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Thumbnail image of the 1st page   Title: Letter from Robert Muir, Jr., Salina, KS, to his brother in Sparta, IL
Author: Robert Muir, Jr.
Date: April 17, 1870
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 5 x 8 in.
Note: Letters discusses the Herd Law in Kansas.

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


17 April 1870 Salina

[Written in the top margin sideways] Saturday 23rd corn all planted last 2 acres

Dear Brother,

I will send you in a few days by money order $143 dollars, the amount of my indebtedness in Flat Prairie. 43 dollars to James Anderson with the 82 I sent before will make 125 the amount due him and 100 dollars to Father the amount due him. You said in your last letter that Father would throw some of the price of the mare if she went all-wrong. You tell Father that I have been working her pretty hard and she stands up to it well, and I don't consider her a bad bargain so far nor likely to be. The horse I got from James Anderson works well and has improved right along. You would scarcely know him. We had a delightful rain about one week ago and winter wheat and spring grain were looking splendid up till today. They look rather bilious, the effects of the hardest freeze I ever seen this late in the season. It will take a few days to tell whether they are permanently hurt or not. My opinion is they are not to any extent and if correct in my opinion my prospects for small grain this year are fully equal to any I ever had before, especially the winter wheat. It looks altogether better than this time last year, but it can't very well do better. I had a fine show for peaches the first time since I have been here and was feeling quite proud about it, but I am afraid they are all gone up. But I still expect to have a few apples. Quite a number of my trees are going to bloom for the first time, and I don't believe they are all killed. If I raise l bushel of apples this year it would take l000 more to buy the place. I have been thinking some of selling out and going to somewhere and getting me a stock farm and go into raising stock altogether. I believe I could do better with far less hard labor than I can do here now since they have passed the herd law. The thing [is] a perfect nuisance and will make it a costly business raising stock having to pay 30 cents per head per month to get them herded. I intend fencing a pasture for about 8 or l0 cows. The rest I hire out for the summer in hopes that the law will be knocked on the head at the next fall election. If not and I can get 50 or 55 dollars per acre I believe I will try somewhere else. You can tell Mother that our two little chaps are getting along first rate. Little Robert can creep all over the house and Andrew can tell me that he is papa's little Scotch boy and can lead old Kate from the well to the stable feeling as big as anybody. Willie's little girl is well and doing well. All the rest of the family and friends are well, but [so] busy that we can hardly spare a half hour to chat when we meet. I will close by hoping that this will find you all in the enjoyment of good health. Write soon and let us know all the news, if your fears in regard to wheat were correct. Give our love to all your brothers. No news of patent yet.

Robert Muir

Faris was offered 400 for their team.


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