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Dear Miss Fletcher

I send you the Board's reply to your official letter of the 7th. Inst. I was tempted to include in my reply a warm note of thanks to you personally for your considerate and wise action in the case. You did just the right thing. I am now more hopeful of good from our benevolent work for the Winnebagoes, in view of your arrangements.

And also in view of the Rev. Wm. T Findley's consenting to enter on missionary work to the Winnebagoes, hoping to make it his life work. From all we have heard of him, particularly from his Pastor, Rev Dr Osmond, an old and valued friend of mine, I think Mr. Findley possesses many of the best qualifications for such work, and that he will [[underlined]] wear well. [[/underlined]]

The Rev. S. Martin's withdrawal is at his own instance. He is a gentleman for whom I have long held a sincere regard, and I trust that he will be useful in whatever work he may undertake.

I greatly wish that you could supplement your good work for the [[underlined]] Omahas [[/underlined]], by securing action for grants of land for our work amongst them. It has been far too long delayed. Perhaps you could see my note to Gen. Upshaw, of Nov. 16, 187, referring, as it does partly, to my letter of [[underlined]] July 22d. 1887 [[/underlined]] to Mr. Atkins, commi- 

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-sioner, stating the case. Your action as to two locationg on the Winnebago [[Reserve?]] is [[?]] precedent for the Omaha application. It is right in itself, I think, and quite within the [?]] of the Bureau and its Agents, especially when the applications are for [[?]] than the land grants.

With kind regards, I am
Yours Sincerely,

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