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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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