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Thomas W. Cardozo to Rev. M. E. Struby
Report on Charleston Schools
April 29, 1865

AMA H5589
H5589
Mr. T. W. Cardozo
Charleston, S.C.
April 29, 1865

Rev. M E. Struby
My Dear Sir:

Mr. Redforth has exclusive control of schools her and things are now working admirably. The system adapted here is the
same as schools in Northern Cities. and experienced teachers are that it is the best.

Mr. K is Supt of ? Inst’t and the schools are supported by these associations viz
The Freedmen’s Aid of Boston, The
National F. Relief and the American Missionary, If you are willing to fall in. This is done in order to give the three
associations equal chances of educating the Freed children. Mr. R. wishes me to say to you that you would call at the
office of the National F R and state the plan adopted. That the Boston Assn pay all the teachers one month, The
National the next month, and AMA the next. And so on through the year. There are about 90 Teachers employed at an
average of $11 per month. If one Assn pays more one month than the other it will be adjusted by the Representatives of
the different assoc. The National paid for last month March The Freedmen’s Aid will pay for this month. And if you are
willing ours will pay for May (due 1st of June) Please decide also with the N. F. R. what books shall be used so that
classes can be formed early.

Mr. R. at first thought it not best to open schools with a short chapter and ? He gave orders to that effect until the
children were better organized. I emphatically protested against it and stated my grievance to parties to which he is
member. They were rectified and now all the schools are opened with the above exercises.  He says he done merely
because he thought the children did not pay strict observance to them.

I intended giving a more lengthy report in this letter but find the
Arago is to sail two days before her time. And can only
get this to you by Hon Simon Draper who sails today for New York.

Please tell Mr. Whiting that I received the check and will send receipts for amount paid in my next.

I shall be obliged to purchase some furniture, as there is none here but for officers. The Rebels moved nearly every
thing into Sherman’s  month (Columbia) Please let me know by next mail, your decision. Of course the teachers sent
here by the Boston Ass will be paid by checks from B. There are 90 exclusive of them.

Yours Truly
Thos W. Cardozo
Thomas W. Cardozo
See also Thomas W. Cardozo to Whiting
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