|Letter to Rev. George Whipple
American Missionary Association
from Charles Foster
Supt of Education Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Land
October 1, 1868
|Office Supt of Education B. R. F & A. L.
St. Augustine Fla Oct 1 1868
Rev. Geo Whipple
Cor Sec Am Miss Association
53 John St. N. Y.
The plans and instructions which have been expected from Washington relative to school matters have not yet been received. I respectfully state for your information however
that the following named places in Florida are unsupplied with Teachers.
Will you please inform us as early as possible as to the number of Teachers you will send us and for what places, in order that I may be aple to arrange for their arrival disposal.
The Teachers sent will please report for duty to the officers whose names an places opposite the places to which they will be sent.
At a school meeting recently held in this place considerable interest was manifested and $65.00 were subscribed by the Freedpeople to be paid monthly towards the support of
the schools in St. Augustine. I do not think, however, that more than from 1/2 to 2/3 of that amount can be collected. It is hoped that the Teachers for St. Augustine and
Jacksonville will report for duty as soon as practicable.
I have been informed by the N. Y. Fredmns Union Com that it is proposed by that society to send out one Teacher to Jacksonville also one to Fernandina.
The following is an extract from a recent report from an efficient officer of the Bureau in Jefferson County which I furnish for your information as I believe it illustrates the existing
feeling in many parts of the State.
In many of the locations it would be unpleasant for white persons to teach at Monticello it might be feasable, but the rough accommodations and the small pay would offer small
inducements for competent Teachers, they would have to associate almost entirely with the colored people as the present political feeling is high and fiery, and any white
person who teaches Freedmen would be suspected of furnishing him with ideas inimical to the Southern sentiments unless he were a Southern ? himself"*)
At the last two places in the above list it would be advisable to send only male teachers as the Sub asst coming for for that District in a recent report says. " I am certain that
only male Teachers would be able to hold their own in Honston and Live Oak"+ These places would be a fair field for two colored teachers.
I will communicate with you again as soon as the instructions from Washington are received.
Your Obdt. Sevt.
Charles H. Foster
Supt of Education
B. R. F. & A. L.
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