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of the Revd. Mr. Garrett, I wrote a letter, which
approved a plan of his to secure the religious instruction of the Black people.  It is due to candour to say, that I donot find, after enquiry, that this measure will meet the wishes of the Blacks, themselves.  They want their own church, and instructors of their own color; and though, I am convinced their present colored preachers, are not calculated to enlighten them, yet any other course will produce discontent, and perhaps retard that self reliance, so necessary to improvement.

In all I say, be pleased to understand me, as according to Capt. Steinburg, the highest, and most deserved promise, for efficiency, and prudent and just management of the affairs of the office here.

I am with very great respect,
Your Obt. Servt.
Benj. F. Porter

Major Genl. 
Wager Swayne














Major. Genl. 
Wager Swayne.
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