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Thumbnail image of the original letter   Title: Letter from Robert Muir, Jr., Saline County, KS, to his parents, Robert, Sr. and Jane Muir, in Sparta, IL
Author: Robert Muir, Jr.
Date: February 9, 1863

Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (2 p.) ; 7.5 x 9.5 in.

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9 Feb 1863 Salina

[written sideways on top margin] I wish the next time you write to Bryce you would tell him to write. I wrote to him a good while ago and have received no answer as yet. I had a letter from John a few days ago. Mother, I hope you will write me soon. It done us so much good to get a letter from you. Mother there is nothing we need but we can get here so do not put yourself to trouble on our account.

Dear Parents

We received your letter by the last mail and was very happy to hear from you it being so long times since we had one. We were glad to hear that you were all well at home and that our brothers in the army were in good health also. I felt very sorry on your account when I heard that brother John had joined the army. It is no doubt a sore trial, but you have one consolation that he has engaged in a good and holy cause. I hope you will not grieve too much but try and get along as well as possible hoping that God in his kind providence will watch over and protect him and bring him back in safety at last. You seem to be getting along paying off your debt a great deal faster than I expected you would. I think you must be fixed now so that you might begin to take things a little easier and enjoy the good of what you have got in your old age. You said in your letter that you were very much disappointed when Mr. Anderson came home that none of us was along. I am sorry you were expecting one of us as it was almost impossible for any of us to come back this winter the amount of labor we had on hands in the shape of getting out fencing and putting it up and fixing of Tom's house. I was also intending to have put another house up for myself this winter, the one we are living in being too small, but I will not have time so I expect to ruff it out in the old shanty for some time yet. Well Mother I wish we were near enough that you could step in and see us once in a while and give us a word or two of advice, even a scolding would be preferable to never seeing you at all. I weary so much to see you at times and know how you are getting along. We have had a very severe winter here--the severest cold I ever experienced in my life, but it has changed now and is very pleasant. I am afraid the winter wheat is badly injured, but a few more weeks will show for certain. Well Mother I suppose you will be aware by this time that Tom has engaged old William to make a wagon for us. He wrote me the price would be 90 or 95 dollars. We would like father would assume as much of it as he owes us and either pay it this spring if he has the money or make arrangements with old William to pay it next fall. We would like you would write as soon as possible and let us know if father can do it and how much it will be on the price of the wagon so that we can save back the remainder the first good opportunity. I wish father would get William to make us a pretty good job. We are well. Hoping this will find you the same.

Your affect[sic] Son R. Muir


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