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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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filled. We had one death near the close of our school, Captain 
Hayanbhe's daughter, an amiable girl, in her fifteenth year, and one 
of our best scholars; but we have goodzrounds to hope that our loss 
is her infinite gain. She told her friends that she was going to 
Heaven, and requested them to meet her there. There has been a 
very marked improvement in the general deportment of the scholars 
this year; they have been more studious and governable than here- 
tofore; indeed we have had scarcely any trouble in maintaining 
discipline.  Our school dlosed the fourth of July with a public 
examination, which proved quite satisfactory to all present on the 
occasion. Those qualified to judge, expressed themselves well pleased 
and satisfied that the teacher, Mr. Frederick Pilkington, had been 
faithful and thorough in his work of instruction. This school is on 
the industrial plan, and our scholars have been employed some two or 
three hours each day in domestic business; the girls were instructed 
by Mrs. Pilkington, a very competent lady, in cutting and making 
,garments for themselves and the boys, and in other domestic business. 
The boys when out of school were under the care and instruction of 
the superintendent, who employed them in farming, gardening, and 
managing stock. It has been our constant aim and effort to not only 
give a thorough mental and business, but also a moral and religious 
training. Our Sabbath school has done well; upon the whole, we 
consider this institution in a prosperous condition. We have a fine 
crop of corn growing, notwithstanding the drought. We expect to 
move our school this fall to our new buildings, near the head waters 
of Clear Boggy, ome fifty miles west of this. We have erecting there 
neat, commodious frame buildings, which will be ready for our next 
session. It is contemplated to increase the number of our scholars 
to sixty; the trustee and people desire the enlargement of the school, 
which speaks fa;orably of the improved and improving condition of 
the people. Indulge me in the remark, before I close, that from my 
observation and intercourse with the Chickasaws, as a missionary for 
the last nine or ten years, I consider the nation improving rapidly 
in the arts of civilization. The Gospel and religious institutions are 
having an increasing influence with the people. We look forward to 
no distant day, when, under the fostering care of the general govern- 
ment, and the patient faithful labors of the missionaries, with the 
blessing of God, this people will not only become a civilized, but a 
Christian nation of people. I cannot close this communication with- 
out gratefully acknowledging the merciful providence of God to us; 
and although we have had some afflictions, we bow with submission, 
and pray Him to sanctify them to our good and His glory. 
Very respectfully, your obedient servant, 
Super7intendent Choctaw Indians. 
D. H. CooPR., Esq., 
United States agentfor Choctawg and Chickasaws. 

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