Wednesday, November 18, 1863.
came hom with us Cristy was chairman for the evening he did not see us very busy today hannah brown Celestine and Sally Mathers and nelly was up here this evening
we had quite a lovely time quite pleasant i was busy home fixing up my things part of the afternoon Nell and i went to Mary Jane heard many cheering [...]
mr Lively has promised to teach our school we expect to comence next Monday night tom sails tomorrow I stoped home a little while
On November 17, 1863 The Philadelphia Inquirer announced the “dedication of Gettysburg Cemetery.” It was at this dedication on November 19 that President Lincoln delivered his famous “Gettysburg Address.”
Though she does not elaborate on the cause for jubilation, the cheering Emilie reports may have originated from Philadelphians celebrating news of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, presented earlier that day 100 miles west of Philadelphia. Articles concerning the address were printed the next morning in Philadelphia’s newspapers. “The ‘Gettysburg’ Celebration. Our Great National Cemetery,” Philadelphia Inquirer
(Philadelphia), November 20, 1863.