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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


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


Outside envelope:     Mr. Willam B. Reid
                                Fayette County Tennessee
                                P.Office White Hall


                                                                                              Independence, Missouri, 7th April 1845


Dear Billy,

                       I recd. your friendly & affectionate letter of the 10th of March a few days ago, which gave me not a little pleasure to hear my old sister is still living and enjoying good health, as also your own family, with the exception of yourself.

                       I have not yet fully decided whether I will attempt to comply with your invitation to visit you and Sister this spring or not.  - I have a strong inclination to do so, but very much dread the undertaking - but I will decide in a few days. & If I come, I will leave here about the 10th of May & if nothing happens will be with you about the 18th or 20th of the month. - If I come, my Daughter Henrietta Harris will come with me at least she says so now - it would give me inexpressable satisfaction to visit you & spend a few weeks with Sister & your family & I think if my health continues tolerable good I attempt it, but should I decline the undertaking I will apprise you of it & not keep you in suspense.

                       I have sold all my property, real & personal, and divided the money equally amoungst my children - except what I think may be necessary for my own support & am now living next to my Daughter above xxxed.

                      My children is at last all in the state, except my eldest son John who resides in Baltimore, Maryland. & xxx xxx 28 years past this number of children, grandchildren & great grandchildren will astonish you.  - We counted them up a short time since and then there is now living 104 or 5 & increasing astonishingly -  they are as far as I know on good health and I think doing well generally.  - My own health is as good as a man of my age ought to expect. - & my hand trembles so I can't write any more but wish I shall see you shortly. Affectionately, your uncle.


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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)