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Chapter 6: Samuel Ward and the Astors My first peep at the great world in grown-up days was at a dinner party given by a daughter of General Armstrong, married to the eldest son of the first John Jacob Astor. Mrs. Astor was a person of very e
d friends on one evening in the week, giving only a cup of chocolate and some cakes or biscuits.
My eldest brother, Samuel Ward, the fourth of the same name, has been so well known, both in public and in private life, that my reminiscences would s to earn his own support.
The easiest way for him to accomplish this was to accept a post in the banking house of Prime, Ward and King, with the prospect of partnership later.
He decided, with some reluctance, to pursue this course.
His first da and this anxiety led him to embark in various speculations, which were not always fortunate.
He left the firm of Prime, Ward and King, and was one of the first who went to California after its cession to the United States.
The Indians were then