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Rec [[superscript]] d [[/superscript]] Aug 21 Dragoon Camp 80. ms. above the mouth of False Washita - on Red River Dear Sir, An opportunity occurs at this moment of dropping a few lines to friends & amongst others I say 5 words to you. I am well and in the daily expectation of [[me?]] [[strikethrough]] in [[/strikethrough]] witnessing an interesting meeting with Pawnees & Comanches, after which I shall make the quickest march home again that I can possibly make. This tour is of a most fatiguing kind & I [[think? trust?]] it may sufficiently interesting to repay me for the trouble. The public are expecting that I will see these Indians or I should almost be ready to abandon the expedition & come home. I have had frequent letters from [[C?]] [[paper torn, but name may be Clara based on text of letter below]] who speaks in the warmest terms of the kindness & friendship of the family with whom she is staying. I enclosed a Draft on the [[SecY?]] - to you for 65 dols. which I [[underlined]] forgot [[/underlined]] to request you to enclose when collected, to "[[underlined]] Clara B. Catlin Lower Alton, Illinois [[/underlined]]" & oblige & [[?]] 800 mounted men on these green prairies furnishes one of the most picturesque scenes I ever saw. I would be glad that you could see them. You will see my sketches however. Love to all Yours &c. Geo. Catlin -
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