July 19, 1849 (Thursday)

A close foggy morning but afterwards clean and very warm.

Went to the Chestnut St Theatre this evening, expecting to hear Miss Daly sing, as it was announced so on the bill, but was disappointed—she did not appear.

It is unclear why Nathan thought the Chestnut Street Theatre would be open.  Virtually all of Philadelphia’s theaters were closed because of the fear of cholera and the paucity of monied patrons (who escaped the summer heat at their country homes).  There were no advertisements in the Philadelphia papers for the Chestnut Street Theatre, the Walnut Street Theatre, or the Musical Fund Hall. Only Barnum’s Museum, the Sansom Street Hall (showing Brewer’s Moving Panorama of Natural Curiosities), and the Philadelphia Art Union’s free gallery remained open.

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