memory, excited them amazingly, and writing "Newport News," "Hampton, and
their other homes of refuge, was a delight to them. I don't tell you about my sistei
but her work tells here all the while. We want primers—one thousand of them, uut
of date books can be spared, I doubt not, from many Northern bookstores. You de-
sire us to make our wants known to you. Can you help us in this instance, and that
Dr. Brown has six hundred and forty-five negroes upon the farms which he directly
superintends—from one to five hundred upon each farm. He still has forty farms.
Of fourteen a third of the produce is confiscated, and of those he has no oversight.
He himself is cultivating two thousand four hundred acres, with gram, vegetables,
cotton and tobacco.
Whitehead Vkru, June 20th, 1863.
I asked, and it was given unto me. The books and slates came and were welcomed,
and many of them are already worn in the service. Your help was so ready and em-
cient, in my hour of need, I incline to drive to your door again. The refugees, with
their rags and vermin, are crowding into Norfolk. One hundred and twenty (or
more), very destitute, have just gone to Craney Island from Suffolk, and we nave
nothing to spare from the farms wherewith to clothe them. It is almost certain that
the number will steadily increase. How shall we clothe them? They cannot be ex¬
pected to pay for their clotliing. We have at no time been able to meet a present
need; and the prospect before us looks very naked. I am dropping my books and
slates about upon the farms, but I cannot get a horse to keep constantly upon the road
as I expected to do. However, we have work at home; but when I do get to tne
farms, old men and children flock to my side, and their interest and attention show tnat
in one half hour they get a mighty impulse. L- c'
Norfolk, Va., Nov. 11th, 1863.
Pour hundred refugees, released by colored soldiers, have just come, empty-handed,
into our lines. In the jail-yard, where they once found chains and a lash, all the
refugees now find a temporary home. The men and large boys go at once to the
Government farms to build huts, and in due season to take their families to the house-
warming. Twenty-five refugees came ten days ago ; and more will come, from time
to time, all winter long. They must be clothed; so, of Northern charity let there be
Many of the negroes upon the Government farms will this month receive wages,
and should have the privilege of paying something for their clothing. The number
of needy will, necessarily, continue to be large, and it seems necessary to continue the
practice of gratuitous distribution; but Dr. Brown unites with me in thinking it very
desirable that a store should be opened here for all who hold a purse. He says if you
will send a store-keeper, he will furnish him with facilities ; and he can furnish you
with free transportation from New York.
I have not told you that we present all the refugees with A B C 's, and they snatch
them greedily, astonishing my sister and myself; long-experienced though we are, with
their amazing progress. L* c#
Norfolk, Va., Dec. 24th, 1863.
We shall continue our school through the holidays. A prospect of rest and vacation
wearies us. ^
My sister went to Newbern for a day or two, a week or so ago. She had, tor a tew
weeks, had the entire superintendence of a school of four hundred children. Small
children, too, and raw. It was the reception school of the city. Thirty or forty new
scholars came every day. A school that only one with a gift could control, and only
one with a body could bear upon her shoulders. It was the school in which we had
taught through the summer, giving our extra time to the refugees and the farms.
Difficulties and delays have blocked the path-way to our own special family school-
house ; but now we have one, the doors are open ; and by New "Year's, we shall have
a school-house of our own. At present, we are teaching in a church.
Three hundred more refugees came in on Tuesday ; seventy wTagoii " loads " on Sat¬
urday; and one hundred and twenty "loads" a day or two ago. The Doctor drops
them upon his farms now, that the city may no longer be over burdened.