Sunday, January 1, 1865.
beautiful morning very cold i feel very thankful that i have bin spard while so many have bin called to their long hour i have bin spard to see the beginning of of the new year i spent this evening with Nell
lovely day home all morning very busy i wrote to brother and sister yesterday and tomy to night comes off the long gatherd of Celebration by the banneker institute it was very grand
Pleasent all day storming in the evening i have bin sick all day i did not get to meeting I have not seen Nell since last night reading
Emilie also elaborates on her New Years’ Day in the miscellaneous pages at the end of her diary. To view this entry, click here.
Emilie may be referring to a concert sponsored by the Financial Enterprise Association at Sansom Street Hall on Tuesday, January 3, 1865. The Black Swan, Miss E.T. Greenfield, performed at the concert along with several of her students. Major James J. Spelman, of the Shaw Cadets from New York, performed for the first time in Philadelphia, though the newspaper noted he did not “possess a very thorough knowledge of classical music.” The Recorder called the concert “a perfect success” and professed the sentiment that “a repetition would, no doubt, do much to create a healthy state of musical knowledge among our people.” “Concert of the Financial Association,” The Christian Recorder, January 7, 1865.