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Jeremie Journal

Identifier: MS Group 168

Scope and Content

The diary covers part 1820 and 1821 when its writer, an unidentified Catskill, New Yorker, lived in Jeremie, Haiti. The man, who was trained as a smith, attempted to make his living working as a smith and eventually, out of necessity, as a carpenter. The diary has some rich descriptions of Mardi Gras, a New Year's celebration with an elaborate procession and parade, funerals and wakes, and the landscape around Jeremie. It also contains some interesting rumors about Christophe, Petion and Boyer. The smith ultimately becomes disenchanted with the lack of economic opportunities and the racial situation (he often complained of injustices because he was a white man), and the diary ends with his return to the United States.


  • Creation: 1820-1821


The collection is available in digital format. Use of original diary is restricted.


0.03 Linear feet (1 volume (28 leaves))

Language of Materials



Journal of unidentified American smith who lived briefly in Haiti.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of pages from the Jeremie Journal are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

A Guide to the Jeremie Journal
Finding aid prepared by Carl Van Ness
August 2004
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Script of description
Language of description note
Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America