From the Richmond Dispatch, 3/17/1863, p. 2, c. 2
BENEFIT FOR THE SUFFERERS BY THE EXPLOSION OF THE C. S. LABORATORY.
BROAD STREET THEATRE, March 14.
Wm P Munford, Y M C A:
Respected Sir – In response to the call of our worthy Mayor (Joseph Mayo) for the relief of the sufferers by the explosion of the C S Laboratory, I humbly beg to place at your disposal the proceeds of one of my entertainments, to take place at the Broad Street Theatre, on WEDNESDAY evening next, March 18th. You will please appoint a treasurer and doorkeeper.
An early answer will oblige yours truly,
HARRY MACARTHY, Ark, Comedian.
DEPOT ARMY COM’EE Y M C A,
AND LADIES’ SOLDIERS’ AID SOCIETY,
Richmond, March 14, 1863.
Harry Macarthy, Esq.:
Dear Sir – I have received your favor of this date, proposing to give the proceeds of one of your entertainments for the benefit of sufferers by the recent explosion of the Laboratory on Brown’s Island. Your generous offer is thankfully received, and it will afford us much pleasure to be the medium of relief to those devoted women who were engaged in the service of the Confederate States.
WM P MUNFORD, Chm’n
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