Mr. McDonell, the late teacher, left and was to return soon, but has not done so, for the reason that his salary was kept back by the Board of Education for Lower Canada, to whom the school reports have been sent for the last few years, and not through me to the Indian Department, as formerly had been done.I have, & c.,
William Spragge, Esq. D.S.I.A. Quebec.
22nd December, 1864.
SIR, - I have the pleasure of answering your letter of the 3rd instant, requesting me to furnish the department with a statistical statement as to the number of males and females attending the school at Restigouche, & c.
The number of children that have attended ths school this year is: - Males, 33; females, 31; total, 64.
English and French are the two languages taught in the school. The children are learning the reading, writing, and Spelling, by heart, and learning, by heart some pieces of their books, translating table of multiplication, arithmetic, and geographical map.
The study of the globe would be a great benefit to the children. This study would give them a great knowledge of the different parts of the world, but until now, the school had no means sufficient to get one. These are the several branches taught in the school at Restigouche. The name of the teacher is Joseph Dorais, a young man from the district of Montreal.
His salary is £50 a year. He receives payment from three sources from the Department of Education, from the Indian Department find from the people of his mission; but the Indians being so poor that I can raise but a few dollars from them.
This is the information which I have the pleasure of transmitting to the department.(Signed) P.J. SAUCIER, Ped.