A Reception for Mrs. (Julia) Grant at the Ponce de Leon Hotel
The Tatler, 1895
The reception to be tendered to Mrs. Grant in the parlors of the Ponce de Leon this evening promises to be a large and enthusiastic affair, affording the citizens an opportunity to join Chatfield Post of the Grand Army, the members of the Loyal Legion, sons of Veterans and the officers and men of the regular army in paying their respects to the widow of the most successful general of modern times. When Mrs. Grant accompanied her husband around the world they were enthusiastically received everywhere, and a similar tribute of respect to the modest unassuming lady, who for eight years presided over the White House, is eminently fitting.
Those wishing to meet Mrs. Grant may meet in the west Loggai of the Ponce de Leon at 7 p.m. Mrs. Grant and the ladies receiving with her will occupy positions in the middle parlor, permitting those calling to pass into the rotunda after greeting Mrs. Grant. Mrs. La Rhett Livingston, Mrs. John D. Jones, Mrs. Edmund Pendleton, Mrs. Edmund Bainbridge, Mrs. Deborah Shedd, Mrs. J. J. Upham, Mrs. Henry Marcotte, Mrs. C. C. MacConnell and Mrs. Alexander B. Cox will assist Mrs. Grant in greeting those calling upon her.
Colonel J. J. Upham, U. S. A. Mr. J. R. Parrott,, Mr. L. Harrison Dulles, Captain Charles W. Hobbs, U. S. A., Mr. J. E. Ingraham and Mr. Mr. Heth Canfield will act as ushers on the occasion.
* * * A Reception at the Ponce de Leon
The reception tendered Mrs. U. S. Grant in the middle parlor of the Ponce de Leon last Saturday evening was a notable gathering of representatives of every State in the Union, assembling to do honor to the wife of America's greatest general, and in honoring her honoring the principles of loyalty to the country he defended. The arrangements were admirable, permitting nearly two thousand persons to exchange greetings and pleasant words with the venerable lady. The Ponce de Leon orchestra stationed in the archway separating the west from the middle parlor, rendered patriotic airs during the evening. At eight o'clock Mrs. Grant entered the parlor on the arm of Col. Upham accompanied by Mrs. John D. Jones, Capt. and Mrs. C. C. MacConnell, Mrs. Upham, Mrs. Deborah Shedd, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Pendleton. Mrs. Henry Marcotte where they were joined by Mrs. La Rhett Livingston and Mrs. Bainbridge, standing on the right of the door opening from the west corridor. The gentlemen of the party, with Doctor A. K. Rainey, Mr. Heth Canfield and Captain Hobbs acting as ushers. Directly came the members of Chatfield Post, with Commander Brown and Adjutant Milford Ingraham leading, Captain Marcotte presenting them to Mrs. Grant, who had some pleasantry for each one. Many of the comrades were accompanied by their wives and daughters, and the sons of veterans coming after, brought with them their mothers, wives and sisters. Following there came a number of men belonging to the Third Artillery, men in the uniform once so familiar to Mrs. Grant, when she spent weeks with her husband on the field. After these came citizens -- men and women, old and young; all eager to grasp the hand of one whom the world had honored. It was almost ten when Mrs. Grant sat down, and quite when she left the room, a little tired, but with pleasant good nights for those about her.
The parlor was prettily decorated with flowers; a beautiful basket of American beauties on a table by Mrs. Grant were sent by Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Shedd of the Ponce de Leon. Mrs. Grant wore a gown of rich black satin en traine, with net garniture. Mrs. Livingston also wore a handsome black evening gown. Mrs. Bainbridge wore a black and white laffata. Mrs. John D. Jones a black gown, with pale-blue bodice. Mrs. Shedd a black brocaded gown with handsome diamond ornaments. Mrs. Pendleton wore an evening gown of soft white material. Mrs. Upham an evening gown, with beautiful lace bertha. Mrs. McConnell was also in evening dress, with a dainty toilet. Miss Pendleton, who is a guest of the hotel, wore a handsome costume of black and white. The ladies in the hotel were in handsome dinner gowns, and were in the parlors, many asking to be presented.
Among those greeting Mrs. Grant were Mr. and Mrs. L. Harrison Dulles, Miss Pendleton, of Philadelphia; Miss Sheppard and Miss Rockwell, of East Orange, who occupied chairs near the receiving party, are guests of the hotel; Mrs. McLarin and her daughters, of Chicago; Mr. Devine, Mr. and Miss Haskins, of Boston; Mrs. Cruikshank and son, Edwin Allen Cruikshank, of New York, from the Cordova; Mr. Fenton, brother of the late Governor Fenton of New York and Mrs. Wilde, of New York, of the Magnolia; Mrs. William L. Crawford, Miss Nettie Crawford and Miss Mollie Gibson her guest, Judge and Mrs. Charles Swayne and Miss Swayne, Mr. John King, Doctor and Mrs. A. K. Rainey, Doctor and Mrs. DeWitt Web, Mrs. and the Misses Sherman, Mr. James E. Ingraham, Mrs. I. O. Rawson, Mrs. M. A. Sphades, Miss Spades, Colnel and the Misses Livingston, Colonel Bainbridge, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Dillingham, of Minneapolis, who are guest of the St. George.
The story of the life of Mrs. Grant would read like a bit of a fairy tale. She was Miss Julia Dent and married General Grant when he was a lieutenant, with him enduring the privations of army life at frontier posts, where she won the esteem and affection of those about her by her quiety, unassuming manner and devotionto her husband and children, later returning to civil life, where trails and vexations were cheerfully endured. At the breaking out of the war Mr. Grant was given command of a regiment, and in less than three years was general in command of nearly a million of men. During that time Mrs. Grant was rfrequently with her husband in the filed always his wise counselor and friend, at the close of the war coming to Washington to share his truimphs as unaffected and kindly-hearted as in earlier days the wife of a lieutenant. the entire country uniting to honor General Grant, he was invted everywhere, visited every city in the Northern States, and everywhere recieved welcomes and honors unknown in this country before. After eight years in the "White House" General and Mrs. Grant went around the world, were feted and honored by both people and rulers in the countries of Europe and Asia, and during all these years Mrs. Grant remained the same noble, unassuming gentlewoman she was in her early married days, with the kindest feelings for every man who wore the blue thirty years ago, and as warm a greeting for for those opposed to them, and enjoying the respect and honor shown her as given to the memory of her brave husband, her life is a beautiful example of American womanhood to be admired and emulated.