father that on this occasion he saw and danced with Miss Eustaphieve
, daughter of the Russian
consul, of whom he says, ‘She is an exceedingly graceful and elegant dancer, and plays beautifully upon the pianoforte.’
He became so well acquainted in later days with foreign belles and beauties that it is interesting to imagine the impression made upon him at the age of twenty-one by this first social experience, especially in view of the fact that after his returning from Europe
, he records of himself that he never danced, except with older ladies, to whom the attention might give pleasure.