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May 3-5, 1864

May, TUESDAY, 3, 1864.

was not there it being the first monday in the month quite warm to day i went down home and received my circular for the exsominotion meeting at mrs millers few out


another bright day Mrs wister called to see Mrs Powel to day I have Promised to go out on the 1st of June i will not get to The exsomin0tion to at all nell went it was


Very interesting Sue was here last night and vincent to day is quite like summer I went down to Mr livelys but my mind was at the samson st hall i wanted to go to the aluni Sue and i

Annotation 1

The annual written examination of the graduating class of the ICY was administered, under the direction of Professor Pliney E. Chase, in May. Eleven students, including James M. Baxter, Jr., Thomas H. Boling, J. Wesley Cromwell, Frank J.R. Jones, James H. Roberts, James L. Smallwood, Mary V. Brown, Harriet C. Johnson, Elizabeth Handy, Margaret A. Masten, and M. Gertrude Offitt, took the exam, answering questions in Mathematics (Geometry, Plane Trigonometry, and Spherical Trigonometry), Latin, and Greek. “Institute for Colored Youth,” The Christian Recorder, May 21, 1864.

Annotation 2

The paper described a season of “soirees and concerts” held at the Sansom Street Hall throughout the previous winter. The author noted the particular talents of Aralena Purnell, “one of the most choice and melodious of singers” and her younger sister, Louisa Purnell, “the power and compass of her voice [being] the subject of much commendation.” It is possible Emilie wanted to attend a similar event at the Sansom Street Hall. “Aralena Purnell,” The Christian Recorder, April 30, 1864.


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