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The Daily Dispatch: April 8, 1861., [Electronic resource] 3 1 Browse Search
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Mrs. Myra Clark Gaines. --Mrs. Myra Gaines is thus described, as she appeared at a late Presidential levee, leaning on the arm of a young gentleman, a relative of her family: Her figure is short and slight; her weight, perhaps, one hundred pounds. She were a Quaker-colored watered silk dress, cut low over a full bust; the very short sleeves revealed a finely-proportioned and fair white arm, that would have graced the belle of the assembly. Though her age is about fifty, no one would estis, and expressive. Two small ostrich plumes — of white and blue-- were partially concealed in the dark folds of her hair. Her step is elastic, her manner graceful. She is very conversational with her acquaintances, and her countenance indicates unusual intellectual ability. Thus let your readers form a conception of Mrs. Gaines, as, with a magnificant white camelia upon her bosom, she glided round and round amid the gay and happy throng in the great East room of the President's mansion.