Samuel Gridley Howe letters  1840-1849 (bulk 1840-1841)
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This collection contains 4 letters that Samuel Gridley Howe wrote to Secretary of State Josiah Stevens and Governor Samuel Dinsmoor, Jr., of New Hampshire, regarding the education of New Hampshire residents at the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind (now the Perkins School for the Blind).

Howe wrote 3 letters to Josiah Stevens concerning specific students at the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind (June 8, 1840; August 22, 1840; and February 26, 1841). He discussed the students' progress at the school and suggested which of them would benefit from further education and, therefore, from further financial support from the state of New Hampshire. In one case, Howe offered his opinion that a student was in less need of the school's services than others, because of his partial ability to see. The June 8, 1840, letter also contains an account of the amount of money remitted by the state of New Hampshire for several students' education.

In an October 19, 1849, letter, Howe addressed New Hampshire Governor Samuel Dinsmoor, Jr., on behalf of a young man who wished to attend the Perkins School. He wrote this letter on official "Perkins' Institution, and Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind" stationery.

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