Some Old Historic Landmarks of Virginia and Maryland Volume 1-2

Some Old Historic Landmarks of Virginia and Maryland Volume 1-2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...As well befits to celebrate The birth of Washington! From East and West and North and South, Throughout our broad domain, The plaudits of a nation swell O'er mountain, hill, and plain.-Not for ambition's selfish deeds--Not for the conq'ror's name, This day the glorious mede is given, But for the nobler fame, By man world wide accorded And grander grown by time--The fame that comes of duty And life of deeds sublime. At the close of the Revolution commenced the birthday celebrations and birthnight balls in honor of the successful chief. They soon became general all over the republic. The first of these was held in Alexandria. In the large cities where public balls were customary, the birthnight ball in the olden time was the gala assembly of the season, and was attended by an array of fashion and beauty. The first President always attended on the birthnight. The etiquette was, not to open the festivities until the arrival of him in whose honor it was given; but so remarkable was the punctuality of Washington in all his engagements, whether for business or pleasure, that he was never waited for a moment, in appointments for either. The minuet, now obsolete, for the graceful and elegant dancing of which Washington was conspicuous, in the vice-regal days of Lord Botetourt in Virginia, declined / after the Revolution. The commander-in-chief danced for his last time a minuet in 1781 at the ball given in Fredericksburg in honor of the French and American officers on their return from the triumphs of Yorktown. The last birthnight he attended was in Alexandria. February 22, 1798. He always appeared to enjoy the gay and festive scenes of those occasions, remaining till a late hour with the participants, his neighbors and friends; for, remarkable as he was...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236549821
  • 9781236549822