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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: November 22, 1869
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 5 x 8 in.
Note: Letters discusses farming matters and crop yields.

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


22 November 1869

[Written on the top margin sideways] We were disappointed at Father's not paying us a visit this fall. I know he would have enjoyed the trip and seen such corn and potatoes as he never saw before

Dear Parents,

I have been very slow about answering your letter but you must excuse me as I have been very busy and keep putting it off. We was very glad to hear that you were all in good health and that crops of every description had done well with you this year. I can say the same for ourselves. We have had pretty good health and abundant crops. Part of my winter wheat made 45 bushels per acre. It averaged 36½ all over. My spring wheat I have not thrashed yet, but it will yield close to 30 per acre which will make altogether a little over 12 hundred bushels. I have raised of grain of all kinds this year a little over 3000 bushels and potatoes 150, which is pretty good for the great American desert. I never saw such a fine display of grain and vegetables as was in exhibition at our county fair. And I would say here to the honor of the citizens of Salina and adjoining counties that the fair passed off without a disturbance of any kind of a drunk man on the grounds. Take it all through it was a success. You wanted to know how little Andrew Crawford was getting along. He is quite a fine little chap and a very good boy, but continuously on the move and never seems to get tired. He had the ague a few times but it did not hurt him much. He would go to bed for a little while and then up and romp round as big as ever. He runs off occasionally to the Andersons. The other little fellow is doing finely. He is a good deal larger than Andrew was at the same age. Nancy thinks he looks like John. We intend naming him for his grandfather, which will be Robert Asa. Brother William names his little daughter Jane. She is rather small of her age but stout and hearty and looks a good deal like her papa. He seems to be quite taken up with her. You said in your letter that you were afraid the dress and stockings you send Andrew had never come, seeing I had not said anything about them. They came all right and I don't see how I neglected to say anything about it when I wrote before. The little fellow is as proud as any boy you ever saw when he gets them on to go to church. I intend making you a visit this winter if I can arrange things to get away at all, but I am considerably behind with my work on account of the threshing business. We have thrashed 11000 bushels and have about 5000 to thrash yet. We were thrashing at Willie's today and thrashed 372 bushels from 10 acres. He will have close to 1000 bushels of winter wheat. All the friends are well and hope this may find you all the same. Write soon,

Your loving son Robert Muir

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