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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: July 25, 1870
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 2 sheets (4 p.) ; 5 x 8 in.
Note: Letters tells of farm work, crop yields and prices.

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


25 July 1870 Salina

[Written on the top margin sideways] tell John the patent for his land has come all right and him and Lui (or Liri) may go it whenever they like

Dear Parents

I received your letter a few days ago and was glad to hear that you were all well and that your crops was turning out full better than you had anticipated. I thought it great foolishness on Father's part to be out in the harvest field at work in the hot sun. He ought to quit all such work of harvesting and threshing. It is too much. He must be [over] the worst of it. If he still thinks he can make the trip out to see us we would be right glad to have him come, but he will get a very poor look [at] this portion of Kansas as this has been the driest season we have ever experienced. And in consequence every thing looks parched and dry, corn a total failure or nearly so, the prairie dry enough in places to burn and little or no chance of getting hay for our stock unless it should rain soon. And there has been so many fine appearances come to nought that we have little faith in its raining soon. Our winter wheat done remarkably well for the amount of moisture it got and will yield from 12 to 20 bushels per acre of a very fair quality of grain. Oats very high but I had in a good bit of them and such as they are will be a great help in feeding though. John still got 500 bushels of wheat, 300 of corn and 80 of rye of last year's crop and will not be any harassed in getting along. But how the people who came in here last spring is to get along is beyond my ken. They must see very hard times. A majority of them bringing but little money in to the country with them. You wanted to know how Nancy had been making it with the cows and chickens. I could not name any definite amount, not having kept [track], but this much I will say. She has done the very best she could and has sold a great many dollars worth besides raising over 100 young chickens and packing down 26 gallon jars of butter that is keeping nicely so far. And if it would come a nice rain to freshen up the pasture she would make a good deal of the cows yet as butter sells readily at 25 cents per lb. Little Andrew had his right leg badly hurt by one of the horses about a month ago. The doctor thought the bone was fractured above the ankle. He has been able to go round again for the last 8 or 10 days but still limps considerably and goes with his toes turned out some. The doctor said that it would come all right. Other wise they are both doing finely. Robert Asa is just beginning to try and go it alone. Willie's little Jeany has been rather puny for some time, but is doing better now. But she never has done quite as well as our little chaps. Mother you may look for the news from there most any time. I saw Bryce wife a few days ago. She was looking hale and hearty. Abby I have not seen for some time, but she keeps well. In fact, we are all in the engagement of good health except myself. I have been having the ague every once in a while since I returned home last spring. It was pretty hard on me to get through harvest. The heat affected me badly, but I think I will get along better now. I hope this may find you all in good health. Tell all the little chaps that Uncle Bob has not forgot them. Write as soon as you can again.

Your son Robert Muir


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