'The Deavores' ball was an annual event, that required an invitation, determined by social-standing. Ladies tried to outdo each other with their finery, as men wore outfits from the best tailors throughout the Southern ports. The plantation butler orchestrated the large staff of house slaves, from parking carriages to circulating punch. It was considered a breach of hospitality to let a Column's guest's glass stand empty.'-The Plantation, G.McNeill, 1975.