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William B. Buchanon / Major John Reid

Nine letters between the Reid and Simpson families

written between 1816 and 1847
Contributed by Ralph Simpson


3) John B. Reid to his mother, Keziah Simpson Reid (3/5/1816)


Outside envelope:     Mrs. K. Reid
                                Caswell County
                                N. Carolina


Madison County Ky., March 5th 1816


Dear Mother,

                        I now write you to let you know I have not forgotten you nor the many favors I have recd. from you. I was very glad indeed to hear you had recovered from your fall you got in Chrismas & hope this letter will find you & the rest of the family well. I am not very well at present having a bad cough & pains over my eyes. But you need give yourself no uneasiness for there is no doubt but what I shall get well. - I have not been to see uncle & aunt Cleveland but will go as soon as possible. I have been to see Dick Oldham & family & found them very kind. I have also got acquainted with Keziah Thompson who made me promise to come & see her which I should have done long since only the boys are generally busy & cannot go with me. I have got acquainted old Mr. T Reid & his family also uncle Alex's John Holby (Holley?) & several others of your acquaintances - I intend going over to Lexington this spring with xx Hardin among the Heart family. - I have got acquainted with Jere Burton who came to uncles the week before last from Ten. & setts off tommorrow with uncle for hovire? & he says his father & the relations were well & that Dick Williamson came there & made up a school & had 38 schollars at $8 but drank very hard & at length agreed to quit his school at the end of 4 months if they would pay him for that time which they did & he had $69 on Tuesday morning & went into town & on Thursday he had not a cent & went on in this way.

                       I have inclosed you a cap which I wish you to accept as a memorial of my gratitude & love for you - but I don't want you to lay it by & not use it. I sent it for you to wear. I have also sent Clarrissa a brest pin which she must keep to remember me - Duke Williamson is well & living with uncle & working in the crops he gets $50 & clothes himself he says he is coming to N.C. next winter. Mr. Hardin & cousin Betsey are well & their son continues to improve daily. Uncle's family are all well. Give my love to Tommy & Clarrissa & believe me ever to be yr. affectionate son.


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  From the John Reid Papers #3882
  Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library
  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1) John B. Reid to his father, Major John Reid (1/9/1816)

2) John B. Reid to his father, Major John Reid (3/3/1816)

3) John B. Reid to his mother, Keziah Simpson Reid (3/5/1816)

4) Richard "Duke" Simpson to his brother-in-law, Major John Reid (4/24/1816)

5) Richard "Duke" Simpson to his brother-in-law, Major John Reid (5/8/1816)

6) Richard "Duke" Simpson to his nephew, William B. Simpson (4/7/1845)

7) Richard "Duke" Simpson to his nephew, William B. Simpson (9/9/1845)

8) Richard "Duke" Simpson to his sister, Keziah Simpson Reid (5/4/1847)

9) Duke Williamson Simpson to his aunt, Keziah Simpson Reid (10/25/1847)