May 16, 1849 (Wednesday)

Beautiful day—somewhat cool.  Had the pleasure of seeing my Uncle to-day, who was attending the Episcopal Convention, now being held at St. Andrew’s Church.

Visited the Philada. Museum this evening where a laughable farce was enacted—saw curiosities.

The four-day Protestant Episcopal Convention of the Diocese of Pennsylvania was held at St. Andrew’s Church with Bishop Alonzo Potter as the chair (see Nathan’s journal for Sunday, January 7).  The uncle to whom Nathan refers may have been Nathan Stem (1804–1859), rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Norristown. Stem was a native of East Nantmeal, Chester County, Pennsylvania where Nathan Beekley’s father’s family came from.

The Philadelphia Museum was located in the Masonic Hall on the north side of Chestnut Street between 7th and 8th (approximate modern address is 735 Chestnut Street). For twenty-five cents Nathan could see the “saloon entertainment” as well as Incan mummies, Mexican idols, Indian artifacts, and a “Noah’s Ark” display of birds, fish, and other animals.

Philadelphia Museum

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