Robert W. Scott journals

Abstract

The Robert W. Scott journals (dated 1829-1836, bulk 1829-1830; 0.23 cubic feet; 2 items) consists of two journals kept by Franklin County, Ky. lawyer and farmer, Robert Wilmont Scott.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Robert W. Scott journals
Date
1829-1836 (inclusive)
1829-1830 (bulk)
Creator
Scott, Robert W. (Robert Wilmot), 1808-1884
Extent
0.1 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Prisons -- United States -- History.
Farmers.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Preferred Citation
87m35: [identification of item], Robert W. Scott journals, 1829-1836, bulk 1829-1830, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Lawyer, politician, and farmer, Robert Wilmont Scott was a native of Bourbon County, Ky. After attending Transylvania University, Scott studied law in Frankfort and in Mercer County. In 1829 he traveled to the east coast. In 1835 Scott began raising stock in Franklin County. During this time he was instrumental in organizing the Franklin County Agricultural Society. Scott was also involved in area politics.
Scope and Content
The Robert W. Scott journals (dated 1829-1836, bulk 1829-1830; 0.23 cubic feet; 2 items) consists of two journals kept by Franklin County, Ky. lawyer and farmer, Robert Wilmont Scott. The earlier journal consists of two parts, the first entitled "notes on law books read by me", includes a list of legal texts read by Scott. The second part includes Scott's "Memoranda itineris" on a journey he made to the east coast states from 1829-1830. He describes his trip from Lexington, Ky. through West Virginia and Virginia. He notes meetings with James Madison, James Monroe, John Randolph, and John Marshall. He details a boat trip he made from the Chesapeake Bay to New York. Scott describes many of the sights he visited in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. He provides a lengthy description of his activities in Washington, D. C., including a visit to Congress.
Volume two begins with Scott's trip to Pennsylvania and continues through his return to Kentucky. He concludes with a few remarks about a trip he made to New Orleans in 1836. Though Scott never mentions the purpose of his journey, he does seem to have been particularly interested in visiting prisons. He notes conditions in several such institutions. He also describes several colleges, including Washington College, the University of Virginia, and Princeton among others. Also noted are many towns, businesses, factories, law courts and museums he visited. A typescript of the "memoranda itineris" is included.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Volume 1, 1829-1830

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Volume 2, 1830-1836

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Typescript of "Memorandum itinernis", 1829-1830

  • Box 1, folder 2
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