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July 26th  9
J.M. Kirkwood, Esq.
Supt of Pub. Instruction
Henry Co, Tenn.

I have the honor to return herewith enclosed the Original deed of Lot conveyed to certain Trustees for School purposes for the Colored people of Henry County (A copy of the same have been taken and retained in this office)

How soon do you suppose a sufficient sum could be raised among the people of that vicinity to build the house with the help of an appropriation of Three hundred ($300) dollars from this Bureau.

It is important that the above should be made at once, so that its possible the building may be in readiness by the commencement of the coming school year.

Very Respectfully
Your obedient servant
C.E. Compton
Bvt. Lt. Col. U.S.A.
Supt of Education
State of Tennessee