Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]
(4)All Mr Hands family have moved to Phillips his father is postmaster there, and he had a brother about 30 years of age died there about a month ago he was brought to Portage to be buried. — There has been a great deal of sickness both there and here – and a good many deaths – A short time ago I attended Mrs Reids funeral she told Andrew to send for all the boys, but Charlie was the only one that got there in time before she died, but all the seven were there to see her laid away beside her husband [illegible] we had a visit with John we were glad to see him again – he has always been a good kind friend to me – they have had a more severe winter in Nebraska than they were prepared for – May the blessing that [maketh?] rich and addeth no sorrow ever be yoursAffectionately MotherPortage 6th April 1881Dear JohnI have been much longer in writing to you than I should have been, but I hope this will find you and your wife quite well Annie wished to spend the winter at Phillips, and as Sarah was anxious that I should shut up my house and spend the winter with her, I did so, and stayed with her for twelve weeks – and I have only been home about a week and Anna has not yet returned home, but I expect her soon Annie G. came home with me and gave me what assistance I required and this week she is -
1881 Apr 5
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.
Reel 04, Image 0474
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