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Western Freedmen's Aid Commission, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report
			
             WESTERN  FREEDMEN'S  AID  COMMISSION.                          7

of supplies. By such co-operation we could economize and distribute our
forces; it would insure greater unity, and therefore greater efficiency,
in our operations; it would encourage the spirit of concord among our
teachers and agents, and as a consequence would give to us more influ-
ence with the representatives of the Government. Again, we need from
the President an order that will secure to us from every officer with
whom we have to do that co-operation which the truly loyal and those
who sympathize with us now render under existing regulations. We also
need to secure the public, so far as may be, against being imposed upon
by unauthorized agents, who are already, in the name of our societies,
asking for contributions.  The contributions of the West should be drawn
into our own Commissions by responsible and duly-accredited agents.

                            White Refugees.
   The attention of the Convention has been called to the number and
condition of white refugees that have been and are now flocking within
our lines.   On  the 16th of February, 1863--about a month after our
organization--it was declared to be a part of the appropriate work of the
Commission to extend sympathy and aid to the thousands of white persons
driven from their homes in the South, and our agents have ministered to
this destitute class.  Levi Coffin and myself had considered the matter
with some care, and were about to recommend to our Board a plan for a
definite and extended effort, when the call was published in Cincinnati
for the public meeting by which the Refugee Relief Commission was or-
ganized.  We both attended the meeting, and favored the measures that
were adopted. Our agents continue to extend some aid to the refugees, and
the Commission is ready to do all that is consistent with the primary
object of our organization.

                         Financial Statement.
   The following is an exhibit of the receipts of our Commission. We
have not adopted the plan of estimating the value of second-hand goods
received. Without overhauling each package an estimate can not be made
that will approximate the real value of the contributions; and the demand
for supplies has been so pressing that we have forwarded large quantities
without repacking, where they were in good condition for shipment.
   Number of garments shipped to various points  ....................... 68,758
   Number of pairs of shoes shipped to various points ..................  1,416
   Number of pairs of stockings and socks shipped to various points.....    754
   Number of articles of bedding shipped to various points..............    385
   Number of yards of new goods shipped to various points ..............  2,872
   Number of sewing-machines ...........................................      3
   Number of cooking stoves ............................................      5
   Number of cooking and kitchen utensils...............................  4,611
   Number of farm and garden implements  ...............................    843
   Number of pounds of garden seeds ....................................    695
   Number of packages of garden seeds  ................................. 15,172
   Number of school books, new ......................................... 41,185
   Number of old books..................................................    628
   Number of slates ....................................................  1,515
   Number of pounds of dried fruit and other hospital supplies..........    642

   Also stationery and other necessary supplies for schools and hospitals.
   Total shipments for our own Commission amount in all to about 121 tons.
   Paid out for support of teachers, purchase of goods, and all other expenses, $22,187.08.
    In addition to the above we have received and forwarded for other
Associations and for individuals good to the amount of about 38 tons,
making our total shipments 150 tons, besides 8 portable hospitals, com-
prising 19,860 feet of lumber.
    When we have possessed superior  facilities for the purchase, or trans-
portation, or distribution of goods and books, it has been our policy to
extend them to other Associations for the benefit of the common cause.
       JULY 20, 1864.




			
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