Robert Habersham diary and poem
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Robert Habersham diary and poem

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Habersham, Robert, 1812-1832.
Title: Robert Habersham diary and poem
Dates: 1831-1832
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0346

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Habersham was the son of Robert Habersham (1783-1870). He graduated from Harvard in 1831. He died in Savannah, August 31, 1832, after going swimming and catching a cold.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of Robert Habersham's personal journal and a poem which was written three months before his death according to a note at the end of it. The Journal is marked Vol. II. It begins while he was still in Cambridge and contains social notes, poetry, and a few references to classes and to his graduation on July 19, 1831. This is followed by a visit to his family in Newport, Rhode Island and travels in New York state. The remainder was written in Savannah - social life, weather notes, poetry, names of persons to whom he wrote letters and lists of books read. Of special interest is his account of the duel between Dr. Philip Minis and James Jones Stark, August 10, 1832.

Index Terms

Cambridge (Mass.)
Georgia--Social life and customs.
Habersham family.
Habersham, Robert, 1812-1832.
Harvard University.
Minis, Philip, 1805-1855.
New York (N.Y.)
Savannah (Ga.)
Stark, James Jones, d. 1832.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Mrs. J.A.P. Crisfield was Josephine Noble Jones Habersham, a descendant of James Habersham. Poem purchased from Argosy Book Store.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Robert Habersham diary and poem, MS 346, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. J.A.P Crisfield, date unknown (Journal). Purchased, 1961 (Poem).


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.


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

Container List



1Journal, 1831 May 26-1832 August


1Poem, "My Native Town", 1832