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|Abstract||James Wistar Metcalfe was a planter of Montrose Plantation, near Natchez, Miss. The collection includes a diary and correspondence relating to Metcalfe. The first half of the diary documents Metcalfe's college career at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. The second half is a farm journal kept while Metcalfe was managing proerty at Bourbon Plantation, near Natchez, Miss., for his father. Also included is a letter from Metcalfe's brother describing Venice while on a European trip.|
|Creator||Metcalfe, James Wistar, fl. 1841-1852.|
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This collection chiefly consists of a diary kept by James Wistar Metcalfe of Montrose Plantation, near Natchez, Mississippi. The first part of the volume contains a diary he kept while attending Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, between September 1841 and September 1842. He wrote about college routine, his studies in chemistry and other subjects, books and lectures, attending trials at the Court House, the weather, and his social life. The second part of the volume contains a diary he kept while at Bourbon Plantation, near Montrose, between January and August 1843. Metcalfe was apparently managing a farm or plantation for his father. In it, he kept a record of his field work, hunting and fishing, the weather, building ditches, the corn crop, fodder, etc.
Also included in this collection are the following four items:
29 May 1845 Handwritten original and typed transcription of a letter from John Metcalfe to his brother James W. Metcalfe, describing Venice.
23 Oct 1850 Letter from James W. Metcalfe to his sister-in-law, Maggie Young, at Rose Hill.
16 Oct 1851 Letter from James W. Metcalfe in Trinity, Louisiana, about plantation and family matters to his wife at Fort Adams, Mississippi.
9 July 1852 Letter from James W. Metcalfe to his wife at Natchez while he was away from home and involved in a trial.Back to Top
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This inventory is an edited version of an inventory previously compiled by a member of the Southern Historical Collection processing staff.Back to Top