Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Thursday, Dec. 25, 1862. Christmas.

Rose early "Kriss Kringle had covered the table in the sitting room with books, toys, &c. for the younger members of the family.  Kate unable to sit up during the forenoon with sick headache.  About noon brother William landed from the Bostona.  He comes to spend the holidays at home, Congress having taken a recess until the Monday after New Year's.  He is in good health and very glad to be at home again.  He brought Annie and Sarah each a pretty fan.  He thinks Cabinet matters will be arranged, but regards Seward a drag upon the government.  He has seen Rufus since the battle of Fredericksburg and heard his experiences.  He is in very good health.

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