John Thomas Carré diary


Date: 1807-1809 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 folder(s)


Twice a refugee from the revolutionary violence in the French colony of Saint Domingue, John Thomas Carré became head of the Clermont Seminary in Philadelphia from 1804-1825, a select boarding school for boys. Carré's diary from 1807-1809 provides a basic chronology of his life at the Clermont Seminary, with a few comments on his students and their families. The entries are typically very brief and are confined to a relatively limited range of topics, including the weather, Carré's poor health, his visitors, and correspondents. There is also a biographical memoir by his granddaughter, Ann Virginia Sanderson Farquhar.

Background note

Scope and content

Collection Information

Physical description

1 vol., 1 folder

1 vol., 1 folder


Gift of Mrs. Linnea Layton of Acton, Mass., April 2000 (accn. no. 2000-330ms).

Preferred citation

Cite as: John Thomas Carré Diary, American Philosophical Society.

Processing information

Catalogued by rsc, 2004.

Related material

Carré's superb letter to Charles Willson Peale describing his escape from the slave uprising in Saint Domingue is located in the Peale-Sellers Papers, (B P31.50). His essay on the natural history of Saint Domingue of September 1795 has apparently not survived in the Society's archives, however the library has copies of two books he donated:

Gesner, Johann Matthias, Scriptores rei Rusticae Veteres Latini, 2nd ed. 2 vols. (Leipzig, 1773-1774). Donated May 1820. Call no.: 630 G33. Varro, Marcus Terentius, Opera Omnia Quae Extant (Durderchti, 1619). Call no.: 6878.9 V43.See also:

Palisot de Beauvois, Ambrose Marie François Joseph, A Scientific and Descriptive Catalogue of Peale's Museum, trans. by John Thomas Carré (Philadelphia, 1796). Call no.: PMP v.6, no.3. Sanderson, John, Biography of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence (Philadelphia, 1849). Call no.: 920.3 Sa5.a. Sanderson, John, Remarks on the Plan of a College: (About to be Established in This City,) in Which English Literature, the Sciences, and Liberal Arts are Proposed to be Taught, in Exclusion of the Latin and Greek Languages (Philadelphia, 1826). Call no.: Pam. v.970, no.8.


The Clermont Seminary was depicted in the November 1810 issue of the Port Folio.

Early American History Note

This recently acquired diary contains information on the founding and operation of Clermont Seminary, a private school Carre founded in Philadelphia after being exiled from Haiti.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • Clermont Seminary (Philadelphia, Pa.)


  • Diaries
  • Diaries.
  • Educational Material

Personal Name(s)

  • Carré, John Thomas, ca.1744-ca.1825
  • Griffith, Mary, 1772-1846


  • Beyond Early America
  • Education
  • Philadelphia History
  • Refugees -- Saint Domingue
  • Teachers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia