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Mrs. John A. Logan, Reminiscences of a Soldier's Wife: An Autobiography 1 1 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: November 12, 1860., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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ptions, balls, dinners, and other entertainments which my husband and myself attended. At times I felt timid and so unsophisticated that I feared my embarrassment would provoke many a smile from the experienced women who chaperoned me on occasions of great importance. No more courtly President has ever been in the White House than James Buchanan, whose innate refinement and dignified manners had been greatly enhanced by his experience at the court of Saint James. His charming niece, Miss Harriet Lane, who presided as mistress of the White House, was so queenly and gracious always that she has had no superior as the first lady of the land. I shall ever bless them for the cordial greeting extended to Mr. Logan and myself in the executive mansion. Our first state dinner was an event of so much importance to me that the picture of the table will be in my mind evermore. It was an elegant affair, notwithstanding the fact that the decorations of that time were very unlike the richer
Virginia, Oct. 8. --The Prince has paid a flying visit of some forty hours to this legislative capital of the Old Dominion as it is called, for Virginia was the first English colony in North America. Here the first slaves were imported in 1620, and at this hour Virginia remains one of the most uncompromising supporters of pro-slavery in all the Union. The Royal party left the White House on the morning of the 6th. The leave-taking between the Prince and the President and his niece, Miss Harriet Lane, was marked by the most warm expressions of regret on both sides that the visit had been of so short duration.--The carriage of the Prince, followed by those of the chief members of the Cabinet, left the mansion at 10 o'clock. There was a large crowd collected in the avenue leading up to the house, who cheered the Prince most heartily as he drove off. At the Arsenal a salute of 21 guns was fired as the cortage entered, and a similar compliment was paid from the Navy Yard when his Royal