February 21, 1849 (Wednesday)

Called on the Misses S—d—n this evening, where I met a daughter of Judge Conrad, and her cousin, a Miss Beasley, the latter very pretty, and plays tolerably well on the piano, but has too much affectation to please my taste.

In 1838, attorney Robert Taylor Conrad (1810–1858) was appointed Associate Judge on the Court of Criminal Sessions for the City and County of Philadelphia. By 1850, he was a supervisor at the customs house and by 1854 he was elected mayor of Philadelphia.  In addition to law and politics, Judge Conrad had a literary bent.  In 1848 he was an editor of Graham’s Magazine and contributed to a biography of General (and soon-to-be President) Zachary Taylor.  Additionally, he wrote dramatic pieces, sonnets and other poems.  The AAS has some examples of his poetry and professional writings.

Judge Conrad had three daughters.  Presumably Nathan met Margaret, the eldest, who was 15 in 1849.

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