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Alfred Gray to George W. Patterson

Alfred Gray to George W. Patterson
Creator: Gray, Alfred, 1830-1880
Date: June 18, 1860
Gray wrote this draft of a letter to George W. Patterson concerning a treaty between the U. S. government and the Delaware Indians at the request of Rev. Pratt, a missionary to the tribe. Gray was concerned that the treaty was unfair to many of the Delaware and that the U.S. government was negotiating with four older chiefs, not some of the younger members of the tribe. He wrote that many of the Delaware were too intimidated to complain.


Delaware Baptist Mission globe

Delaware Baptist Mission globe
Creator: Holbrook School Apparatus Company
Date: between 1855 and 1860
Terrestrial globe on brass stand, used to instruct American Indian pupils at the Delaware Baptist Mission. The mission opened in present-day Wyandotte County around 1836 with the purpose of educating Delaware children and converting them to Christianity. It operated under the leadership of Rev. John Gill Pratt beginning in 1847, and closed when the Delaware tribe was removed to Indian Territory in the late 1860s. The only Kansas town noted on the globe is Lecompton, Kansas' territorial capital from 1855 to 1861.


John Gill Pratt

John Gill Pratt
Creator: Henry, E. E.
Reverend John Gill Pratt was a Baptist missionary to the Delaware Indians and served as superintendent of the Delaware Baptist Mission. He had some training as a doctor and worked as a printer at the Shawnee Manual Labor School in Kansas Territory. Pratt was involved in some of the treaty negotiations with the Delaware Nation during the Kansas territorial period.


John Gill Pratt and Olivia Evans Pratt

John Gill Pratt and Olivia Evans Pratt
View of Reverend John Gill Pratt and his wife, Olivia Evans Pratt, at the Delaware Mission School in Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory. Reverend John Gill Pratt was a Baptist missionary to the Delaware Indians and served as superintendent of the Delaware Baptist Mission. He had some training as a doctor and worked as a printer at the Shawnee Manual Labor School in Kansas Territory. Pratt was involved in some of the treaty negotiations with the Delaware Nation during the Kansas territorial period.


Jospeh Romig to George W. Martin letter and illustration

Jospeh Romig to George W. Martin letter and illustration
Creator: Romig, Joseph
Date: October 1, 1907
A letter from Reverend Jospeh Romig to George W. Martin of the Kansas State Historical Society, contains details regarding the Moravian Mission in Franklin County, Kansas, where Romig served from 1862-1871 and again, from 1900 to 1905. The accompanying illustration, completed by Reverend/Major John G. Pratt in 1907, depicts the Delaware/Moravian Mission in Franklin County, Kansas.


Nineteenth annual report of the Delaware Boarding School

Nineteenth annual report of the Delaware Boarding School
Creator: Morse, Elizabeth Stevens
Date: September 2, 1867
Elisabeth Stevens Morse reports on the situation at the Delaware Boarding School in Kansas to U.S. Indian Agent John Gill Pratt. In the four page letter Morse reports on the "condition and progress" of the Delaware Boarding School. At the time of her report, the school had ninety-six students in attendance.


Shawnee Sun (Siwinowe Kesibwi)

Shawnee Sun (Siwinowe Kesibwi)
Creator: Lykins, Johnston, 1800?-1876
Date: November 1841
This photo static copy of the Shawnee Sun represents the first newspaper printed in Kansas (then known as Indian Territory). The paper was written in the Shawnee alphabet created by Johnston Lykins, a Baptist missionary to the Shawnee Indians. The newspaper lists John Gill Pratt as publisher. The original paper copy of this issue is held by the LaBudde Special Collections Department, Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri-Kansas City.


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