Tuesday, February 21, 1865
i had quite a nice circle clear not very well to day Nell stoped in the after noon i told her about Vincent we went up to meeting we had quite a cheering meeting
Wednesday, February 22, 1865
lovely bright day not very well i have something like the rheumatism busy all day hannah Brown stoped to see me John Sismson has enlisted i was quite Disappointed this evening i expected Vincent he did not come raining i
Thursday, February 23, 1865
intended to stand for our potograhes this morning i did not go anywhere untill evening we went to Shiloh they very interesting meetings there
In 1858, rheumatism was defined as “a constitutional affliction, attended with a particular irritation or inflammation, to which all parts or the system are liable.” According to George B. Wood, M.D., rheumatism manifested itself in various parts of the body, but most symptoms included inflammation, limited mobility of joints, aching or soreness, and fever. He also explains the four varieties of rheumatism: acute, subacute, chronic, and nervous. Emilie describes no symptoms to determine which variety of rheumatism she experienced. Today this condition is usually referred to as arthritis. George B. Wood, M.D., Treatise on the Practice of Medicine, Part II, 5th ed. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott And Co., 1858, 468-482.
Shiloh Baptist Church was by Clifton and South Streets in 1857. Founded in 1842 by Reverend John F. Raymond, Shiloh was the home church of prominent abolitionist and black minister Jeremiah Asher. William T. Catto, A Semi-Centenary Discourse Delivered in the First African Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, 1857: with a History of the Church from its First Organisation, Philadelphia: Joseph M. Wilson, 1857, 109.; Jeremiah Asher, Incidents in the Life of the Rev. J. Asher, Pastor of Shiloh (Coloured) Baptist Church, Philadelphia, U.S.: And a Concluding Chapter of Facts Illustrating the Unrighteous Prejudice Existing in the Minds of American Citizens toward their Coloured Bretheren. London: Charles Gilpin, 1850, title page.