Page 1 of letter from R H Pratt to Mary Burnham dated 22 April 1878

Indianapolis Apr. 22, 78

Dear friend–

I have but a
moment to acknowledge
your kind good letter of
the 19th and the Messenger.
Your letter is most excellent
and if I can get 50 copies
will put every one of them
where they will tell for this
interest. What a Providence
that you came to St. Augustine,
but I have not the time.

I hope to be in Syracuse
within a fortnight, when I
can tell you of the future.
Though I have six months
to rest after 8+ years of service
I must work. Some secret
impetus from The Father drives

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me on.

After arrival here I thought of
the full fare for your boys
from Bal– to Hby and that in
justice it ought not to be
more than the others (Emigrant)
so I wrote to the road authority
who were kind enough to look
at it as I did and send
me the difference, which
belongs to you and I encl[ose]
it accordingly.

I am delighted to hear
so good a report of the boys.
Tell them "Capt. Pratt, no forget"
That Mason and his Indian
boys just the same.

Please see if they remember
my last text, the 10th. Zotom
can probably repeat them
in order, but the 10th is one
I desire them to bear in

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mind in connexion with my
name. "God helps those who
help themselves."

I go to my mother today
whom I have not seen for
five years. Delay for the
special agent of Interior Dept
has restrained my eager
heart until now.

God bless you and the
good Bishop and all the
many dear friends.

Ever faithfully and
cordially yours,


RH. Pratt

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