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COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA,
OFFICE OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION,

Richmond, December 1, 1871.

To the General Assembly of Virginia:

The Board of Education has the honor to transmit herewith the First Annual Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, together with the report of the Second Auditor upon the subject of the Literary Fund.

Respectfully,

G. C. WALKER, President Board of Education.

(RECAP)

OCT 251913 3C2334

6736
1938

187071

COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA,
OFFICE SUPERINTENDENT PUBLIC INSTRUCTION,

Richmond, October 1, 1871.

To his Excellency GILBERT C. WALKER,

Governor of Virginia, and ex officio

President of the Board of Education : MR. PRESIDENT,

I have the honor to submit herewith my first annual report to the Board of Education.

The occasion allows me the pleasure of testifying to the large amount of valuable service rendered to the cause of public education during the past year by yourself and the Attorney General.

From the 17th of September, 1870, to the 31st of August, 1871, there were held forty-eight meetings of the Board of Education, averaging, perhaps, three hours in length. These meetings were frequently held late in the evening, and more than once, were continued until midnight. Besides attending upon sessions of the Board, each of you kindly gave me the benefit of your counsel on many informal occasions. All the commissions and money orders were signed by yourself as President of the Board, and many legal opinions in regard to public school affairs were given by the Attorney General. The large additions thus made to the ordinary duties of your respective offices, seem worthy of special recognition.

Allow me, Mr. President, also to allude to the great moral support given to the cause of universal free education, by your manly public utterances on the subject, both before and since your election as Governor.

I am, sir, very respectfully,

Your obedient servant,

WM. H. RUFFNER,

Supt. Public Instruction.

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