in Arkansas, I feel constrained to throw in my mite of encouragement and approbation of your praiseworthy services.
The confession comes from me with reluctance— but, still, come it must—that there are thousands suffering in Arkansas for want of food and raiment, and who, unless speedily relieved, will, in many instances, during the winter, die from the effects of hunger and cold. These people reside generally in the western part of the State, and are chiefly the widows and orphans of Union soldiers, or the helpless connections and dependents of the aged and infirm, who have been reduced by robbery or exhausted in means and streagth while flying from their enemies.
By next harvest, with the blessing of God, I trust our people will be able to spare of the first-fruits for a thank-offering and bless the hands reached out to help them. This is designed to be sent by —— who intends to start for vour city in the morning. He is acquainted with the wants of the people, and worthy of all confidence. For full particulars I respectfully refer you to him.
With high respects, yours,
ISAAC MURPHY, Governor of Arkansas.