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AMERICAN BAPTIST HOME MISSION SOCIETY. }
ROOM 12, No. 39 PARK ROW, }
New York, ^[[July 22d]] 18^[[69]]

For Freedman's Education, and Southern Work, Address,
Rev. JAMES B. SIMMONS, Cor. Sec'y. [[/preprinted]]

Rev. Jn. Kimball
Freedman's Bureau
Washington D. C.

Dear Bro. By letters from the student teachers, I find there is some derangement as to ordering books. I thought it best ^[[insert]] in making out their commissions,— [[/insert]] to have them order from ^[[insert]] only [[/insert]] one source. I chose a Phila house, & was confirmed in my choice by the fact that a house in Baltimore or Washington declined Mr. Gregory's request to furnish these young men with books. [[strikethrough]] [[?]] [[/strikethrough]] ^[[insert]] One [[/insert]] writes that [[strikethrough]] they [[/strikethrough]] ^[[insert]] he [[/insert]] did not receive the books you sent him. Others complain of high prices on the part of the Phila house. We are sorry there should be any delay. We are withholding portions of their salary. We need blanks for teacher's reports, badly.  Please send them.  

Yours truly [[signature]] James B. Simmons [[/signature]] 

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