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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 20, 1872
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (2 p.) ; 8 x 9.5 in.
Note: Letter contains information on wheat crops and his children, mentioning the birth of daughter Anna Carpenter, born December 13, 1871, and the death of friend Irwin Faris.

View the original letter: pages 1, 2


20 July 1872 Salina

Dear Parents,

I received your letter some time ago and was glad to hear you were all well and that your crops were looking well and promise an abundant harvest. I wish I could say the same in regard to our crop, which has been, with a few exceptions, pretty much of a failure. High winds, drought, and bugs the cause. From 30 acres I don't expect to have for sale more than from 150 to 200 bushels. Willie, Anderson and James full worse. Bryce a pretty good crop. G. Garven a good crop, and if able to hold it over for a while will be good year for George. I am right glad of it for he needed it bad enough having a poor year last season. The oat and barley crops done very well, and corn all we could wish with abundance of rain and to spare. At present I expect to have upwards of a thousand bushels of corn, no calamity befalling it from this [time] in. We do not expect to realize much money out of it as the corn crop looks well all over this country and there was a great deal planted that would not have been had the winter wheat not failed. We expect to have to send for seed wheat to sow this fall as there is but very little in the country, and that mostly the little may wheat. We would like to get Red Sea or Lancaster Red and would like to know right away what wheat is worth or likely to be about sowing time so that we can send in time if we cannot suit ourselves here. I will not need a great deal myself as I bought 25 bushels of old wheat some time ago and will have 25 or 30 bushels of my own from a little corner I left and a patch I sowed in February as an experiment. I intend sowing 75 or more acres if I can get the ground in condition, Willie upwards of a hundred. I sent to Uncle Bryce for a Gang Plow some time ago and have never seen nor heard of it. I would like to know what is the matter as it should have been here long before this. I wish you would see him and find out what is the matter. Well you want me to tell you all about the children, who they were like and so forth. I consider them very good boys, kind to each other and think a great deal of their little sister. Andrew is one of those stirring chaps that is ever in motion while awake, very inquisitive and if asking questions will do any good will find out all about anything that excites his curiosity. Asa is of a more quiet disposition, slower to get about and a little more stubborn, although easy enough managed. Ana is an active little thing, very little trouble to her mother and if I recollect right resembles Janet's girls. We are well satisfied with our children and hope they may be spared to us and we to them until they may have come to the years of discretion. The rest of the folks are well and all the little ones doing finely. Andrew wants me to tell his Grandma to come and see him and bring some apples in her pocket for he is a good boy. Will close by hoping this may find you all in the enjoyment of good health. Write soon, but by all means drop us a note about the wheat as soon as possible. Give our love to all the family. Your affectionate son

Robert & Nancy Muir

[Written in the top margin of the second page] I hope Andrew is doing well. Tell John that Irwin Faris died about 5 or 6 weeks ago of Hydrophobia caused by the bites of a skunk received while on the buffalo range. Others have died since from the same cause.


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