30 March 1874 Salina
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