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Letter to Brig Gen. Geo W. Hallack, Chief Dispersing Officer
Bureau Refugees Freedmen & Abandoned Lands
on Transportation for teachers
February 20th, 1867

Freedmen Bureau Records
Transcription
Office Disbursing Officer Bu R F and A Lands
February 20th 1867 Tallahassee Fla.

General,

I have the honor to apply for instructions relative to paying the actual cost of transportation of teachers of schools for
Freedmen brought from their homes in the north under commission from Mr. E. B. Duncan Supt. of Education for State of
Florida.

I have a communication from yourself of date Nov. 1st 1866 addressed to Maj. Denniston wherein he is informed “the Commir”
has agreed to pay the actual cost of transportation of School Teachers sent out by “Aid Societies” to teach Schools for
Freedmen. I would respectfully ask whether I am authorized to pay cost of transportation from their homes, of Teachers of
Freedmen’s Schools commissioned by Mr. Duncan who also makes certificate of their transportation.

On assuming the duties of D. O. last November I paid transportation of three teachers commissioned as above, going at time
too liberal an interpretation to your letter.

There are now in my office several accounts of like character which I hold awaiting your decision; of disbursements under
these circumstances will be allowed will you oblige me with instructions that may serve as my authority in future.

I am General
Very Respectfully
Your Obdt Servant

Lieut 7th U. S. Infantry
Disbursing Officer

(To Brig Gen. Geo W. Hallack
Chief D. O. BRF&AL
Washington DC)

Notes
The purpose of this letter is to receive authorization to pay transportation claims for teachers in addition to the ones sent by
aid societies such as the National Freedmen's Relief or the American Missionary Association to pay for the teachers selected
by Florida Superintendent of Schools Duncan. The transportation of teachers from the north was a major support of Aid
Societies. This extension of benefit had no authorization. The result of this letter is currently unknown but if not given would
have provided a major problem for Secretary of Education Duncan since the state had almost no money to provide for
schools. The State of Florida literally started a public education system from the ground up. Not only were there no schools for
African Americans but there were almost no schools for white children. The success of the Freedmen bureau schools
(especially when they went into their building stage) was a major boost to all public education in the State of Florida and
elsewhere.
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