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Thumbnail image of the original letter   Title: Letter from Robert Muir, Jr., Saline County, KS, to his parents Robert, Sr. and Jane Muir, Randolph County, Illinois.
Author: Robert Muir, Jr.
Date: June 1, 1862
Type: manuscript
Physical description: 1 sheet (4 p.) ; 7.5 x 10 in.

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


1 June 1862

Dear Parents

I received your letter about a week ago and was very sorry to hear of the death of Janet's little baby for I was very much attached to it when I was home. I feel for Janet, she thought so much of it and it was growing to be such a fine little girl, but we must submit to God's will in all things knowing that he has promised that whatsoever is for our good that will he do. I was sorry to learn that brother Bryce was sent South especially at this season of the year. I have been wearying for a letter to let me know where they were sent to. I have been examining the papers closely ever since the battle at Pittsburgh but could see no mention of the tenth being ordered down for I thought they would be seeing they needed all the men they could spare from Missouri. I hope God will be ever near them and carry them safely through all the dangerous scrims [sic] they may be called to pass. Mr. Anderson met with a severe loss last week. The little mare he got from John Anderson died. It was the most singular case I every saw. I never knew or heard of an animal dying with the same trouble. She swelled all up about the head and neck one day after dinner and died the next morning about eight o'clock. The swelling was all we could see the matter with her. We cut her open and found a hole in the pipe that conveys the food from the mouth to the stomach. Portions of the food had worked through the hole into her neck and caused mortification. Her neck was nearly rotten. It's a dead loss on Tom although he won't miss her much at present when we're all in the company. It seems to be a hard matter to make a start in this world. Life is so uncertain with both man and beast. I forgot to say in my last that we were staying at James's. We laid log for a house out but concluded it was best to put them up for a stable and get our horses under lock and key as there was considerable horse stealing going on here at the time we came. We will board with Jim till fall. You wanted to know how Abby's health was. She is as stout and healthy now as anybody. The trouble she had has left her entirely. I think the prospects for becoming an Uncle out here is very dull for sometime at least. The crops continue to look well. We have broke up ten acres of prairie for sorghum and sod corn. The corn on the old ground is looking well. Willie had 3 shakes of the ague. It was brought on by getting himself wet when he was away for a load of rail. He has got over it now. The rest of us are in good health. Hope this may [find] you all in the enjoyment of the same blessing. Mr. Anderson sends you his best respects. Give my love to all my friends.
Your affectionate Son Robert Muir

P.S. Tell John and Ellen the sooner they immigrate west the better that the bit eighty is nae farm ata for a man wha have mony ploughman. I hope the wee chap's doing weel. I think John would not know what end was utmost that morning, write often and let me know where Bryce is.

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