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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: May 13, 1871
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 5 x 8 in.
 

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Text:

13 May 1871 Salina

Dear parents

I have sat down to write you a few lines more to get answer and hear how you are all getting along than for any news I am able to send you. In the way of news bad at that we have had very uncommon cold weather from about the middle of April until within the last few days. We had several hard frosts during the time which hurt the early wheat badly. Nearly all of the wheat on last year's breaking is entirely ruined with scarcely an exception and on old land hurt more or less. My own loss will be from 4 to 6 hundred bushels. I was calculating upon 12 hundred bushels. I have cut it down to 7 and will be well satisfied if I get that. Willie is worse injured than mine. James not so bad and Bryce but very little. Garvin and Brotin are considerably hurt but I don't think as badly as mine is. The other crops are looking well considering the coldness of the weather and if we have a good corn here we will come out all right although it puts a damper on some of our farm and projects. One of mine was the purchase of 40 acres of land that joins me on the north worth about 2000 dollars and the sale of 30 acres to Bryce that I have that joins him. But the injury to the wheat puts a quitus on that speculation for the present unless something else should turn up. We had a short call from Dan McIntyre a few days ago. Him and B. Taylor were on their way to Denver with a carload of horses. They were getting along well. Dan was well pleased with what he saw of our country. Well, Mother, I expect you are wearying to hear how the little chaps are getting along. They are doing finely and as stirring chaps as ever wore out shoes. Andrew's on his third pair since fall. So you may know he has done some trotting. And little Robert Asa is not far behind him. He is learning to talk very fast. They are having the measles at Willie's. They are a very mild type and they are getting along pretty well under the circumstances. Little Willie and Jeanie have not taken them the last time I saw him, but he expected they would. Bryce's little girl is doing finely. She is a little fat chubby thing, a good deal like himself. Well, Mother, I hope you will write soon and give us all the news concerning the family and friends and if John and Father has come to any arrangement about the place. I think they ought to. We are all well hoping this finds you all the same.

Your affectionate son Robert Muir



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