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Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 6: Samuel Ward and the Astors (search)
onspicuous among these were two sisters, of whom the elder had been a recognized beauty and belle at the time of the War of Independence. Miss Charlotte White was what was called a character in those days. She was tall and of commanding figure, attired after an ancient fashion, but with great care. I remember her calling upon my aunt one morning, in company with a lady friend much inclined to embonpoint. The lady's name was Euphemia, and Miss White addressed her thus: Feme, thou female Falstaff. She took some notice of me, and began to talk of the gayeties of her youth, and especially of a ball given at Newport during the war, at which she had received especial attention. On returning the visit we found the sisters in the quaintest little sitting-room imaginable, the floor covered with a green Brussels carpet, woven in one piece, with a medallion of flowers in the centre, evidently manufactured to order. The furniture was of enameled white wood. We were entertained with cake