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Title Giambattista Scandella. Series 2 Journals, No. 2
Author Scandella, Giambattista
Date 14 Jun-8 Jul 1798
Document Type Personal Account
Reference MSS 101, Series 2, Folder 2
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name Giambattista Scandella Papers, 1787-1798
Description Records his observations on the debates and fear about the Constitution, the French Patriotic Society of Charleston South Carolina, the French regime, conditions of prisoners and inventory of their crimes, the Alien Bill [Alien and Sedition Acts, 1798], slavery, the preparation of land for growing rice, the weather, mortality rates in Charleston, Quakers, the import of livestock (and debates over its perceived inferiority), Franco-US-British diplomatic and trade relations, banking, shipbuilding, characteristics of an absolute monarchy vs. a republic, and celebrations of Independence Day (two years after it was declared). Includes several newspaper clippings in English, quotations and doodles.
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
Places Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Charleston, South Carolina, Connecticut, Rhode Island, United States
Nationality Italian; American; French; English
People Washington, President George
Keywords politics, commerce, trade, shipping, geography, government, debt, economics, foreign policy, legislation, prison, slavery, agriculture, weather, religion, livestock, exports, imports, shipbuilding, cotton, hot weather
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania catalogue.
Language Italian; English
Copyright Historical Society of Pennsylvania