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April 28-30, 1865

Friday, April 28, 1865

very Pleasent i have bin quite busy all day i expected to go to miss Dickinsons lecture but was Disappointed Vincent could not go he come up in the evening as usal

Saturday, April 29, 1865

busy as usol the city is not in such not in such a stire as it was last week i did not get out this evening it commenced raining about Dark sue was here this morning

Sunday, April 30, 1865

beutiful morning after the rain i went to church we had prayed meeting mr farbaux spoke beutifuly we had Preaching in the afternoon i stoped to see mrs gibbs Nell come up with me but would not stay Vincent was up


Annotation 1

Anna E. Dickinson, whose eulogy of President Lincoln Emilie had hoped to attend

Miss Anna E. Dickinson lectured at the Academy of Music on Friday, April 28, 1865, eliciting significant coverage in the Philadelphia press. Dickinson had planned to deliver her popular lecture “Women’s Work and Wages” but instead spoke of Lincoln’s death, promising to donate all proceeds from the event to a fund for a permanent memorial to honor the late president. Dickinson eulogized Lincoln, noting “his love for the welfare of his fellow man, and the determination which filled his breast that freedom should be given to the millions of the enslaved within Southern soil.” According to the paper, Dickinson’s audience offered “[t]remendous applause” when she spoke forcefully in favor of the “right to try, convict and punish traitors wherever they may be found” and shouts of “No! no!” when she asked whether northern taxpayers should be expected to carry the burden of rebuilding the charred South. In closing, Dickinson called on the audience to remember and to emulate Lincoln as “the high water mark of American justice, liberty and mercy.” “Amusements, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 21, 1865; “Miss Anna E. Dickinson, at the Academy of Music,” Philadelphia Inquirer, April 29, 1865.

Annotation 2

Image from the Philadelphia Inquirer announcing the end of the Civil War. Unfortunately, a corner of the paper is missing.

Though Emilie does not mention it, Philadelphia newspapers announced that the Civil War was “practically” over on this date. By the end of April, complete Union victory was imminent.


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