John Houston Bills papers, 1843-1871.

Creator: Bills, John Houston, 1800-1871.
Collection number: 2245
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Abstract: John Houston Bills was a Tennessee planter who was active in the Democratic Party, the Freemasons, a temperance society, and was a friend of President James K. Polk (1795-1849). The collection includse a diary of Bills, 1843-1871, and a few letters and miscellaneous accounts. Diary entries describe daily life on Bills’s plantations near Bolivar in Hardeman County, Tenn. The largely terse entries include information on slavery; the Civil War, especially the Battle of Shiloh; agricultural production; weather conditions; religious services; and descriptions of Bills’s travels in the eastern United States, Canada, and Europe.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: The diary contains references to the work, treatment, and prices of slaves.

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