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Thumbnail image of the 1st page   Title: Letter from Robert Muir, Jr., Salina, KS, to Robert, Sr. and Jane Muir, Sparta. Illinois
Author: Robert Muir, Jr.
Date: October 5, 186?
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 5 x 8 in.
Notes: Letter mentions giving his sister Janet credit for being a poetess.

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5 October 186?

[Written on the top margin sideways]: tell Maggie to excuse me for giving Janet the credit for being the poetess. I hope I may get a chance to congratulate her by word of mouth before spring. Write soon.

Dear Parents

I received your letter a few days ago and was glad to hear that you were all well at home and everything in a prosperous way with you. You will surely give the debt a powerful lift this fall with your beans and wheat unless you go to putting up improvements which I think would not be very good policy under the circumstances if you can possibly get along without. Both labor and material for building is so high at present that it would take a great deal of money to do anything in the shape of building at all. Better I think to use the money in paying the debt which would put a stop [to] your interest and very probably by next fall labor and building material will be cheaper, but you are the best judges. I only offer this as my opinion believing that the war of the rebellious is at hand and with it a scarcity of money and hard times and I think people who has debt will do well to pay it off while money is plenty and be prepared. We have done better here this summer than we have ever done before. Our crops have done a great deal better than we expected at one time and everything is bringing a good price. Wheat is worth from spring 150 to fall 200 here in Salina and corn 160 in town and 200 delivered 34 miles west of here and by next year it will be a good deal more. We will have about 200 bushels of wheat and 45 hundred bushels of corn to sell and 200 we have made with the machine and you have an idea of our income this year. There has been no trouble with the Indians near here since I last wrote you and not likely to be this winter although the soldiers who has been out after them are all on their way in, having given up the chase until Spring, not being able to catch up with them. I think it is very probable they will make a treaty before that time. In fact there is some talk of it now. I hope the government will make no treaty with them until they have given them a complete thrashing. Then it will amount to something. But to make a treaty with them now won't amount to anything. They will break it in less than six months and be as bad yet worse than ever. You wanted to know what I thought about Bryce coming out here on a visit this fall. Well, I hardly know what to say about it. I would like the very best kind to see him but if he merely intends coming out on a short visit of a few weeks I cannot advise him to come. It will cost him so much for traveling expenses at the rate fare is now and it is so disagreeable traveling in this country in the winter season. But if he intends coming out to stay all winter I would like first rate he would come for he can easily make enough to pay his way both out and back in a very short time so that he would not lose anything. I would like him to see the Country for if he intends settling down for himself I know of no better place. But tell him to write himself and tell me what he thinks about it. I would like you to write as soon as you get this and let me know what 2 and 5 year old mares is worth at home for we have not given up the idea of one of us coming home if we can get away at all and we have a good chance to sell our mares and if we could make considerable by selling and buying a pair we would do it. We are all well, hoping you are the same.

Your affectionate son, R. Muir


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