Richard Henry Pratt contests a letter from the Office of Indian Affairs which objects to his use of private funds to pay employee salaries. Pratt claims that the position of the Commissioner is not according to the law nor the position of Government. Pratt further states that he has used the charity fund throughout the history of the school in a similar manner to what is currently being opposed, and has been consistenly praised for it by the Bureau.
February 4, 1897
National Archives and Records Administration
RG 75, Entry 91, box 1390, 1897-#5180