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Letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs. Mary Burnham
April 4, 1879

Page 1 of letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs Mary Burnham dated 4 April 1879

Paris Hill N.Y.
Friday April 4th,1879

My Dear Mrs Burnham,

     this day
good day, very Happy day. I was very
glad I laugh I am thinking about
everything at Indian Territory now
I feel well do I find good road
white people road very good road.
I was feel Happy I am keeping this
road. now everything Little I understand
I am very glad I liked it very good
and I thank you Mrs Burnham now
my Dear Mrs Burnham now I tell
you. Indian what do making
about everything and road Indian
my Dear people every body oh
my people Indian very poor I sorry
not know God not know Jesus
not know Sunday not know everything

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not believe no have Church no have
School no have good houses no have
everything oh my people very poor
all Indian people what do go. way out
no wagons mens womens boys and
girls all ride horseback womens take
mind everything tie removing camp
horseback by and by camp more
womens make camp fire cook Indian
womens everything make very hard
work very feel bad no work Indian
mens all long hair and paint face
Indian man Some get two wife
Some three wife Some four wife all
the Same not good road white people
road not So good road Some
Indian not good man Some Chief
Indian very good man Soldiers
Indian Captain Chief all the Same
head dress Shield and spear not
afraid fight some kill not good
road my Dear every body never
mind I think by and by the

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same road I think I don't know
I maybe so before I came to St
Augustin1 I am much astonished
I saw old Fort2 I sorry everything
I not know my people Indian
clothes I dress myself my long
hair I love my long hair and
I paint my face a long time
my hair I never cut before my
hair cut oh I sorry not very little
sorry I am thinking everything
I looking white mans all hair cut
nice hats boots Pants Shoes
oh yes good I think so my people Indian
road all I throw away no more
long hair no more paint face and no more
head dress Shield and spear oh
I very poor everything I not know
before Captain Pratt3 teaches all Indian
that A.b.C.D.E. and one.two.
three.four.five.Six I not know
how I think what is that I think so
because I not know white people







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all road good road I not know
God Jesus and Sunday and every day
Captain Pratt talke talke talke long
what you say I not know now I think
good talke helps show with me by and
by little I well do white ladys come teaches
all Indian young men this all names
Miss Mathers Mrs Gibbs Mrs Cauper
Gibbs Mrs Caruthus all very good
ladys I liked it very much very
kind to me I am glad every day
I go to School I study very hard
Bible Book Prayer Book I not good
understand never mind I think so
I liked it very good Study Bible Book
some I make nice polished sea beans
and bow and arrows I am glad
good many white people Come See
Indian I Shake hands I am glad
Some sea beans bow and arrows
I buy I get money oh very nice
man Captain Pratt very kind to me
I am very glad. before I saw

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Mrs Pendleton4 I not know Capt. Pratt
ask me ladys want shoot this woman good woman
two Daughters want shoot so. oh
yes good I will do I teacher5 Captain Pratt what is your names ladys name
Mrs Pendleton Daughters names Miss Mary and Miss Jennie oh
yes I know. remember my bow
I take good many white people
come see I teacher white girls
good Shoot I don't know what time
stop shoot ladys give me fifty
cent I am glad every Sunday
I go to church I am very glad
to See good many white people
Some I know I shake hands I glad
I come home nice time weather
warm and pleasant a long time
three years I stay here at St Augustine
I never See snow all day warm
day and very pleasant day before
I soldiers very hard work I not





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much work I first Sergant every afternoon
Captain Pratt come make soldiers
I was to exercise and to double
quick my arms tired every
Monday night Captain Pratt good
Prayer meeting I don't know by and
by you came to St Augustine I never
see you Captain Pratt tell so me
this evening woman good woman
Come want to see Indian oh yes
good I think so I go down stairs
I saw you I never see more I not
know your name all the same
good men good women and Captain
come want to see Indian and I shake
hands I am glad by and by
Come Captain Pratt loud speak
to day good day and. get a letter
from washington now all old
mens go home and all young
mens again School so old mens
all very Happy the same I am

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very glad tomorrow afternoon
by Steam boat came to land
Captain Pratt say all Indian men
not good Sleep in the morning
all get up very nice day I say
I think after dinner already I go
to land little while I sit down
I am very glad I look at very soon
big Steam boat came to land little
while Stop all white people Come
to see Indian go home I good Shake
hand I not hear big noise talke
talke good talke all my friends
white people must say good bye
now I am going not good waters
my head sick I very tired Some
men Sick head tired and vomit
three days night twelve oclock I
come to Hampton very nice Sunday

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morning I am glad I go to church
little while I go to walk I saw
Soldiers houses big gun and old fort
Monday night big Steam boat came
to land I go In the morning I came
to Baltimore I am glad to See you
I good shake hands I talk my brother
I shake both hand this day good day
must say good bye now I come
down other cars I go with you before
I saw Bishop I shake hand I am glad
last Summer April 17th 1878 I come to
Syracuse 6 I glad to see all your Sisters
and Bishop family I shake hands.
I am glad my dear white mother
Mrs Burnham I know you very kind
to me always I Shall be very Happy
good many kind friends white people
oh my heart very happy my dear Mr
Mrs Wicks kind to me I am so glad
every day Mr Wicks talk good talk
I know I good keep my head my



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heart my dear Jesus every day
every night I am glad I pray to God
Jesus give me good head good
heart good Speak good everything
I think my heart all right now
because I wish next Summer
I think Strong very hard work
God helps those who help themselves
I must say good bye to you
all God bless you and I hope you
will very soon write to me

Very truly your form boy

David Pendleton

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