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Mrs. Myra Gaines is thus described, as she appeared at a late Presidential levee, leaning on the arm of a young gentleman, a relative of her family: ‘ Her figure is short and slight; her weight, perhaps, one hundred pounds. She were a Quaker-colored watered silk dress, cut low over a full bust; the very short sleeves revealed a finely-proportioned and fair white arm, that would have graced the belle of the assembly. Though her age is about fifty, no one would estimate it over thirty-five. She wore bright gold bracelets upon her wrists,--Her hair, which is black and glossy, was confined in a netting of gold lace, and two long bright curis fell one upon either shoulder. Her eyes are black, restleas, and expressive. Two small ostrich plumes — of white and blue-- were partially concealed in the dark folds of her hair. Her step is elastic, her manner graceful. She is very conversational with her acquaintances, and her countenance indicates unusual intellectual ability. Thus let your readers form a conception of Mrs. Gaines, as, with a magnificant white camelia upon her bosom, she glided round and round amid the gay and happy throng in the great East room of the President's mansion. ’
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