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Letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs. Mary Burnham
July 6, 1881

Page 1 of letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs Mary Burnham dated 6 July 1881

Cheyenne Mission
Agency Darlington
July 6th, 1881


Mrs M D Burnham
Syracuse New York

My Dear loving White Mother

      Your very
kind letter of the 30th June
was duly received As I always
am I was very glad indeed
to hear from you I am also
very glad My Dear House Mother
to See by your very nice letter
also I am so thankful that
you are good health and
take up again hard works
So many thing to do and great
to help the Indian poor people
last week great many Sickness
the Indian people Every
morning after Breakfast I go
way down to Indian Camps

Page 2 of letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs Mary Burnham dated 6 July 1881

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and all around try found
our Sick persons and with
pray to God and make
very nice visit with to
them I am very glad to hear
that Sick people Some Speak
to me he will Say who is
Jesus Then I will tell them
that he is the Son of God
and that we shall live with
him in heaven I think that
we are all very glad Tiding
to hear that History of Jesus
and God every evening
I come back home at the School
house It is very hard almost
I have been get very tired
because all day I go way
everywhere and much to pray
to God God know me God
want me so much to do right
what he want me I will try to
do so and go ahead to

Page 3 of letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs Mary Burnham dated 6 July 1881

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help my people about the
white man way

My Dear House Mother I am
very Sorry and hoping you
will please Excuse your Dear boy
David You know that 20
dollars give me at Syracuse
and Spoke to me about that
Money you say Careful but
I say I will now all gone
money I am very poor no
have money because my
mother very poor no have good
dress no have moccasin shoes
and Stocking My Money
all Expenses I Sorry you
must kneel down to pray
to God if you can ask God
and open door Some Money
Send to me I want See
Mr Wicks very much go way
down to Kiowa Agency Two
weeks ago To day I am glad

Page 4 of letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs Mary Burnham dated 6 July 1881

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get a Postal Card from Mr Wicks
Come back to here this week next Friday
I think I am very glad to
See him I must close write
all my folk and Nomee is folk
all Send love to you also
Rememberance all my kind friend
at the East I Send very kind
regard to them

Good bye Dear House Mother from your
loving boy

David Pendleton

I forget Something I want
you know I do not get collars
collars Perhaps you send me

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