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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1856

[Southern superintendency],   pp. 131-172 PDF (17.5 MB)

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No. 63. 
July 30, 1856. 
MY DEAR SiR: Having been so accustomed to reporting annually 
to you the progres of Indian schools under my charge, though no 
superintendent now, being engaged as a regular clergyman among 
the Choctaws, I may be allowed to feel as much interest in the moral, 
as used to be felt by me in the educational improvement of this people. 
My district covers all that part of the Choctaw territory not included 
in the Moshulatubbie district. The congregations are generally large 
and well behaved. You know that the congregation at Doaksville is 
remarkable for its good behavior during the hours of religious wor- 
ship, and in no part of the district are the people a single whit be- 
hind that orderly, well-behaved community. We have held but few 
meetings this year, without having quite an addition of membership; 
who .in steadfastness will compare favorably with our white brethren. 
We are not doing what we might do had we the help that we ought 
to have. We employ outside of our schools only three ministers in 
the entire district, bating the native help. Our board is apprized of 
this, and we shall have help from and after our next conference; pro- 
viding the bishop who shall preside may be able to procure suitable 
ministers. There never has been seemingly half the interest manifested 
among the Chickasaws as at the present. We have had several from 
among them to come into the church during the year; and we are 
looking forward to the time when that interesting people .will be 
emphatically a religious people. 
I had the pleasure to attend the examinations of the Chickasaw 
and Bloomfield academies; and I am compelled in justice to say, 
never was I better pleased with exhibitions of the kind in all my 
school acquaintance. The Colbert institute is also under our board ; 
I did not attend the regular examination, but visited the school 
some weeks previous, and found it doing well. What an immense 
amount of good these public schools are doing. I should say more 
about our prosperous schools, truly prosperous are they, did I not 
know the respective superintendents would report in detail. Robin- 
son, Carr, and Couch are men good and true, in whose hands the 
weal of the Chickasaws will never suffer. Drought threatens por- 
tions of the territory this, the third year. How much to be dreaded! 
The poor people are already sore, from two Tean years gone before, 
and how they are to meet another the all-wise Being only knows! 
Those who commenced early and cultivated closely will make plen- 
tiful crops, perhaps something to spare. But what will the poor 
have to give in exchange for bread? However the young lions may 
Iack( and suffer hunger, but He who numbers the hairs of our heads 
will not leave the Choctaw poor unfed. Pardon me, my dear sir,'I 
have particularized, knowing the abiding interest you take in the 
general welfare of the people for whom you act as agent. 
Truly yours,              W. L. McALLISTER. 
Colonel D. H. CooPER, 
U~ited State8 agent, &c. 

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