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[471] of December 15-16. The Minister of Finance told me he had received letters from Leipzic this morning, full of anxiety about the debts due the merchants there from merchants in New York. . . . .

In the evening there was a beautiful ball at Prince Maximilian's, quite like the ball at Court a week ago,—arrangements, supper, and all,—except that, the apartments being less spacious, there were fewer persons invited. . . . . I supped again at Prince John's table, with the wife of the Minister at War, the Baroness Diederichstein, Mrs. Pole, etc., and found it very agreeable. The whole evening, indeed, was very pleasant; for I now know so many people, and there is so much of intellectual resources in so many of them, that I never feel myself at a loss for pleasant or sensible conversation. The supper, I observed to-night by the list that lay near me, consisted of ten courses, and everything about the entertainment, while it was as complete as this, was entirely unconstrained and most quietly genteel.

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