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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 6, 1871
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 5 x 8 in.
Note: Letter tells of family matters: Bryce's baby girl (Jennie Bryce, born January 14, 1871) and William's baby boy (William, Jr., born September 28, 1870)

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


6 February 1871 Salina

Dear parents

I have been very negligent about writing I must confess and you no doubt think it a little strange, but I kept putting it off for everything and another. Besides it is getting to be quite a task for me to sit down and write a letter. Things are moving along pretty much as they were when father was here. Plenty to eat and wear and all the work we like to set our faces to. I have been going it alone since about two weeks after father left and it keeps me busy tending the stock and getting wood, but I am getting the stock through in very good condition considering the scarcity of food and the severity of the weather. In the early part of winter we had two of the coldest snaps I ever experienced, and it affected the cattle pretty badly for a few days. For some time back we have been having rather open weather with considerable of much bad weather for wheat, but no injurious affects to be seen as yet. The wheat looks well and from the amount of snow that has fallen this winter there is scarcely a doubt but that we will have a fine crop of wheat next harvest. Well, Mother, you no doubt want to know how the little chaps are getting along. Well, at present they are romping round like a couple of little rowdys and making it a little difficult for me to write. Andrew is as stout and hearty as I could wish and can tell you about his two Grandpas. Robert Asa had a pretty bad sick spell a while ago and was threatened with gravel. He seems to be all right again and is turning to talk a great deal faster than Andrew did. If I happen to forget to bring them an apple or some candy when [I] go to town it is a big fuss(?). They have got a little girl at Bryce's and the chap very proud of it. They are all doing well. I have not seen it but from what I have heard she is quite a fine little girl. Willie's folks are all well with the exception of their little boy. He is rather unwell though nothing serious as yet. His little girl is getting to be quite stout and hearty and not at all like the little puny thing she used to be. James and wife are both well. He was offered 400 dollars for Grant and his mate the other day but did not sell. George Garven intends selling out this spring if he can and moving about 100 miles south on the Arkansas River. He was down this winter taking a look at the country and was real pleased. R. Crawford has got 520 acres that ought to be enough for one man. Well, Mother, be sure and write soon and let me know how Andrew throat is and how all the rest are getting along if Janet's eyes are better. No more. Hope they are well,

Your son Robert Muir


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