January 1, 1849 (Monday)

Monday. New Year’s Day—a Holiday. Went on a Sleighing Party this evening, on rather a wholesale scale: some 20 of us in a large omnibus on runners, drawn by 4 horses. Think I had about the best partner in that crowd, anyhow: Miss A.V.B. Had a delightful time.

Image from the February 1849 issue of Godey's Lady's Book, published in Philadelphia one month after Nathan wrote this diary entry

Nathaniel Beekley began the year with a sleigh ride in the Pennsylvania town of Norristown. Sleighing was seen as a country pursuit in the mid-18th century (see, for instance, the children’s book Country Sights for City Eyes in AAS collections). However, omnibus sleighs were also being used in cities, such as New York’s Central Park.

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