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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: September 21, 1867
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 5 x 8 in.
Note: Letter tells of suffering from the ague, birth of Andrew Crawford (born Aug 6, 1867) and grasshoppers.

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


21 September 1867 Salina

[Letter in a yellowed envelope addressed to Mr. Robert Muir, Sparta, Randolph Co. Ills, with a 3 cent stamp, post marked Salina Kansas Sept 26. Written in pencil the date Sept 1867.]

Dear Parents

We received your letter some time ago and was happy to hear that you were all well which is more than we can say at the present for we have all had a round of the ague and looking thin and shaky at present. But we hope to get all right again pretty soon. You will think it very strange that we have had a little boy at our house for over a month and never to have sent you a word about it, but betwixt the ague and one thing and another I kept putting it until now. The little fellow was doing well but took the ague 8 days ago and is looking rather bad now. We have named him Andrew Crawford for uncle and brother Andrew. In regard to the crops I would say that the corn crop has been cut short considerably by dry weather and the grasshoppers which has paid us another visit this fall again, though not in as great numbers as last fall but they have stayed so much longer that I believed they have done as much damage and deposited many eggs for another crop as they did last year. The fact of the matter is I feel quite discouraged over it. Nobody ever supposed that we would be visited two years in succession. The like never was known before and now we have no assurance that they will not come sweeping everything before them next fall again, besides the chances we run of having our crops destroyed in the spring. There is no use in complaining. They are something that man has no control over and therefore can't help himself. So we must do the best we can and trust the rest with Providence hoping that all will yet turn for the best. There has not been any cases of cholera in this community for some time, and I think perhaps we have got rid of it for this year. But I do believe that 2 thirds of the people has got the ague, caused I believe by the overflow in the summer which left every pond and low piece of ground full of water. I will close by saying that we are all as well as people can expect to be that is shaking with the ague every once in a while. Write soon and give us all the news. Give our best respects to all and tell uncle Andrew we were glad to hear that he had got through all right.

No more at present, but remain your affectionate son Robert Muir

I do not know yet whether I will be able to pay you this winter or not.

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