March 1, 1863: San Francisco
We have a lot of “Secesh” at my boarding house—among them a sister of Van Doren. The last night of carnival the boarders at the house (Virginia Block) proposed to have a little private masquerade. All the preparations were made, when some wag went to the Chief of Police and told him that “a grand Secession masquerade ball” was coming off. He stopped the whole affair—decidedly “rich,” but it shows how loyal this city is.
Affairs of the Survey are very uncertain. I shall be home sometime during the year, but when I can’t tell. I have been nominated to the Professorship of Chemistry at Oakland and will probably be elected in June. If I am I shall accept.