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April 7-9, 1863

Tuesday, April 7, 1863.

[Mr. Gardiner’s] death was announced yesterday although we expected it it was quite a shock we had no school last night we spent the evening at rachels the boyes are very carless about school

Wednesday 8

Mr gardners body was rested in the church as was his request Nellie came up and spent the evening we had quite a nice time to our selves mary alfred is still

Thursday 9

at our house beutiful day i went down to the furneal mr gardener looked very badly he was so much swollen he had quite a holy furnal

Annotation 1

Charles C. Gardiner, the pastor of another black Presbyterian church in Philadelphia and teacher at the ICY, died on April 6 in Harrisburg at the age of eighty-four of “dropsy.” William Catto delivered the sermon at Gardiner’s April 9 funeral. The Christian Recorder described Gardiner as “one of the oldest Presbyterian ministers in this State. He was beloved by all who knew him. He was a friend to all sects and denominations.” “Died,” Christian Recorder, April 11, 1863.

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