Creator: Gage, James M.
Collection number: 1812-z
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Abstract: James McKibbin Gage (1813-1855) was a physician and horsebreeder of Union, S.C. He studied medicine in Paris and Charleston, S.C., from 1835 to 1837 before settling permanently in Union. The collection includes family and personal letters received by Gage while he was studying medicine, and later while he practiced medicine in Union, S.C. The letters, chiefly 1835-1868, contain family and neighborhood news from Union; Clarkesville, Ga.; and Mobile, Ala. They also discuss politics, current events, the practice of medicine, horsebreeding and racing, local amusements, and business outlooks. Among the correspondents are Josiah Clark Nott, James E. Nott, B. Frank Patton, and Robert I. Gage. Three miscellaneous items–a poem, a printed drawing, and a sermon–are also included.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
Collection Highlights: Correspondence in Series 1 contains discussions of opposition to abolitionism and includes a letter written by Gage’s brother Robert discussing the difficulties he encountered in negotiating with newly freed blacks on his plantation (1866).