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Title Giambattista Scandella. Series I Journals, No. 5
Author Scandella, Giambattista
Date 19-31 Mar 1798
Document Type Personal Account
Reference MSS 101, Series 1, Folder 5
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name Giambattista Scandella Papers, 1787-1798
Description Mentions the spending of the health office for the city and the port of Philadelphia. Also discusses local customs, religious tolerance at a local and government level, slavery, philosophy, social inequalities, money, violence, prisons in Philadelphia, Quaker communities. Copies out paragraphs in French from another text (page references included but not the title). Includes a newspaper clipping with an article by John Adams and one regarding the President's message relating to the negotiation with the French Republic.
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, United States
Nationality Italian; American
Keywords weather, politics, religion, slavery, economics, debt, poverty, government, commerce, exports
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania catalogue.
Language Italian; French
Copyright Historical Society of Pennsylvania