Margaret [Muir Reid]


John Muir and David [G. Muir]


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[1861] Dear John and David I received one letter from you John but why don't both of you write again did you get the letter Joanna and I wrote I have not been at Fathers since then but they have all been here wintin less than two weeks Sarah too and little George is running round nicely There have changes taken place since you left us Mr Everest has got the place back again we have the place another year free of taxes and expense except the help he hires and if we have not much left we are free of a heavy debt which makes us feel easier They have also traded off their horses for cattle Mrs Reid has lost another horse election day and old dave was a little sick the day before he was traded for I think live cattle if they be sleepy are better than dead horses there are several round here scared to keep horses Now Pa talks of letting out his farm on shares and asked John if he would take a piece perhaps it might be as good a thing as we could do but I am afraid that would be getting too close I think my nerves would'nt be the better for it David guess who is (I suppose) coming to stay with me this winter C. C. she is going to teach in our district but very likely you knew it before I did I cannot get along without a girl and I thought we might as well board the teacher as not I have writen to Anna Watson to try and hire her for a while I have now the third girl since I last wrote you, but I think perhaps Anna would do better than any of them I hope you are both well I am a little better this few days past but I am better


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Date Original

[ca. 1861]


Original letter dimensions: 24.0 x 19.0 cm

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Reel 01, Image 0321

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