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Thumbnail image of the 1st page of the 1st page   Title: Letter from Robert Muir, Jr., probably written from Salina, KS, to one of his siblings living in Randolph County, IL
Author: Robert Muir, Jr.
Date: No heading, probably spring 1861
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (2 p.) ; 7.5 x 10 in.
Notes: On May 7, 1861, Luke Parsons wrote in his dairy, "We formed a company of volunteers this evening of forty-one."

View the original letter: pages 1, 2

Text:

[Spring 1861]

I expect to be working for Mr. Phillips all summer. I am getting 15 dollars a month at present, but I expect to get more as soon as we get the sawmill running. That will be in a few days. We used to think that the folks about Salina had pretty rough doings, but such has not been the case. Since I came here I have been living as well here if not better than I ever did at home and every body else in the settlement with the exception of a very few. There was enough spring wheat sown here to make bread enough for all next winter if it does well. It looks very promising at present. James has got 4 acres and Willie 1 acre. Robert Crawford and James split partnership this spring. Robert got the oxen and 4 cows and the pony and the one wagon. James got 2 mules, 5 cows, 2 horse wagons and settled for what he got when he was married. Robert is to break up as much land on James' claim as he has broke on his own. I think it was the best thing they could do. Abby has been sick ever since I got out here, but she is getting better now. I think she will be able to do the housework before long. They have had a girl hired at 75 cents a week. There is considerable excitement about the war in Kansas. They have been forming companies all over the state. There has been a company of volunteer militia organized in Salina for home defense. I hope the President may bring all his forces to bear on the South at once and put a stop to the rebels for if it isn't stopped soon it will ruin the country. Robert Crawford told me last night that he had got a letter from home. It stated that James W. Muir has sold his place and was coming out to Kansas after harvest. I think it is the best thing he can do, and the sooner the better. There is a good many settlers coming and the best claims are being taken up. This is the place for a poor man in my opinion. I want you to write soon and give me all the news how the wheat is looking and corn, and how many acres of beans you planted, and what kind of colts the mare had, and how you have been getting along. Give my best respect to Father and Mother and all the rest, and to John Anderson and wife and little Johnny & Robert.

Your brother R. Muir



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