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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: February 6, 1883
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1sheet (2 p.) ; 5 x 8 in.
Note: Letter tells of severe winter weather.


View the original letter: pages 1, 2

Text:

6 February 1883 Salina

Dear Parents,

Knowing that Andrew dropped you a card when we arrived home I put off writing till now. I found everything all right when I got home. The boys had managed first rate and had everything in tip top shape. Little Nell took the throat trouble the day I got home and Bryce and Emma a few days afterward, but they are all right again. There is quite a number of children in the country been sick with it and a few have died with it. Bryce's little Bob is still very puny. He don't gain strength like he ought to. We have had very severe cold weather the last three days of last week, about as bad as I ever saw, terrible on stock that was not well sheltered. The report is a great many have perished in the western portion of the state where they depend entirely on the range for food. There is a good deal of complaint about the wheat, but it is too soon to tell much about it. My opinion is the most of it is all right yet. Now in regard to myself, my stomach is still troubling me some, but otherwise feeling all right. Nancy is well and has been doing her own work for a week. It won't do, will have to get someone to help. Write soon.

Your son, Robert Muir



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