New and Interesting Movements in American
Fashionable Life– Grand Fete Champetre
at Oakland’s, Baltimore– Summer Fa-
shions and Dresses of the Principal Ladies
 – Part V 

Such were a few of the principal dresses of the
principal belles present on this important occasion;
and from this slight sketch our fair readers in New
York and elsewhere can form some idea of the bril-
liancy and splendor of the whole affair. By three
o’clock the greater part of the company had ar-
rived, and at that hour the worthy host gave the
signal to commence dancing. the first move in this
important matter was made by twelve couples in
one room; and we think we saw about twelve
couples more in other rooms. Squire C—– had
secured the hand of that beautiful girl, Miss S—–;
  He led her forth in rapture,
  A beauteous maiden there,
  Resplendent as the morning sun,
  Beaming with golden hair.
He seemed highly pleased with his partner, and she
not displeased with him. The “Lady Flora Has-
tings” of America enquired of us, in the hearing of
Miss S—–’s partner, whence came the beautiful
bouquets, and by whom were sent the anonymous
compliments; but of course, Squire C—– knew
nothing of the matter.
One circumstance struck us as somewhat impro-
per, and it was this: that several gentlemen, who
knew a certain lady to he engaged, would persist in
annoying her by their importunities. As a general
rule, it should be avoided as much as possible, and
we hope all will take the hint and act upon it here-
Captain D—– danced elegantly with the beautiful
Miss J—–. Mr. M—– monopolized his charming
and witty sister, and thereby disappointed many
who were anxious to bask in the sun light of her
smiles. the manly M—– led off with the truly
lovely Miss O’D—–. Mr. G—– took the hand of
the fair Miss T—–. The word was given–
“On with the dance, let the joy be unconfined.”
And, indeed, it did seem as if it was let loose with
a vengeance for a time; for never did mortals enter
more fully into the spirit and delights of the scene
that surrounded them, than these who were present
on this occasion. Then

Spirit eyes looked glancing out
Upon the sun lit trees,
And spirit laughter’s wild, sweet shout,
Went sailing down the breeze.

After the cotillion(1), Mr. G—– waltzed exquisite-
ly with Miss—–. Mr. B—– also waltzed with
a lady almost as stiff as himself. And thus the mer-
ry time ran on until the dejeuner was announced;
and to judge of the way in which all hastened to it,
the sight and sound were universally welcome –
The table was laid out in a magnificent manner, and
every choice viand and rare delicacy of the season,
graced that famous festal board. After they had
waited on the ladies in a gallant and most attentive
manner, the gentlemen fell to on their own hook, and
as Col. Napier says in his “Peninsular War”—then
was seen the energy with which hungry gentlemen
can eat. Every thing was first rate, except the
champagne, and that was by no means contempti-
ble. After this exhilarating liquor had gone round
freely, the wit began to flow and the mirth to fly.—
The motto seemed to be—

Let us drink and be merry—dance, laugh and rejoice,
With claret and sherry, theorbo and voice;
This changeable world to our joys is unjust,
All pleasure’s uncertain, all soon will be dust.
And he that laughs most, displace the most sense,
For we shall be nothing a hundred years hence.

“Hello B—–,” said Captain D—–, “where have
you been to?” “Just surveying the country,” said
he of steeple-chace notoriety; “but it wouldn’t do
to carry away Rothschild’s silver service, as you
did at Aylesburg, when you were an old Nimrod,”
said the conveyancer. “Don’t understand your
meaning,” chimed in Mr. H., “but never mind, I’ll
show you something you’ll understand, and I hope
appreciate; Mr. B—–, allow me to introduce you
to Miss G—–, who has many qualities that you ad-
mire.” Captain D—– took the hand of Mrs. A—–,
and another set was soon made up, and the dance
went on again with more spirit than ever.
was kept up with astonishing spirit to the last. It
would be impossible to do justice to all who looked
lovely and danced exquisitely on this really delight-
ful day. None seemed more pleased than the wor-
thy host and his fair lady, and we trust they may of-
ten experience as much pleasure in as short a time—
They achieved a great triumph, and what on happed
it’s value was, that to the majority it was compara-
tively unexpected; and we can only say of it, as the
poet says,

“Pleasure that comes unlocked for
Is thrice welcome! And if it stir the heart—
If aught be there that may hereafter, in a darker hour,
Wake recollection with a pleasing sigh—‘tis treasured up
Among the things most precious; and the day it came
Is noted as a white day in our lives.”

~Thank you again Keri for this wonderful transcription!


(1)cotillion: an elaborate dance with frequent changing of partners carried out under the leadership of one couple at formal balls.