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Varina Davis, Jefferson Davis: Ex-President of the Confederate States of America, A Memoir by his Wife, Volume 1, Chapter 40: social relations and incidents of Cabinet life, 1853-57. (search)
s morals, intaglios, the Platonian theory, and once gave me quite an interesting resume of the history of dancing. Mr. George Sumner, who was rather a short man and thick-set, also spent part of the winter in the city upon his return from the CrimeHow did you guide them? said General Emory. By my foot touching them first one side or the other on the nose, answered Mr. Sumner. General Emory took out a pencil and made a calculation, and after Mr. Sumner had passed to other subjects, the GeneralMr. Sumner had passed to other subjects, the General interjected suddenly the remark, According to my calculation, your leg must be nine feet long to guide a camel as you did. Mr. Sumner made no response. He had a large collection of field maps made in the Crimea, and traced the course of the differMr. Sumner made no response. He had a large collection of field maps made in the Crimea, and traced the course of the different battles in a very interesting manner with little tin flags. At midsummer we took a house two or three miles out of town, and spent the heated term there, so that I could be near my husband, who was far from robust. Mr. and Mrs. Pierce us