Sunday, January 1, 1865.
beautiful morning very cold i feel very thankful that i have bin spard while so many have bin called to [...] long how i have [...] spard to see the beginning of of the new year i spent this evening with Nell
lovely day home all morning very busy i wrote to brother and sister yesterday and tomy to night comes off the long gatherd of Celebration by the [...] it was very grand
Pleasent all day storming in the evening i have bin sick all day i did not get to meeting I have not seen Nell since last night reading
Emilie also elaborates on her New Years’ Day in the miscellaneous pages at the end of her diary. To view this entry, click here.
The celebration Emilie mentioned in her entry of January 2, 1865 may have been a concert sponsored by the Financial Enterprise Association at Sansom Street Hall on Tuesday, January 3, 1865, according to an advertisement and a later summary of the event in The Christian Recorder. It is possible and not without precedent that either Emilie’s entries did not exactly correspond with the date in her diary or the Recorder mistakenly listed the wrong date for the concert. The concert at Sansom Street Hall was long advertised in the Recorder, with the first notice appearing on December 17th, 1864; Emilie likewise refers to the concert as being long awaited. The Black Swan, Miss E.T. Greenfield, a popular and talented Philadelphia singer, performed at the concert along with several of her students. Major James J. Spelman, of the Shaw Cadets from New York, performed for the first time in Philadelphia, though the newspaper noted he did not “possess a very thorough knowledge of classical music” The Recorder called the concert “a perfect success” and professed the sentiment that “a repetition would, no doubt, do much to create a healthy state of musical knowledge among our people.” “Concert of the Financial Association,” The Christian Recorder, January 7, 1865.