Monday, September 4, 1865.
exceedingly warm to day we had one of the heavyest raines i think i ever saw this afternoon it poured an hour it cleared off in the evening i went to the meeting
very warm all day in the afternoon i started for whites stoped at Nell she went up with me we stoped at rachels bustills and betties not many at meeting Mr
Weighes was very glum very warm here all day went Down to Nells went down to see marys mother
Emilie notes an abnormal rainfall on this date. Additionally, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that a heat wave that had swept Philadelphia in July and August continued into September. The next day, September 5, the Inquirer echoed Emilie’s thoughts, stating that “one of the heaviest rain storms within the recollection of the oldest Philadelphia, visited our city about half-past two o’clock yesterday afternoon, and continued without intermission for over an hour.” The rain disrupted visibility as well as mobility throughout the city, turning streets into “small rivulets” where “water flowed violently along.” Flooding was most severe along 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and Broad Streets.