Cloudy today—and walking very bad owing to the snow. Some sleighs running.
Accompanied Uncle N. who came from Norristown to-day, to purchase an accordeon, but not finding a suitable one, looked at some melodeons, and finally purchased one.
Uncle N. is likely Nathan Stern, perhaps Nathan Beekley’s grand-uncle (that is, his mother’s uncle).
The melodeon Uncle N. purchased was presumably a diatonic button accordion (and not a reed organ which resembled a harpsichord or small organ). The melody-side keyboard on a diatonic button accordion is comprised of buttons which can only sound tones in the diatonic scale and in a small number of musical keys, sometimes just a single key. It is a simpler, entry-level accordion. The melodeon was invented in Germany and first patented in the US in 1829.
An advertisement for one of the many Philadelphia music shops: