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The Merry Patriarchs: Opening the Season by a Ball at Delmonico's 12-12- 1881


The first Patriarchs' ball of this season was given last evening at Delmonico's and proved a very successful affair. Four hundred and fifty invitations were issued, but there were not more than about 375 persons present. There was no attempt at elaborate floral decoration of the ballroom, but the floor was covered by new white crash to protect the ladies' dresses from injury, and the ordinary lambrequins and curtains were taken down and replaced by silver damask curtains of rich pattern. For the first time, too, in the history of the Patriarch balls, the ball-room was lighted with a pale, straw-colored light, which is now in vogue in Paris. The room on the Broadway side of the ball-room, better known as the upper supper-room was converted into a salon where tea, chocolate, and ices were served. To furnish a pleasing contrast with the ball-room the salon was lighted with a pink light. The room south of the salon was turned into a conservatory. The halls were also filled with plants and flowers and lighted with pink light. A smaller ball-room was extemporized out of the drawing-room on Fifth-avenue, where music was furnished by a separate orchestra. Supper was served at 12:30 in the restaurant on the ground floor. A very attractive feature of the ball was the number of debutantes present. They were Miss Dresser, Miss Winthrop, Miss Schieffelin, Miss Edith K. Carow, Miss Fannie Swan, Miss Adele Townsend, Miss Emily Hoffman, Miss Witherspoon, Miss Kattie Witherspoon, Miss Grace Potter, Miss Constance Bowden, Miss Florence Clarke, and Miss Gertrude Cheever.

The cotillion was begun at 1 o'clock under the leadership of Col. De Lancey Kane. Among the ladies dancing on each side of Col. Kane were Miss Beckwith, Miss Kernochan, Miss Livingston, Miss Carroll, Miss Rives, Miss McAllister, Miss Warren, Miss Welles, and Miss Johnson. Among the non-resident guests were Gen. and Mrs. U.S. Grant, Senator and Mrs. Don Cameron, of Pennsylvania; Sir Savill Crossby, of England: M. de Vilt, of the diplomatic corps: Mr. and Mrs. T. Cushing, of Boston; Miss M. Whiting and Miss S. Whiting, of Newport; Mr. and Mrs. Algernon Sartoris, of England; Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Peabody, of Boston; ex-Senator Frelinghuysen and Miss Frelinghuysen, of New Jersey; Rear-Admiral and Mrs. Le Roy, Capt. Robert Emmet, United States Navy; Robert Garrett, of Baltimore; Samuel Dixin, of Philadelphia; Gordon McDonald, of England: Percival Drayton, of Washington; the Misses Carroll, of Maryland; Mr. and Mrs. B.C. Stephenson, of England; Miss Godman, of Boston; Rear-Admiral Wyman, Mr. and Mrs. Sebastian Schlesinger, of Boston; Miss Chamberlain, of Cleveland; Miss Mary Perkins, of Boston; Prescott Lawrence, of Boston, and Count Henckel, of Germany.

Among the resident guests were Mr. and Mrs. N.M. Beckwith, Miss Beckwith, Mrs. Brockholst Cutting, Mr. and Mrs. William Post, Mr. W.F. Kingsland, Miss Berryman, Mrs. George L. Ronalds, Mr. F. Witherbee, Mr. F. Gebhard, Mr. Egerton Winthrop, Mr. and Mrs. Manton Marble, Mr. John G. Heckscher, Mrs. Wright, Miss Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Sheldon, the Misses Clift, Mr. Alexander Hadden, Col. and Mrs. S.V.R. Cruger, Mr. Center Hitchcock, Mr. and Mrs. George S. Bowdoin, Miss Bowdoin, Miss K. Riggs, Miss S.S. Marie, Miss Davis, Mr. and Mrs. William Turnbull, Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt, Mr. and Mrs. F.R. Jones, Mr. J. V. Parker, Mr. Arthur Leary, Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Hoffman, Miss Hoffman, Mr. Clendenin, Mr. Goold H. Redmond, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Edwards, Mr. Charles Hillhouse, Mrs. Dresser, Miss Dresser, John W. Russell, Mr. and Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish, B.S. Wells, Miss Welles, B. Welles, Jr., Miss Grace Stebbins, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Stewart, Augustus Schermerhorn, Robert Goelet, Dr. Dawson, Dr. Duncan Emmet, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Lord, Carroll Bryce, Campbell Steward, Mr. and Mrs. Ogden Goelet, John Suydam, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. William Gibon, Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Wilson, Miss Kneeland, F.H. Baldwin.

 Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Cruger, Robert Hone, Miss Lucy Tuckerman, J. Hooker Hammersley, Commodore and Mrs. Baldwin, Gen. and Mrs. Di Cesnola, Miss Di Cesnola, Mr. and Mrs. G.G. Haven, George Griswold, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. De Ruyter, Miss De Ruyter, Mr. and Mrs. Columbus O'D, Iselin, Morgan Post, Mr. and Mrs. James M. Waterbury, Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Woolsey, Miss Work, Mrs. T. Addis Emmet, J. P. Kernochan and Miss Kernochan, Goold Hoyt, Mrs. J.P. Roche, Geraldin Redmond, Miss Jerome, Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Hayes, Col. and Mrs. De Lancey Kans, S.M. Kane, F. Gray Griswold, Mr. and Mrs. Lorillard, Mrs. Paran Stevens, Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Lorillard, Jr., Mrs. Maturin Livingston, Miss Livingston, Miss Hoyt, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Fish, Morgan G. Barnwell, Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Livingston, Stanley Mortimer, W. Beekman, Gen. and Mrs. McClellan, Miss McClellan, Henry Marquand, Ogden Mills, George Witherspoon, Jr., Robert Endicott, Miss Endicott, Mr. and Mrs. E. Luckemeyer, William Cutting, Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt, Bayard Clark, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clews, Mr. J.L. Harriman, Frederick Thompson, Bayard Tuckerman, F.D. Weeks, J. Frederick Toms, Mrs. Oothout, Miss Oothout, J. Creighton Webb, Howard Potter, Miss Grace Potter, Gen. Crawford, C.C. Baldwin, Mr. and Mrs. James K. Gracie, C. Montague Ward, William Lee, Edwin A. Post, Miss Emily O. Post, Harry Johnson, Duncan Harris, Miss Helen Beekman, Mrs. William Cruger Pell, William Potter, Mrs. Edward Potter, Miss Ethel Potte.

 Mr. and Mrs. John H. Purdy, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Moran, Howland Pell, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Griswold, Miss Cress, the Misses Cress, John Rutherfurd, Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Rives, Mr. and Mrs. Francis R. Rives, the Misses Rives, Mr. and Mrs. C. Robert, Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Francklyn, Mr. and Mrs. Remsen, the Misses Remsen, Mr. and Mrs. T. Roosevelt, Miss A. L. Roosevelt, Miss C. Roosevelt, Miss H.M. Townsend, Miss Moran, J.W. Rasim, J.S. Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Bronson, Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Cryder, Miss Farragut, A.V.H. Stuyvesant, Frederick W. Stevens, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Sands, Mr. and Mrs. Bayard Cutting, Mr. and Mrs. Earnest H. Crosby, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rutherfurd, Russell Stebbins, Lispenard Stewart, Miss STewart, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Kane, Miss Butler Duncan, Mrs. W.C. Schermerhorn, Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Tailer, the Misses Tailer, Miss Emily Erving, Miss Welles, B. S. Welles, B. Welles, Oakley Rhinelander, Herbert C. Pell, Julian Robbins, Gen. and Mrs. Alexander S.Webb, the Misses Webb, Mr. and Mrs. T.B. Musgrave, H. Le Grand Cannon, Miss Emily Pell, Mrs. L. Carroll, Buchanan Winthrop, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hoffman, Frank Winthrop, R. Sydam Grant, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Kountze, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Irvin, Mr. and Mrs. Byron K. Stevens, E. L. Wilks, Grenville Kane.

Among the most noticeable toilets were the following: Miss Fannie Swan wore a white tulle dress embroidered on the front with daisies, and trimmed at the hem with garniture of the same flowers. The corsage was of white satin, low neck, and ornamented with a bouquet of daisies. Miss Endicott wore pink silk polka dot tulle, with a garniture of moss rose buds on each side. Mrs. Newcomb wore shrimp-colored satin trimmed with gold and crystal embroidery, the front trimmed with begonia leaves and flowers. Miss Georgie Remsen's dress was of white tulle, with silver grass front, and was trimmed with silver lace and white satin ribbons. Miss Lizzie Remsen wore white silk polka dot tulle trimmed with Spanish lace and blue satin ribbons. Miss Nellie Webb wore white tulle trimmed with blue ostrich feathers and blue satin ribbons. Miss Bessie Webb wore white tulle festooned with bunches of gold grapes. Miss Robbins wore white tulle trimmed with bands of white satin edged with silver lace. Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt wore salmon-colored satin trimmed with roses. Miss Lizzie Le Roy wore white, the front beaded with pearls.


Website: The History
Article Name: The Merry Patriarchs: Opening the Season by a Ball at Delmonico's 12-12- 1881
Researcher/Transcriber: Miriam Medina


 New York Times Dec. 13, 1881. p.2 (1 page)
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