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Letter from Martha Berry to her youngest sister and wife of Blue Diamond Coal Company president Alexander Bonnyman, Sr., Frances Berry Bonnyman. Berry reports that she is ill and asks Bonnyman to stop in Mount Berry on her way to New York. She informs Bonnyman that Bonnyman's sister-in-law, Mrs. James Bonnyman, would be welcome to stay with Isabel and Tom.

Berry reports that the Rome newspaper has published untrue reports about the donations of Clara and Henry Ford, benefactors of the college. Henry Ford refuses to refute the newspaper's claims, and the college is receiving unwanted negative attention because of the contents of the article(s).

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Mr. Maddox writes he will go over the audit and speak with Mr. Alston about getting a financial statement for the schools. He will advise Miss Berry in a few days.

Berry writes to Maddox to clarify for financial statements that Henry Ford has not purchased her home, a rumor she suggests may have been started in Rome.

F. E. Woodruff writes to the "Principal" of the Berry Schools on behalf of his church in Germantown, Pennsylvania. He enquires after the moral fortitude of the Rev. Mr. Curley, formerly of the Berry Schools, which has been put into question by rumors started upon his consideration for their pulpit, primarily as the result of a favorable letter from the Dean of the Berry Schools.
Mr. Woodruff presents three questions to this "Principal," concerning Mr. Curley's morality, and he requires answers if not from the "Principal" then from someone equally informed on the subject. He adds that Mr. Curley insists that the reason for his dismissal from the Berry Schools was "the jealousy of Miss Berry, who was unwilling for anyone but herself to raise funds for the support of the schools."

Miss Berry thanks Mrs. Stewart for informing her about a rumor that was started about the schools.


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