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Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 3: New York society (search)
Of the dress of that period I remember that ladies wore white cambric gowns, finely embroidered, in winter as well as in summer, and walked abroad in thin morocco slippers. Pelisses were worn in cold weather, often of some bright color, rose pink or blue. I have found in a family letter of that time the following description of a bride's toilet: Miss E. was married in a frock of white merino, with a full suit of steel: comb, earrings, and so on. I once heard Mrs. William Astor, nee Armstrong, tell of a pair of brides, twin sisters, who appeared at church dressed in pelisses of white merino, trimmed with chinchilla, with caps of the same fur. They were much admired at the time. Among the festivities of old New York, the observance of New Year's Day held an important place. In every house of any pretension, the ladies of the family sat in their drawing-rooms, arrayed in their best dresses, and the gentlemen of their acquaintance made short visits, during which wine and rich
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 6: Samuel Ward and the Astors (search)
Chapter 6: Samuel Ward and the Astors My first peep at the great world in grown-up days was at a dinner party given by a daughter of General Armstrong, married to the eldest son of the first John Jacob Astor. Mrs. Astor was a person of very elegant taste. She had received a part of her education in Paris, at the time when her father represented our government at the Court of France. Her notions of propriety in dress were very strict. According to these, jewels were not to be worn in the daytime. Glaring colors and striking contrasts were to be avoided. Much that is in favor to-day would have been ruled out by her as inadmissible. At the dinner of which I speak the ladies were in evening dress, which in those days did not transcend modest limits. One very pretty married lady wore a white turban, which was much admired. Another lady was adorned with a coronet of fine stone cameos,—which has recently been presented to the Boston Art Museum by a surviving member of her fami
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Index (search)
o aid the woman's peace crusade plan, 338. Armstrong, General, John, father of Mrs. William B. Astor, 64. Association for the Advancement of Women, the, founded, 386; distribution of its congresses, 392. Astor, John Jacob, Washington Irving at the house of, 27; calls on Mrs. Howe's father on New Year's Day, 32; wedding gift of, to his granddaughter, 65; fondness for music, 74; anecdotes of, 75, 76. Astor, William B., his culture and education, 73. Astor, Mrs. William B. (Margaret Armstrong), her recollection of Mrs. Howe's mother, 5; describes a wedding, 31; gives a dinner: her good taste, 64. Atherstone, the Howes at, 136. Atlantic Monthly, The, 232, 236, 280; first published the Battle Hymn of the Republic, 275. Austin, Mrs., sings in New York, 15. Avignon, the Howes at, 133. Bache, Prof. A. D., at Mrs. Howe's lecture in Washington, 309. Baez, President of Santo Domingo, calls upon the Howes, 355; invites them to a state dinner: is expelled by a revo