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Collection Number: 00159-z

Collection Title: James Clitherall Diary, 1776.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1 (38 pages) items
Abstract James Clitherall travelled as an escort to Mary Izard Middleton (Mrs. Arthur) and Henrietta Middleton Rutledge (Mrs. Edward), wives of two members of the Continental Congress, from Charleston, S.C., to Philadelphia, Pa., in April-July 1776. The collection contains transcripts of the diary kept by Clitherall on this trip. Clitherall described land fertility, road conditions, tavern accommodations and entertainment, and leisure-time gatherings of local society on a trip through Camden, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C., Salisbury, N.C., and Guilford Court House, N.C.; Charlotte Court House and Orange Court House, Va.; and Lancaster, Pa. The volume includes the words of two songs, "New Song for Liberty" and "Liberty Song," which the travelers heard at Charlotte, N.C.
Creator Clitherall, James, fl. 1776.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the James Clitherall Diary, #159-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Hattie Clitherall Horst Wadsworth of Columbia, Ga., prior to 1940.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Rev. Dr. James Clitherall travelled as an escort to the wives of two members of the Continental Congress from Charleston, S.C., to Philadelphia, Pa., in 1776.

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The collection contains two typed transcriptions of the diary, April-July 1776, kept by James Clitherall, D.D., on a trip from Charleston, S.C., to Philadelphia, Pa. On this trip Clitherall was escorting Mary Izard Middleton (Mrs. Arthur) and Henrietta Middleton Rutledge (Mrs. Edward), wives of members of the Continental Congress. Clitherall describes land fertility, road conditions, tavern accommodations and entertainment, and leisure-time gatherings of local society along their route through Camden, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C., Salisbury, N.C., and Guilford Court House, N.C.; Charlotte Court House, Va. and Orange Court House, Va.; and Lancaster, Pa. The volume also includes the words of two songs, "New Song for Liberty" and "Liberty Song," which the travelers heard at Charlotte, N.C.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, January 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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