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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


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


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


Independence, Mo., 9th Septr. 1845


Dear Nephew,

                        I wrote you sometime ago that my Daughter Henrietta and myself contemplated paying a visit to Sister Keziah and your family and expected to start about the 1st of this month - we prepared for the trip & had all things in readiness when to our disappointment, my son Duke & Daughters Henrietta & Julia Ann were all three taken down with the fever and had a violent attack - the first two are recovering and I trust out of danger, but Julia Ann has been expected to die every hour for the last ten days, however we think a favourable change took place yesterday evening and we now have some hopes she may recover - this has prevented us for the present from attempting to set out, & before she can sufficiently recover to be left in safety, the season will be too far advanced for a man of my age to undertake it. - add to this the Missouri River is so low, that the steam Boats have ceased to run, consequently we could not come if nothing else prevented - however we have not declined the visit & if I live and enjoy my health untill next spring, I will attempt it if I find sister still lives & I hope you will write me from time to time informing me of her health.-

                       We had six weeks of extremely wet weather in May & June at the close of it our crops looked very bad, but since that time the season has been favourable, and they have come out surprisingly & will be very abundant. - My whole family except those I have mentioned I think are in good health as I sincerely hope these times may find Sister & your family - to all of whom present my best wishes & believe affectionately,


Your Uncle,


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[written in margin]
When you write again, tell me about your mother in law - if dead,
when and where she died & where her other children are.


  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)