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April 16-18, 1863

Thursday, April 16, 1863.

very dull day i was Down to Nell this morning we went out shopping she bout a dress and i ditto egerton was up to see me he did

Friday 17

not go in to Nell I was supprised he is quite friendly i did no tell her he was in our house father was quite sick last night he is better today

Saturday 18

ran down to see father he is much better Nellie was up here this morning Johns was up to the house i did not see him

Annotation 1

Emilie might be referring to Reading Beatty Johns. Johns attended Ashmun Institute (later Lincoln University) from 1859-1863, then attended Princeton Theological Seminary from 1863-1866. Among other positions, he served as Pastor to the 1st African Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and as the Chaplain of the Connecticut state legislature.

While in the greater Philadelphia area, Johns was a contributor of articles on religion and faith to The Christian Recorder, which described him as “a gentleman of culture and Christian zeal.” He also participated in African American organizations, as well as the Women’s Christian Union Association. “Evening Thoughts,” The Christian Recorder, February 14, 1863; “Convention of Colored Men of New Jersey,” The Christian Recorder, August 12, 1865; “Women’s Christian Union Association,” The Christian Recorder, March 13, 1873; “Rev. Reading B. Johns was installed pastor of Shiloh Church,” The Christian Recorder, July 12, 1883; 1918 Lincoln University Biographical Catalogue, http://www.lincoln.edu/library/specialcollections/alumnimagazine/1918.pdf

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