Pennsylvania Farmer and Gardener, Vol. 2-3 - 1861
COMFORTS FOR THE SOLDIERS
[Part of an article about sending comforts to hospitals]
“You cannot be with them to assist in nursing, but you can, from your abundant stores of little niceties, spare something to alleviate the suffering of your brave, wounded brethren. We all know how refreshing and palatable jellies, preserves, &c., are to the sick. Go to your store-rooms, and select such as you think will prove grateful and valuable to the wounded and dying. Do not hesitate how much to send, but stay not your hand until you have set apart a good supply.
Are you at a loss how to pack them ? We will tell you. Do not send them in large jars, but put them in pint or half-pint tumblers. Paste strong white paper over the top, and then tie a piece of strong muslin over it. Pack them in a box or boxes. Do not put hay around them, but pack them in that material which will be serviceable; old linen, or cotton rags, such as will answer for bandages or lint.
When you have them snugly packed, nail the lid on tightly. Write in plain letters, on the top: “PRESERVES FOR SICK AND WOUNDED SOLDIERS, THIS SIDE UP WITH CARE,” and send them to the Ladies’ Society of this city,…”