Canby A. Alexander diary
- 1883, 1895-1896
- Alexander, Canby A., 1872-1901 (Author, Person)
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0.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal size folder)
Biographical / Historical
By the age of ten, Alexander had assimilated the county's social hierarchies and relative status of the folks with whom he came in contact. His understanding of Cecil County's pecking order was encapsulated in the phrases he penned: "Mr. and Mrs. [John] Algard was here today"; "Cousin Dave was here this evening"; and "the Darkeys finished whitewashing." The three-day per page diary helped the young boy reduce the world around him to succint entries.
The contrast between the daily round of farm chores and the bustle of commercial activity away from the family farm must have stirred young Alexander's interest in being his own boss. By 1895, he was totalling up profits from rents from his properties. As of July of that year, he had not yet reached majority. The Alexanders may have been descendants of Robert Alexander, once a delegate to the Continental Congress, who later defected to the Royal Navy. His estate became the town of Elkton, Maryland.
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