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.

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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.
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