A short account of the situation, soil, production, etc. of the state of Tennessee, 1797


Date: 1797 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 volume, 31 p.


This account is dated 19 January 1797, and was read at an APS meeting on 17 February 1797. Included in the volume is a plan of a settlement near the Natches Indians, by William Dunbar (1803?).

Background note

John Newman was a physician of Salisbury, N.C. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1797.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 31 p.


Presented by C. Ross, 1803; accessioned, 1900.

Processing information

Only map is noted.

Early American History Note

Written in 1797, this essay discusses Tennessee's soil, climate, and environment. The tract appears to be promotional – noting that "no other milk or butter has such flavor and richness as that afforded from the cows that feed" in the state – but also reflects the enthusiasm many Americans held for the opportunity these western lands afforded them. The essay includes a map of settlements near William Dunbar on the Natchez River as well, providing a snapshot of a recently settled frontier community.

Indexing Terms


  • Manuscript Essays
  • Maps and Surveys

Geographic Name(s)

  • Tennessee.

Personal Name(s)

  • Dunbar, William, 1749-1810
  • Newman, John.


  • Agriculture -- Tennessee.
  • Crops and soils.
  • Exploration.
  • Land and Speculation
  • Natchez Indians
  • Plant growing media -- Tennessee.
  • Surveying and Maps

Detailed Inventory

 Newman, John..
Plan of settlements near the Natches [Trace, Tennessee], particularly Mr. William Dunbars
17971 map, 23.5 x 37.5 cm