Journal of Samuel Wilson, 1854


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The Samuel Wilson Diary is found in the Journal of Samuel Wilson, 1854 collection. Initially a Miller’s Planters & Merchants Almanac for the year 1854, Charleston (S.C.) physician Samuel Wilson (1791-1861), the son of Dr. Samuel Wilson (1763-1827) repurposed the almanac as a journal. Information found in the journal includes meteorological and weather observations, family matters, including the death of Wilson’s niece Mrs. Mary Brailsford in Summerville (S.C.), deaths of enslaved persons such as murder, fires, and weekly reports of yellow fever deaths in Charleston.