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February 15-17, 1865

Wednesday, February 15, 1865

very stormy both snowing and raining very hard walking to day Ellen did not get up the celebration was Postponed indeffinately

Thursday, February 16, 1865

clear but very windy i went down home Ellen went to see Mr gibbs he was much better in the evening we went to hear Fredrick Duglass very interesting

Friday, February 17, 1865

quite Pleasent to day i went over to see […] but did not see her Vincent came up and spent quite awhile i reeived a note from Ellen this afternoon

Annotation 1

Frederick Douglass spoke before the Social, Civil, and Statistical Association of the Colored People of Pennsylvania on February 16, 1865 in Concert Hall. Douglass’ lectured on “equality before the law” and kept the large mixed-race audience “spell bound” for two hours. After Douglass’ address, the Black Swan sang, accompanied by two other vocalists. Emilie’s pastor, Jonathan C. Gibbs, served on the committee that organized the Douglass lecture and others in the series. Emilie also attended the next lecture in the series, given by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. (“Fred Douglass,” The Christian Recorder, February 11, 1865; “Frederick Douglas’ Lecture,” The Christian Recorder February 25, 1865.).


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