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Patuxant Fork A.A. County Md.
March 24th 1870

W.L. Vanderlip Supt. of Education

Dear Sir
[[strikethrough]] th [[/strikethrough]] The school here taught by Miss Clark is thinly attended to this time caused by 20 of the children having the hooping cough but many of them are better and soon will be out again I held a large meeting of the people here and they came to a fixed conclusion to get another peice of land and get a deed for it if you will send them Blanks and give the new frame they have for the school and put it up in 60 days if the Bureau will give them shingles weatherboarding windows flooring and c. They promise to do it at once and Moses Thompson will do what he says if posible. They will have to move the school from where it now is held and they want to build now and take the old stone meeting House for a Church

I will be to the Bureau soon and then we will see what can be done as that farm is sold where the school is now held

[[signature]] John. H. Butler [[/signature]]

Transcription Notes:
surname VanDerlip

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