Countdown to Christmas —A New York Visit, 155 Years Ago Today

wards-christmas-visitDecember 17, 1861                                                                         HWK

John Ward wrote in his diary:

Visit to friends in Scarborough, the Meades. We dined at 5:00 and stayed in the evening. Barry amused the children very much with a slight ventriloquism making the youngest’s doll speak, and making Santa Claus speak from the chimney—a man from the furnace.