Saturday, January 28, 1865.
last evening i went to hear John Smith read Vincent taken me i was quite delighted but i cought a severe cold from wich i have bin sick to day
beautiful morning not quite so cold my hand is aching so badly i can hardly write in the afternoon i went to church Doct Johnes spent Ellen treated me very cool what from i
cant Define quite Pleasent my side is very painful this morning i was not able to go out this evening Vincent ever constant stoped after school
It is possible Emilie went to hear John Smith deliver his first public reading as a demonstration of his educational attainment and ability. An announcement titled “Readingin Concert Hall” ran in The Christian Recorder on March 18, 1865 described “Mr. S. Morgan Smith [giving] his first reading.” S. Morgan Smith read “selections from Shakespeare, Whittier, and some others of our best poets.” The article noted that a future piece may appear comparing the “merits of our two pioneer readers, Mr. J. Henry Smith and Mr. S. Morgan Smith.” It is possible “J. Henry Smith” is the John Smith that Emilie heard read, perhaps a classmate from the Institute for Colored Youth.
It is unclear what caused her hand to hurt. Potential reasons include sewing injuries, practicing her guitar, or rheumatism.