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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1855

[Southern superintendency],   pp. 119-177 PDF (23.0 MB)

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general work on the farm and improvement of the place; but, as yet, 
few of them have become prepared for any mechanical branches. 
Their proficiency in study is respectable,,, especially wheni we con- 
sider the great disadvantage they labor under. by their very imperfect 
knowledge of the English language. This, however, they are steadily 
overcoming, and have made much greater conquests, this last year, 
than before-and now have a 'good foundation for improvement in 
that respect, which, with. us, is the great desideratum. Though still 
confined to common branches of an English education, the knowledge 
which some of them evince-as witnessed by yourself and others 
was very thorough. 
We had no scholars, at the close of the session, who could not read 
with tolerable ease, though many of them commenced at a late period 
of the session in their letters. Our advanced classes will compare 
favorably with any who have been at school the same length of time 
Some who commenced four years ago in their letters, and did not 
know a word of the English language, besides being able to read and 
write Well, and having a respectable knowledge of English grammar 
and geography, have thoroughly mastered Davies' School Arithmetic, 
besides paying considerable attention to the study of history, ancient 
and modern. All have not made the same progress, of course. While 
we have some sprightly scholars we have also some dull ones, but, as 
a whole, we hesitate not to say they have done well. I cannot speak 
too favorably, not only of the qualifications of our teachers, Mr. S. W.
Dunn, Rev. William Jones, and Mrs. Perkins, but also of their unre- 
mitting diligence and punctuality in the discharge of their arduous 
duties; nor can I pass over without awarding the same credit to all 
9ther assistants employed about the institution; all have met their 
obligations with fidelity and labored in peace and harmony. 
The school was examined by the trustees, accompanied by the chief, 
Col. Frazier, some two weeks before the close of the session; and 
then, at the close, we had a public examination, (at which we had the 
pleasure of your attendance,) of which, of course, I need not speak, 
as you then saw and heard for yourself. 
The.following are the classes, and the number in each, viz: Good- 
rich's First Reader, and spelling, 20; Second do., 9; Third do., 21; 
Fourth do., 28; History of North America, (Goodrich's) 21; Ancient 
do., 7T; Mitchell's Primary Geography, 22; Large, 29; Writing, 49; 
English Grammar, 12; Arithmetic, 52. Besides which, all who are 
capable read a lesson in the scriptures every day and practice in vocal 
music. On the Sabbath, besides attending regular preaching, they 
are- especially instructed in the Sabbath school, in which, besides 
suitable reading, they receive catechetical instruction in the sacred 
scriptures, and many of them have committed large portions to mem- 
ory-in all, nearly six thousand verses, besides reading the- books of 
the Sunday school library and Sunday school papers of varions kinds. 
In our farming department, in consequence of the long extreme 
drought, we have failed in everything but corn; of that we have a 
prospect of a fair crop of about fifty acres, but no oats, no hay, no 
vegetables of any kind. As you know, we have had but very little 
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