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Thumbnail image of the 1st page   Title: Letter from Robert Muir, Jr., Salina, KS to his mother, Jane Muir; Randolph County, IL
Author: Robert Muir, Jr.
Date: November 4, 1863
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (2 p.) ; 7.5 x 9.5 in.
Note: Letter makes reference to Quantrill's raid on Lawrence, KS (Aug. 1863) and the fact that the writer would like to find a wife.

View the original letter: pages 1, 2


4 Nov 1863 Salina

[written on the top margin sideways] write soon Mother if you only knowed how we prize a letter from you, you would sure write oftener give my love to all

Dear Mother

We received your letter a few days ago and was happy to hear that you were all in good health and spirits and that you had prospects of bettering your circumstances considerably this fall. I was glad to hear that you were doing so well on fathers account. He used to keep himself so uneasy about his debt that I often felt sorry for him, but I think he must be feeling pretty contented now. If you succeed in paying off as much as you think you can this winter, you must be getting pretty well out. You appear to be feeling uneasy on our account for fear we should meet the same fate as the citizens of Lawrence and vicinity. There was danger at one time, in fact. We expected a call from them, or some of the same sort, but we kept a good look out and had a scout out all the time so that they could not come on us unawares as they did at Lawrence, but the danger is past for the season and we are as safe here as you are in the prairie. Had it not been for Schofield's order for the citizens of Kansas crossing to Mo. line, Mo. would have suffered terribly for the sacking and murdering of the citizens of Lawrence. Well Mother I will give you a little information about brother James and what I suppose is the reason for him not writing. They are, I believe, the same as Willie's that they don't like the job of writing a letter in the first place and as long as I keep writing they think they have no need. James is prospering first rate and gathering property around him very fast. He has over 500 dollars worth of movable property and 200 dollars in greenbacks at the present time, never speaking of 160 acres and _______. You may ask any of the uncles that run down Kansas if they done any better the first five years they were in the flat prairie. His property consists of 7 cows, 2 yoke of oxen, a lot of young cattle, 2 mares and a mule and the other belonging to the farm. He intends putting the most of his money in young stock this winter so you see Jim is as well if not better than any of the young fellows that started in Ill. the time he came to Kans. But I am afraid he is not going to do much for his country in the way of raising a family, at least present appearance is rather poor. We have been getting along this season as well as could be expected. Our corn did not turn out quite as well as we expected, but we had ourselves partly to blame. We took in land with more work than we could do in a season, but we have a good deal to sell. I was out on the buffalo range last week for a load of meat for our own use. I brought in all the horses could pull of nice fat beef. There is no picking of corn here. Tom and I is going out in a few days to be gone for a month. Then I expect Tom will start back. I wish I could make it suit to come this winter too. I would like to see you all once as well as get me a wife from amongst the young ladies of my acquaintance. I am getting so tired batching it. We are all well, hoping this finds you all the same.

Your affect. son Robert Muir


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