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Washington DC.
Nov 20, 1866

Rev J S Backus & O.

Sir

You are well aware that the Bureau of R.F.& A.L. has erected a school Building on I St bet 19th & 20th St.on land owned as I understand, by the A Baptist H M Society. The Building is not plastered or furnished with school furniture.  And yet the money is expended (and more) which Genl Howard proposed to use in this Building.  Will your Society now complete the Building and run the School.  I presume you feel that this will [[strikethrough]]will [/[strikethrough]] require you to devote a large sum of money to one school locality. In view of the heavy expense to you, and thinking it a better arrangement for all parties, I make on behalf of the Trustees of Colored Schools for Washington & Georgetown the following proposition. We will buy the land upon which the Building stands, paying you what

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