To day the steamer Ruthven failed to arrive. I am busy making out accounts. Boys at work on my well house. Mr. Patillo completed my stable, carriage house, barn, etc. At night I went up town [Liberty] to meet a party of friends who had assembled together in honor of my having been elected Col. of the 5th Regt. and at which party wit & champagne flowed pretty freely. all things passing off in fine style. weather cloudy. at night a strong North wind came out making it very cool.