In New York City, an ornate banquet honors Cyrus Field and his Atlantic Cable.
The wealthy citizens of New York City's elite gave a large and ornate banquet at the Metropolitan Hotel in honor of Cyrus Field, one of their own. They were celebrating the completion just weeks before of Field's decade long effort to lay the Atlantic Cable and enable secure telegraphic communication between Europe and North America. Toasts were made and Field gave a speech in appreciation. (By John Osborne)
"Banquet to Mr. Field," Harper's Weekly Magazine, December 1, 1866, p. 757.