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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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Friends and Acquaintances           33
We had quite a time last night at Mrs. Marshall's where we had a masked party, and an interesting and amusing one it was. All characters from the Roman Senator to the bat in the play of "Fair One With Golden Locks ' were there to speak for them­selves. My character was a Mexican soldier with the last remnants of a uniform and less of a face, all of which gave us a most pleasant eve­ning and most agreeable entertain­ment. I have entered considerably into the fashionable world again, and may now be put down as one of the beaux (not b'hoys!) of Cincinnati; which reputation I do not covet, but as I am amused, I shall not quarrel about names.
Stephen was not in Cincinnati at this par­ticular time. Even had he been, he might not have attended this masked party because, as his brother Morrison later said, "it was diffi­cult to get him to go into society at all."18 Morrison added however that Stephen "was not at all unsocial and willingly sang or played for the enjoyment of himself or others, if the occasions were spontaneous."18
Such occasions presented themselves at the Marshall home. Sophie Marshall, who was "a great favorite in society," possessed "a beauti­ful soprano voice and sang with much sweet-

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