EXTRACT from Superintendent Gilkison's letter accompanying his Report on the Grand River Indian, Schools.
The number of Schools among the Six Nations are eight, and the Mississaguas have two, or ten in all. The first seven schools are under the superintendence of the Rev. Mr. Nelles, who kindly furnished the information regarding them, and in his letter states: - 'Four of the teachers are Indians, who were educated at the Mohawk Institution (school No. 1), where the children are boarded, clothed, and educated, thus securing regular attendance, and consequently the improvement of the children is very satisfactory.
"In addition to the ordinary branches of an English education, the boys are instructed in agriculture, and the girls in sewing, spinning, knitting, &c,"
"The other six are Day Schools, at which the attendance of the children is very irregular, and on this account their progress is slow and unsatisfactory."
The 8th school is under the charge of the Rev. Mr. Germaine, Wesleyan Missionary and the 9th School under the care of the Rev. Mr. Lawson, of the same Mission. The 10th is a new school, lately established, and has a Board of Trustees from the New Credit Band. Some children from the white settlers, in the Township of Walpole, attend this school, paying the teacher 25 cents each, per week.
A substantial addition has been made to the Mohawk Institute, which now affords accommodation for one hundred children.
The New England Society is thus conferring immense benefits upon the Indian people, who will no doubt, appreciate them.
It may be observed that the capacity of Indian children for learning is quite as good as that of the whites.(Signed)
Brantford, 17th January, 1865
EXTRACT from letter of W. Livingston, Indian Commissioner, dated at Delaware, 2nd January, 1865.
"I find, by reliable information furnished by the Rev. Abraham Sickles and William Doxtater, that the present population of the Oneida Band is, in round numbers, six hundred, and they are gradually increasing. As Christians, they are divided into two denominations - Church of England and Methodists. The Rev. R. Flood had the Church people under his care for some years, Mr. Potts having been sent thither under the auspices of the Colonial Church and School Society, as schoolmaster and catechist. Mr. Potts eventually took orders, and was their Missionary till within a few months back, when he was incapacitated by an illness which terminated in his death, about three weeks ago. William Doxtater, a good Indian, has acted, and still acts, as a sort of catechist; but, he tells me, they have bad no school since Mr. Potts was ordained, a circumstance his people much regret, as the children of the professing members of the Church are numerous. The Methodists, on the other hand, have an efficient organization under the Rev. A. Sickles, and have also a teacher in their school named Francis G.H. Wilson, whose salary ($160.00 per annum) is paid by the Wesleyan Missionary Board Fund. The present attendance of children is neither large nor regular. In warmer weather, from 20 to 30 children attend. The branches taught are the common series of school books, with which, however, the school is rather inadequately furnished."CORNWALL,
SIR, - I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 3rd instant, requesting me to forward to the Indian Department a statistical statement of the school at the village of St. Regis.
I have to inform you that the school at St. Regis has been closed for this year past, as