Richard Henry Pratt states that last year both the Secretary of the Interior and Commissioner of Indian Affairs agreed that he should rent a farm adjoining the Carlisle Indian School to teach male students how to farm "general crops" and female students how to care for dairy cows. Unfortunately, he was only able to rent two parcels of land totaling 18 acres. This year, he has reached an agreement to rent Mr. Parker's 110 acre farm adjoining the school for $1,200 per year, which would allow Pratt to meet his educational goals for both male and female students and provide milk and butter for the school. Pratt requests the Commissioner's authority to finalize and sign his agreement to rent Parker's farm and to end his agreement to rent the Henderson heirs' farm.
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."