Salons colonial and republican

Paperback | January 10, 2012

byAnne Hollingsworth Wharton

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1900. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. MRS. RUSH AND HER SALON IT was said of the late Madame Aubernon de Neurville that to her Parisian salon, "the last salon where there was real talk," there came "everyone that we read or read of with interest." To the salon of Mrs. James Rush, of Philadelphia, the same epigrammatic description may be applied with equal pertinency, the " Open, sesameM" to her drawing-room being talent, intellectual ability, and the power to charm and entertain, rather than great wealth or social position, although Mrs. Rush by no means undervalued these advantages. Whatever mistakes may have been made by her, and these were doubtless exaggerated, all honor is due to Mrs. Rush for having been one of the first women in America to establish a social status in her home based upon higher standards, at a time when distinctions of a very artificial and absurd nature still prevailed in the society of the Quaker City. No woman had been so distinctly a leader in the social life of Philadelphia since the days . of Mrs. William Bingham, and it may be said with truth that the influence exerted by Mrs. Rush was far more stimulating and elevating than that of Mrs. Bingham, as it was more intellectual. Luxury and the arts of living had made great strides in the years that had intervened since the Binghams entertained in their new mansion on Third Street. Although Colonel Maxwell, who came to this city in 1840, described it as having about it "a general sombreness increased by the quantities of Quakeresses and weeping willows you meet at every turn," there is reason to believe that the Philadelphia of that day, as at an earlier time, was the centre of much genuine old-fashioned hospitality and of considerable gayety. It would be interesting to know what fairy godmothers gathered about...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1900. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. MRS. RUSH AND HER SALON IT was said of the late Madame Aubernon de Neurville that to her Parisian salon, "the last salon...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217986099

ISBN - 13:9780217986090

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