Nathaniel Lovell, Jr. letters and travel diary
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Nathaniel Lovell, Jr. letters and travel diary

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Lovell, Nathaniel, 1787-1817.
Title: Nathaniel Lovell, Jr. letters and travel diary
Dates: 1816-1817
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 2035

Biographical/Historical Note

Nathaniel Lovell, Jr. (1787-1817) son of Nathaniel Lovell and Mary Barber Knowlton, was born in Medway, Massachusetts. A relative of the prominent Savannah Lovell family which included John McPherson Berrien Lovell, Nathan Lovell, Jr. was trained as a physician, and planned to practice in Boston.

Stricken with consumption around 1815-1816, he embarked on November 16, 1916 on a journey southward to recover his heath, making visits to Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia. Shortly after his return home, Nathaniel died; he was 30 years old and unmarried.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of Nathaniel Lovell, Jr.'s travel diary and letters, 1816-1817, written while he was in Charleston, South Carolina, Savannah, and Darien, Georgia. The diary includes weather conditions, and information regarding Lovell's health and daily activities. The letters are written by Lovell to his family. The first letter describes a storm off Cape Fear and provides a description of Charleston and its harbor. In his second letter, Lovell describes the plantation where he had stayed on John's Island. Upon arrival, Lovell boarded with Mr. and Mrs. Green from Providence, Rhode Island. The third letter, written from Darien, describes the weather and Lovell's travel plans. Also included is a letter of administration for Lovell's estate, issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1817.


Index Terms

Charleston (S.C.)
Darien (Ga.)
Decedents' estates.
Diaries.
Georgia--Description and travel.
Johns Island (S.C.)
Letters (correspondence)
Lovell, Nathaniel, 1787-1817.
Savannah (Ga.)
Weather.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Unknown.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Nathaniel Lovell, Jr. letters and travel diary, MS 2035, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Richard P. Jennison, 1981.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

 

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1Item 1: Travel diary of Nathaniel Lovell, Jr., 1816-1817
The typical entry begins with date and weather conditions, location, and information of a personal nature regarding his health and activities for the day. Diary is dated November 16, 1816-April 21, 1817.
 

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1Item 2: Letter to family, written from Charleston, S.C., 1816 November 30
Lovell had just arrived in Charleston after 13 days of passage. He describes a storm off Cape Fear and provides a short description of the city and harbor.
 

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1Item 3: Letter to family, written from Savannah, GA., 1817 January 8
Just arrived at Savannah, Lovell describes the plantation where he had stayed on John's Island. Upon arrival, Lovell boarded with Mr. and Mrs. Greene from Providence, R.I. Lovell gives a short description of the city and the weather conditions.
 

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1Item 4: Letter to family, written from Darien, Ga., 1817 March 9
Having departed Savannah 6 weeks previous, Lovell was now residing with "Mr. Nephew." Description of the weather and country are included. References are made to Lovell's health, his plans to travel into Liberty County and back to Savannah.
 

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1Item 5: Letter of Administration of the Estate of Nathaniel Lovell, Jr., issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1817 June 3
Lovell died intestate and this document issued by the court empowers his father as Executor of his estate.