Margaret [Muir Reid]


John Muir and David [G. Muir]


[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


and worse all the time. have you got a school yet John I heard David had got one Charley is going to teach in Lonely Grahams district this winter Lodens wife is very sick her life is despaired of old Mr Jones is preaching again as usual but I think the people is tiring of him they don't turn out so well The girls were here yesterday and brought the newspaper you sent I think I have told you about every thing now Now boys do write soon the folks at home say you have not wrote them anything but the miserable little short letter as Joanna called it Ed and Brad were here the other day they look fat and well Brad said he had got a letter from David lately I suppose Mr Okler will be suited with Kate this winter but Jim don't like the thoughts of a woman teaching him especially her [illegible] Suppose he thinks he will not be able to look up without laughing in her face wont you be jealous a little Dave to have him come home with her every night. Jim himself thinks it wont do him any good tell me when will I see your faces again I hope you are both tyring to be good boys and keep out of such company as much as you can as would be apt to lead you out of the narrow path and following the meek and lowly Savior through good and through evil report Remember me at the throne on grace and I hope God will keep you and all of us by his grace from falling till this short life is at an end and then we shall [all have?] each others company forever in heaven From your loving sister Margaret


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Original letter dimensions: 24.0 x 19.0 cm

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