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Second Ball of The Patriarchs: 1-18-1881
The Origin of These Balls : List of Members and Guests
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 fashionable world.
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 Warren.
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.
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.