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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: March 30, 1874
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 5 x 8 in.
Note: Letter alludes to his mother's visit to Kansas and brother William's new addition, James, born March 5,1874.

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


30 March 1874 Salina

Dear Parents,

I will write you a few lines and let you know how we are all getting along. We are all in very good health and busily engaged with our spring work. Plowing for oats and corn having commenced in good earnest. We are putting in very little spring wheat this spring. The most of the winter wheat having come through all right. I have 65 acres looking very well, 25 that is rather thin, but will do to stand and may possibly make a very fair crop. Willie is all looking [?] well and will undoubtedly help him out in the fall. Bryce had to plow down a part of his, but the balance is looking very fine so that upon the whole we think our prospects very good for this season. Well, Mother, with all of our complaining of hard times when you were here last fall it has turned out one of the best years I have had. I sold off the place $1600 dollars worth which includes 4 heads of horses and have still to sell 3 hundred bushels of wheat and 12 head of good 3 year old steers, which will bring me at least 700 hundred more. And if this year's crops do well, I expect to put up a good house and barn and not need to go in debt to do it. Now as to the little folks. Andrew is going to school and is reading in the second reader and beginning to help about [with] the chores a little. Asa is well and will be going to school as soon as it gets a little warmer weather. And when Pa asks little An(n)y where her new dress came from she says from Grandma in Illinois. Willie folks had another boy a few weeks ago. They are all doing well. They intend sending Jenny (nickname for Jane) to school this summer, but I think her rather small. Willie has good mind of his Grandma that gave him a knife and when he loses it says his Grandma will send him another one. Bryce's little folks are well. I am happy to say James is trying to reform and so far has been successful. I don't think he has tasted when he has been in for over 2 months and if we only succeed in driving the saloon out of Salina this spring as we expect to do it will make it much easier for those that are trying to reform. I was very well pleased with the arrangement made with John and hope it is satisfactory with you all, and would advise you and father to make yourselves as comfortable as you can. I see no need of your driving yourself to anything and trying to live on this much or that a week. You have plenty why not take the good of it. I must close. Hoping to hear from you soon. Give our love to all the friends.

Your loving son Robert Muir

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