Page 1 of letter from R H Pratt to Mary Burnham dated 9 February 1880

United States Indian Service
,
Training School for Indian Youth,
Carlisle Barracks,

Carlisle, Pa., Feby 9, 1880

My dear friend &
Sister & House Mother,

Your Postal received. I
hope I am to build up Carlisle to
350 to 400 Indian Youth. All attempts
to get me at other work than this will
meet with my opposition. I do not know
that I am to be disturbed at all. I certainly
feel that my capacity is tried to its fullest
here. I am continually praising God for
the success of this Effort. I feel that it lets
a broad streak of day, upon the past dark
picture, and that we may gird ourselves
in this direction, for a full expenditure of all
our strength, with certain promise of success.

Zotom has written me twice about going
home. I gave him my strongest judgement against it this morning.
I think he will give it up.

The three boys who went home

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recently will be glad enough to return
in two months. The pull will be this
way in any event. I do not believe
in arbitrary enforced work. Their own
judgement must be the governor. If we
can sway that, all right. I had a long
tussel with the three. They were determined,
and carried their point, but it will
not last. The move is healthy. In the right
direction. We are stronger for it.

Squint Eyes (Tickematse) is here to go
home, for three months, in the interests of
the Smithsonian Instn. I am going to
let Etahdleuh take his place at the
Smithsonian until he returns. There must
be a growth outward into our life. I
tremble almost in following the leadings
of my own judgement. Tichkematse
has failed somewhat. Has been drunk,
and I find that the Smithsonian Employees
are the one who have day after day
offered drink to him, until he succumbed.

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I believe in fighting the Devil and
shall attack him right there. The
facts T. develops, shows where he
is. E. goes then with his eyes
open to all. Good friends will cluster
around him, and he is to appeal to
me if he can not stand it. It is
victory or destruction here or there.
The world must be faced. My good
friend Prof Baird must know the facts.
I have no doubt [he] will be glad to.

I am sorry I am not able to have
your visit. We had built on it. Do
come if you see any chance whatever.

Your letters all give me strength.
Mrs. Pratt joins in love and remembrance.
Sister Julia must stay right on.

With respectful remembrance to the Bp.
and regard to the good sisters in
your home.

Faithfully Yours


RH. Pratt

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