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Thumbnail image of the 1st page   Title: Letter from Robert Muir, Salina, KS, to his brother, John, in Sparta, IL
Author: Robert Muir, Jr.
Date: August 14, 1869
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 5 x 8 in.
Note: Letter tells of buying a thrasher that is a new patent, the Librator, and the latest family news: two babies (Robert Asa, born August 10, 1869, and William's girl, Jane Crawford, born June 16, 1869) and a marriage (Bryce Muir and Margaret Prater, August 3, 1869).

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


14 August 1869

[Written on the top margin sideways] Write as soon as you can and let me know you are all getting along. Tell mother she might write

Dear Brother

I received your letter sometime ago and was happy to hear that you were all well and that crops of all kinds looked promising and likely to reward the husbandman abundantly for his labors. We have the finest crops this season that has ever been grown in Saline County or likely to be for some time. I believe that some of my winter wheat will thrash 40 per acre and some of my spring wheat 30 or more. I had in 32 acres altogether and it will run 1000 bushels very close. To give some idea how grain is thrashed I would state that I had 6½ acres of rye thrashed and got 222 bushels 40 shocks or less that an acre of red sea wheat and got 36 and 50 dozen oats and got 64. So you can judge by that what the yields will be and that is no better than the average where it was well put in. Your wheat was hurt some by falling down before it was quite ripe but it will still run over 30 bushels to the acre and would have made over 40 if it had stood up. It was the heaviest that I knowed of in the country. Corn looks splendid. I have in 26 acres of old ground and 6 on sod. With one more shower to make it fill out good my old ground will average over 50 bushels per acre the sod 15 or 20. The other boys' crops are just about the same. The four of us sent off and got a thrasher. It is a new patent called the Librator. I like her the best of anything of the kind I ever saw. It cost us about 850 dollars. When it was ready to run we expected to thrash enough with our own to pay for it, but there is other 3 come in and there will not be a great deal to do for all. But it will pay us very well even to do our own which will amount to close to 400 dollars and if [we] keep it for our own use it will last a long time. Well, John, the team you bought for me last spring pleases first rate. The gray mare had a good colt, stood 3 feet 5 inches high, light made but handsome and will make a fine horse. I would like to know if he is out of a trotting or running horse. Well, John, you may tell father and mother and the rest that we have got another little boy, quite a fine looking fellow and doing well. Nancy is not quite as [well] as I would like to see her, but I hope she will be all right in a few days. Andrew is well and one the stirringest boys I ever saw. He goes out into the pasture with the dog and runs after the calfs [sic] and into all other kinds of mischief. He is just beginning to talk a little. I suppose you know that Willie's wife presented him with a little girl. They are doing well. Bryce has went and done it. It was something I was not looking for. I thought it all blowed over until Willie told me it was done. You want me to give you any information I could in regard to your land. We have not heard anything more about it. But there is no doubt but it will be all right. Give our love to father and mother and all the rest.

Your brother Robert Muir

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