Letter written in 1786 by Kenneth MacKenneth [McKenzie]
The transcription of the letter was sent to Scott Buie by Betty Mackenzie of
Peachland, British Columbia, Canada. Her ancestor brought the letter from
Scotland to North Carolina. The letter is very unusual in that it represents
one which was kept by a Scottish family. Most letters of the period are
preserved by American families. Since the letter is a transcription the
spelling of words may be in error. Please let
Scott know your impressions of
the content. Many thanks to you, Scott.
State of North Carolina
Decem'r 28th 1786
I take this oppty' to inform you that I am well and all my family thanks be
to God for all it hoping these lines will find you in the same condition. As
for my children that I had when I left my native country they are in life and
besides them I have goten four more, two sons and two daughters, Kenneth and
Margaret were twins, the other two are Janet and Alexander.
I bought a place when I first came to this country but I was forced to retire
from their by
reason of bad people - and moved five times in five years time. But I have
now purchased a place in Robinson County upon the marsh where I expected
peace and quiteness.
I desire you to inform me concerning my brother Ivander
whether he is in lefe or not for I have not heard of him since I came to this
place. I'm very much concerned that I have not heard concerning my relations
since I came from there. I would be glad to know how Don'd MacKenneth and
his wife is and Alex'r my Brother. I desire to be informed concerning Sir
Hector MacKenneth, Laird of Gairlock.
My Compts to you and all friends -
I am with regard your friend and Servt,
(signed) Kenneth MacKenneth
Direct your letter to the care of Alex'r MacIver in Crosscreek