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    John Richter Jones
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IT. A QUAKER PARTY IN 1777. It is not our purpose to describe an ev...,ing party as it appeared " a lifetime ago." We leave such reminiscences to our worthy friend, " the Annalist of Philadelphia," or his successor, the present annalist, if successor has yet arisen. On this occasion, however, we shall ask you to follow our narrative to a party—the party referred to some pages back. It was not late in the evening—as lateness is counted now-a-days—but every body had come, and the party was in the full tide of success. The company was mixed: not mixed as the word is understood in some quarters: but mixed of sober Friends and gay people of the world—what was then called a " gay Quaker" party: the most agreeable kind of party you could have been invited to, or can yet, for it has not entirely vanished. No dancing—that physical substitute for intellectual occupation—that confession of inability to " make up" a company adepts, in the " art of society," able to amuse and be amused: but flirting plenty, talking plenty, and refreshments plenty. Do not for a moment suppose such a party prim, or formal, or silent. The most lively and gabblesome evenings we have evcr spent, have been at " gay" Quaker parties. True, we have often found a row of demoiselles and dames ranged formally along a favorite wall, and looking as prim as their well-starched cambric 'kerchiefs and lead-colored silks, but not a whit infecting the rest of the company. To just such a party our narrative will conduct you on the evening of September twenty-fifth, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven. Sad- colored Quakers were mixed miscellaneously with fashionably-dressed people, and were talking miscellaneously. Flirting, too, was going on, of course. That respectable old gentleman, your grandfather...  
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