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Label
1816
Inclusive dates
1816
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Journal, 1816, of James Skelton Gilliam (ca. 1794-1820) of Petersburg, Virginia, detailing his trip from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the spas and springs at Ballstown and Saratoga, New York. Gilliam provides a description of his journey from Philadelphia through New Jersey, including a stop at Princeton, to New York, New York, and his stay in that town. Gilliam depicts travel aboard steamboats from Philadelphia to New York and up the Hudson River. He describes his journey from New York City to the spas at Saratoga and Ballston and discusses the social life at the springs. He details journeys to Lake George, the Saratoga battlefield, and surrounding countryside. Gilliam concludes his journal with his return to New York City. Gilliam mentions many individuals that he meets on his trip including General Winfield Scott (1786-1866), General Edmund Gaines (1777-1849), George Hay (1765-1830), Moses Myers (1753-1835), Travis Harwood, and William F. Wickham (1793-1880). The volume also includes several watercolor drawings and sketches of the countryside that Gilliam drew, including of the Schuykill River at Philadelphia, Lake George, the Saratoga battlefield, and the "Waterford Beauty."
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Biographical or historical data
James Skelton Gilliam was born about 1794 in Petersburg, Virginia, to James Skelton Gilliam (1763-1814) and Mary Feild Gilliam. He attended the Academy of Petersburg and the College of William and Mary from which he graduated in 1812. Gilliam returned to Petersburg to study law and was admitted to the bar in 1814. However, after his father's death, Gilliam had to run his estate. Gilliam successfully managed his father's plantation earning a reputation as an excellent "agriculturist." Gilliam died 10 June 1820 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the beginning of a trip to the springs of New York for his health.
Cataloging source
Vi
Form designation
Journal
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
1
Immediate source of acquisition
Porteous, Effie
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000504949
Type of unit
v. (73 p.).

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