11 August 1862
[Written on the top
margin sideways] Write soon and let me know all about Bryce, you know.
[If] he is succeeding in the bakery business and how many acres of beans
and corn you have in. Tell father to ________ laborurs [sic] and _______
I received your letter last week and was happy to hear that you have had
such a bountiful harvest and the prospects of being abundantly rewarded
for the amount of toil and labor you have given your corn and bean crops.
You certainly ought to feel thankful for being blessed with such an abundance
of rain for without it our labor is in vain. But when there is plenty
of rain and crops is looking well labor is a pleasure to Mr. Farmer. He
can go along whistling by the plow feeling confident that he will have
plenty to eat for himself and cattle. It seems to me that with such big
crops of wheat, hay, corn and beans that father ought to [have] hoisted
out of the mud considerable this year. I have no doubt but he is walking
about whistling Yankee Doodle the half of his time at the prospect. I
can't send you such cheery accounts of the crops here this year. As you
know it is my first attempt at farming for myself. Must acknowledge that
I feel a little discouraged at the way things has done this year. It is
probably on account of making such large calculation in the spring that
I did. The spring opened beautiful and everything looked so promising
that I felt quite certain we were going to have a good season and make
a good crop which would have been a great benefit to us this year in getting
things that we very much need. But we will have to get along the best
way we can this year and hope for better things next. Mother wanted to
know how your seeds done. We will have but enough of potatoes for seed
for another year and the other seeds just done about the same enough to
save the ____ for another trial, but I would certainly like them to do
a little better. There were but very few of the peach seeds came up. They
have not been froze enough but I expect they will come up by another spring.
You wanted to know how Willie was pleased with his team and how they were
doing. Little Doll works well where ever we put her and has grown a great
deal this summer. The gray's eye is perfectly sound now and no appearance
of troubling her any more. Willie is highly pleased with her. I am as
well pleased with mine as I can be. We will have half a crop of corn.
Yet there has been plenty of rain lately but it was a little too late
for us. Our corn being late corn will be pretty good. We have 18 acres
of land ready for wheat. We will put in 30 acres altogether. I expect
you will be well pleased to hear that we did not get the mail contract
________ well satisfied myself now that we did not get it when ___________
did not do well. The Kansas Stage Company got the contract and is running
a 4 horse stage through here now 1 [once] a week. ___________ has been
out on the buffalo range the last two weeks. We __________ today. They
were doing well this trip. I hope so far as yet they have not _____________.
I will have to quit for I am out of paper. Remember me to all, little
Johnny Robert Stirling and all.
Your Brother Robert Muir