Decision to Fire School Physician Dr. J. S. Bender

September 4, 1880

Richard Henry Pratt informs school physician Dr. J. S. Bender that he will be fired at the end of the month unless he quits sooner. Pratt provides multiple reasons for his decision, including that almost every student sent to the school hospital dies or is sent home and that Bender did not provide Pratt with the proper medicine when he was sick. Pratt forwards his letter to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

Note: This item was copied from U.S. National Archives microfilm reels (M234), which were filmed from the original documents found in Record Group 75, Entry 79, "Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-80."


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RG 75, M234, roll 485, frames 1158-1163
Decision to Fire School Physician Dr. J. S. Bender