4 May 1867 Salina
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