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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 in Sparta, IL
Author: Robert Muir, Jr.
Date: May 4, 1867
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 5 x 8 in.
Note: Letter tells of baby's death (Robert A., Feb. 11, 1867), spring crops; grasshoppers hatching, railroad and telegraph in working order.

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


4 May 1867 Salina

Dear Parents

I take the opportunity of sending you a few lines by Taylor to let you know how we are all getting along. I am glad to say that we are all in good health and getting along as well as we could expect under the circumstances. We miss our little boy very much. He had got to be such a great comfort to us but we are striving to do the best we can believing that our heavenly father does all things for our good and his own glory but it was a sore trial for us to part with him. We have had a very backward spring here and consequently crops of all kinds are very late and more especially the grass which is fully a month later than usual which has been the cause of a great many cattle dying. One man lost over one hundred head. Others lost from 1 up to 15 head. I lost two myself, but not through poverty. I do not know what the trouble was. They were worth 75 dollars, but I have still 30 head left and of course don't feel the loss much. I have in 15 acres of spring wheat, 6 of oats and 5 of barley. All up and looking well only late, but the prospects for making a crop are certainly poor. The grasshoppers are hatched out by the million and still hatching and to all appearances are bound to sweep the crops. I see no possible chance for it to be otherwise although some maintain they will get up and leave before they do much damage, but I can't see it in that light, but will be very glad if they do for there is hundreds here in Kansas that will suffer if the crops are destroyed. There are so many comes here with little or no money expecting to raise enough the first summer to help them through the winter. If that fails it will be terribly hard for them to get through. But time will tell what the result will be. The railroad and telegraph are in working order now to this place and the whistle of the steam engine is as familiar to our ears as was the bugle sound of the overland mail coaches a few weeks ago. Whenever you get ready to pay us a visit you can have an all rail ride till within 1¼ miles of my house. So fix up as soon as you can and come on. We will be very happy to bid you welcome. Well Mother Mr. Taylor will deliver you a dress pattern, a present from Nancy and I. We hope it will suit you. I will close for the present. Hoping this may find you all in as good health as it leaves us. Be sure and write soon and let me know how you are all getting along.

No more at present but remain your affection son Robert Muir


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