Virginia Tutor: Journal and Letters of Philip Vickers Fithian 1773-1774


1773: just before the American Revolution, a young Princeton grad goes to work for a wealthy Virginia plantation owner as a tutor for his seven children. In his journal, he has left us an amazing snapshot in time! This Knowledge Keepers edition of the Journal and Letters of Philip Vickers Fithian includes extra footnotes, plus maps, drawings, and portraits.

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Imagine having the opportunity to peek inside the windows of one of Virginia’s most prominent plantation homes in 1773. The diary and letters of Phillip Vickers Fithian do exactly that, taking readers on a 1-year tour through Nominy Hall, the home of Robert Carter III.

As the American Revolution was simmering, Fithian was sent by Dr. John Witherspoon (a Founding Father from Princeton) to be a tutor to Robert Carter’s seven children. Carter’s friends and neighbors included the Lees, Washingtons, Harrisons, and many more. Through his diary, Fithian shares an entertaining description of daily life for the Carter family, the children, customs of the Virginia gentry, slavery, politics, farming, and so much more.

This is the best kind of history book: a firsthand glimpse of life through the eyes of an outsider. Fithian’s journal was first published in 1900, with subsequent reprintings. This Knowledge Keepers edition is the 1957 version released by Colonial Williamsburg, edited, with an introduction, by Hunter Dickinson Farish. Our edition also includes new footnotes, maps, drawings, portraits, and photographs, while preserving the older edition with its random spelling and grammar.
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Weight 25 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1.5 in


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