May 13, 1849 (Sunday)

As was anticipated, this has been a wet day—showery as an April day.  Did not go out until this evening when I went to Advent church to hear Mr. Clark, who preached a most excellent sermon.  It is a very pretty little church.

The cornerstone of the Church of the Advent was laid on May 13, 1844. It is possible Nathan ventured away from his immediate neighborhood and away for his usual church selections due to a special, anniversary celebration. The church was on York Avenue approximately at the intersection of Buttonwood Street in the Northern Liberties township (Northern Liberties was annexed by Philadelphia by the 1854 Acts of Consolidation).  York Avenue, now vestigial, no longer intersects Buttonwood. The site, approximately at North Fifth and Spring Garden, is now a strip mall.

The rector of the Church of the Advent in 1849 was the Reverend Samuel Adams Clark  (1822–1875). Clark, like most his colleagues, was a published author.  In addition to sermons, Clark published a “memoir” of the Reverend Albert M. Duy and a history of St. John’s Episcopal Church (Elizabeth Town, New Jersey). For a list of works by Samuel Adams Clark in the AAS holdings, click here.

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