Saturday, June 10, 2017
On this day in 1886
Mr. and Mrs. Coates host a reception at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Arnold. This was Arnold's second visit to Philadelphia, where he would speak on the topic of "Foreign Education" at the University of Pennsylvania chapel. Coates and Arnold first met in New York—during Arnold's first visit and lecture tour of America—at the home of Andrew Carnegie, "where they formed a lasting friendship." (Notable Women of Pennsylvania (1947)). The tour (which lasted from October 1883 to March 1884) brought Arnold to Philadelphia in December 1883, where he lectured at Association Hall on the topics of the "Doctrine of the Remnant" and on "Emerson.