Creator: Hudson, Franklin A., fl. 1852-1871.
Collection number: 2290
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Abstract: Franklin A. Hudson was the owner in the 1850s of Blythewood Plantation on Bayou Goula, Iberville Parish, La. The collection includes seven volumes of a diary kept by Franklin A. Hudson between 1852 and 1859, chiefly dealing with plantation affairs. There are references to the cultivation of sugar cane and corn, accounts of money received and money paid out, overseers, and matters relating to slaves, including work they performed and their medical care. Also included are entries concerning social life in the area, mentioning, among others, Louisiana governor Paul Octave Hebert, trips on the Mississippi River and elsewhere, and church attendance.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
Collection Highlights: Hudson recorded plantation activities in these volumes, including providing and caring for slaves. Entries refer to purchasing clothes for slaves, providing housing, and medical care. The diary also mentions a minister who came and preached to the slaves.