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Sidney George Fisher diaries at Mount Harmon

Identifier: MS 1837


This collection contains photocopies of the diaries written by Sidney George Fisher (1809-1871) of his life at Mount Harmon, a plantation located in Cecil County, Maryland. Some of the topics Fisher wrote about in his diaries include agriculture, slavery, the South, and his social life.


  • 1837-1850


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This collection is open for research use.

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1.7 Linear Feet (2 flat boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The photocopies were made in 1970 from the original diaries held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Scope and Contents

Sidney George Fisher's diaries at Mount Harmon dealt rather exclusively with his life at this Cecil County, Maryland farm from 1837 through 1850. Within this particular time, Fisher commented a great deal on agricultural aspects such as the prices of crops, the techniques of increasing crop production per acre, and landscaping.

Eventually, the topics of slavery and the South began to occupy more and more of his diaries. Fisher, a Philadelphia lawyer with a Southern aristocratic heritage, was an elitist who characterized the workings of the Federal government as an instrument of the mob. A romantic in his glorification in and of physical nature, Fisher's social perspective was that of a Hamilitonian aristocrat.

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  • 2019-12-14: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by .

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States