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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: September 17, 1882
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1sheet (4 p.) ; 5 x 6.5 in.
Note: Letter tells of a new baby girl, Jeanette, born September 7, 1882, to Robert and Nancy.

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


17 September 1882 Salina

Dear Parents,

I write you to let you know that we have got another little girl. She is ten days old today and is dong finely. Nancy is up and feeling better than she ever did before under the same circumstances. The rest of the children are well. An(n)y and Jane are getting to be quite a help to their mother. The boys are growing very fast and are two of the best working boys I know of and get along with the least trouble or quarreling of any boys I ever saw. Bryce has grown to be a big sturdy and as mischievous as can be. In fact, he rules the roost or in other words is a badly spoiled boy. Now in regard to crops this year I would say the wheat and oats is thrashing out very large crops all over the country. Perhaps the largest acreage yield we ever had. I think there is no doubt the county will average 25 bushels per acre, but is selling at a very low figure, 60 to 65 per bushel. Our own wheat will go 30 or more bushels, oats 50 to 60. I expect to have five thousand bushels of wheat and oats from one hundred & 45 acres. Corn was cut short by dry weather, very little rain since harvest and still can turn dry and very windy. Can do nothing towards sowing wheat until it rains. In our neighborhood and north of us corn will yield in the Valley from 20 to 40 bushels. South of us almost a total failure. I expect to get about 2000 bushels from 70 acres. Well, Father, I planted the first of the potatoes you gave Nancy last fall and considering the season they done very well. I will have a fine start of seed for next spring. We have not cooked any to try, but they look nice. I intend paying you a visit this fall or winter if I keep well, but at present can't say when as we are somewhat behind with our work and help is hard to get at any price. Had to pay hands as high as $9.00 per day cutting corn and glad to get them at that. If I can get away before we commence to finish up threshing I will come. If not, I will got get back much before New Year's. The rest of the friends are well and doing well. Bryce just finished a barn that cost $1000 dollars without foundation or painting in. Write soon and let me know how all the family are.

Your loving son R. Muir

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