February 13, 1849 (Tuesday)

Rather pleasant to-day—tho towards evening it snowed a little.

Started this evening to visit the Blind Asylum, where there is a public examination going on, but as it commenced snowing, concluded to stop and passed the evening very pleasantly with the Misses S—d—n.

The Blind Asylum, established in 1833 and located at 20th and Race Streets, was officially the Pennsylvania Institution for the Instruction of the Blind.  A “public examination” as the name implies was an oral test taken in front of classmates, teachers and the general public.  It was a way for the students to show what they knew and for the school to show off its pedagogical skill.  Music was a big part of the Institution’s curriculum. Perhaps, Nathan planned to catch some of the musical performances.

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