Mrs. Lincoln’s Ball, first at White House

The first ball ever given in the White House came off to-night, says the Tribune’s correspondent of Thursday last.  We have read of the crews of sinking ships, when all hope had bled, throwing off all restraints, human and divine, and mingling their revolting orgies and mad carousels with the avenging spirit of the tempest, which was hurrying them to a swift and sure destruction …. Are the incumbents of the high places of trust and power mad or demented, that, in this dark hour of our history and our hopes, they desert their posts of duty to inaugurate the reign of Fashion, and worship at the shrine of Folly?  Or was there a shameless funeral wake over the unburied remains of a defunct Union?…”  (Liberator, Feb. 28, 1862, pg 2)

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