Meteorological journals, 1784-1788, 1789-1793


Date: 1784-1793 | Size: 2 volume(s), 2 volumes, 315 p.


These journals, kept at Madison's plantation, also contain notes on sowing and harvesting, and migration of birds. Some notes are in Dolley Madison's hand.

Background note

James Madison was the fourth President of the United States and was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1785.

Collection Information


Presented by Mrs. Dolley Payne Madison, 1839; accessioned, 1900. (See letter from Mrs. Madison to Chapman, 12 Aug. 1839). See in-house shelf list for additional accession numbers.

Related material

Meteorological journal, 1798-1802 (551.5/M56 No. X), American Philosophical Society Library, Philadelphia (Pa.).

Meteorological journal, 1793-1796, Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia (Pa.).

Early American History Note

These two volumes record the daily weather and other data at James Madison's plantation Montpeiler. In addition to the meteorological data, there are occasionally other notes pertaining to gardening and harvesting. These annotations often note the plants they have and where they were on the grounds.

Indexing Terms


  • Journals (notebooks).
  • Meteorological Data

Personal Name(s)

  • Madison, Dolley
  • Madison, James


  • Agriculture
  • Birds -- Migration -- United States.
  • Meteorology -- Observations.
  • Natural history
  • Science and technology