Minimic
 
Leavenworth, Kansas, May 9, 1875.
Agent Miles
Dear Friend: Your Grey Beard and Minimic want me to write to you to tell their people to settle down at their agency, and do all the Govt.requires of them. They say tell them to plant corn, and send their children to school, and be careful not to get into any trouble. Tell the Agent to tell them that we are going along ways off and may never return, and that we want them to travel in the white mans road. The white men are as many as the leaves on the trees and we are only /torn/ few people, and we should
do as the white man wants us to, and live at peace with him.

The Indian prisoners arrived here without accident and are to be sent to St. Augustine, Fla. I expect to go with them and will write you again. I have heard some statements (Official) in reference to the terms of  Transportation Contract, which I would like to be certain of. Would you be willing to supply me with a copy of the contract for last year, knowing that as your friend,I would only use it judiciously and not to your detriment in any way. If so I would be glad you would do so addressing care of
Adjt. Genl. R. Williams, Ft. Leavenworth, Ks.

My regards to Mrs. Miles, Mr. Covington, and Williams. 
(signed) 
Respectfully, R. H. Pratt, U. S. A.

Copied from ALS 2pp, C&A Files.
Endorsements: 5-9-75, R. H. Pratt, U.S.A. Words from "Grey Beard" "Minimic" & co. to their people the Cheyennes.
(Berthrong Coll. Cheyenne Prisoners)

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R.H. Pratt, St. Augustine, Sept. 19, 1876, to Agent Miles.----Dr. Friend, I send here in money as follows-Long Back to his wife, $4.00; From Medicine Water to his mother, $1.00, Sister, $1.00, and three children $1.00 each- $5.00; From White man to his baby, $1.00; From Bear Shield to Jno F. Williams to be expended for Bear Shields wife, $2.00; From Making Medicine to his mother, $2.00. Total $14.00. I send by Str. to N. Y. and fast freight to Wichita a box of things to you for the families of the prisoners. A few send nothing. Have taken steps to hurry it through and anticipate it will get to Wichita in about three weeks. The enormous Ex. charges forbid it going that way. I leave the charges to be paid at your end. If you do not find a way to stand the whole or even a half notify me and I will make it some way and assist. Weight about 175#. Minimic says to tell his wife they are all out of kinnekenic. 

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Letters Received, Central Superintendency, 1877. R. H. Pratt to Adjt. General of the Army, Washington, D.C. Fort Marion, St. Augustine, Fla., Feb.,20, 1877. 

I have the honor to report that the Indian Prisoners confined here have been counselling together for more than two weeks with a view of sending a talk to Washington in reference to their condition. A few evenings ago they notified me of their desires to make a talk and all gathered in one of the casemates when they put forward Making Medicine to speak of the young men first, and Minimic to follow in behalf of the old men. 
Mr. Fox, interperter, and I wrote down what they had to say which is here given in their own words. 
Making Medicine said- "I have learned to sing the saviors hymns and have given myself to him. Heretofore I have led a bad life on the plains, wandering around living in a house made of skins. I have now learned something of the Great Spirits road and want to learn more. We have lived in this old place for two years. It is old and we are young. we are tired to it. We want to go away from it, anywhere. We want Washington to give us our wives and children, our fathers and mothers and sent us somewhere, where we can settle down and live like white men. Washington has lots of good ground laying around loose, give us some of it and let us learn to make things grow. We want to farm the ground. We want a house and pigs and chickens and cows. We feel happy that we have learned so much, that we can teach our children. I speak for the young men. We want to work. We young men all belong to you. You have put a great deal into our hearts that was never there before. Our hearts are getting bigger every day. We are thankful for what we have learned. This is the feeling of all the young men that are here. We are willing to learn and want to work." 
Minimic talk for the Old Men- "It has been a long time since we came here. We came here with lying, and stealing, and killing in our hearts, but we have long ago thrown all that away. Today our hearts are glad. Our hearts are bigger and we are all glad for what we have learned. Two years have passed since we came here. We are tired of this old place. Altho our hearts are all glad, we want to go away from here. We want you to ask our Father in Washington to have mercy on us, and give us our wives and children and sent us some place where we can learn to live in peace and by our own labor. Ask Washington to give us some land. he has a great deal of it and might give us some to raise things on. Tell Washington to let us go back and get our wives and children and send us to a new country where we can learn to work and support ourselves. We can handle the ax and shovel if we are old. Ask Washington to let us go at it now and take it up right and learn at once. We want you to say a few good words and sent it to Washington too. This is what all the Kiowas, Comanches, and Cheyennes wanted me to say." 
All indications favor, that the best results will follow clemency and practical assistance to these people. Their conduct here is deserving of the highest meed of praise, and should be rewarded with a change of condition. A few of the old men would be an element of great good sent back to their tribes. The younger men can so easily be carried forward to industrious civilization that it would seem a sin to deny them the facilities but their women and children should be included, else, much labor is lost. 

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Central Superintendency, Field Office Files, Letters Received.
John D. Miles to Wm. Nicholson, May 12, 1877, C&A Agency.
-regarding release of the prisoners at Ft. Marion, St. Augustine, Fla.
-approves of Minimic, Little Medicine and Antelope also Heap of Birds, Bear Shield, and Matches.
-should make the release of prisoners very gradually.

Headquarters of the Army, Inspector Generals Office, June 26th, 1877.
Inspector General to Sec. of War (R.B. Marcy, Inspector General)
Report of the Inspector, May 8th and 9th, 1877.
Inspection of Saint Francis Barracks by Inspector General, N.H. Davis.
----64 pows under 1st. Lt. R.H. Pratt, 10th Cavalry---
Number and Names of Chiefs of each tribe---
Cheyennes: 27 men and 1 woman, total 28---
Chiefs 4: Minimic, Heap of Birds, Little Medicine and Bear Shield.
Kiowas: Chiefs 3: Lone Wolf, Double Vision and White Horse, total 22.
Comanches: 9 men, 1 woman, and 1 child.
Chiefs 1: Black Horse, total 11.
Arapahoes: (no chiefs), total 2.
Caddoes: (not as chief), total 1.-----Total POWs 64.

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