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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: October 11, 1863
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (2 p.) ; 7.5 x 9.5 in.
Note: Letter mentions small pox "brought in by Colonel Phillips."

View the original letter: pages 1, 2


11 Oct 1863

[Written sideways in the top margin] I wrote a long letter to Bryce last week. I hope he may get it. For fear he should not, write and let him know that I did and how we are. Let me know how Bryce is when you write.

Dear brother

I set down to write you a short epistle in answer to your last, which came to hand a few days ago. I was sorry to learn of the death of Mr. Anderson's little boy and the sickness of you all at home. I hope by this time you are all in the enjoyment of good health again, which is the greatest earthly blessing we can enjoy. The enjoyment of good health is one thing that we out in this western country has every reason to be thankful for. There has been but very few cases of sickness in the country this summer and fall, and none at all that was serious, except a few cases of small pox which was brought in by Colonel Phillips but I believe we have got rid of them now. At least I hear of no more new cases. Well, John, it seems from the account you give in your last letter you must have had a very dry season this year in southern Illinois and consequently light crops of corn and beans, but if the beans are as high as they were last year, they will pay you pretty well anyhow. I am happy to say that we have had a very good season for corn here this year. We had plenty of rain for corn up to the middle of August, but since that time, we have had no rain and consequently the ground is very dry and in very poor condition for putting in wheat. We sowed seventeen acres about a week ago but it can't come up until it rains. The balance of the ground we have ready we won't sow until it rains for fear we might only be throwing the seed away. We had a splendid chance for wheat this fall if it had only rained so that we could have got it in at the right time, but it may do well yet. The late wheat was a long way the best. This last harvest some of it thrashed out as high as 25 bushels per acre. We had another early frost that hurt the late corn pretty bad. It killed 4 acres for us that was in the mill. It will be very little account. We started gathering our early corn. It is turning out very well. The buying of the machine proved a good investment for us boys. This fall we made 3 hundred and 30 dollars with her and our own cutting which was considerable and never had a breakage. We have collected over half of the money already so you see money is not so scarce after all. I may come home this winter if mother will promise to have a wife looked up for me, no more __________. We are all well. Hoping you are the same.

Your brother R. Muir


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