Page 1 of letter from R H Pratt to Mary Burnham dated 15 March 1879

S. C. Armstrong, Principal;                J. F. B. Marshall, Treasurer.

Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute.

Hampton, Va., Mch 15, 1879

Dear Mrs. Burnham,

A letter to E-tah-dleuh
from Mrs Wicks says you will be
in Paris Hill next week, so I
write you a line there, to say
that the Sec. of War and Mr. Allison
Senator from Iowa and chairman
of the Senate Indn. Com. were here
yesterday and the Carlisle project
brightens. The former directs me
to go to Carlisle and see the ground
and return through Washn and see
him, while the latter assures me
a bill shall go through detailing

Page 2 of letter from R H Pratt to Mary Burnham dated 15 March 1879

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me and turning over Carlisle
for the purpose, at the Extra Session.

I shall need a good manager
in the culinary department. Without
skill and judgment there, there is
no success. You may have in mind
a discreet woman, that we can
talk about, while the scheme is
simmering down to certainty.

I shall go to Carlisle Wed.
or Thursday of next week and
am almost tempted to run up
to P Hill to see you, my boy, and
all the good friends and Indns.

I am going to put one of the Indn
boys at work in the Smithsonian
Instn under Prof. Baird. Have
not determined which one.

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Eleven of the boys were baptized
in our church here two Sundays
ago, and Matches was baptized
in the Episcopal Church two weeks
before.

If all works well, should like
you to help me with the places
for several after a while; but
there is no hurry. I hope to fix
a number in the Cumbd Valley
not too far from Carlisle.

The work here is certainly most
gratifying. The prospect for an

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addition of girls is good.

With much love to all the
friends and Indns at P. Hill

Cordially & faithfully Yours
in Our Father's work,


RH. Pratt

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