Category Archives: Current Events

October 19, 1849 (Friday)

Unpleasant sort of weather. Attended the Convention on the subject of common schools.  It was very interesting, very well attended and conducted with unusual harmony and good feeling. The Common School Movement began in New England in the 1830s and … Continue reading

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October 11, 1849 (Thursday)

Fine clear day, but rather cool. Things have quieted down again, the excitement of the Election pretty much over, and the riotous portion of the community apparently settled. Called on the Misses S—d—n this evening. Election day was October 9. … Continue reading

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October 10, 1849 (Wednesday)

Cold and rainy today. This city is again the theatre of a dreadful riot in the Southern portion, by which many lives have been lost.  It was between the “Killers” & the colored people, & was of a bloody and … Continue reading

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October 9, 1849 (Tuesday)

This is the great Election day, and quite an exciting scene it is to be sure, as if the salvation of the whole country depended upon the result.  To keep out of broils I went to the opera again this … Continue reading

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September 7, 1849 (Friday)

Had a storm this morning after which it became clear and pleasantly cool.  There was a great sensation today among our folks caused by Gen. Taylor passing by, but did not stop—was fortunate enough to get a glimpse of him—Called … Continue reading

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September 4, 1849 (Tuesday)

This has been quite a day for Philadelphia, it being the day for the launch of the new steamship “Philadelphia.”  The launch came off a little after 3 P.M. and a splendid one it was—all the neighborhood was crowded, and … Continue reading

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July 16, 1849 (Monday)

There has been an evident decrease in the cholera the last day or two in this city. Called on the Misses S—d—n this evening.

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May 18, 1849 (Friday)

Still delightful. Some little excitement in regard to the cholera, which is now in New York. Visited the Academy of Fine Arts this evening. Stories of “The Cholera” were all over the Philadelphia newspapers in May 1849.  There were cholera … Continue reading

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May 12, 1849 (Saturday)

Rainy again to-day.  Nothing new or strange, except a good deal of excitement concerning the late disgraceful riots in New York. Accompanied Miss F—y C—t, librarian, to the Apprentices’ Library, this evening, and assisted in registering and marking new books. … Continue reading

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