Richard Henry Pratt writes to Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ezra Hayt suggesting the return home of the former Ft. Marion prisoners, who had gone to Hampton and then Carlisle following their release. Pratt notes that they have been very helpful both at Carlisle and in general in generating good will among their people, and that sending them home will enable them to continue to help civilize their people. Because of their service and to assist them in providing good examples, Pratt requests funding to provide for their transportation home and to outfit them with basic agricultural equipment.
January 12, 1880
National Archives and Records Administration
RG 75, Series 79, box 574, Miscellaneous-1880-P-#0088