October 30, 1885
We invite you to our splendid Victorian Christmas Feast.
Your most delightful company will complete our festive evening of seasonal song, a touch of Victorian splendor, sumptuous dinning, fine spirits, and holiday merriment.
This year in Columbia, business continues to slowly recover from the Great Recession. Many local merchants have applied for, and received, extended credit from D.O. Mills’ Bank of Columbia. The entire town owes D.O. a large debt of gratitude for the financial stimulus on which we now depend—our lifeline until better economic times return.
My daughter Maggie and her husband Pierre have settled into a comfortable life here managing the Hotel. Maggie has been spending a lot of time at the orphanage lately, helping to care for the children, especially the infants. The littlest ones bring her so much joy, the best cure for occasional melancholy.
As always, the lovely Lavinia will grace the evening with her piano. Sincerely Carolers will treat us to delightful songs of Christmas. Cousin Dave is sure to show up with his fiddle, and Mark Twain might regale us with a delightful story or two.
The City Hotel Welcomes you all back home for Christmas!
Yours Truly, George Morgan