ERIC Number: ED393773
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
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Philip Vickers Fithian (1747-1776), a Princeton Tutor on a Virginia Plantation.
Parker, Franklin; Parker, Betty J.
This paper narrates the life of Philip Vickers Fithian, a northern tutor on a southern plantation prior to the American Revolution. Fithian's life is described from the time he was born in 1747, through his years at the College of New Jersey, renamed Princeton College in 1896 and later Princeton University, until he graduated in 1772, and until his death from exposure at the battle of White Plains, New York, in 1776. The paper recounts the times he spent as a tutor to the eight Carter children on a Virginia plantation near Williamsburg. The journals and letters Fithian wrote remained unpublished until 1900 when they were published for the first time. The value of Philip Fithian's journal and letters lies in their graphic and intimate portrait of Virginian plantation life, culture, and education. (EH)
Publication Type: Historical Materials
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Identifiers: Fithian (Philip Vickers); Virginia