John Burgwyn MacRae papers, 1866-1916, 1974.

Creator: MacRae, John Burgwyn, 1845-1916.
Collection number: 478
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Abstract: John Burgwyn MacRae of Jackson, Northampton County, N.C., son of Episcopal rector Cameron F. MacRae and Julia Burgwyn MacRae, was a lawyer, owner of a large Roanoke River plantation, and diarist. The collection includes MacRae’s nine-volume daily diary, 1883-1916; letterpress copy books, 1886-1896, of MacRae; speeches by MacRae; and miscellaneous volumes and papers. The diary describes day-to-day life and events in Jackson, including including MacRae’s long-term relationship with a local African-American woman, his fishing expeditions, and his work as a steward in the State Penitentiary in Raleigh, N.C. Among others discussed in the diary are various members of the Burgwyn family and Matt Whitaker Ransom (1826-1904). Also included are letters, 1869-1870, from Kate MacRae to her father Cameron MacRae describing her travels in Europe; class notes from the University of North Carolina, 1886; a baseball club treasurer’s book and constitution, 1883; an account book, 1880-1889, containing accounts for meat, corn, cotton, and other goods; and political speeches and addresses given by MacRae at Confederate reunions and Masonic, Episcopal Church, and other organization meetings. The Addition of March 2008 contains letters and related materials concerning the Scottish heritage of John Burgwyn MacRae as well as his land ownership in Northampton County, N.C.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Diary, letterpress copybooks, speeches, and miscellaneous volumes and papers of MacRae, a Jackson, North Carolina, lawyer and plantation owner. Diary entries describe daily events in Jackson, ┬áincluding Volume 6 which details MacRae’s long-term relationship with a local black woman, with whom he had two children (1894-1897) . The collection also contains handwritten versions of four political speeches in Folder 28 given by MacRae, including a speech concerning “The Supremacy of the White Race over the Colored Race” (1866- 1905).