At Delmonico's last night the Patriarchs gave
another of those brilliant private balls which have
formed such a marked feature of the fashionable
season. The society, now in its seventh year, was
originally founded for the purpose of giving social
entertainments of undoubted tone and exclusiveness,
and embraces in its membership some 45 or 50
gentlemen from the higher social circles in the
City. Their entertainments have, during the last
seven years, become as celebrated for elegance of
detail as the Philadelphia assemblies. The floral
decorations are always fine. They were peculiarly so
last evening, probably following the universal taste
for floral display that has been one of the features
of the season.
A distinctive trait of the entertainment last
night was the mellowness of the illumination, which
was relieved of the unpleasant glare so fatiguing to
the eye at many a ball, and so impairing to the
effect of toilets. This was produced by the use of
imported porcelain globes, tinted with pink. The
special feature of the ball was the opening at 10:30
with an old-fashioned quadrille, one that has not
been danced in this City since the famous occasion
when the Prince of Wales opened an entertainment
with Mrs. Morgan, the wife of the ex-Governor. Only
the original members of the society participated.
The couples were arranged as follows: Mr. Ward
McAllister and Mrs. William Astor, and Mr. August
Belmont and Mrs. F.G.D'Hauteville, Col. De Lancey
Kane and Mrs. Philip Schuyler, and Mr. Meredith
Howland and Mrs. George Griswold Gray, Mr. James P.
Kernochan and Mrs. Maturin Livingston, and Mrs.
Buchanan and Mrs. Blight of Philadelphia. Mr. Paul
Forbes and Mrs. William Bliss and Mr. William Cruger
Pell, Commodore and mrs. Baldwin, and Mrs.
Rutherford, Mr. Townsend Burden and Mrs. Buchanan
Winthrop and Mr. N.M. Beckwith and Mrs. James P.
Kernochan. Mr. W.W. Phipps and Mrs. R. Irving and
Mr. F.G. d'Hauteville and Mrs. Delancey Kane.
At 12:30 o'clock the supper was served in the
restaurant on the first floor, fronting on
Fifth-avenue, and, at the same time, the large
supper-room above was thrown open. Last night was
the first occasion upon which both have been
necessary to the accommodation of the guests. At
1:30 dancing was resumed, Col. De Lancy Kane leading
in the cotillion with Mrs. F.G. D'Hauteville, and
from that hour until 3 o'clock, when the guests
began to order their carriages the ball room
presented a scene of surpassing brilliancy.
Among the distinguished people present were
Mr. and Mrs. William Astor, Mr. and Mrs. August
Belmont, Mr. and Mrs. William Waldorf Astor, Mr. and
Mrs. C.G. Francklyn, Mr. and Mrs. N.M. Beckwith,
Mayor Edward Cooper and wife, Mr. and mrs. Frederic
Bronson, Mr. and Mrs. Smith Clift, Mr. and Mrs.
William Gihon, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Edwards, Mr.
and Mrs. J.N.A. Griswold, Mr. and Mrs. James W.
Gerard, Mr. and Mrs. Meredith Howland, Mr. and Mrs.
George Griswold Haven, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Garner,
Mr. and Mrs. F.G. D'Hauteville, Mr. and Mrs. George
Peabody Wetmore, Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford Stuyvesant,
Mr. and Mrs. Ward McAllister, Mr. and Mrs. Maturin
Livingston, Mr. and Mrs. Royal Phelps, Mr. and Mrs.
William Cruger Pell, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Phipps, Mr.
and Mrs. Edwin A. Post, Mr. and Mrs. William Octhout,
Mr. and Mrs. Johnston Livingston, Mr. and Mrs.
Pierre Lorillard, Col. and Mrs. De Lancey Kane, Mr.
and Mrs. James P. Kernochan, Mr. and Mrs. George F.
Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Iselin, Mr. and Mrs. John
W. Hamersley, Mr. and Mrs. Clarkson N. Potter, Mr.
and Mrs. George L. Rives, Mr. and Mrs. William
Schermerhorn, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Suydam, Mr. and
Mrs. Brockholst Cutting, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E.
Strong, Mr. and Mrs. William R. Travers, Mr. and
Mrs. E.N. Tailer, Mr. and Mrs. William Turnbull, Mr.
and Mrs. George Henry Warren, Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan
Winthrop, Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Berryman, Mr. and
Mrs. I. Townsend Burden, Mr. and Mrs. Frederic W.
Stevens, Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Post, Mr. and Mrs.
Louis C. Hamersley, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall O Roberts,
Mrs. Paran Stevens, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Potter, and
Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Stoughton.
Among the young gentlemen and distinguished
foreigners present were Mr. George Cavendish
Bentinck, of England; Mr. Mackintosh, of England;
the Marquis de Talleyrand Perigord, Mr. Edward
Everett, of Boston; Mr. Arthur Kennedy, Mr.
Lispenard Stuart, Mr. Martin Van Buren, Mr. Perry
Belmont, Mr. Granville Kane, Mr. Gerald Hoyt, Mr. H.
W. Halleck, Mr. Thomas Maitland, Mr. Walter
Kingsland, Mr. Campbell Stuart, Mr. C. French, of
England; Mr. Carroll Bryce, and Mr. Oakley
Rhinelander. Among the noted belles of society were
Miss Garner, Miss Cunard, Miss Berryman, the Misses
Livingston, Miss Bulkley, Miss Kernochan, Miss
Frick, of Baltimore; Miss Astor, the Misses Whiting,
Miss Beckwith, Miss Stuart, and the Misses Carroll.
The toilets of the ladies were magnificent. There
were in all 350 guests.