MR. PIPS HIS DIARY.
An "At Home." Ye Polka. Wednefday, March lift, 1849.]
TO-NIGHT to an Evening Party with my Wife, to Sir Hilary Jinks's, whercunto we had been bidden to come at 10 of the Clock; for Sir Hilary and her Ladyfhip have taken to keeping rare Hours. Thereat was a goodly Company of about an hundred., and the Women all very fine, my Wife being ill her laft Year's Gown, which I am tired of, and do hate to fee. We did fall to dancing Quadrilles, wherein I made one, and had for my Partner a pretty little black Damfel, whom after the Dance was ended, did hand to a Sofa, and thereon lit me by her Side; but feeing my Wife looking hard at us, did prefently make my Bow, and fo away. Then to look on while fome did dance the Polka, which did pleafe me not much, for had beheld it better danced at the Cqfino, and do think it more fuitable to fuch a Place than to a Drawing Room. The Young Fellows did take their Partners by the Waift, and thefe did lean upon the others' Shoulders, and with one Arm ftretched out, and holding Hand in Hand, they did fpin round the Room together. But, 1 .ack ! to fee the kicking up of Heels and (lamping of them on the Ground, which did mightilv remind me of Jim Crow. In truth, I am told that the Polka is but a Peafant's I [op, from Hungary, and now to think of Perfons of Quality cutting fuch Capers! Sir Hilary to his Tafte; but a Minuet for me at Home, with Gentlewomen, and a Polka with Milkmaids at a