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report to him, except through Genl Scott - Genl. G. while doing all that could be expected of him as a military officer has had no experience in school affairs. As a consequence, the very important educational interest of those islands are likely to suffer in being thus withdrawn from Mr Tomlinson's care and direction.

There are Government buildings on H. Head, which are being taken down & the lumber sold at merely nominal prices. This lumber & some of the buildings should be used this season for school houses on these islands. This is a necessity if the schools are to continue. Mr Tomlinson, from his knowledge of the islands educationally & his superior experience in schools & school buildings can, in my judgment, plan & locate these houses much more advantageously than any other officer of the Bu. in S.C.

The circumstances that led to the assignment of this duty of apt supt to Genl Giles, do [[strikethrough]] now [[/strikethrough]] not now exist & I have no doubt the Genl. himself would prefer to be relieved of it. 

I hope therefore, that if it can consistently be done, Mr Tomlinson may be again put in full charge of the Educational work on these islands.

Very Respectfully,
Y'r Obt. Sevt
Edw. F. Smith
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