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Thumbnail image of the original letter   Title: Letter from Robert Muir, Jr., Saline County, KS, to his brother John in Randolph County, IL
Author: Robert Muir, Jr.
Date: January 19, 1863

Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (2 p.) ; 8 x 8 in.

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19 Jan 1863 Salina

[written across top of margin sideways] Brother James is driving teams for government at Ft. Leavenworth. He departed to make a run of same [?] this winter to buy a horse to work his crops next season. He has 2 yoke of oxen and he think if he had one horse he could get along. He rented his house to _____ and Abby is boarding with them at one dollar per week. Write soon

Dear Brother,

After waiting patiently for the last two weeks looking for a letter from you I come to the conclusion to wait no longer supposing your letter must have been miscarried or went amissing some other way. I wish you would try to write a little oftener at least once in the two weeks and let us know how you are all getting along at home and all you know about brother Bryce and the rest of our friends in the army. Tell mother we want her to write oftener for she certainly does not know how much we prize a letter from her hand or she would not take any trouble in writing. We are all at home at present fixing up things about the place preparatory to starting out on a rail making exploration. We have fixed up our house so that it is quite warm and comfortable. We dobed [daubed] it outside and inside with mud and built a brick chimney in one corner which is the style of building chimneys in this country in houses. That's calculated for a different purpose at some future period. The brick cost us 5 dollars and Tom and I built it
in two days. So you see it did not cost us money and it draws the smoke up _____. Well, John it would do you good too get a glimmer of the inside of our little cabin and see how we have things arranged and see us three auld chaps setting round the fire clad in our Buffalo leather breeches, the fashion of the times here, and a good fashion for warmth and wearing. Willie and I had a rather hard time the last time we was down at the river. We had it both hot and cold, rain and snow, which made it very disagreeable traveling, but we got home without being much the worst of it. I have made 3 trips to the river and one trip to Manhattan since the first of October with my Taos trips. In all thirteen hundred and fifty miles and loaded as high as 25 hundred some times. That certainly is pretty good for two four year olds. We have got one hundred and fifty dollars lying in the house beside us to pay our debt in Illinois, but we don't know how to send it home to be safe. We thought of sending it by mail, but we are a little afraid to risk it for fear it might get lost. We may get some other chance _____ now in ___________. Tom and I starts out to make rails in two days. We will probably be gone 2 or 3 weeks as we want to make a good many [next three lines at bottom of page indecipherable-probably a closing]

From your brother Robert Muir


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