The slender, military figure, the jet-black hair, keen blue eyes, and brilliant complexion, above all the vivid presence, like the flash of a sword — all these could not fail to impress the young girl deeply; the Chevalier, on his part, saw and recognized the Diva Julia
of his friends' description.
She has told us “how acquaintance ripened into good-will” between the two.
, eager to push the acquaintance further, went to New York to call on the Diva and her family.
In a private journal of the time we find the following glimpse of the pair:--
“Walked down Broadway
with all the fashion and met the pretty blue-stocking, Miss Julia Ward
, with her admirer, Dr. Howe
, just home from Europe
She had on a blue satin cloak and a white muslin dress.
I looked to see if she had on blue stockings, but I think not. I suspect that her stockings were pink, and she wore low slippers, as Grandmamma does.
They say she dreams in Italian and quotes French verses.
She sang very prettily at a party last evening, and accompanied herself on the piano.
I noticed how white her hands were.”
During a subsequent visit to Boston
in the winter of 1842-43, Julia Ward
and Dr. Howe
The engagement was warmly welcomed by the friends of both.
writes to Julia