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January 31- February 2, 1863

Saturday, January 31, 1863.

Sue stoped here to night and we went out together she goes to Wisters on monday i went in home had quite a Pleasent visit stoped in to see Nellie she

Sunday, February 1

Was rather dry rather cloudy to day i did not go to church in the morning In the afternoon we had an excelent sermon Bible class at class very rainy gorge and i called

Monday 2

On the bride Nellie treated me very shaby yesterday with out a cause we had a very interesting class very fine day i had a letter from Johns I went down town to school it was quite encouraging

Annotation 1

Emilie might be referring to Reading Beatty Johns. Johns attended Ashmun Institute (later Lincoln University) from 1859-1863, then attended Princeton Theological Seminary from 1863-1866. Among other positions, he served as Pastor to the 1st African Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and as the Chaplain of the Connecticut state legislature.

While in the greater Philadelphia area, Johns was a contributor of articles on religion and faith to The Christian Recorder, which described him as “a gentleman of culture and Christian zeal.” He also participated in African American organizations, as well as the Women’s Christian Union Association. “Evening Thoughts,” The Christian Recorder, February 14, 1863; “Convention of Colored Men of New Jersey,” The Christian Recorder, August 12, 1865; “Women’s Christian Union Association,” The Christian Recorder, March 13, 1873; “Rev. Reading B. Johns was installed pastor of Shiloh Church,” The Christian Recorder, July 12, 1883; 1918 Lincoln University Biographical Catalogue, http://www.lincoln.edu/library/specialcollections/alumnimagazine/1918.pdf

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