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THE SMART SET

Correspondence & Conversations

by

CLYDE FITCH

1897

Chicago & New York Herbert S. Stone & Co

Copyright, 1897, by Herbert S. Stone & Co.

TO

"MUMSY"

TO WHOM I OWE EVERYTHING FROM THE LITTLE BEGINNING OF MY LIFE

NEW YORK 1897

The Correspondence and the Conversations

PAGE

THE MAKEWAY BALL 3

THE PLAINTIFF 43

THE SUMMER 53

THE CHILDREN 65

MATERNITY 85

A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION 105

WAGNER, 1897 113

ART 131

SORROW 139

THE THEATRE 149

THE OPERA 159

A PERFECT DAY 167

THE WESTINGTON'S BOHEMIAN DINNER 175

THE GAMBLERS 187

The Makeway Ball

Five Letters

I. From Wm. H. Makeway II. From Mrs. Makeway III. From Miss Makeway IV. From a Guest V. From an Uninvited

The Smart Set

I

From Wm. H. Makeway to Joseph K. Makeway, of Denver.

New York, Jan. 12, 189 .

My Dear Brother:

You did well to stay West. Would to God I had! Julia's big party came off last night. I told her weeks ago, when she began insinuating it, that if it must be it must be, of course, and that I would pay all the bills, but I wished it distinctly understood I wouldn't have anything else to do with it. She assured me that nothing whatever would be expected of me. Unfortunately, she wasn't the only woman with an American husband, and that people would understand. She promised me I should have a voice in the matter of cigars and champagne you can know they were all right and I believe the success of the party was, in a great measure, due to them.

My having "nothing whatever to do" with it consisted in hearing nothing else discussed for days, and on the night in question having no room I could call my own, my bedroom being devoted to the men (of course you know that Julia and I haven't shared the same room for years, not since the six months she spent with her married sister, Lady Glenwill), my own sanctum down stairs was turned into a smoker, and I was obliged to hang around in any place I could find, all ready for the guests a couple of hours before they began to arrive. Of course, too, she finally bulldozed me into helping her receive. You see, the little woman really was worn out, for she had overseen everything. She is a wonder! There isn't an English servant in New York, or London, either, who can teach her anything, altho' our second footman happens to have been with the Duke of Cambridge at one time. Not that I care a damn about such things except that the Duke is a soldier but in speaking of them I get to taking Julia's point of view. I helped her receive some of the people, to sort of give her a feeling of not having the whole infernal thing on her own shoulders. Everybody Julia wanted came, and a great many she didn't want. I suppose out where you live you don't have to ask the people you don't want. Here it's much more likely you can't ask the people you do want. I have some business friends, first rate fellows, with good looking, dressy wives, but Julia bars them every one because they aren't fashionables. You ought to see me when I'm fashionable! The most miserable specimen you ever saw. I look just like one of the figures in a plate in a tailor's window, labeled "latest autumn fashions," and I feel like one, too... Continue reading book >>




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