Monday, July 3, 1865.
she was not well vincent was i spent the evening at home very warm i was out shoping this afternoon in the evening i went down to Mr Luis’s than to the ladies union we had quite a nice meeting
Darsey Party out in Power this is the great day it has bin Pretty quiet i did not go to meeting Mary Simson is quite sick Vincent came up about 10 i went out to see the
illumination it was very Pretty very busy all day i soped in to Nell to day to say goodby to mom she goes tomorow
The Ladies’ Union Association formed on July 20, 1863 for the express purpose of helping sick and wounded colored soldiers. On February 26, 1865, the Association reorganized to focus on assisting the large population of emancipated slaves. From her diary, it is unclear how long Emilie was active in the Association. Her name appears in the Association annual report for 1867 and she learned of the death of President Lincoln while at a meeting of the Association. Lizzie Brown, who in 1865 served as the Ladies’ Union Association secretary, visited Emilie on several occasions in 1863. Also in 1865, the Ladies’ Union elected “Mrs. Elijah Davis,” possibly Emilie’s sister-in-law, as treasurer of the organization. Report of the Ladies’ Association of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: G.T. Stockdale, Printer, 1867, 1; “Notice,” The Christian Recorder, August 5, 1865.