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Room 12 No. 59 Park Row
New York April 13th 1870

Maj. Gen. O.O. Howard
Washington D.C

Very dear Sir: Enclosed find certified copies of deeds of "Leland University" N. Orleans, sent to me by mistake. Every cent is paid on that property. The purchase money was twenty-five thousand dollars as you remember.

As to my errand with you yesterday, I feel greatly embarrassed, though your very kind treatment touched me. The facts are these. In January last,(5 on 6 weeks often you gave us a paper pledging to duplicate what we should raise) a devoted and noble-hearted widow lady in New England, gave to our Freedman's Education fund $13,000. at my instigation. Your pledge to duplicate was a powerful argument with her. It was paid into our treasury with that distinct understanding viz: that her thirteen thousand would be made twenty six. It was to found a University to be called in honor of her deceased husband. You see how delicate is the case! 

How can I go to that lady and tell her that the very condition on which she gave us the money, -which condition I assured her was over Genl. Howards own signature, - is not to be fulfilled

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P.S Gen. Eaton gave me no Encouraging word, tho' very polite.

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