do not know whether I will ever come out or not. if my ship comes in pretty well [illegible] I may come. David and I have a little interest in some of the mines in Colorado that is proving to all accounts of paying us something for our money how much we do not know at present. There is many a slip between the cup and the lip it may be so in this case. however if that fails I may get a mine in those cattle that I have out here in Neb[illegible]. Dan is about 20 miles from us he left Racine in regard to his health has bought 320 acres of R.R land on time do not know how well he will succeed one thing I do know he has got [in margin: to do different to what he has been doing. he will learn, now John I have written quite a number of lines more than I [expected?] give my respect to Mrs Muir hoping to see you both out here in Neb before long your brother [Jno?] Reid]
Crete Neb Dec 13 – 1880
Maggie handed me your letter to post while on the way to the office I thought I would write a line or two in regard to her. You will see by her letter that our home is in the far west and you would like to know the cause of us moving out west. there was several reasons that induced me to move and two of them I will give. two years ago Mr Foster and I sent out some cows & Hufers about 300 Head and let them out for 10 years on the half of the increase it — became necessary for me to move out here where I could keep an eye
on them to see that they were all right. the other reason is in regar
1880 Dec 13
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.
Reid, John, "Letter from J[ohn] Reid to John Muir, 1880 Dec 13." (1880). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 596.
Reel 04, Image 0380
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