History of New Year’s Day In New York (1836)

New-years’-day In New York.—

It is usual for people of all ranks to call at each others’ houses on this day ; and it is considered that such of a person’s friends as do not call on him on the first day of the year are not anxious to continue his acquaintance.

Cold meat, cake, confectionaries, and wines, are laid out on a table, that all callers may partake. The, confectioners make large seed-cakes about this season, some of thein great curiosities from their size ; one that I heard of weighed 1500 pounds.—Mr Stuart.

Source: The Domestic manners of the Americans, 1836

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