Circa 1870 Manuscript Letters to the Editor of a Cayuga County New York Newspaper Concerning Education, Politics, Misuse & Inferred Inappropriate use of County Funds.
(Americana - Manuscript Letter - Educational History - Cayuga Co. New York)

Cayuga County, New York: Not Published, 1870. F (9) pages; in two parts, the first titled "School Commissions a Substitute" and the second, "Whither are we drifting"; handwritten on lined 7 1/2" x 12 1/2" notepaper; not dated, or signed; with internal evidence indicating a date of 1870; 1): "...Mr. Editor That the proper Education of our youth is the sheet anchor of country and the palladium of our liberty, none will deny. In the past year the State of New York has expended for the benefit of its Common Schools over Eleven Millions of Dollars, Six Millions in paying teachers - Two & one half Millions for building school houses & their appurtenances....our first objection to our present School Commissioner system for the country schools is this. The office is a political one and the nominations made by County politicians heavy reference to their own or the political interests of others rather than the merits of men or to their fitness for the specific work...abolish the office of Dist. School commissions..."; 2): "....Our previous communication had reference mainly to the alarming fact that the taxation in Cayuga county since 1856 has increased under radical rule, being endorsed & ratified by a republican Board of Supervisors very largely in the Majority...while it is to be regretted that individuals or bodies of men are extravagant in expenses and spend money as does the spendthrift - because it comes easy - so they have not the capacity to value it...Who wonders that this new board, full plumed in 1857, found it necessary to raise in time of perfect power our county taxes...." the author reminding everyone of other shady doings in the county political sphere, Civil War recruits failing to report at Elmira, too much money and pay from the Provost Marshall going unaccounted for and other details; written in a mostly legible hand, old fold lines, some splotching and editing to text, evidently a work in progress; good condition overall; interesting Cayuga County political history ephemera of the middle part of the 19th century. Good Paperback (Item ID: 22803)

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