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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: August 1, 1875
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 5 x 8 in.
Note: Letter gives news of the Muir children, including his daughter Jane, born August 15, 1874, and Bryce's anticipated first baby, Margaret, born August 23, 1875.

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


1 August 1875 Salina

Dear Parents,

In yours (letter) which I received some time ago you wished me to write soon and let you know how we are all getting along and how crops was. We are all in the enjoyment of very good health, but pretty well wore down the harvest. The wheat crop in this section of the country was remarkably good, and where threshing has been done runs from 15 to 35 bushels per acre, and is bringing at present $1 per bushel. I expect to have close to 2000 bushels; Willie and Bryce upwards of 2500, and as it is almost certain to advance in price, farmers will have a good year and be able to square up old scores, make improvements or increase their number of acres, as I have my mind made up to do if I can get the price I want on terms to suit me. If I make the purchase it will not harrasse [sic] me any to pay for it and will then give me enough for a fine farm, a place for the boys some day. Oats below average, but corn all a man could wish for and in a few more weeks will be out of danger from hoppers if they should return this fall. I enjoy a stroll through the corn field looking at the great ears hanging in every direction more than I do at any other crop and feel amply repaid for the hard labor performed. Now in regard to the house business. I think you made a mistake in putting off building until next spring. And unless you know of some one to stay with this winter you ought to get it up this fall. For I think it would be wrong to live through another winter alone. And as to difficulties I see no need for any, and don't believe that any would arise if a proper understanding was arrived at on the start. In fact, I see no reason why it might not be an advantage to all. Now in regard to the little folks. Andrew is not much of a chap for nursing or indoor help but is great to help outdoors-feed the pigs, bring up the cows and all such chores. He drove the reaper while we cut 3 acres and was the proudest boy I ever saw. R. Asa is a great help to his mother in taking care of the baby. Anna and Jane are both doing finely. Willie and Bryce children are all well and Bryce is waiting on another. I have not seen James but once this summer. He seldom comes in consequently don't know much about his affairs or how they are getting along, but would judge from what I know of him [he] is doing all right so long as he stays away from town. As to the partnership existing between him and Spilman, none of us knows how they stand. Think some of visiting St. Louis fair if I can find time. If I do will run down and stay a night. Hoping this will find you all well and remain your son

Robert Muir


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