John Reid


J[ohn] Reid


John Muir



[in margin: her health is some better she complains of her clothes feeling to tight & says she must be getting fatter. May this find you & your [cares?] all in good health. Yours as ever [Jno?] Reid]

persuded to take an mt in with me. as regard Mr. Makey a failure at the present time I am not realy to blame for I have been woefuly de[illegible] & I am trying to work my way [stricken word] out of it in an honorable way as soon as I can. horses have decreased in [value?][illegible] I have been decreased in the clop of horse represented to me from good to [inferences?] & crops have failed here 3 years. That is my particulars at present. I have sometime thought of selling out altogether & move to Cal. where it is warmer weather as Maggie is getting so as not able to stand the cold much. still no use of thinking at the present time.

Maggie is still with me here in Kansas


Spring Valley Ranch Collyer Kans Nov 12-1888

Brother John

Dear Sir

I reg your letter a few days ago & in reply would that that Sarah Y I will sell you my section of land (sect 31) for $8.00 per acre less than the amt we owe on it, the amt is about $1750. or $1800. This is by far the best section on the place for most every thing except stock. It is mostly land only about 15 or 20 [stricken word] acres that cant be [illegible] excelent farming lands, also, 3 miles of a good wire fence (4 wires high) & red cedar posts. There is a good chance to build or start a town on it as the railroad runs through & a


will sell you the 160 on Sect 1 it is all broke up except about 20 acres $10 per acre

also sell you the land on Sect 31 south of RR about 106 acres all good land 8.00 per acre

[sketch of parcels of land and RR line, math]


switch on it when [trains?] meets & & passengers gets of & on. ti is about 15 miles from one station to another this land is about half way & then will be in a town built with- out doubt as the county gets settled up. If this should not suit you we will give you a mortgage on this section & another seciont (25) both are (RR Sect.) section 36- is school land & we have 18 years to pay it in at 6 per cent int.

Land is held here at from 6 1/2 to 10 & 12 per acre. Walter Brown has [stricken word] two sections that Join on the corners he asked 8 per acre no improvements I do not consider either one of [stricken word] his as good by $2.00 per acre as good as the one as I have offered you according to the advantages it has. The amt that will have to be paid on the whole

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will be about $2500.00 If you can open that amt for 5 years I would like it very much. If you cant spare it for that long I will try & get some land. Co. to let me have it when you want it. [stricken word] or sell you a part of it any way to suit.

I cant tell how I stand with [Durant?] here as my acct are all in a book at home. I have put on the place improvements about 2500 or 3000 dollars & when the place is sold it will be sold with the improvements or the improve ments will sell the place as it is called a deserable place for a ranch & will be valuble in the near future. it is con sidered the best horse ranch in the state for size of it.

I wish you could see it you would think so your self. & be



The land is all in Sarah name at present.



Collyer, Kans[as]

Date Original

1888 Nov 12


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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