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Title Giambattista Scandella. Series 2, Commonplaces
Author Scandella, Giambattista
Date c.1787-1798
Document Type Personal Account
Reference MSS 101, Series 2, Folder 3
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name Giambattista Scandella Papers, 1787-1798
Description Commonplace book containing notes, quotations and passages from texts on a myriad of subjects, including: the rivers and industries in Illinois county, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina; coal mines along the Muskingum; the use of white and blue clay for glassworks and pottery; the meeting of different rivers in Ohio and Virginia; emigrants who travel from the frontier counties down the Cherokee river; the benefits and beauty of the Wabash as a river which rarely floods; the political beliefs of local people, from royalist Englishmen to the more numerous republicans and the anti-federalists. Copies out a passage from "Histoire de la Nouvelle France", sections from four letters to the Earl of Carlisle from William Eden (regarding public debt), as well as paragraphs regarding the history of Quebec's relationship with France (and general history of Quebec, including earthquakes and the foundation of key institutions in 1650-1673), English attitudes to trade monopolies and the Navigation Act.
Series Description The collection includes a diary and commonplace books containing impressions of America, and medical case records. Journal and commonplace books are both rich in detailed observations about the United States at the end of the 18th century. Scandella's comments touch on a broad range of topics, such as Quakers, race relations, U.S. political culture and system, physical features of the land, Americans' character, and U.S. foreign relations. His notes also discuss a number of prominent Americans he met or befriended, including Washington, Jefferson, and Benjamin Latrobe. Journals and commonplace books include a few American newspaper clippings, which lack citations. The commonplace books also include small drawings of things he observed, such as farm equipment or dams, as well as margin doodles.
Biographical Note / History Scandella was born in Italy and was educated as a physician. He came to America c.1796 and settled in Philadelphia in 1797.
Theme(s) Politics, Legislation and Governance; Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations; Onward Travel
Places Montreal, Quebec, Canada; England; France
Nationality Italian; French; American; Canadian
Keywords trade, economics, agriculture, livestock, debt, government, politics, commerce, geography, poverty, exports, tax
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania catalogue.
Language Italian; French; English
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