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Philip Tidyman manuscripts


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

Dr. Philip Tidyman (1776-1850) was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1776 to Hester Rose and Philip Tidyman. He studied at the University of Edinburgh and Göttingen, where he was the first American to receive a doctorate at a German university. In 1801, he returned to Charleston where he was a physician and a planter. He was a member of the House, serving in the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Eighteenth Assemblies and a member of many organizations including the German Friendly Society, the American Philosophical Society, and the South Carolina Academy of Fine Arts. He died in Aberdeen, Scotland, on June 11, 1850.

Source: College of Charleston Special Collections, finding aid for the Inventory of the John Vaughan Letters to the Philip Tidyman

This collection is comprised of two volumes of the manuscripts of the letters of Philip Tidyman's travel throughout New England and Canada from his home in Charleston, South Carolina. The collection also includes correspondence, transcribed letters, and typed notes related to the manuscripts.

The Philip Tidyman manuscripts were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1923 by the Friends Library, London.

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed December, 2015.


Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
December, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Vol. 1, 1810. 0.1 linear ft..
Volume 1
Scope and Content note

Letters in this volume describe Tidyman's travel from Charleston, S.C. in 1810, traveling through Raleigh, Richmond, Alexandria, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Niagara Falls, and includes discussions of slavery and descriptions of the landscapes, towns, and cities Tidyman traveled through.

Physical Description

0.1 linear ft.

Vol. 2, 1810. 0.13 linear ft..
Volume 2
Scope and Content note

This volume includes letters describing travels through Canada, including through Quebec, Montreal, and through Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and his return through Charleston.

Physical Description

0.13 linear ft.

Related Materials, Undated.
Volume 3
Scope and Content note

Related materials include correspondence between Rayner W. Kelsey, professor at Haverford College, who received the manuscript in 1923, and J.H. Easterby, at the College of Charleston. Their correspondence tracks research into biographical and historical information about Philip Tidyman. Also included are transcribed extracts of letters 5 and 18, as well as typed notes concerning the letters.

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