Polson Blog Post 3

Durham N.C.

January 20(?), 1890

My Dear Mr. Hunter,

Your letter was only recd. and I trust that my tardiness in writing nowadays will not be attributed to indifference. We have held meetings every night this week excepting Monday night and after returning home I was always too tired to write.

I am pleased to note the interest you take in the school being located here, in the absence of good reason to suppose that it will be located in Raleigh. 

The aggregate of subscriptions by the colored at our last meeting was $1040, besides ten acres of land to be donated by Mr. R. B. Fitzgerald. Colored people we know, love to subscribe. 

At the mass meeting at the court house last night the president of Trinity College spoke very favorably of our getting the school – he professed to know something of the minds of some of the persons who could have the matter in hand. Rev. A.J. Chambers made a good talk. The Fitzgerald, with three white friends were appointed a committee to solicit subscription and report to our other mass meeting to be held on the 9th ???.

The Whites are trying themselves to get up so many new enterprises just now, that it makes our chances for subscriptions less favorable. Since the meeting last night however, our people seem more hopeful than ever of success.

I was sorry indeed that I could not arrange to get down to Raleigh but could not well do so, without neglecting a great deal that was important here. 

Mr. Bonham says that he sold the ??? on credit, and had not received the money, but promises to pay me $2.85 when I call at his office says he sold them on credit at $2.50/100, and keeps 25 cts. as commission.

With best wishes for your success, and desiring(?) to be kindly remembered by your very estimable family. 

I am ???

Jas. A Whitted

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