Letter from A.F. Williams to Lewis Tappan
A letter from A.F. Williams stating that he has not been able to write to Lewis Tappan because he is "devoting nearly all my time & for the benefit of the Mendi people." He explains that John T. Norton does not feel as much interest in the Africans, so, he and Samuel Deming shoulder much of the work. Williams makes note that he wishes to discuss this matter when he sees Tappan in ten days. He then informs Lewis Tappan that he has purchased land on which a house for the Africans can be built because he has feared sickness among them due to their current quarters. He goes on to write that the house will be ready in about four weeks and will cost approximately $400. He reports that Fargana, Cinque, and two others have been sick and that the Africans are learning English quickly and beginning to understand the value of money. The girls are attending school with the men and have time to read at home and learn house work. Williams describes the Africans as "a more interesting company of men I never saw & a more grateful circle I think cannot be found." Williams also mentions that Sherman M. Booth is away attending examinations and Rev. Mr. Fessenden has taken his place for a few days.