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Thumbnail image of the 1st page   Title: Letter from Robert Muir, Jr., Salina, KS, to his brother John in Randolph County, IL
Author: Robert Muir, Jr.
Date: September 10, 1865.
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 4.5 x 7.5 in.
Note: Letter discusses putting up hay for the Butterfield Overland Dispatch Company, which sent the first wagon train along the Smoky Hill route to Denver in June 1865.

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


10 Sep 1865 Salina

Dear brother

I received your letter by the last mail and was very much surprised to hear from you in St. Louis supposing you were making a grand raid through western Louisiana and Texas liberating slaves and straightening out things generally. I was glad to hear that you were recovering from the sickness that brought you up there and hope you will take good care of yourself and try and regain your usual health before winter sets in. I hope you will not need to go back to your regiment again but get your discharge for I think there is more need for you at home now than in the army and I have no doubt you would prefer being at home yourself. Times is very busy out here now and wages good. I have just finished putting up 50 ton of hay for ourselves and commence tomorrow putting up hay for Butterfields O[verland] Dispatch Co. at 5.75 per day for myself and team. I expect to have 3 weeks worth of it if I want to. Willie has been running the machine all fall and has made considerable. He starts cutting for the Company tomorrow at 1.50 per acre a job that will last a good while. Perhaps you can form some idea of the intent the Company and the business they expect to do when I tell you that from Abilene 25 miles east of here till Fort Ellsworth 35 miles west of here they are having 1100 tons of hay put up exclusively for their own use. They expect to have a line of daily coaches running through here to Denver in a very short time. If the westward bound travel starts on this road which is almost certain to bring a better road and one hundred miles shorter by actual survey. It will be a great advantage to this place. Bryce and Garvin are both driving ox team at 75 dollars per month. They are down at Leavenworth now heading fro [sic] Fort Larned which is one hundred miles west of here on the Santa Fe. Our corn is a splendid crop this year. The best I have ever seen in Kansas and a prospect of good price. I will have to close hoping this will find you in the enjoyment of good health as it leaves us all no more at present but remaining your affect [sic] brother

Robert Muir

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