Maggie [Margaret Muir Reid]


John Muir


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[2]More [saleable?] John & Harry (with occasional hired help) have worked hard late & Early for the last year (since he & [illegible]) caring for & breaking those horses. & the agreement they made The Bankers & [illegible] was that while he was doing so they would advance or let us have the use of money to live on & pay other expences but a few days ago John got a letter stating that we must not draw on them for any-thing more than feed for the horses & help to break & care for them. John feels terrible & has written a letter saying that they will have to take the horses & he will have to go off & try to get work by the day if he can do no better on the railroad or anything[3] till he can do better but I am in hopes they will not mean so bad as it is for their advantages that John should take care of them & he hoped to sell a carload in the spring to take them east as he thought perhaps there would be a better market for the kind of horses he has. There is a good deal of the Broncho about them he was deceived in them where Jim Foster bought them. We don’t know whether Jim was or not, he did very reckless things before they parted. I am glad you are all well & that you are so much better I feared you would be very nervous with so much writing. Excuse me for writing you such dismal news & don’t say anything about it. I hope


Collyer, Kansas

Date Original

1889 Jan 15


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 06, Image 0021

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Page 2


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