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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: February 7, 1870
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 5 x 8 in.

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


7 February 1870

Dear parents

I send you this note to inform you that I have arrived home all safe and sound and found the family all well and doing well and right glad to see me and I to see them. Mrs. Garven had not been as bad as the doctor represented. She got better right away and is quite stout again. They were all very much pleased with their presents sent to them. Nancy put Andrew's suit on today. It fits him nice and he went strutting round with his hands in the pockets, the proudest little chap you ever saw. It done me good to look at him. Little Robert's dress she has not tried on yet but is a little afraid it will be small. The Spitisenburgh came out of pack as nice looking as when they went in and was highly prized. I got everything through all right but both horses and myself pretty badly faded and looking considerably the worse for the trip. I did not get time to eat but 4 meals from St. Louis until I got home I was so much troubled with the horses. They got jarred off their feet several times so that I had to go in and unloose them to get them up. It is my last trip of the kind or I will change my mind very much. I never keeped [sic] myself so weary about anything for fear some of their horses would get lamed or hurt, but they're through without damage. The gray mare I took from home looks full the worse and stands knuckled over with her right hind leg but is not any lame. I think she will be all right again as soon as she gets rested. I believe they are all very well pleased with their beasts but stand them higher than they expected. It was all a humbug getting a car through for one hundred dollars. It cost me $55 to state line and $126 from there up making in all $181 dollars. I inquired at the agent when I got home if $125 dollars was the regular charge. He said it was except the roughest or third class freight that he saw cost $100 dollars and 80 cents per car from state line up. Campbell must have look the wrong bill or Faris misunderstood him. I have not seen either yet and can't tell which the expenses per head will be 26 or 27 dollars including halters and not charging anything for my troubles. I will meet them all at James' tomorrow night and settle up with them and send the money cash right away. I intend sending the money to John and let him do the paying and destroy the notes. I will close by saying all's well. Hoping you are all the same.

Your loving son Robert Muir

Ben Bean has sold out for 4 thousand and Rev Mr. Jones for 1200 hundred. That's business.

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