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December 20-22, 1864

December, TUESDAY, 20, 1864.

quite Pleasent was at meeting at aunt Nancys excellent Meeting everyone seemed in the right spirit after meeting i went to the fair very nice


very Disagreeable to day quite a snow storm i have not bin out i saw school friends from harrisburg promentamery there i was miss spence […] of Harrisburg


bitter Cold day i was not very well but i went down to mr livelys in the moring in the afternoon i went to bustiles and several other Places barker was along we

Annotation 1

Over the holidays in December 1864, Philadelphia’s black community celebrated with “a perfect and almost endless round of Fairs, Festivals, Suppers and social evening parties within the limits of our own fair city of Brotherly Love,” according to a January 7, 1865 article in The Christian Recorder.  Fairs were held by several churches Emilie visited or mentioned throughout her diary, including Bethel Church on Sixth and Lombard Streets and St. Thomas’s African Episcopal Church at Fifth and Adelphi Streets, and other fairs and festivals were held at churches near Emilie’s area of habitation, like the A.M.E. Wesley Church on Hurst Street between Lombard and South Streets and between Fifth and Sixth Streets and the Wesley Methodist Church on Lombard Street, between Sixth and Fifth Streets.  “City Notices,” The Christian Recorder, January 7, 1865; William T. Catto, A Semi-Centenary Discourse Delivered in the First African Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, 1857: with a History of the Church from its First Organisation, Philadelphia: Joseph M. Wilson, 1857, 106-107.


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