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