American Missionary Association,
No. 61 JOHN ST.,
Having received your application for a Commission, as Teacher of Freedmen, we
send you the following Circular, indicating the conditions on which alone we
feel justified in giving an appointment.
Please address you correspondence on this subject, to REV.
SAMUEL HUNT, at these Rooms.
The American Missionary Association to those seeking Commissions as Teachers
of Freedmen, and those who recommend them.
The War is over. Among its glorious results is EMANCIPATION.
Shall it be made, in the highest degree, a blessing to those who secure, and
to the nation that gives, it? This can be done only as the Freedmen are educated,
and thus fitted to appreciate and improve their newly-found liberty. Believing
this the American Missionary Association made the first organized effort in
this direction, nearly four years ago, by establishing schools in Eastern Virginia.
Having these years' experience, in which they have sustained schools in thirteen
States and the District of Columbia, and employed hundreds of teachers, we adopt
this method of presenting to those who would enter our service, and especially
to those who would recommend them, some suggestions concerning qualifications,
testimonials, support, and terms.
1. Missionary spirit. as our work is to be carried on in a country
devastated, and in society demoralized and generally made hostile, by war, no
one should seek, accept, or be recommended for, an appointment who is not prepared
to endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ -- to do hard work , go
to hard places, and submit, if need be, to hard fare -- to subordinate self
to the cause and acquiesce cheerfully in the directions and supervision of those
who have the matter in charge. For this, however, there can be no