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Letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs. Mary Burnham
June 6, 1880

Page 1 of letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs Mary Burnham dated 6 June 1880

Paris Hill
June 6th 1880

Dear House Mother1

I was very
Much pleased to get your
Postal Card you send to Me
for june at Carlisle Barracks2
a great Many day ago and
I thank you very Much
I did not write to You
I am Sorry and I am Mistake
to You this time I am going
write to You just now My
thought and tell about You
and I hope You will pleased
forgive me Dear House Mother
You know what Sorry for
that Nomee She have been get
quite hard Sick last Month
Wednesday May 12 Thursday





Page 2 of letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs Mary Burnham dated 6 June 1880

Page 2

Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Friday Saturday all day and
all night I am take of care
her and Some I have get
very fatigue about Midnight
and get nod most all the
day I have been Sitting and
thinking about Nomee
Most I am fright Nomee
Mother papa brother and Sister
all died and all the Same
kind Sick Rheumatism
now just the Same She have
get Sick Perhaps again
Sick who is My Mother who
is My Sister who is My brother
who is My wife brother who is
my wife Sister who is my
Wife cousin who is all my
friend who is help Me
I take care her My wife
Some time again Sick

Page 3 of letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs Mary Burnham dated 6 June 1880

Page 3

Dear House Mother I know
You very kind to Me never
mind this time I wants very
Much My home at Indian Territory3
I did not want to long
Stay here this Summer Suppose
next September I am already
You know I am pretty
old I am not quite talke
English I think all
florida boys4 two Young Men
you make Ministers good Etah dle uh Roman Nose that
two quite talk English
I think that very nice woman
Mrs Staples very take of care
Nomee and make me happy
in My heart only one very pretty
old and Some time
She have get tired some her
face with tears before I am
not think about My home
at Indian Territory I know that





Page 4 of letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs Mary Burnham dated 6 June 1880

Page 4

My Indian poor Mother very
pretty old She have been
get widow I never mind
I think So I want very Much
My Study and try to learn
to read the book and I want
that the white man the way
that is the reason I want know
how about the law and God
is Son never mind I am not
quite understand a great Many
hard words I am not good
Study because So Much I have
been thinking about My Mother
and that Sick Nomee Just Now
better and Some She have get
cough I must Say Good bye from

Your

D. O. P.

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