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Letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs Mary Burnham
November 13, 1881

Page 1 of letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs Mary Burnham dated 13 November 1881

Cheyenne & Arapahoe I Territory
Agency Darlington
Nov 13th 1881

My Dear House Mother

      I am very
glad to received Your very
nice Postal Card almost Two
weeks ago alway I am quite
Delighted to hear from you
and thank you very much
also tell us about that your
good health now and to Send
a Christmas box at Indian Territory
this time I think I would
have write to you and Some
thing tell about you what
I have been doing every Sunday
I Speak and tell my Indian
people and visit the Sick with
pray My Brother Little Medicine
[h]is Son put in School house
about three years ago now

Page 2 of letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs Mary Burnham dated 13 November 1881

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that boy English name Wesley
My Dear Nephew Wesley is not
well he is Sick about three
months the Same that our
dear John was I am afraid
that he will never be well
again and So I write to
Mr Wicks afterward he write to
me and Say Your Nephew
must Baptize him Last Tuesday
Nov 8th In the morning very
early I depart about nine and
ten miles down when live
My Brother I am very glad
to See all and very glad See
me too In afternoon about
Half past three oclock I was
Baptize him in the name of the
father and of the Son and of the
holy ghost amen and do Sign
him with the Sign of the Cross
upon of head I might give

Page 3 of letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs Mary Burnham dated 13 November 1881

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him Christian name called
Charles Wesley Gardner I was
very glad My nephew God child
I think Mr Gardner will be
very glad to know that
also Teach the Children and
get them ready for baptism
when Mr Wicks returned
at Cheyenne Mission Soon
he will Baptize them I promise
that all Such a Nice Children
and try hard know how
to work the Cooks wipe dishes
Sewing and Sweeping and
wash the clothes So many
thing to do So well
I am very glad that Indian
Children they ready for baptism
about nine Girls and I will
Show you that all names
and So that all understanding
Miss Jennie Black Kettle 15 years old also

Page 4 of letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs Mary Burnham dated 13 November 1881

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go to school Six Years ago
Floy Peg Leg 15 and go to School
Two half years ago Nora Dull teeth
15 Two Years ago Minnie Big Man
14 two y. ago Clara long Tortoise
14 Two h y ago Belle Birds Chief
13 Two h y Leila Buffalo Meal
13 two year ago Irene Little Robe
13 two years ago and one young lady
about 22 years old she get
husband her name Mrs Minnie
Little Elk she will take work
very hard everywhere doing
very well that Mr Little Elk
he live at the East to learn
white man the way
I think both doing very well
and 5 boys all good boys
together boys and Girls 14

Page 5 of letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs Mary Burnham dated 13 November 1881

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Ready for Baptism This is very
pleasant day great many
Indian come up at Cheyenne
Mission I Speak and tell about
Jesus and Mr J D Miles very
nice Spoke too and we had
a good meeting In afternoon
I depart about four miles down
to Indian Camp to have
Service My Dear loving white
Mother what do you think
that a build Hospital here
first I have been thinking
that build house to here
and put old mens and
old women and Some Sick
persons with very good care
I think that great best
So many poor old folks

Page 6 of letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs Mary Burnham dated 13 November 1881

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I am Sorry for him that
my nephew very long Sickness
My Dear House Mother you must
kneel down and ask Jesus
and pray for him that
my nephew Perhaps he get
well again I know he
will hear you and help
you and I thank you
I can Say a few words
that will do them good
We have had a good deal
of rain in the last week Friday
the grass is growing just
as it does in the Spring
also all trees over leaves
Yellow and red looking all
very handsome and the ground
To day in afternoon I saw
great many Geese and
Gosling very high flying over
we off the Indian people

Page 7 of letter from David Pendleton Oakerhater to Mrs Mary Burnham dated 13 November 1881

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They See that Geese and They
Say Autumn very pretty
we have snow most winter
Superintendents named Mr.
Hadly very kind to me
always very good Spoke to me
I think very nice nice man
I liked it first rate

My folk all very glad to
hear it that are good health
now also Send love to you
please give my regard all
your family and I hope you
will please very Soon write
to me a long letter that
is all I say to you

from Your loving Son

David Pendleton

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