H. H. Hunter to Rev. M. E. Striby Charleston May 6, 1865
Charleston S. Carolina May 6th, 1865 Rev. M. E. Striby Br John W. New York
Very Revd Brother in Christ
You will excuse my long or seemingly long silence as I wished to become settled before waiting. We were anxious to have our association represented at Edisto Island (He means Rev. W. T. Richardson and self) Here there 2 n? and waited quite some time to see Bvt. Major Gen Saxton after having two interviews with the Gen. We thought it impractable to attempt anything on the Island (Edisto) I came to Charleston and everything was rather in doubt and uncertainty – But the Lord keepth all that trust in him. Our Superintendent of Public Instruction James Redpath, Esq made a very unchristian obnoxious rule not to allow any Teacher or Teachers to pray at opening of school – all the Teachers persevered in doing what they thought to be their duty—and they were blessed of God – for the rule was rescinded Became a dead letter without anyone contesting it only by not paying attention to it. Our schools in Charleston are very interesting we are getting along nicely – We are in a very prosperious condition and I believe we have more that good cause to believe the Good Work is just only begun. I look at the condition of affairs – the Vastness – Magnitude of the Work and ask who is able to do hiws whole duty. Who is able for the Great work of bringing these people to the standard of man and woman hood – My dear Bro – You, now have any idea of the Great Work that must be done. Except you go from House to House to see and know for yourself the needs wants necessities of the Freedmen – There are many on the plantations they are but setps above above the “Beaste Creation” Only I iknow God is able for all States – conditions of mankind I would say noe are able for the wor. But I thank God that we see day breaking – see things seem to conspire to assist us in the Great Work that is before us and we are constrained to say with many others – “God is the Refuge of his people.” Hoping my dear sir that God may spare you many long years to do his will in furthering the cause of Christ in Ameliorating the Condition of those but lately freed.
Believe me as ever yours in a common faith in Christ and Coworker for his Kingdom. H. H. Hunter.
James Redpath Charleston Superintendent of Education