"was held...under the auspices of a figure called St. Nicholas who was robed in fur, and dressed according to the description of Prof. Moore in his poem." --quoted by Stephen Nissenbaum in The Battle For Christmas, fn 85, page 345.The footnote by Nissenbaum locates the diary of Francis P. Lee "in the archives of the General Theological Seminary."
Francis P. Lee Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Rev. Lee died young in Mobile, Alabama during the epidemic of yellow fever there in 1847. Below, the obituary of Francis Prioleau Lee in the Protestant Churchman, November 27, 1847: