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[[preprinted]] War Department,
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands,
Washington, ^[[January 2.]] 186^[[7.]] [[/preprinted]]

Mr. John Kimball,
Supt. Education,
District of Columbia,

Dear Sir,-
I have the pleasure to acknowledge the receipt of your Report for November. Gratifying as it is in some respects, it seems to me slightly incomplete, and I beg leave to speak to you of the importance of as great accuracy as is possible to be attained. It has seemed to me that you have not reported all the Sabbath Schools that are in existence in the district, only eighteen in all, being reported. The number of Teachers is given, but without designating whether white or colored. In the number of grades, you report from "2 to 10." Have you not confounded gradation with classification? In commencing the use of these blanks, we wish to have not only a perfect system, but perfect accuracy and unity. I shall be glad if we can obtain model reports from this District.

Very respectfully and truly yours,
[[signature]] J. W. Alvord [[/signature]]
Insp. Schools, &c.
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