Tuesday, August 8, 1865.
quite Pleasent Nell stoped in this morning [...] a few minutes i answered maryes letter yesterday mr ashe was buried this afternoon very large furneal i went to meeting at mr
[...] vincent left for harrisburge this morning i was out this morning made several calles home all the evening
not well all day i did not go out untill evening very reluctanly then stoped at Nell staid there all the evening
It is probable that Vincent traveled to Harrisburg for the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania State Equal Rights League, held on August 9 and 10, 1865. Many of the last names of the Philadelphia delegation in attendance—White, Bustil, Depee, Crummill, Gibbs, Brown, Reeve, Simpson, Bowers, Reeve, Catto, Green—appear throughout Emilie’s diary. Jonathan C. Gibbs led her church, the First African Presbyterian; John B Reeve led nearby Central Presbyterian; Jacob C. White, Jr., a graduate of the Institute for Colored Youth, served as director of the Gibbs’ Church Sabbath School; Alfred M. Green served as a sergeant and successfully defended himself against molesters on September 24, 1864, an event that Emilie mentioned specifically; Octavius V. Catto, son of the founder of Emilie’s church, William T. Catto, and a prominent civil rights activist. Emilie likely knew George B. White, who made a motion for a vote of thanks to the citizenry of Harrisburg for their hospitality during the conference. Of the 49 members of the Philadelphia delegation, however, none bear the name “Vincent” and while not all had a middle initial listed, the only “V.” present on the roster belonged to Octavius Valentine Catto. “Proceedings,” The Christian Recorder, December 2, 1865.