Wednesday, August 26, 1863.
quite cool to day I have written three notes hom to day one to Nell Liz and EJ quite lovly out here Ephraim cam here this morning and stay a very long time i was almost
We came back as we went ephraim gave us 50 ct to get some ice cream very busy all day i hardly had time to think of home the weather is
The “falls” referenced here are the Falls of the Schuylkill River, near the Falls Bridge by the Laurel Hill Cemetery at 36th and Allegheny Streets in Philadelphia. Although, the dam at Fairmount, constructed in 1821, raised the water level enough to eliminate the falls, the name of the neighborhood remained the “Falls of the Schuylkill River.” Today, the area is known as East Falls. Jackson, Encyclopedia, 644-645. Philadelphia Barnes Map: Built portion of the City, R.L. Barnes 1859. http://www.philageohistory.org/rdic-images/view-image.cfm/HSF.D2D4
Philadelphians of color did not generally take for granted such luxuries as going out with a friend for ice cream. In the summer of 1857, Charlotte Forten and a friend were refused service at three ice cream salons in a row before they gave up. Grimké, June 17-25, 1857, Journals, 22-23.