December 31, 1849 (Monday)

Here is the end of another year, the end of 1849.  How rapidly the time has flown since this day one year!

What changes have taken place, in some instances for the better, in others for worse.  Even as regards my humble self there has been somewhat of a change, but only as relates to my situation, in all other respects, there is no change with the single exception of being a year older.  No richer nor poorer, nor no nearer being married.

Went to the Walnut St. Theatre this evening.  Murdock performed.

Philadelphia Inquirer, December 31, 1849, page 1

Posted in Money, Theatre | Comments Off

December 30, 1849 (Sunday)

Unexpectedly a pretty fine day.  Went to Norristown this morning; and returned to the city this evening.

Called at Snowden’s this evening but as it commenced snowing did not go to church.

Posted in Norristown, Socializing | Comments Off

December 29, 1849 (Saturday)

Stormy and rainy today—had intended going to Norristown this afternoon, but postponed it until more pleasant weather.

Went out shopping a little this evening.

Posted in Norristown, Shopping | Comments Off

December 28, 1849 (Friday)

Cloudy all day, and snowing this evening.

Being rather unwell did not go out of the house this evening.

Posted in Illness | Comments Off

December 27, 1849 (Thursday)

Rather pleasant today—not so cold.  Called at the Apprentices’ Library and saw Miss F—y C—t, on the way to tea.  Stopped in at the Chestnut St. Theatre a little while—nothing worth seeing.

This is the last mention of Fanny Clement in Nathan’s 1849 journal.

Posted in Socializing, Theatre | Comments Off

December 26, 1849 (Wednesday)

Excessively cold today—some prospect of snow.

According to invitations called at the Misses S—d—n (Miss Sophia having returned from Baltimore) and accompanied them to a “Surprise Party” of Miss Peterson’s, this evening.  The Misses McKay were along.  It was a perfect bore to most of our party.

Posted in Girls, Socializing | Comments Off

December 25, 1849 (Tuesday)

Christmas—a Holliday, but a most bitter cold one, and windy: unpleasant to go out.  Had intended spending Christmas in Norristown, but gave up the idea.  Went out a little in the morning to purchase some presents.  Passed the afternoon at Barnum’s Museum in a great crowd.  Called on Miss F—y C—t in the evening but she was not in.  Passed the rest of the evening at home.

Posted in Holidays, Socializing, Weather and science | Comments Off

December 24, 1849 (Monday)

Quite a spert of snow last evening, which made the walking today rather bad: cloudy all day.

Took a stroll this evening (Christmas Eve) along Eighth and Chestnut Sts. to see the fixings for tomorrow.  The streets were crowded with all classes, sexes, and colors.

Posted in Shopping, Streets of Philadelphia, Weather and science | Comments Off

December 23, 1849 (Sunday)

Beautiful day—clear and fresh.

Went to the new Roman Catholic church this morning.  It is a magnificent building.  Obliged to stand in the aisle a long time on account of the doors being locked.  Went to St. Luke’s in the afternoon.  Called on Miss E—h S—d—n to take her church, but she was engaged: then called at West’s and took Miss M—a to St. Philips this evening.

Posted in Churches, Socializing | Comments Off

December 22, 1849 (Saturday)

“Variety is the Spice of life,” though whether it can be applied to the weather or not I do not know; be that as it may we have variety enough.  The most violent storm that has been this season occurred today—wind blowing a perfect hurricane—rain falling in torrents.  Did not go out this evening.

Posted in Weather and science | Comments Off