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Thumbnail image of the 1st page   Title: Letter from Robert Muir, Jr., Salina, KS, to his brother William, visiting in IL.
Author: Robert Muir, Jr.
Date: November 19, 1865
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 5 x 8 in.
Note: Letter discusses making improvements to his claim and mentions several family members, including his wife Nancy.

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


19 Nov 1865 Salina

Dear brother

I received your letter some time ago and was happy to hear that your health was improving some. It is a great pity about the losing of your money, the hardest earned money I presume you ever earned and would have been a great help in making a start for yourself but it is gone and can't be helped and you will have to do the best you can without it. We are having a rather sickly time here this fall considerate of ague and fever. Willie, Bryce, Garvin and myself have had the ague for some time, but I think as the weather gets cool we will get all right. Nancy has not been very well for the last few days with a pain in her stomach. I got some medicine for her and the doctor thought she would be well in a day or two. I have been very busy for some time getting out stone to wall my walls pointing up my house with lime and building a chimney. I built the chimney myself. I was pretty slow at it but succeeded in making a very good job. I have got lime enough to plaster it in the inside. When I get that done I will have a very comfortable house and quite respectable looking for the frontier. I bought 40 acres of land from Mr. Camble (Campbell?) for 400 dollars. You may think that going too fast but I needed it for the timber that was on it and consider it a good investment as it gives me all the firewood I need and post and rail timber to make 4 to 5 thousand and is only a quarter of a mile from my claim and joins Garvin on the south and Bryce on the east. I can pay for it this winter if things go right and not cramp me in other respects. The least we expect to have 1000 bushels of corn to sell and perhaps 100 or 2 more 200 bushels of wheat at 200 dollars and a little over 400 dollars that is coming to us at present that we expect to get soon. You can tell father that I felt quite proud when I heard that he had taken the premium for the best roadster Colt at the fair. I expect that him and Andrew scarcely knew what to do with themselves when they seen the blue ribbon attached. I would like to have had Bates colt in the ring as it is acknowledged the best colt in Saline County and is pretty hard to beat. There might have been junior attached to the name when the result was _____. I sent Nancy's likeness to mother by David Phillips. I expect she will have got it before you receive this. It is not a very good likeness but not having a chance to get it taken since we were married or not knowing when we will I thought I had better send it. Willie talks some of taking a run home the latter part of winter if he can find time and make it suit otherwise. But there is no certainty about it. If he does I expect he will want to buy a few young mares. As it is getting late I must close hoping this may find you in good health. Tell mother I would like to have a letter from her pretty soon. Give my best respect to all. No more at present but remain your brother

Robert Muir
write soon.


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