When, on Oct. 25, Louisa says:
There is to be a large ball on board the Acbar this evening. (O25 )it can be concluded that it is to celebrate the Anniversary of the Accession of George III.
And when on Sept. 12 she says:
There was to be some fireworks performed tonight; but the rain, I suppose, will put a stop to it. (S12 )it is likely in celebration of the capture of Napoleon, of whom with some indignation Louisa spoke a week earlier:
There is news of Bonaparte's being taken. --I hope it is true. There is no punishment too great for such a wretch. -- How many lives has been sacrificed for his ambition. (S4 )Similarly, the ball at Mount Edward on Dec. 27 is evidently in celebration of Christmas even though Christmas Day itself appears to have been very quietly observed; and the presence at Colin Grove on Dec. 31 of "lots of young beaus" who "came to inquire after the ladies' health"--as well as the subsequent partying at Mrs. Allen's--may be taken as evidence of the celebration of New Year's .