Richard Dennis Arnold papers
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Richard Dennis Arnold papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Arnold, Richard D., (Richard Dennis), 1808-1876.
Title: Richard Dennis Arnold papers
Dates: 1832-1855
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0027

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard Dennis Arnold (ca. 1808-1876) was a prominent physician in Savannah, Georgia. He was the mayor of the city when it was surrendered to Federal forces in 1864. Arnold was also the first president of the Board of Education in Savannah.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a receipt for a medical bill, a will appointing Dr. Arnold Trustee and Executor, and excerpts from "Colligere," Dr. Arnold's diary. The will is of Maria Cohen of Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, 1855. Cohen was a woman of color; her will leaves her estate, personal property, and two slaves, John and Eve, to Dr. Arnold in trust for her children, Hannah and Abraham. Arnold's diary includes a description of the Minis-Stark duel, the Rose-Brown affair, Arnold's comments on love, Dr. Waring's attitude toward drink, thoughts on Mary Higbee McIntosh and on poverty, negotiations regarding Georgian, accomplishments of Maj. Gen. Scott, description of his wedding and first child, musings on matrimony and on drink, death of Bob Warren, anecdotes, resolutions, and Mayor M. Hall McAllister.


Index Terms

African American women--Georgia--Savannah.
Arnold, Richard D., (Richard Dennis), 1808-1876.
Diaries.
Dueling.
Real property--Georgia--Savannah.
Receipts (financial records)
Wills.

Location of Originals

Original diary is at Duke University Library.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Unknown.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Richard Dennis Arnold papers, MS 27, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Caroline L. Meldrim, 1952, J.F. Waring, 1971 (addenda).


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 
Item 1: Letter from Sarah A. Paport to Arnold requesting $30.00 to pay for Benjamin Lundy’s doctor bills. Bears a signed receipt for $30.00 signed by Paport, 1838 February 8
 
Item 2: Will of Maria Cohen of Chatham County, Ga. Cohen, a free women of color, leaves her estate, real, personal, and slaves, to Dr. Arnold in trust for her children Hannah and Abraham, 1855 June 21
 
Item 3: Excerpts from "Colligere," a diary of Dr. Arnold, 1832-1838
Includes a description of the Minis-Stark duel, the Rose-Brown affair, Arnold’s comments on love, Dr. Waring’s attitude toward drink, thoughts on Mary Higbee McIntosh and on poverty, negotiations regarding Georgian, accomplishments of Maj. Gen. Scott, description of his wedding and first child, musings on matrimony and on drink, death of Bob Warren, anecdotes,resolutions, and Mayor M. Hall McAllister. Photocopy; typewritten copy included.