April 9, 1849 (Monday)

Kept at the stone unusually late this evening.  However was off in time to call on Miss A.V.B—n of Norristown, in compliance with her mother’s request, and passed the evening very agreeably.  She stops with her uncle, Mr. Value, in Chestnut St.  Sang a duett with Miss C—e V—e.

Presumably, Nathan meant he kept his nose to the grindstone at the iron works.

Mr. Value is Victor René Value (b. ca. 1792), a professor of languages (especially French) and, in the 1820s, headmaster of the Mantua Classical and Military Academy.  He also ran an upscale boarding house in Philadelphia.  The 1850 U.S. census lists eleven people, none of whom have real jobs, in addition to the four Value’s living in the household. Victor Value also developed a new method to teach languages.  The AAS has two Value books in French, co-authored with John Manesca (ca. 1780–1838).

Nathan likely sang the duet with the 22-year-old Charlotte Value.

Noted artist Thomas Sully (1783–1872),  famous for his portrait of Andrew Jackson that was subsequently used for the twenty dollar bill, painted a portrait of Victor and Charlotte Value in 1828.  The painting is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Victor and Charlotte Value

from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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