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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


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


Outside envelope:     Richmond Ky
                                April 25
                                Majr, John Reid
                                Caswell Coty No. Carolina
                                P.Office Lenox Castle


Kentucky, Madison County, 24th April 1816


DSir,

                        I have taken up my pen to write you with more reluctance than ever I experienced on any former occasion when writing to a friend. - But duty enjoins it & painfull as the recital is - I will faithfully detail it. - Your son had continued very nigh in the same condition I left him (perhaps rather declining) till about ten or twelve days before my return, when he was violently attackted with the Measels - that  brought on him a high fever & he desired to have Doctr. Rollins sent for, which was accordingly done & the Doctr. Has attended him ever since & is yet attending on him.

                       His fever still continues tho tis now slight, his cough has ceasd. & he spits freely & the Doctr. says all the symptoms are favourable. - But, (tho I don't wish to alarm you) I am notwithstanding the Doctors opinion, very fearfull he is approaching his dissolution fast - in a few days I shall be able to form a better opinion & will give it to you honestly - when his fever is ok he is a chearfull as formerly, seems fond of company & conversation - when his fever is on, he sleeps almost continually, talks in his sleep & appears to be often dreaming - in his sleep, he very frequently blames himself for bringing the Measles into my family & well say he ought not to have done so - tho I have not heard say anything xxx when awake - He read yours and Billys letters, with a great deal of satisfaction & made very particular enquiries about his Mother & Sister. - My family is well except the Measles - & my heart is too full to write you any more. I am DSir with sentiments of the highest consideration & respect Yr.HLeeS


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P.S. I got home on Saturday the 20th of this month-

& two weeks after the Rect. of this, your may expect another.


  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)