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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. 64. 
SPECER ACADEMY, August 1, 1856. 
DEAR SIR: The last session of Spencer Academy closed on Wed- 
nesday, the 25th of June. The trustees of public schools have ap- 
pointed the last Wednesday of June as the regular time for closing 
ichool hereafter. As a compensation for this we agree to receive six 
additional scholars. 
The whole number of scholars connected with the academy last ses- 
sion was one hundred and twenty. For a part of the session the 
number in regular attendance was about one hundred and ten. Of' 
this number eight were beneficiaries of the board of missions. 
The plan of instruction last session did not differ from that fully 
described in my previous reports, and the course of studies was sub- 
stantiall, the same as it hasbeen for several years past. 
Nothing occurred during the session to interrupt the usual routine 
of work and study. The health of the institution was excellent. 
Isuppose we ouglht to feel satisfied with the progress our pupils 
have made. It is true they do not advance as rapidly in their studies 
as we could wish.° Perhaps, however, they do as well as we ought 
reasonably to expect, considering the many disadvantages under 
which they labor. 
Yours, very truly, 
Col. D. H. COOPER, 
Fort Tow8on, C. N. 
No. 65. 
Chickasaw Nation, July 24, 1856. 
DEAiaR SIRT I send you the report of this institution for the year 
ending June.30, 1856. As no report has ever been presented to the 
department through a United States agent, it may not be amiss for 
me to notice briefly its former history. 
It was first opened in October, 1852, under charge of Rev. H. Bal- 
lentine. During the first session the number of girls in attendance 
was about sixty. Since that time the number has been complete each 
session. That number is one hundred. As far as I can learn, the 
institution has ever been held in high estimation by the Chickasaws. 
We would draw this as a legitimate inference, from the fact that 
many more apply each session than can be received. It continued 
under the charge qf Mr. Ballentine until July, 1855. At that time 
he felt constrained to resign on account of the health of his family, 
and to visit the States. I was then placed in charge. I spent the 
vacation, which had just commenced, in examining the means around 

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