Buffalo Wis Jany 29th 1863
Friend John enclosed you will find a draft of $15, less exchange that is $10 for yourself and the other five is to get a washing machine and send it to portage city for me that will make $55 that you will receive from me I paid David five dollars which he said that you owe him and that he said that you had given him liberty to get it from me please endorse the amount on the note and that will Keep it all right for changes [it very sudden sometime?], Margaret has been sick and has got a nother little giril she had it to day about noon both are doing well so you see John that things must go - I think Margaret health will get better now anyway she feels better than she did the last time and looks better
there is a great deal of sickness here this winter many are called to their long home. Sarahs two little ones has been sick but they are getting better, we have just got word that [Thorm?] Ennis & Jack are both dead & James Whitehead is next to it, John this was is an awful affair soon the time may come when peace shall be proclaimed how thankful we ought to feel that it was not our lot to go, and [illegible] [illegible] ever be while we live I feel contented to stay here and [illegible] wheat for your father for $25 per month and sleep with sound bones, your [father?] met with quite a loss the other day by fire he had about 488 bushel of wheat the same as $500 in the depot stored at will be clear loss to him except about 25 or $50, please write whether you want anymore money soon or not no more at present Goodbye John Reid
1863 Jan 29
Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 16.5 cm
Reid, John, "Letter from John Reid to John Muir, 1863 Jan 29" (1863). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1125.
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