Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt suggesting the release of former prisoners jailed by Pratt at Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida. A delegation of the former prisoners had helped Pratt establish the Carlisle Indian School after their release from Fort Marion. Pratt suggested that, by releasing them and providing them with agricultural equipment, the former prisoners could continue to help civilize their people.
Plan for Release of Former Florida Prisoners
January 12, 1880
National Archives and Records Administration
RG 75, Series 79, box 574, Miscellaneous-1880-P-#0088