Page 1 of letter from R H Pratt to Mary Burnham dated 29 May 1878

St. James Hotel,
Rooms, $1 to $2 Per Day, Each Person

Washington, D.C., May 29th, 1878

My dear sister friend–

I do declare I have been
five or six days without a line from you
where-at I am not a little disturbed.
I have just received an order to go to
Leavenworth, Kans, and bring 50 Nez Perce
youth to Hampton, Va, there to remain,
quite likely under my care, for education.

I do hope you will write me at least
a postal there.

If one don't want to be idle, how easy
it is to find something to do. This gives us
a fair chance at the great problem. The
Lord is working out the Indian question over the heads
of legislation and all obstacles. I am endorsed
by the President and Sec. of War, so I can easily
swallow my chagrin in the other matter.

Yours ever and faithfully


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