and Indians' Advocate
Wednesday, August 12, 1829
Vol. II, no. 19
Page 3, col. 1a
We had the pleasure of attending the annual examination of this interesting School on last Wednesday. Our time will allow us to give our readers but a very short account of it. It may be proper to mention here that the School is composed principally of small children, and of these the number of what are called full blood Cherokees we believe is greater than in any other School in the nation, excepting, perhaps, the Valley Town School. We were much gratified to notice this act, for we have always been impressed with the importance of special missionary attention to this class.
When we entered the School room the girls were reading part of the tenth
chapter of Acts. Nearly all the girls read fluently, and answered promptly
to the questions proposed by the teacher on the leading facts contained in the
chapter. Their answers convinced us that they read understandingly.
The boys then performed the same part with equal success. After a prayer
by the Rev. M. Potter, the Scholars were examined in spelling & reading,
in which, in point of correctness, they excelled in a remarkable degree.
We do not recollect of having heard a single mistake in spelling, and in reading
they were equally correct, except in pronunciation one would discover, that
some had not yet mastered the English language. We were altogether surprised
to see this correctness carried into their recitations on History, the rudiments
of English Grammar & arithmetic. One class of the boys and one of
the girls, recited with a remarkable exactness, the boundaries, principle towns
and rivers, of each State -- seats of learning, the situation of towns, courses
or rivers & e. The boys then gave their visitors specimens of their
oratorial powers. A few short single pieces and three dialogues were
spoken. In this part of their exercises we thought they were deficient,
possessing too much the common diffidence of Indians. The girls closed
the exercise by repeating an original dialogue, written by their teacher Miss
Amos, and by singing the Hymn,
Christians, hear those notes of anguish
Raised by man, a wretch forlorn;
Far beyond the sea they languish;
Without peace or hope they mourn, & e.
It was a feast to hear them sing. The most interesting sight to us was the exhibition the little girls made to their parents and friends of their womanship. According to our very feeble judgment, the improvement made by them in this department of their education was worthy of the highest commendation. The smallest girls, hardly three feet high, produced a fine quilt, which they had made with their own hands, for the benefit of a benevolent Society organized in the girls' School. After the close of the exercises, the visitors were invited to a plain and wholesome dinner prepared by the Missionaries. Ninety five person seated themselves at the first table.
For our own part we are prepared to say that we were gratified, and have felt ourselves fully paid for riding forty five miles. Many more, we believe, felt as we did. Though there was a large company on Tuesday and Wednesday, yet we observed a remarkable degree of good order and good behaviour manifested. We saw no one at whom we could point our finger and say, "there goes a savage," except one, and he happened to be a white man from Tennessee. We saw this man stand before the window, to the no small annoyance of civil Cherokees, leaning upon his rifle.