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Thumbnail image of the 1st page   Title: Letter from Robert Muir, Jr., Salina, KS, from his brother John in Randolph County, IL
Author: Robert Muir, Jr.
Date: July 12, 1863
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (2 p.) ; 7.5 x 8.5 in.
Note: Letters refers to the "fall of Vicksburg" (July 1863) and acquiring a McCormick
Reaper.


View the original letter: pages 1, 2

Text:

12 July 1863 Salina

Dear brother,

I received your letter some time ago and was happy to hear that you were all well at home and brother Bryce and the rest of the boys in the army have so far escaped any serious injury. I hope God in his kind providence may still continue to watch over and protect them from all harm and after they have helped to put down this cursed rebellion he may bring them back both morally and physically as good as when they left home. We have just received the news this morning of the fall of Vicksburg on the 6th of July but no particulars. What a glorious fourth for Grant and his army of veterans and also the news of Lee being defeated in Pennsylvania and the prospect of him and his army being annihilated if the news be true, as I sincerely hope they are, the backbone of the rebellion is broke and ere long we will have peace restored to our now bleeding country. God grant that it may be so. Now for a little home news Willie and I has been very busy all summer. In fact, we have had a little too much to attend to for to do everything in its season, but we are just about up with our work. Now we have all the fall wheat and rye in the stack. The wheat did not turn out as well as we expected. The grain is not as good as it was last year and I don't believe it will yield as much by the acre. Our spring wheat has done pretty well. We are just now cutting it. We have about 6 acres of it. I believe it will yield us one hundred bushels which would be good for one hundred dollars at Fort Riley which is 50 miles from here. You will probably wonder what has become of Tom, that he was not helping us with the work. Tom went out in the spring on a trading expedition among the Indians and since that has been on range till lately. Him and Jim is now down at the river. They are bringing a McCormick reaper up with them. You will think it's strange in us getting a machine when harvest's over. We would have got it sooner if we had heard of the same chance that we did when we sent after it, but we did not. The man who keeps the mail station in town offered to advance fifty dollars if we could get a machine to take it in cutting hay this fall and several other small jobs. In all will amount to a hundred dollars and another reason was there's talk of a lot of cattle being brought into the Valley. We may get a chance of putting it by for them. Our corn is beginning to tassel out and is looking splendid. We are all well. Hopefully this will find you the same now. Write soon, give us all the news.
No more at present but remaining your brother

Robert Muir



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