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Thumbnail image of the 1st page   Title: Letter from Robert Muir, Jr., Salina, KS, to his father, Robert, Sr. in Sparta, IL
Author: Robert Muir, Jr.
Date: June 22, 1884
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 5 x 8 in.
Note: Letter comments on crops and livestock and asks about his father's welfare.

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


22 June 1884 Salina

Dear Parent,

I will take this chance and send you a few lines and let you know how we are all getting along and how the crops look. Our wheat is very heavy and a good deal is down but seems to be filling very well. Will be a hard job harvesting. I sowed 20 acres of the wheat that Will got from Bob Craig a year ago last fall and it is down flat from end to end. Will all have to be cut one way. I am satisfied we will get over thirty bushels per acre if we succeed in taking it up clean and the most of it will be a very fair quality of grain. Our oats is very heavy and promises a large yield if they only stand up and ripen properly. I had Uncle Bryce looking at
mine and he said it was the finest field of oats he ever saw. Our corn is a little backward for this time of the year on account of cold, wet weather but is growing finely now and with the right kind of weather from this on will come out all right. We will commence harvesting this week if the weather permits, but the grain is very wet now and still looks like more rain. Brother Andrew has been breaking prairie on the farm he got for the last two weeks, intending to put in wheat this fall. Bryce & Will & I sold 114 head of hogs a short time ago that was from 8 to 9 months old and averaged 282 pounds at 4 ½ per lb we thought this pretty hard to beat at the age. Now Father about all I can say in regard to families is that they are all well and doing well. I bought the girls an organ in the spring and I think Anna is going to learn very fast, but Jean don't seem to care much about it. Well, Father, I hope you are trying to keep as contented as you can, not allowing anything to fret or worry you. Get John or one of the girls to write and let us know how you are getting along and I will try and answer sooner the next time.

Your son, Robert Muir


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