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

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Record #81 from Freedmen's Bureau Correspondence on Schools, 1869-1870

Roll Number 5
Date 27 Oct 1868
State Maryland
County Dorchester
City/Town/Neighborhood Vienna
Other Locations Mentioned Cambridge
Authors John H. Butler
Recipient Rev. John Kimball
Other Names Mentioned Thos. Pinchett; Miss Matthews
Message Abstract States that the Baltimore Association proposed to send a teacher to this place if the people would pay the board and $10. per month besides; that the people are willing to pay the board but not able to pay the $10. and desire to have the Bureau send them a colored male teacher; that if one is sent [[underlined]] Thos. Pinckett [[/underlined]] should be notified and he will meet the teacher at Cambridge.
Message Body I am here at this place and have been looking after the school here There have been no school started here yet. Though the people thought to have commenced their school before this time. They say that they received a letter from the Educational association of Balt stating that if they would pay for the board and washing of a teacher would send them one. They answered the letter of the association stating that they were ready. While waiting for their teacher they received another letter that the people would have to pay ten dollars additional per month after they received the second letter they called the people together and then they found that board, washing, lights, and fuel would with the ten dollars per month would be more than 25 dollars per month which they say they are not able to pay and if they cannot get a teacher on the first condition they will be compelled to have no school till some other arrangements are made These people are verry poor here and they live in a hard neighbourhood for this is the place that Miss Matthews the colored teacher were beaten twice very badly for teaching these people and I hope if you can do it that you will send [[?]] a teacher and the school will be opened forthwith. they are verry anxious to start the school and would prefer a colored male teacher if you send them one. You can write to this place and direct your letter to Mr. Thomas Pinchett at this place and you will receive answer If you send a teacher send him to Cambrige and notify Pinchett before hand and he will meet him there
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[Author (if known)], Freedmen's Bureau Correspondence on Schools, 1869-1870, 1868, Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva’s Black History, Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University.

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