THE appeal below was published, as soon as it arrived, in most of our city papers.
Good Men and Women of the North: —
We earnestly appeal to you on behalf of the thousands of suffering negroes whom Gen. Sherman has just liberated by his triumphant march through Georgia.
Wherever he has borne our flag, they have hastened to follow it, with simple faith in the truth of the Government and the charity of the nation. They have arrived at the coast after long marches and severe privations, weary, famished, sick, and almost naked. Seven hundred of these wretched people arrived at Beaufort, Christmas night, in a state of misery which would have moved to pity a heart of stone; and these are but the advance of a host no less destitute.
The stores of the Government, already overtaxed to supply a large army, are not available to relieve their wants; and, unless the charity of the North comes speedily to the rescue, they must die by hundreds from exposure and disease.
So extreme and entire is the destitution of this people that nothing which you can afford to give ill come amiss. Clothing is their most pressing need, especially for women and children, who cannot wear the cast-off garments of soldiers. Shoes and stockings, hats, suspenders, and undergarments of all kinds are hardly less necessary in this climate than in the North. Utensils, medicines, money, — any thing you have to spare,— will find its use among this wretched people. The several Freedmen's Aid Societies at the North are proper and sufficient channels for your beneficence. We pray you, for the sake of suffering humanity, let them be speedily and abundantly filled
BEAUFORT, S. C., Jan. 6,1865.
Signed by — Rufus Saxton, Brigadier General and Military Governor of South Carolina; H. G. Judd, Superintendent of Freedmen: George Newcomb, Superintendent of Schools for the N. F. R. Ass. of N. Y.; S. Peck, Pastor of Baptist Church in Beaufort; J. W. Alvord, Sec'y Am. Tract Soc, Boston; Wm. Henry Brisbane, U.S. Tax Commissioner for S. C.; Reuben Tomlinson, Supt. of Freedmen; Samuel L. Harris, Port Chaplain and Army Missionary; Wm. T. Richardson, Missionary and Supt. of Am. Miss. Ass.; James P. Blake and James H. Crosby, of the New-England Freedmen's Aid Society.
Seven thousand dollars have been received by Rev. John Parkman, No. 8, Studio Building, in answer to this appeal; but they are insufficient to meet the demands of the case. We entreat those who read this to send whatever of money they can afford, to the person and place just mentioned, and stores and packages to Messrs. Wellington, Bre., & Co., 103, Devonshire Street, who kindly act as agents of this Society. "Good men and women of the North," help us to help these destitute creatures, and speedily, too; for, though six thousand of these negroes are probably to be established on Edisto Island (a scheme having been already drawn up for the colony), many will never live to be colonized, unless something is done, and that speedily, to save them from perishing with want.