The second "Patriarchs'" ball of the season was
held last night at Delmonico's. The floral
decorations consisted chiefly of a magnificent arch
over the ladies' entrance and numerous bouquets.
Some of the bouquets were of unusual beauty and
rarity. The supper was excellent, and all the
arrangements were in accordance with the taste of
the managers. The question is often asked, "What are
the Patriarchs." The circumstances which called for
Almack's, in London, have resulted in "The
Patriarchs." Quoting "Endymlon"_" the necessity of
providing regular occasions for the assembling of
the miscellaneous world of fashion led to the
institution of Almack's, which died out in the
fierce competition of inexhaustible private
entertainments." The lady patrons of Almack's were:
The Duchess of Norfolk, the Marchionesses of Ely,
Londonderry, and Westminster: the Countess of
Jersey, the Viscountess Palmerston, and Lady
Clinton. The rules prevented the introduction of any
lady whom a patroness did not visit, or any
gentleman who was not presented by a lady member on
whose visiting list he was. Almack's turned out to
be one of the most brilliant collections of people
London had ever seen. "The Patriarchs," then, are
simply an American Almack's, with 360 guests at a
ball in place of 1,700, Almack's limit. In no sense
of the word are the "Patriarchs" assemblies, for in
this City an assembly would embrace at least from
1,000 to 1,800 people. They are simply private
halls, given by 48 gentlemen, and at Delmonico's
instead of at their own houses, as they find their
houses too small comfortably to contain the
The following list embraces the "Patriarchs" and
their wives and guests, nearly all of whom were
present last night: Mr. and Mrs. William Astor, Mr.
John W. Hammersly, Mr. Clarkson N. Potter, Mr. and
Mrs. W.W. Astor, Mr. and Mrs. L. S.G. d'Hauteville,
Mr. and Mrs. August Belmont, Mr. and Mrs. Meredith
Howland, Mr. and Mrs. James A. Roosevelt, Mr. and
Mrs. Robert G. Remsen, Mr. and Mrs. Mathurin
Livingstone, Mr. and Mrs. Francis R. Rives, Mr. and
Mrs. George Peabody Wetmore, Mr. and Mrs. N.M.
Beckwith, Mr. and Mrs. George G. Haven, Mr. and Mrs.
George L. Rives, Mr. and Mrs. William C.
Schermerhorn, Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Berryman, Mr.
and Mrs. L.C. Hammersley, Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Suydam, Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Iselin, Mr. and Mrs.
S.V.R. Cruger, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Johnson, Mr. and
Mrs. J.W. Clendenin, Mr. Charles E. Strong, Mr. and
Mrs. John Steward, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Delancey Kane,
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cooper, Mr.and Mrs. Pierre
Lorillard, Mr. Johnson Livingston, Mr. and Mrs. Ward
McAllister, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin A. Post, Mr. and Mrs.
William Oothout, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Pell, Mr.
Royal Phelps, Mr. and Mrs. William R. Travers, Mr.
Smith Clift, Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Tailer, Mr. and Mrs.
Jonathan Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Fish, Mr.
and Mrs. William Trumbull, Mr. and Mrs. George Henry
Mr. and Mrs. James W. Gerard, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew
Wilks, Mr. and Mrs. J.N.A. Griswold. Mr. and mrs.
Alexander S. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. William Guion, Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Goelet, Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan
Winthrop, Miss Astor, Mr. F.B. Abbott, Mr. and Mrs.
B. Coleman Drayton, Viscount Lymington, Mr. C.B.
Hoffman, Miss Mynert, of Boston: Gen. George B.
McClellan and Miss McClellan, Mr. August Belmont,
Jr., Mr. and Mrs. William R. Stewart, Miss Drexel,
of Philadelphia: Mr. Martin Van Buren, Miss
Berryman, Miss Bird, Mr. W.F. Kingsland, Mr. and
Mrs. William Post, Mr. J.M. Forbes, Jr. Mrs.
Frederick Sheldon, Mr. Kerrick Riggs, Mr. and Mrs.
Philip S. Van Rensselaer, Mr. Allen T. Rice, Mr. and
Mrs. Philip Schuyler, Mr. and Mrs. F.R. Jones, Mr.
and Mrs. Lloyd Bryce, Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Francklyn,
Miss Minnie Stewart, Mr. Alexander Baring, Miss
Haven, Mr. Frelinghuysen, Mr. Bayard Tuckerman, Mr.
J. Kean, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. J. Lawrence, Miss Fish,
Mr. and Mrs.. W.F. Morgan, Miss E.R. Leroy, Mr. C.
Floyd-Jones, Mr. George Griswold, Jr., Mr. George
Bird, Miss Ethel Potter, Miss Appleton, Mr. and Mrs.
Ogden Goelet, Mr. James P. Kernochan, Mr. Augustus
Schermerhorn, Miss Sargent, Mr. and Mrs. F.C.
Lawrence, the Marquis San Marzano, Mrs. Parsons and
Miss Parsons, Mr. and Mrs. Yznaga, Mr. Gerald Hoyt.
Gen. and Mrs. Di Cesnola, Sir William Johnson, Miss
Goodline, Mr. William Foulke.
Mr. Francis Lowell, of Boston, Miss Prince, M.J.H.
Hammersley, Mr. Bierstadt, Miss Gertrude Hoyt, Gen.
S.W. Crawford, Mr. Bowers Lee, Mr. Julian Kean, Mr.
Henry Hoyt, Mrs. Torrance and Miss Torrance, Mr.
Frank G. Griswwold, Mr. Philip Allen, Gen. Lloyd
Aspinwall, Mr. and Mrs. William Iselin, Miss
Stebbins, Mr. Langdon Wilkes, the Misses Johnson,
Mr. J.F. Tams, Mr. and Mrs. C. Robert, J. Rutgers Le
Roy, Mrs. C.F. Blake, Mr. S.N. Kane, Mr. Oakley
Rhinelander, Mrs. Paran Stevens, Mr. and Mrs. C.
Bentinck, Miss Livingston, Miss Estelle Livingston,
Mr. and Mrs. James B. Toler, Mr. H.B. Livingston,
Mr. Campbell Steward, Mr. J.S. Cram, Mr. Harry
Oelrichs, Miss Lorillard, Miss Emily Pell, Mr. and
Mrs. Bradley Martin, Mr. Edward Everett, of Boston:
Mr. F.S. Witherbee, Mr. R. Mortimer, Jr., Mr. F.H.
Baldwin, Mr. B.S. Wells, Jr., Miss Bessie Morgan,
Miss Oothout, Mr. John P. Kingsford, Miss Emily O.
Post, Miss King, Mr. Le Roy King, Mr. C.A. Post, Mr.
John L. Cadwallader, Mr. T. Maitland, the Misses
Carroll, of Maryland; Gen. and Mrs. Barlow, Mr. and
Mrs. T. Roosevelt, Mr. and Mrs. James Brown Potter,
the Misses Remsen, Mr. and Mrs. Roland Redmond, Mr.
P. Marie, the Misses Rives, Mr. and Mrs. David King,
Mr. Center Hitchcock, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Lee, Mr.
Henry Cram, Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Cryder, Mr. and Mrs.
W.L. Suydam, Miss Suydam, Mr. A.S. Carhart, Miss
Gandy, Miss Helen Grant, of Boston; Miss Harriet
Lawrence, of Boston.
Mr. and Mrs. John J. Kane, Mr. Lorillard Spencer,
the Misses Turnbull, Mr. Henry Chauncey, Jr., Miss
Isabella King, Mr. W.A. Duer, Miss Travers, Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Hoffman, Miss Mary Mason Jones, Mr. and
Mrs. B.K. Stevens, Mr. F. Winthrop, Mr. H.H. Harter,
of England: Mr. William C. Maxwell, of England: Mr.
Victor Drummond, First Secretary of the English
Legation; the Misses Warren, Miss Kate Bulkely, and
Mr. Gould Redmond.
The costumes of the evening were fully equal, and in
some points superior , to those of the first ball.
As on that occasion, the most of them were Parisian.
Among them may be mentioned those worn by Mrs.
Astor, Mrs. Goelet, Miss Carroll, Miss Livingston,
Mrs. Wetmore, Miss Bird, Miss Oothout, Miss Drexel,
Mrs. Drayton, Miss Potter, Mrs. Stevens, Miss
Lorillard, and Miss Grant, of Boston. The ball began
at 11 o'clock; supper was served at 12:30 and
carriages were ordered at 3 a.m. The cotillion was
begun at 1 A.M. Mr. Frank Sturgis and Mrs. John
Steward, Jr., leading, Mr. Ward McAllister and Mrs.
W.W. Astor on their right, and Col. Delancey Kane
and Mrs. F.S.G. d'Hauteville on their left. The
favors were flowers and imported articles of vertu.