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Jacksonport Arkansas Aug 3d 1868 William M. Colby Supt. of Freedmen Schools Little Rock Arkansas. Dr. Sir, I herewith transmit a letter explaining some portions of my report, also giving you the principal features of our work in this place. I was on my way north going by the way of Blackriver to Pocahontas, & from thence to St. Louis. I was detained here, waiting for a boat, & happened to drop in one morning to Capt. Brians Office, who on finding out my business, pressed the claims of the Colored people so strongly & promised such support, which led me to stop for a while & make an effort in that direction. A meeting was immediately called of the colored people at Capt. Brians which was largely attended, and a collection taken on the spot of $21.50 for the support of the school. No Room could be found suitable for school purposes, and a colored man who had a house nearly erected offered to enclose it & give the use of it for one month which was accepted. We had no doors or windows, only the places for them, and our seats were made after the manner of those of our boyhood days, or rather those of camp meeting style.
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