Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

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Record #73 from Freedmen's Bureau Correspondence on Schools, 1869-1870

Roll Number 5
Date 14 Oct 1868
State Maryland
County Dorchester
City/Town/Neighborhood St. Peter's Church
Other Locations Mentioned Snowhill, Worcester Co., Md.
Authors John H. Butler
Recipient Rev. John Kimball
Other Names Mentioned Edward Harman
Message Abstract States that the house at this place is much too large and was built on land not deeded for the purpose. It has since been sold, and the owner will not let them have the ground at any price; that they have raised $38,50 and expect to buy a lot on which to move the building
Message Body I write to inform you that the school House at this place is built but is every thing except being right The people built the house on ground with a verbal promise and since that time the man have sold the land and did not deed one foot and the man who bought it will not let them have the ground it sits on at no Price we had a meeting and raised $38,,50 to buy an acre of land about 4 hundred yards from the House we have not secured the land as yet but escpect to in a few days. And then the House is too large for the people in the neighbourhood it is about 24 feet wide 30 to 35 feet long and about 18 feet high in the clear built very substantial but too large every way for the people of that place and about 2 to 3 miles from the place it ought to be for the convenience of the people. They are not ready for a teacher yet and I do not see that they can be ready soon I give them the best advice I could that they may be able to get along and be ready as soon as possible If you wish to write to them write to Edward Harman Snowhill Worcester Co, Md, and he will get it Please write to me at Saulsburry as soon as you get this letter as I have not received any from you since I saw you [...] [[footnote 1]] 645 131 --- 645 1935 --- 19,995
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