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H.W. Key Esq.
Hartsville, Tenn.
Aug 2nd 99

I have the honor to return herewith enclosed one (1) copy of the contract offering to me materials to be furnished and the services to furnished by yourself in the construction of the schoolhouse for Colored people at Hartsville Tenn.

You are hereby authorized to go on and consider the work in compliance with the terms specified.

In purchasing your materials you will be careful to take receipts (in duplicate)from all parties from whom the same are bought. One copy of which you will transmit to this office.

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