June, THURSDAY, 23, 1864.
very warm i [...] quite buisy as usal i do not think nell is coming out this week I told mrs wister about her table [...] this morning
i had a note from sarah this morning estelena was here this afternoon i went down to the station with her i had quite a Pleasent walk
this is i think the warmest day we had have I went to town with mrs wister to see the great Fair i did not get home i was delightd with the fair it was beutiful
On June 27, 1864 the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on the “warm spell” that had hit Philadelphia.
A “warm spell” had hit Philadelphia, including “severe heat,” ranging from the mid-nineties to one hundred degrees in some parts of the city. An afternoon rain tempered the extreme heat. “The Warm Spell,” The Philadelphia Inquirer
, June 27, 1864, 3.
On June 25, 1864 The Philadelphia Inquirer announced the last day of the Sanitary Fair.
From June 7 to June 25, the United States Sanitary Commission held the Great Central Fair in Philadelphia that raised over $1.5 million to support wounded soldiers and their families. The Sanitary Commission held fairs across the north in cities like Chicago, Cincinnati, and Boston to raise funds to support the care of wounded soldiers and to encourage patriotic devotion. “Great Central Fair,” The Christian Recorder, April 30, 1864; “Background Note,” United States Sanitary Commission Philadelphia Branch collection (Collection 679), HSP. Gallman, “Voluntarism in Wartime,” 93-116.