Salina Public Library Local History Collection

  Title: Letter from Robert Muir, Jr., Salina, KS, to his mother, Jane Muir in Randolph County, IL
Author: Robert Muir, Jr.
Date: March 18, 1866
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 7 x 4.5 in.
Note: Letter announces the birth of the Muirs' first child and mentions that a brother, John, has bought a claim near them.

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


[The envelope is 5½ x3 inches, has a three-cent stamp and a postmark "SALINA KANS May 11" and is addressed to Mr. Robert Muir, Sparta, Randolph Co., Ill. On the envelope is penciled Mar and May 1866, dates that appear on the enclosed letters.]

18 March 1866 Salina

[Written on the top margin of letter] I am short of paper tell father I am well pleased with the mare. Nancy and the boy joins me in sending their Grandmother and Grandfather & all the rest of the friends our love Your son R. Muir

Dear Mother

I sit down to answer your letter and inform you that we have got a fine big boy at our house. Twelve days old today. He is a remarkable fine looking boy, at least Nancy and I think so. He is doing first rate and getting quite fat chubby and able to make considerable noise when he likes. I suppose he must take that after me as Nancy is naturally very quite [sic]. You can tell father it is another namesake for him and I would like first rate if you were living close enough to come and see him. Nancy is up and going about again and feeling pretty stout better than I expected. She felt quite proud over the presents you and Ellen sent out by Johnny. Well, Mother, I was glad to hear from John that you had got such a comfortable house and was getting along so well in every other respect. I think you ought to take things very easy now. I see no necessity in you and father working away as hard as ever when you are just about out of debt. But I expect you will work away the old way as long as you enjoy good health and are able. John seems to be right well pleased with the country and has bought a man's right to a claim close to the rest of us. He pays him $500 dollars which is a pretty big pile, but all things considered I believe it was the best thing he could do. I call it a good claim both on account of the land location and the timber that is on it. He was down at the land office and filed on it under the preemption act and intends to prove it right away with a land warrant which he bought yesterday for 130 dollars. He thinks it is the surest way for him to do since he cannot live on it nor improve it much this summer and the homestead law when strictly enforced required a man to either live on his claim or be improving it right along. You may wonder where all the money is to come from. He turned his King mare in at 150 dollars and I turned my sucking colt in at 100 and Willie 1 yoke of steers at 100 and I intend giving him all the money I can spare. The price of the mare he brought me and his wages for 1 month will amount to 140 dollars. Will try and make it 200. The rest he will get some other way. There is close to 500 dollars of Mr. W. Addison's money here in Mr. Camble's (Campbell's?) hands that he intends sending back soon. John would like father to see Mr. Addison and try and get 150 dollars of it for him. He can get all the security he wants. It will not make any difference to Mr. Camble. Willie had a talk with him about it, write right of[f] and let him know. Spring has opened and we are busy. We are all well.


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