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Collection Number: 03108-z

Collection Title: Rufus King Sewall Letter, 1850

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Abstract Rufus King Sewall wrote articles concerned chiefly with historical events in the state of Maine. Augustus Mitchell was a physician and natural scientist who was living in Portland, Me., in 1850. H. A. S. Dearborn, son of Henry Dearborn, was a soldier, state legislator, member of the United States House of Representatives 1831-1833, author, and horticulturalist, who practiced law in Salem, Mass., and Portland, Me. The collection is a letter, 24 April 1850, from Rufus King Sewall in Saint Mary's, Ga., to August Mitchell in Portland, Me., that is enclosed in a letter from Mitchell to H. A. S. Dearborn. In his letter to Mitchell, Sewall wrote about a voyage down the east coast of Florida, passing through Saint Lucie Inlet. Sewall described in detail the sound west of Hutchinsons Island and the region between the sound and Lake Okeechobee to the west and discussed vegetation, aminals, and the area as a terminal for traffic from three directions. The region he described includes the present Port Sewall and Sewall's Point. In his letter to Dearborn, 11 June 1850, Mitchell requested that Dearborn have Sewall's letter published in the Boston Courier or another newspaper. Mitchell also discussed his medical practice in Florida, where he had tried to establish a "sanitary retreat," studied natural history and Indian mounds, and looked for a site for a national botanical garden. He also included some observations on crania and teeth of Indian skeletons.
Creator Sewall, Rufus King, 1814-1903.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 Rufus King Sewall Letter #3108-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from W. H. Lowdermilk & Company, Washington, D.C., in 1955.
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Rufus King Sewall wrote articles concerned chiefly with historical events in the state of Maine. His Sketches of St. Augustine with a View of its History and Advantages as a Resort for Invalids was published in 1848 and surpressed; a second edition was published in 1849.

Augustus Mitchell was a physician and natural scientist who was living in Portland, Me., in 1850. He published "Antiquities of Florida" in the Smithsonian Institution's annual report of 1874.

H. A. S. Dearborn, son of Henry Dearborn, was a soldier, state legislator, member of the United States House of Representatives 1831-1833, author, and horticulturalist, who practiced law in Salem, Mass., and Portland, Me.

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The collection is a letter, 24 April 1850, from author Rufus King Sewall in Saint Mary's, Ga., to August Mitchell in Portland, Me., that is enclosed in a letter from Mitchell to H. A. S. Dearborn, author, lawyer, legislator, and horticulturalist of Salem, Mass., and Portland, Me. In his letter to Mitchell, Sewall wrote about a voyage down the east coast of Florida, passing through Saint Lucie Inlet. Sewall described in detail the sound west of Hutchinsons Island and the region between the sound and Lake Okeechobee to the west and discussed vegetation, aminals, and the area as a terminal for traffic from three directions. The region he described includes the present Port Sewall and Sewall's Point. In his letter to Dearborn, 11 June 1850, Mitchell requested that Dearborn have Sewall's letter published in the Boston Courier or another newspaper. Mitchell also discussed his medical practice in Florida, where he had tried to establish a "sanitary retreat," studied natural history and Indian mounds, and looked for a site for a national botanical garden. He also included some observations on crania and teeth of Indian skeletons.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Manuscripts Department Staff, 1960s

Encoded by: Roslyn Holdzkom, January 2007

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