June, SATURDAY, 11, 1864.
it is like her but i did not receive it at first it has bine very Pleasent to day but it did not seem like saturday i have only bin out once since i have bin here i miss going down home
it is a lovely morning i did not go to church as i had to stay with the boy i spent Part of the morning in reading Crists sermon or the mountain in the afternoon quite unecxpedly rachel [...] and
Pleiy came i was delighted we went out and quite a Pleasent walk in the evening i went to church with miss grant heard a good sermon i have Just answered Alfreds letter
Although “the boy” Emilie refers to cannot be identified, it is possible she is referring to the Wister’s son, Owen, Jr. (called “Dan”), born in 1860. Part of her responsibilities as a domestic would have included taking care of the couple’s child. Steven J. Peitzman, “The Fielding H. Garrison Lecture: “I Am Their Physician”: Dr. Owen J. Wister of Germantown and His Too Many Patients,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine, vol. 83, number 3, 2009, 245-270.