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April 30- May 2, 1864

April, SATURDAY, 30, 1864.

did not lovely day i went out to germantown to Mrs Wister and engageed to go to her the first of June i did not get […] to is the last of April


rather cloudy this morning i went to church we had a stranger to speak for us after church we went to bethel Sue Nell and John and Gorge were up in the evening


beautiful day busy as usal on mondays in the evening i went to mr livelys I did not know my lesson very well i went down to scholl had a very nice school vincent

Annotation 1

Emilie is likely arranging her summer employment with a Mrs. Wister in Germantown.  Although it is unclear which Wister she refers to, it is likely she is referring to Dr. Owen J. Wister and his wife, author Sarah Butler Wister.  Dr. Wister had one of the busiest traveling practices, visiting patients throughout Germantown and northwest Philadelphia.  Emilie leaves for Germantown on June 7, 1864, instead of June 1as she had initially intended, and continues working until September 20, 1864.  (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 (Summer 2009), 245-270.)


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