Dec. 24. Wednesday. T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 56.S.S. 51. This day has been cloudy &rainy. I have been baking squashand custard pies for tomorrow's dinner.This (Christmas eve) Dr. and myselfhave spent at Mr. ThomasParker's. We were invited there towhat was called a ball: but aqueer sort of a ball it was. As thefirst part of the evening was veryrainy, we waited until the rain wasnearly over, before we started: consequentlywe did not go until abouteight o'clock. When we arrived, wefound that we were the last there:and that the party had been assemblingfor three house previous.After we had warmed ourselves below,we ascended to the hall wherethey were dancing. There seemedhowever, to be very few dancer,and the most they could get onthe floor at once was two sets,and these were mostly inexperienceddancers, such as young girls andthose who had never attempted itbefore. So that this port of it wasnot very entertaining. The musicDec. 24. was generally better than thedancing. They had two violin players,one bass viol, and one flute player.Here I saw Mrs. Montgomery, whom Ihave not before seen for months. Also,Mr. & Mrs. Megerle, who have recentlymoved into the neighborhood fromSacramento, two daughters and son.They are Germans, and I should judgepleasant people. Had an introductionto Mrs. Stokes, who with her husband,live in Mr. Moore's new tavern house,also introductions to Mrs. Allisonof Dry Creek, and Mrs. Hime ofCamps Sacs, who formerly lived atMr. Bryant's. There were many childrenpresent, who were all exposedto whooping cough, from two littlegirls - daughters of Mr. Abell - whocoughed badly. I was very thankfulthat I had left Luther athome. It was rather a dull timefor us until supper, which wasnot announced until after twelveo'clock and merry Christmas hadbegun. This I had been expecting to enjoy,but was somewhat disappointed.The tables were placed on the ground,
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