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Thumbnail image of the 1st page   Title: Letter from Robert Muir, Jr., Salina, KS, to his parents Robert Sr. and Jane Muir; Randolph County, IL.
Author: Robert Muir, Jr.
Date: December 18, 1864
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 5 x 8 in.
Note: Letter mentions the state militia being called out and the quantities of livestock and produce he and his brothers have bought and sold.

View the original letter: pages 1, 2, 3, 4


(Envelope for letters #20 and #21: 5 ½ x 3 inches with a 3-cent stamp and a postmark "SALINA KAN AUG 15" is addressed to Mr. Robert Muir, Sparta, Randolph Co., Ill. Dates are penciled on outside, "Aug 14-1864" and "Dec 18-1864.")

18 Dec 1864 Salina

Dear parents

I expect you are scolding me a good deal for not writing sooner, but we have been so busy that I could not find time to do anything but what I was obliged to do. The militia of this county was ordered out for 20 days at the time Price threatened to invade Kansas. Both of us was out for ten days which put us back that many days with our work. Since we got home we have been getting our corn out of the field and shelling and sacking 300 bushels. We sold at one dollar & 75 cents per bushel. James sold 300 at the same time, which was a considerable job of shelling, but we have got through with it. The corn is to be received at the crib. We rather missed it in selling at the time we did. If we had held on a little longer we would have got 2 dollars which would have amounted to 75 dollars more on three hundred bushels. We have still got 350 or 400 bushels to sell yet which we expect to sell in a few days at 2 dollars per bushel, which is doing pretty well with corn for one season. James will have 5 hundred bushels to sell altogether, 4 hundred of which he has sold now. He has also sold since I last wrote you 530 dollars worth of work cattle and an old wagon. 324 dollars of the money he put into young heifers so you see he is getting along first rate. I sold my black mare about a month ago for 200 dollars, but have not got the money yet. A few days after I sold her I bought 200 dollars worth of cattle, 8 cows and 3 calves, which I think is worth more than the mare. We sold our old wheat a few days ago into town for 225 per bushel, and spring wheat is worth 175 per bushel. I think we will have 300 bushels or more but by the middle of the week we will know for certain as the thrasher is going to be here. We have sold the straw for 4 dollars per ton. The man [is] stacking it as it comes from the thrasher. My reasons for enumerating all we have sold and to sell is in answer to a question I have often heard asked by father, uncles and others. If you do raise anything where is your market. There is nobody there to sell anything to. There is no railroad or navigable river nearer than 2 hundred miles to you and where on earth do you expect to sell your produce. Now I think I have in this letter given you all the evidence you can ask for that we have raised a considerable quantity of produce and sold it at higher prices than the same produce would bring in Randolph County. And this far the market has been at the door or in town which is only 1½ miles from here. We have been having considerable Indians rumor for the last 2 weeks, but there is little use in giving credence to any. The fact is and it is all anybody can say about them that they are still at war and likely to be for some time. And just so long small parties of whites will be gobbled up if they are foolish enough to go out into their country too weak to protect themselves that the Indians will attack. The frontier is something I don't believe will happen. Mr. & Mrs. Anderson had a very welcome visitor a few days ago in the person of a little daughter. They are the proudest bodies I ever saw and well they may be for it is as pretty a baby as I ever saw. It is just a Crawford. They are both doing well. I think if nothing happens you may look for Willie home for certainty. We are all well at present hoping this may find you all the same and more at present.

But remains your son Robert Muir

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