New year's day.
--There was a more general observance of "new year's" yesterday than usual, owing to the fact that the war has brought to Richmond
a considerable addition to our population from other cities where the anniversary is always a period of social festivity.
The day was as bright and beautiful as spring, though the breeze stirred up the dust in rather an unpleasant way. The streets were thronged with ladies, and everybody looked gay and cheerful.
Among the notable events of the day was the President
's reception, which commenced at 12 o'clock and continued three hours. The President stood at the door of the large reception room, and thousands of persons took advantage of the opportunity, to give him a friendly grasp of the hand.
was not present, but her place was well supplied by her sister, Miss Howell
, Mrs. Col. Davis
, and Mrs. Gen. Jones
The ceremonies of introduction were conducted by the President
's Aids, Col. Jos. Davis
and Col. G. W. C. Lee
The Armory Band was present, and everything passed off delightfully.
also gave a public reception, which was very numerously attended.--Many persons were introduced to the Governor
and to the ladies of the household; and the generous compounds peculiar to the winter festivities were by no means forgotten.
A band of music on the grounds contributed essentially to the pleasures of the occasion.