OF THE JOHN F. SLATER FUND. 9
The Board then adjourned.
Pursuant to adjournment, the Board met at 3:30
p. m., all who were at the morning session being
present, except Mr. Gilman, who was excused on
account of an important meeting in Boston.
Report of the General Agent.
The General Agent presented and read his report
as follows :
Gentlemen of the Board :
Acting under the general instructions given me by the
Board at the time of my appointment as General Agent of the
" John F. Slater Fund," and guided by the suggestions of the
meeting of the Board held in New York last April, I have
given myself to the diligent and careful study of the subject
of the education of the " lately emancipated population of the
Southern States." I have surveyed the field in which we are
called upon to work; have investigated the instrumentalities
now available by us, and have considered the question of the
methods to be adopted in endeavoring to accomplish the
benevolent results contemplated by Mr. Slater in seeking to
provide in part for the uplifting of the colored population of
the South. I have endeavored to learn all I could by personal
intercourse with those who have knowledge and experience,
by correspondence with the principals of all the leading insti¬
tutions engaged in the education of these needy people. Besides,
I have traveled many thousands of miles, visiting leading
institutions in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Ten¬
nessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The schools in
other States I expect to visit at an early day.