in Him, we should never cease our efforts, as long as any plan presents
itself t|?at is considered feasible.
When this Association was organized, I thought that it could and
would easily support the paper. I knew that the object, and the
only object in view, was to improve the condition of the colored
citizens, and thus advance the interests of the State and Nation.
I therefore felt that every colored man in Georgia wiuld, as soon as
he learned our object, assist us. I have been disappointed. Before
our Association was organized, there were societies in several cities
in the State known as Union Leagues. Delegates were present, I
believe, from all of these Leagues except the Savannah League,
Unfortunately that society was not represented, and, for reasons which
it is unnessary to mention, its members have been unwilling to unite
with us. For this reason, mainly, we have received but little assistance
from Savannah. There are in this State about five hundred thousand
colored persons, and at least 100,000 men who are old enough to joia
the Association. As the initiation fee is one dollar, if one in ten
should join and pay the initiation fee, $10,000 would be raised.
Thus the paper could be easilv supported, even if nothing was re¬
ceived from subscriptions to it, or from advertisements. But for
the reasons given above, and because most of the Vice Presidents
have failed to send money from those counties*where Associations have
been organized, the State Association has been unable to render
the paper much assistance.
I have received from Associations $625,72, and from this sum
have paid T. P Beard, Agent and Treasurer for the paper $523,97.
I suppose that another reason has prevented the friends from sending
money. The Assistant Coramissoner of the Freedmen's Bureau for
Georgia, General Tillson, has accused your President of dishonesty,
and, although the charges made by him have been investigated and
proved to ,ba false', nevertheless bad men continue to repeat these
charges. I believe that your paper has received mora injury from
the reports, circulated by General Tillson, than from all other causes.
The colored people have been taught to look to the Freedmen's Bureau
for protection. It was established to protect them, and they natu¬
rally suppose that officers, appointed by the Government, are their
friends. When, therefore, the chief officer of the Bureau, for tho
State, asserted positively that the money, which was given by the
freed people for the Association, was stolen by the President, we can
not wonder that tjey hesitated about sending it; and, when you
remember that an agent of the Bureau has been appointed for each
county, all of whom are subject to the command of the Assistant
Commissoner, and are, of course, expected to believe the statements
made by him, and, when all of these men were informed of the state-
meats made by General Tillsoi, and instructed to prevent tie freed-
meu, so far a-* possible, from sending money to the officers of the
Statj Association, you can sot be surprised that we received but
little assistance l'Voui them. A il sy t utilities have euctiuuod to labor