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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: June 21, 1868
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 5 x 8 in.

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


21 June 1868 Salina

Dear Parents,

I received your letter and was glad to hear that father's thumb was getting better. I felt quite anxious about it when I first heard of it knowing the thumbs to be a more dangerous place to get hurt in than any other part of the hand. In regard to what we thought you had better do I would first say that whatever plan will give the least trouble and anxiety and bring the most comfort and happiness is the best. You have plenty to keep you comfortable all your days and I would say take the good of it. In regard to selling the place or any part of it, I think it will be best for you to hold on to it this year. It may be that by that time John or Andrew will take hold which would please me a great deal better than to have it pass into the hands of a stranger. But you consult your own comfort and happiness and I assure you that it will be satisfactory to all of us. We commenced harvest yesterday and will be kept busy to get it down as fast as it ripens. The winter wheat is well filled in but thin on the ground, dry weather and hoppers the cause. John & Willie's will average about 15 bushels per acre and they are the best I know of, mine 8 or 10 which is the poorest, my spring wheat from 12 to 17, oats about 30, barley from 20 to 25. So you see that our small grain will be a small crop. But under the circumstances we are thankful for even that much for between hoppers and dry weather things looked very bilious at one time. The first good rain what fell on the last day of May. We had a few light showers before that time but not enough for wheat and oats, but sufficient to keep the young corn growing nicely. Our prospects for corn at present are the best I ever saw. I have in forty acres, 22 of old ground and 18 on new broke prairie. The old ground corn is from waist to shoulder high. The sod corn from 1 to 2 feet high and growing like corn only can in Kansas. I have a little over an acre of potatoes heavily mulched looking well. I'm pretty certain for a good crop. That is about all I can say in regard to crops. I broke up with my own team 35 acres of prairie this spring which makes 95 acres I have under cultivation now. Well, Mother Nancy has sold 80 dollars worth of butter and eggs, packed down a 40 pound jar and made 7 cheeses, the first she ever made. She succeeded right well for a beginner and if we were fixed for it she would rather do it and it would pay better than making butter. You wanted to hear if we had our little boy baptized and what we named him. We become members of the church and had our boy baptized early in the spring. His name is Andrew Crawford and you may tell uncle that a stirring fellow he is will soon be walking and talking if he keeps on. We are still having a light shake of the ague occasionally, but not serious. Otherwise we are all well and doing pretty well, only very short of greenbacks. I will close, hoping this may find you the same excepting the ague and greenbacks. Mother be sure and write soon.

Your affectionate son and daughter Robert & Nancy Muir

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