Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]
 you have received their letter about five weeks ago Daniel told his Father that he had made up his mind, not to be a farmer and he wished to go to Madison to study this Winter - after his Father had thought about it he decided to go to Madison and find a house suitable for us all to spend the winter in, if he could get some one to take care of the farm - however he afterwards thought Madison too far from the farm so he went to Portage last week and hired a home there so Daniel and the girls will - attend School in Portage City this winter. I never thought I would like to live in Portage but hope I will, - Mr [Everest?] has been here and has got John Reids farm back, John never told Margt any thing about his affairs but Mr [Everest?] told her all about them, he told her John had said very little more then the interest of the money so he got the farm back and John has hauled off a good deal of Wheat at low prices to give the money to [Everest?] and George claimed one horse -
1861 Dec 1
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