Letter from the Negro School Oversight Committee to the Monthly Meetings in Philadelphia

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Date: 5 Mar 1795 [unknown]
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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To the Monthly Meting of Friends in Philadelphia

We the Comittee appointed to the oversight of hte Schools for the Education of the black People, have agreed to represent that since our last report the tuition has been continued under the caer of Daniel Brit and his Wife, during which time a considerable number of both sexes have been admitted. The Daily attendance not so regular as could be desired. The number of boys generally amounting from twenty five to thirty five; that of girls from fifteen to twenty five. We have however with satisfaction observed that some have made considerable improvement in Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. From an examination of our Treasurer's accounts we find:

The balance in his hands as stated in our report of the 1st mo 11th 1793, to be£5P. 8. 8
Received for ground rents & Annual legacies to this time£238. 5. 3
ditto. Donation£34.17.9
£332. 11. 8
Paid & accepted to this time for salaries to Master & Mistress£300. 0. 0
Gratuity to ditto on acco't of the rise of hte necessaries of life£18. 15. 0
carried forward£318. 15£332. 11. 8

Amot bro forward£318. 15. 0£332. 11. 8
Incidental Expenses£36. 18. 9£355. 13. 9
1795 1 Mo 16th Ballance due the Treasurer£232. 1

This deficiency arises chiefly from the smallness of our Funds which amount annualy to £188. 0. 0 and the want of a punctual discharge of the Ground rents constituting those funds as they become due. Add to those circumstances the enhanced price of almost everything necessary to the accomodation of the Schools which has geratlhy augmented this Incidental charges. We are therefore of opinion that the Welfare of the Institution requires that the sum of One Hundred Pounds at least should be raised by the three Monthly Meetings to enable us to discharge our Arreages and prevent in future the necessity of anticipating our funds.

We may also mention that there still remains to be due the Estate late of Anthony Benezet deceased, about One Hundred Pounds.

Submitted to the respective Monthy Meetings by the Overseers.
Benedict Dorsey
Jonathan Willis
John Morton
James Bringhurst
Joseph Bacon
Timothy Paxon
Samuel Sansom
William Garrigues
Thomas Jay Bartram
John Field
Benj'n Bryant
Jonathan Evans jun'r

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