Friday, April 28, 1865
very Pleasent i have bin quite busy all day i expected to go to miss Dickinsons lecture but was Disappointed Vincent could not go he come up in the evening as usal
Saturday, April 29, 1865
busy as usol the city is not in such not in such a stire as it was last week i did not get out this evening it commenced raining about Dark sue was here this morning
Sunday, April 30, 1865
beutiful morning after the rain i went to church we had prayed meeting mr farbaux spoke beutifuly we had Preaching in the afternoon i stoped to see mrs gibbs Nell come up with me but would not stay Vincent was up
Miss Anna E. Dickinson lectured at the Academy of Music on Friday, April 28, 1865, eliciting significant coverage in the Philadelphia press. Dickinson was expected to deliver her popular lecture, “Women’s Work and Wages,” though the assassination of the president prompted Dickinson to change her theme to cover the recent tragedy directly, with all proceeds from the event being directed to a fund for a permanent memorial to honor the late Lincoln. After an introduction by the Honorable William B Mann, who noted that through the “second great American revolution,” the late president led the way to give “freedom to millions unrighteously held in undeserved bondage,” Miss Dickinson took the stage and “alluded to the scenes through which the nation had been called to pass during the past few days as being the most solemn and impressive character.” Dickinson eulogized Lincoln, noting “his love for the welfare of his fellow man, and the determination which filled his breast that freedom should be given to the millions of the enslaved within Southern soil.” According to the report on the lecture carried by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dickinson’s audience offered “[t]remendous applause” when she spoke forcefully in favor of the “right to try, convict and punish traitors wherever they may be found” and shouts of “No! no!” when she asked whether Northern taxpayers should be expected to carry the burden of rebuilding the chard South. In closing, Dickinson called on the audience to remember and to emulate Lincoln as “the high water mark of American justice, liberty and mercy.” “Amusements, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 21, 1865; “Miss Anna E. Dickinson, at the Academy of Music,” Philadelphia Inquirer, April 29, 1865.
Though Emilie does not mention it, Philadelphia newspapers announced that the Civil War was “practically” over on this date. By the end of April, complete Union victory was imminent.