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Sketch Of The Life, Personal Appearance, Character And Manners Of Charles S. Stratton, The Man In Miniature, Known As General Tom Thumb, And His Wife, Lavinia Warren Stratton; Including The History Of Their Courtship And Marriage, With Some Account Of Remarkable Dwarfs, Giants, & Other Human Phenomena, Of Ancient And Modern Times, And Songs Given At Their Public Levees
A CHAPTER ON GIANTS AND DWARFS.
RECEIVING, with an historical eye, the record of mankind, from the days of Eden to those of the Nineteenth Century, we meet with nearly an undeviating average of human size; and so little variableness has been found that we might consider the dimensions of our race, as far as height, size, and proportion are concerned, as approximating an almost universal standard, regarding striking and casual deviations from the usual mutations of mind and matter as only exceptions to the general rule. The mummies of Egypt -- the bones dug out of Indian mounds -- the relics of antiquated religious houses, and the remains found on battle-fields of only a few years' notoriety -- all exhibit the average height of the human species as six feet. We read in sacred history of the existence of a race of giants, before the flood, which afflicted the earth with carnage and conflict. The history of David has made every child familiar with that of his enemy, Goliath of Gath. Saul, King of Israel, was a head taller than the tallest captain of his hosts. One Roman Emperor attained the stature of nearly eight feet. In later days, we hear of O'Brien, the Irish giant, who was eight feet four inches in height; and M. Louis, the French giant, seven feet one inch in height. The Patagonians and inhabitants of Terra del Fuego, are said to average six feet nine inches in height. On the other hand, those who have failed to attain to the usual stature, and have fallen much under it, have also proved exceptions to the general law; and these instances, though, perhaps, not so numerous as the added size, have been far from few. As there were nations of giants, so there have been, and are, communities of dwarfs and pigmies. Ancient history speaks of a nation of pigmies in Thrace, only eighteen inches in height. The Esquimax are generally less than five feet in height, and the Laplanders scarcely average four feet. Dwarfs were in great demand among the ancient Romans, and were called Nadi or Nance. The wife of the Emperor AUGUSTUS had a dwarf named SONOPAS, who was two feet ten inches in height. In later days, we read of Geoffrey Hudson, a remarkable dwarf, eighteen inches high, and a great favorite with Charles I.; a Polish gentleman, Count Browlaski, who, at twenty years of age, was three feet high. Wybrand Solkes and Mlle. Teresia are also well known in Europe. Major Stevens, the first American dwarf exhibited, was forty inches in height. Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Stratton next claim public attention, all other dwarfs, in height and proportion, being far their inferiors, excepting, perhaps, the famous "$80,000" Commodore Nutt. (1)
(1) So called because that is the sum said to have been paid for his services for three years by P. T. Barnum.
GENERAL TOM THUMB, As he is best known, but whose real name is CHARLES S. STRATTON, was born in the town of Bridgeport, Connecticut, U. S. A., on the 4th day of January, 1838. His parents were persons about whom there existed no peculiarity, either in mental or physical organization. At his birth, the General (for so he has been styled by the united voices of his thousands of friends and admirers) weighed nine pounds and a half -- which is rather above the usual weight of children at birth -- so that he bid fair to become, indeed was, a bouncing boy. He grew, daily, like other children, until he attained the age of eighteen months, when Nature put a veto on his further upward progress, and ordered him forever afterwards to remain in statu quo. When he was two years old persons fancied that he had not grown an inch for some time: measures (tape ones) were resorted to for the purpose of ascertaining his stationary condition; but although in every other respect he improved with rapidity, not a hair's breadth was added to his stature. That he was no longer -- no shorter -- no heavier, but much handsomer, was accredited to him by every one. His appetite increased, although his stomach refused to grow larger; he never complained of sickness, but partook freely of the ordinary food, enjoyed refreshing sleep, and has always exhibited perfect health, with the exception of those slight colds to which the most robust are liable. His parents have had three other children, who are of the ordinary size. In fact, there is nothing in his history or appearance, or in that of his family, which furnishes the slightest clue to the astonishing phenomena which are presented by his miniature features and frame. After a suitable training, beneath the personal supervision of Mr. Barnum, he was introduced to the public, at Barnum's Museum, where throngs attended his levees. In January, 1844, he sailed for Europe, first appearing in Liverpool. Proceeding to London, he was patronized by the haut ton of that metropolis. Queen Victoria invited him to Buckingham Palace, where his lively good nature secured him instant success, and resulted in a second royal command, upon which occasion he was presented to the Prince of Wales and the Royal Family.
The Queen, at parting, handed him an elegant and costly gift. These precedents made the General the rage of London society. At the Queen Dowager Adelaide's palace, he was presented by her own hand with a dainty gold watch and chain, made expressly for his use. His Grace the Duke of Devonshire sent him a jeweled gold snuff-box, and, in fact, the nobility of England vied with one another in marks of favor, He also appeared in a play called "Hop o' my Thumb," written for him by the noted Albert Smith. Traversing England, Scotland, and Ireland, the little General proceeded to Paris. King Louis Philippe invited him to the Tuilleries, where the Royal Family feted and caressed him, making him many gifts. The excitable French nation thronged to behold this darling of Nature's handiwork, and his dramatic performance were wonderfully successful. After visiting the principal cities of France, he returned with Mr. Barnum to America his European reputation here attracting double numbers to his exhibitions. After a short sojourn at home, the General started on a triumphant tour of the United States, and in every one of the larger cities where he appeared, alike astonishing and delighting his audiences. He also visited Havana. In 1850, he made another trip with Barnum's Museum and Menagerie. Since the death of his father, in 1855, the General has traveled bravely "on his own hook," and in several characters showed much histrionic ability. His last great hit was in the role of Tom Tit, the comic negro boy in Mrs. H. B. Stowe's work, "Dred: a tale of the Dismal Swamp."
GENERAL TOM THUMB while living at Bridgeport, Connecticut, personally attends to his comfortable estate, leases his houses, collects his rents, and transacts all his own business, like other men. He keeps his yacht and his horses, carries firearms, made, of course, expressly for him, and when out West in 1861, shot several deer. The following item from the Bridgeport Standard of October 1862, shows that the general was anxiously looking for a suitable wife:
"A few months since the little General was made a Freemason. He has already taken three degrees, and expresses a determination to ascend the mystic ladder until he has reached the top round. Although General Tom Thumb has always lead a life of excitement, and twice, after retiring to private life, has felt compelled to exhibit himself again, to keep off the ennui, he remarked to the writer of this article last week, while quietly twirling his elegant little moustache, of which he seems quite proud, that he hoped one of these days to get married, 'in which event,' he added, with a roguish look, 'I guess that the cares of a family, added to my ordinary duties, will give me enough to occupy my attention, and prevent the necessity of again seeking the excitement of a traveling exhibition!'"
THE WARRENS AT HOME AND ABROAD.
THE name of WARREN has been rendered illustrious, in England and America, by the remarkable talents and peculiar traits of character that have distinguished noticeable men on both sides of the Atlantic. SAMUEL WARREN, D.C.L., attained great eminence in his profession, and was elected a member of Parliament in 1856. He is the author of "Ten Thousand a Year," and other popular works. The WARRENS of America occupy conspicuous positions in our country's history, and among them we mention JAMES WARREN, JOHN WARREN, and General JOSEPH WARREN, who, unwilling to leave the scene of conflict, during the battle of Bunker Hill, fell amid the storm of fire, exclaiming, " Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori."
MISS LAVINIA WARREN.
MISS LAVINIA WARREN was born, October 31, 1842, in Middleboro', Mass., where her parents, who are in comfortable circumstances, now reside. She has four brothers: one in the army, one in Utah, and two are living with their parents. She has also three sisters, two of whom are married they are all of the ordinary size, except the youngest, named Minnie, born June 8, 1846, who is even smaller than Lavinia, and a bright and beautiful young lady.
Until Lavinia was a year old, she was of the usual size; from that time she increased in stature slowly, and ceased growing entirely when she was ten years of age. She attended school regularly with other children in the neighborhood, and found no difficulty whatever in keeping up with them in the classes she attended. At home, her good mother taught her how to sew, knit, cook, and do all manner of housework, so that she is really a good housekeeper. She also has a knowledge of fancy work, practiced by ladies who have the leisure to devote themselves to it. She is, in a word, an accomplished lady -- intelligent, pleasant, modest, and agreeable. Although she has only the stature of a small child, she has the sense of a woman. She speaks like an educated, full-grown woman, and selects such topics of conversation as a mature woman would select. She taught school for several months in her native town. Her size is that of a child, her language that of an adult. She is a woman in miniature, weighing twenty-nine pounds, and measuring thirty-two inches in height. The reader may choose from his lady acquaintances a sparkling woman, with dark hair and black eyes, symmetrical figure and soft voice, and, in his imagination, reduce her to the dimensions above named, leaving her mental and moral faculties fully expanded, and he will have an idea of this charming little woman; or, he may reverse the picture, and select a child of perfect mold, with a finely-arched brow, dimpled cheeks, large, lustrous eyes, a nicely-chiseled mouth, a rich harvest of hair, and suddenly endow her with all the attributes and accomplishments of womanhood -- a heart to love, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute -- giving her wit, imagination, humor, judgment, &c. He may fancy such a child using elegant language -- appreciating music, poetry, eloquence, painting, and statuary -- traveling unattended (as she has done, from Boston to Buffalo), going through the streets shopping -- waltzing in the ball-room -- singing sentimental and patriotic songs -- writing letters to friends -- keeping a journal, etc. When this little lady stopped at the St. Nicholas Hotel, she was visited by many hundreds of the elite and literati New York; and, although she is naturally diffident and retiring, she never failed to interest her visitors, and leave upon their minds a favorable impression, constantly bringing to their recollection the old proverb, that "Nature puts up her choice materials in small parcels."
Miss WARREN is perfectly developed, she enjoys excellent health, and is entirely free from deformity and every drawback that would give pain to the spectator. Having lived at her quiet home, under the parental roof where kind friends have watched over her welfare, she has no remarkable events to record, no startling incidents to relate -- she is a living wonder, and needs no marvelous history to kindle public curiosity. While we look upon giants with awe, perhaps admiration, we approach this petite piece of humanity with love, and make a pet of her, in spite of ourselves. Her personal beauty, her brilliant conversation, her modest deportment, win their way to the heart, however ascetic may be the temperament. We look at her, and we know that her diminished stature does not arise from compression or mutilation, but from natural causes alone, and we are led to exclaim, "How rare and remarkable the phenomena."
TERESIA, the "Corsican fairy," called so in consequence of the place of her birth (which occurred in 1743), was noted for physical beauty and intellectual sprightliness. Like Miss WARREN, she was charming in conversation, indeed she spoke several languages. She was exhibited in London, and created a furor of curiosity at that time, in the great metropolis; but she was two inches taller than Miss WARREN. It may not be amiss here to refer to the opinion of the Press respecting Miss WARREN.
OPINIONS OF THE PRESS.
The N. Y. TRIBUNE, of Dec. 23, 1862, says of her:
"Yesterday we saw a very pretty and intelligent little lady at the St. Nicholas Hotel, in this city. This woman in miniature is 21 years of age, weighs 29 pounds, and measures 32 inches in height. She enjoys excellent health -- has a symmetrical form, and a perfect physical development. She has a full, round, dimpled face, and her fine black eyes fairly sparkle when she becomes interested in conversation. She moves about the drawing-room with the grace and dignity of a queen, and yet she is entirely devoid of affectation, is modest and lady-like in her deportment. Her voice is soft and sweet, and she sings excellently well. This charming little woman was born in Middleboro', Plymouth County, Mass. Her parents are of ordinary size and stature. Miss Warren dresses richly and with exquisite taste. She is receiving, in her private parlor, visits from some of the more prominent families in this city."
The New York Times, of same date, says:
"We attended Miss Warren's reception yesterday at the St. Nicholas. It was a festive gathering. All were paying court to a very beautiful, an exceedingly symmetrical, a remarkably well developed, and an absolutely choice specimen of feminine humanity, whose silken tresses beautified and adorned a head, the top of which was not quite thirty-two inches from the floor. In other words, we saw a miniature woman -- aye, and the queen of them. Her face is bright and sweet, her eyes brilliant and intelligent, her form faultless, end her manner that of the woman of the world. What more could we desire?"
The New York Sun, of same date, also says:
"There is a little lady at the St. Nicholas Hotel who bids fair to throw the career of Tom Thumb, and the efforts of the great Barnum himself, in dwarf operations, entirely in the shade. This miniature Queen of the Lilliputs is but 32 inches high, 21 years old, and of excellent form. Her dresses are magnificent, being clothed at the rate of $2,000 per outfit, and sparkling with jewels and splendor. Many would deem it a show to see the dress, but dress and contents together are a little ahead of anything which tiny hoops have inclosed for man a year."
The New York COMMERCIAL ADVERTISER says:
"They found Miss Warren to be one of the most extraordinary little ladies at any time seen in this age of extraordinary beings. She is twenty-one years old, is beautifully developed in physical form, and has great mental aptitude. Her size is so small that a baby-chair is quite large enough for her to sit upon! She has rich, dark, waving hair, large, brilliant, and intelligent eyes, and an exquisitely modeled neck and shoulders. Her bust would be a study for a sculptor, and the symmetry of her form is such that, were she of the average size, she would be one of the most handsome of women. She is now -- but in a miniature form."
Little Lavinia Warren, who has been for several days past holding levees at the St. Nicholas Hotel, has received from Barnum an offer of one thousand dollars per week to exhibit in the Museum. The little lady -- certainly an astonishing specimen of minute humanity -- declines the offer in the following piquant epistle:
"ST. NICHOLAS HOTEL, December 26, 1862 "P. T. BARNUM, Esq. -- Dear sir -- In reply to your note of this morning, I beg to say, that in consequence of Messrs. Ball & Black not being able to complete all the jewels that I ordered so soon as they expected, my departure for London will be delayed a week or two. I, however, visit Boston to-morrow, and as I do not contemplate giving public exhibitions until I have appeared before the Courts of Europe, and perhaps not even then, I must respectfully decline your offer. "Your obedient servant, "LAVINIA WARREN" -- New York Tribune
BARNUM vs. QUEEN VICTORIA -- THE SHOWMAN VICTORIOUS
The indefatigable Barnum, who in vain offered the miniature lady, Miss Lavinia Warren, a thousand dollars per week for public exhibition, it seems was determined not to give it up so. The little lady arrived at the Parker House Monday night. Barnum arrived at the Winthrop House Tuesday morning. It now appears that the showman came by the way of Middleboro', where he found the parents of Miss Warren, and induced them to accompany him to Boston. Having probably plied them with golden arguments, he called a family council yesterday (the little Queen, of course, presiding), and after a lenghty debate, which was resumed in the evening, the petite aspirant for the honors of foreign courts yielded, and forthwith a treaty was drawn and signed by the high contracting parties, by which it is stipulated that the sovereigns of America (the sovereign people) shall be permitted to attend the public levees of their citizen Queen, at such times and places for the space of three or four weeks, as Mr. Barnum shall provide. At the conclusion of this engagement, little Miss Warren will start for the Courts of Europe with a few extra thousands in her pocket. Barnum will, doubtless, exhibit her with Commodore Nutt, and it will indeed be a sight to behold "a fully developed lady and gentleman whose united weight is less than fifty pounds!" -- Boston Transcript
Miss WARREN left her pleasant home in the country, with the firm determination to visit Europe and gratify her inclination to travel. While in Boston she was introduced to Mr. STRATTON (General TOM THUMB), but the meeting was of short duration, and nothing transpired to indicate the course that love was taking, save the interchange of glances. The mother of Lavinia, who was present, looked upon Mr. STRATTON as a rival to her daughter, and made him the subject of criticism. She thought he was proud and aristocratic -- besides he was cultivating a moustache, which was very offensive to her. When the little "Queen of Beauty" arrived at the St. Nicholas Hotel, in New York, she was visited by the elite and literati of Gotham -- the newspapers gave graphic and truthful pictures of her charms and accomplishments, and among her many admirers was Mr. STRATTON, whose eyes had been entangled with hers at their first meeting in Boston.
Whatever may have been her emotions, with true womanly secretiveness, she kept them to herself, saying little or nothing about the little beau, who was now completely smitten by her. When she made a contract with Mr. Barnum to appear before the public, Mr. S. found peculiar attractions at the Museum -- and turning his back upon Bridgeport and making the Museum his headquarters, he watched for opportunities to secure the society of Miss W. When she left the stage he was near by to conduct her gallantly to her apartment. No other person had a chance to escort her to her quarters, for her devoted lover was ever watchful and always present to perform that agreeable task.
With a frankness which is commendable, Mr. STRATTON made an early avowal of his passion -- but his emotions needed no embodiment in language, for his eyes had already told the story of his love. Miss WARREN, who dislikes affectation, and who is as truthful as she is fascinating, did not discourage the attentions of her lover. She acknowledged that his society was very agreeable to her, and that his absence was to her a source of pain. Emboldened by the encouragement which he met in his career of courtship, he courageously, but courteously, "popped the question," to which Miss W. replied that she loved him, but could not agree to marry him without the consent of her parents -- and "you know," she added, archly, "that mother objects to your moustache." "I will cut that off and my ears also, if that will induce you to give an affirmative answer to my question." Little was said, but a great deal was understood, and no time was lost in ascertaining the opinion of the parents of Miss WARREN -- indeed, so anxious was Mr. STRATTON to know their decision, that he dispatched a messenger to Massachusetts, the next day, to find out the fate that awaited him in the future.
At first it was announced that the wedding would take place on St. Valentine's Day -- the time when Cupid drives his team of white sparrows, and rides in a coach of lily leaves, shooting his arrows at all who are susceptible of the tender passion -- leaving dimples in the cheeks and chins of the victims who are pierced by his arrows -- but Mr. STRATTON did not like to delay the ceremony, although Mr. BARNUM exerted the utmost of his endeavors to have him postpone the tying of the nuptial knot as long as possible, since the "little woman" was a star of attraction that crowded the Museum day and night.
In due time the messenger came, and the report was favorable. Had the report been adverse to their wishes, it would not have prevented the alliance, for the parties were of age, and competent, in every sense of that word, to act for themselves. Mr. STRATTON has an ample fortune, and the financiering skill and experience to take care of it. Miss WARREN, being of age, had a right to accept the hand and the heart of the gallant little General.
Their marriage became the topic of conversation in all circles of society, and especially in fashionable conclaves, the creme de la creme sought opportunities to see the prospective groom and bride, and endeavored to secure an invitation to be present at the nuptials.
A GREAT TALK ABOUT LITTLE FOLKS. -- Among the prominent topics of discussion at this time, is the marriage of Gen. Tom Thumb. The remarkable and charming Miss Warren, who is to be the bride of the occasion, holds her levees daily at the Museum, whither crowds of all classes in society daily press to enjoy an interview with her.
Unlike all the dwarfs we have ever seen previously, Miss Warren has no feature or characteristic in person or voice to repel, but on the other hand, from the perfect symmetry and beautiful developments of body and mind, attracts the admiration of all. The marriage ceremony is appointed for the 10th of February. -- New York Observer, January 29, 1863.
On Tuesday, the tenth of February, 1863, the grand national event of the season transpired; time, noon; scene, Grace Church; Chief actors, General Charles Thomas Thumb Stratton, Miss Lavinia Warren, Commodore Nutt, and Miss Minnie Warren. The mind of New York had been previously excited to a high degree by its announcement; the coming event "had cast its shadows before" in the shape of comely cards, gotten up strictly after la mode's latest edict, being bits of prettily printed pasteboard, got up in Gimbrede's best and latest style -- for which fabulous sums were offered, in some instances fifty dollars each -- but for whose possession Barnum was not to be bribed, they being distributed with a serene eye to the eclat of the occasion. The wedding guests, were selected from among the haut ton of Gotham, and the celebrities of the country. The President, and many members of the Cabinet were among those invited; also the Foreign Ministers; nor were the noble men fresh from fields where laurels had crowned their brows, forgotten.
Before the hour of high noon, designated, the entire neighborhood of Grace Church was thronged by expectant and smiling crowds, awaiting the coming of the happy pair and their attendants, and examining, with ill-concealed envy, the scores of carriages that bore to the scene of action the favored ones of wedding-card good fortune. All stages and vehicles had been turned from the route, by order of the police, whose co-operation had been obtained by the fatherly foresight of the presiding genii, P.T. Barnum, and which, no less than the self-respect and decorum that always characterizes an American crowd, secured the utmost quiet and order; and an outsider could only have discovered the marriage to have been one of peculiar and touching interest from The snatches of feminine gossip, in which small-sized adjectives and diminutive ejaculations were profusely employed.
The interior of the church was crowded with a gay assemblage of the youth, beauty, wealth, and worth of the metropolis. The cards of invitation had requested full dress, which was, in most instances, complied with, so that the swarming, bustling congregation resembled one vast parterre of brilliant tulips all ablaze in the mid-day sun. Major-General Ambrose L. Burnside was, perhaps, the most notable guest who " assisted" upon the extraordinary occasion. While awaiting the arrival of the bridal party, the grand organ poured forth its lordly strains beneath the musical fingers of Mr. Morgan, the church organist.
THE NUPTIAL DAYS.
To the diminutive Stratton-Warren bridal pair, the ordinary arrangements of the chancel would have been far too Brobdignagian. The chancel rail would have towered above their heads, and the chancel steps would have proved heights beyond their powers to scale. Therefore, a neat platform was erected in front of the chancel, to the right of the pulpit, carpeted like the aisles, six steps leading to it, and spanning the three ordinary steps which suffice for ordinary-sized mortals. The platform was prettily bordered with gilded mouldings, and the surface of it was at about half the height of the chancel rail.
The arrival at the church of the Rev. Mr. Willey, one of the officiating clergymen, caused a great excitement in the congregation, and everybody rose to get a better view of the expected couple. But the alarm proved false. The flutter was, however, renewed when Rev. Dr. Taylor, Rev. Mr. Willey, and two other clergymen entered the chancel in clerical robes, and took their seats, awaiting the arrival of the man and woman soon to be joined in the bonds. The organist then striking up a lively strain, the audience, like the individual spoken of by the ancient mariner, became excited: "The wedding guest here beat his breast, He heard the loud bassoons,"
After sundry false alarms, and consequent stirrings and settlings, finally the bridal cortege appeared. Foremost towered the great Barnum the tutelary genius of the little couple, some attaches of Queen Lavinia's court, members of the General's staff, and family friends; but these were hardly glanced at, the dainty darlings of the public forming the cynosure of all eyes. The imperturbable Commodore Nutt led the way, escorting, with the grace of a Beau Brumwell, the tiny bridesmaid, Miss Minnie Warren, a sister of the bride elect. Close followed the world renowned General, with the fair one upon his arm, who was about to barter her maiden liberty.
"For a mate, and for a ring."
As they emerged into the open space before the chancel, and came, into the full sight of the audience, irrepressible exclamations of delighted astonishment tinkled all over the house; ladies stood on tip-toe, some daring ones of small stature actually mounting the seats, so eager in their pleasurable excitement to see, that they overlooked the possibility of being seen, and masculine necks were stretched as far as white neck ties would permit. And yet no sooner had the four tiny mites arranged themselves in the prescribed form for the marital ceremony, than the voice of the Rev. Mr. Willey, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, secured perfect silence, and reverent attention, while in the hearts of all the "goodlie companie" of "fair women and brave men " gathered there, arose a prayerful wish for the perfect peace and prosperity of the fairy like pair. The bride was given away at the request of her parents, by the Rev. Dr. Putman, of Middleboro, and the words of the service were repeated with audible distinctness by both bride and groom, each seeming to deeply realize the solemnity of the hour. Their manner was marked by that courtly ease and self possession which can only be obtained by intercourse with the world and indifference to crowds. The benediction was pronounced by the Rev. Dr. Taylor, Rector of Grace Church, whereupon the General saluted his wife with an honest kiss, the last of nearly three million pressed in public upon the lips of his lady admirers.
General Thumb looked the respectable gentleman in miniature, a full dress suit of the finest broad cloth, vest of white corded silk, with blue silk under vest, white gloves and shining boots.
Commodore Nutt was similarly attired, with a pink under vest, typifing easy hopes, as the blue of the groom spoke of secured happiness.
The graceful form of the lady bride was displayed to peculiar advantage in her bridal robe of snowy satin, its skirt, fashioned with a flowing train, was decorated with a superb point lace flounce, which cost its half hundred a yard. This was bended by tulle and satin touillouns. The decalleti corsage was adorned with a berthe en suite. Her massive hair, slightly waved, was rolled a la Eugenie in front, and elaborately puffed in noeuds behind, forming the outspread wings of a butterfly; with these the bridal veil was interwoven, and fell
"Mellowing all that pomp and light
Above her brow sparkled a diamond star, while natural orange blossoms "breathed their lives out sweetly there" and mingled their fragrance with the soft sighs of her gentle bosom. Roses and japonicas composed a star-shaped bouquet, which she held in her just bestowed hand. White satin slippers, with rosettes and ornaments of seed pearls and lace, the inevitable and tiny white gloves and a point lace mouchoir, fit to absorb the sighs of an air sprite, completed a costume at once tasteful and becoming. The brides jewels consisted of a complete parure of diamonds, comprising a superb necklace, with pendants like strung dew-drops; bracelets and broach of star design; earrings, solitaires, with pear-shaped pendants, while two diamond pins fastened the mystic Veil.
The tiny bridesmaid, who had just attained sweet sixteen, wore a white silk dress covered with tulle puffings, interspersed with bright rosebuds, the low-necked corsage having a berthe to match. A wreath of small roses rested on her short curls, and unobtrusive diamond ornaments completed her toilette.
As they left the church, Morgans organ rolled out the inspiring harmony of Mendelssohn's Wedding March, to whose grand measure Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Stratton, no longer twain but one flesh, marched down the aisle. Re-entering the carriages in waiting, they were rapidly driven through the animated crowds that nearly blocked Broadway, to the Metropolitan Hotel, where they "received" their "clear five thosand friends," from one until three o'clock." Here they melted like quicksilver through the yielding crowd, which rained down upon them a shower of compliments and a storm of searching glances. "Isn't she pretty!" "How graceful!" "How beautiful!" "How queenly!" "How matronly!" "How charming!" "Dear little creatures!" "Was there ever anything so lovely?" "Was there ever such a picture ?" "Isn't it nice?" "What a manly bearing he has!" "It's like a fairy scene!" "Isn't it wonderful!" "Did you ever?" &c., &c. Amid all of which the smiling twins -- for such they seemed -- were eventually guided to their pedestal, the piano, on which they were speedily raised by the athlete Dibblee, and all was ready for receiving the visitors with a nod, or a shake of the hand, as the circumstances might prompt. The General and his lady had a smile and a bow for all, and manifested so much spirit, gaiety, and life, that all were charmed beyond measure; in fact, Mr. and Mrs. Stratton acted as if they had been in the habit of being married. The veteran Commodore Nutt occupied his position on the right of the groom, and the petite Minnie Warren on the left of the bride, with becoming gravity, and were likewise the centre of attraction. Of course there were many suggestions that they would form the next match, to all of which they replied good-naturedly.
AT THE HOTEL.
The brilliant assemblage, the delicious music, the merry laughter, the surging sea of laces, tulle, silk, satin, broadcloth, moire antique, muslin, velvet, furs, and fine feathers of every imaginable hue and material, have rarely been surpassed, even in the gorgeous halls of the Metropolitan. All that the Messrs. Lelands could do for their guests was done, and if a hundred or so did accidentally stray into the dining-room, it seemed to be considered in the programme of enjoyment, down to the happy moment when the twain retired.
Upon leaving the hotel, the guests were supplied with wedding cake (2) , over two thousand boxes being thus distributed. In a parlor adjoining that used for the reception, were exhibited the bridal presents, of which the following is a list. The jewelry and silver ware were displayed in glass cases.
(2) The bridal cake, furnished by Barmore, of Broadway, weighed eighty pounds, the base gracefully ornamented with leaves of the forest, surmounted with shells of the ocean, with scrolls neatly entwined, on which tested a magnificent Egyptian Temple of Fame, each column bearing cupids and angels, with scrolls and harps, recording the nuptial vows of the youthful couple standing beneath its splendid arches, while the reverend doctor pronounces the blessing. On the extreme top is seen the Angel of Fame, proclaiming to the world that two beings are made happy. At the base are cupids scattering flowers from horns of plenty, as they glide along life's voyage. In point of beauty and workmanship, it was the nonpariel of bridal cake.
The following are a few only of the many bridal gifts presented to the happy pair.
The gifts of Mr. Stratton to his bride were purchased of Messrs. Ball, Black & Co., and, altogether, present one of the rarest and most magnificent collections of jewels we have ever beheld. The selections were made by the General in propria personne, and we would here take occasion to remark, that he possesses fine taste in these matters, and, a rare discrimination as to qualities.
The necklace is composed of clusters of diamonds of the finest water with tiny and graceful pendants of the same jewels. The chain itself is a superb piece of workmanship. The diamond hair-pins are unique and elegant, being composed of clusters of the costly jewel, set in the most superb style, with pendants. The brooch forms an eight-pointed star, with a little knob between each, the whole piece being ablaze with diamonds. The bracelets are set with large diamonds, in the star-form, to match the brooch and hair-pins, the band being of eighteen carat gold, rich wrought.
The diamond ear-rings, of which there are two pairs, are of elegant design, and heavily set with diamonds.
A coral and gold-set brooch, ear-rings, and studs, of the finest-workmanship, was presented by Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt.
Messrs, Ball, Black & Co., whose Palace of Diamonds in Broadway, is known by all lovers of' rich and beautiful works of art throughout America, presented the bride with a magnificent diamond-studded watch and chatelaine pin, valued at about $500. The watch, of tiny proportions, was inclosed within two enameled grape leaves, which, parting by means of a spring in the stem, disclosed the dial. On each leaf rested a miniature bunch of diamond grapes. The chatelaine pin corresponded with the watch in form and ornamentation.
Pair of silver cups and saucers lined with gold, by Mrs. Wm. Bassett.
Elegant silver miniature tea set, by Mrs. James Gordon Bennett.
A most splendid set of charms was presented to the bride by August Belmont, Esq. The design and workmanship of these golden souvenirs are very chaste: a cupid's bow and quiver, a cap of liberty, a watch-key, seal, &c.; the whole inclosed in a richly ornamented case.
Beautiful necklace of Truscan gold, by Mrs. Belmont.
Coral leaf brooch and ear-rings with diamond centre, by Mrs. Astor.
An elegant chair, about a foot in height, made of rosewood, richly carved, and upholstered with blue velvet; by Mr. G. Herter, No. 547 Broadway.
A basket of splendid fresh fruit, embracing every variety, and bearing a card which read: "Fort Warren, or Fortress Warren -- Presented to General Tom Thumb, in appreciation of his efforts to aid the Union cause," by Mr. J. S. Parmelee, 585 Broadway.
A set of silver goblets and salver; by Mrs. Livingston.
An elegant diamond ring; by Commodore Nutt.
A black fan, composed entirely of feathers, the handle of gold; by Mrs. Ashmell.
Coral and diamond set by Mr. Clark.
A pair of lavender-colored kid slippers, profusely ornamented with point lace; by Mr. E. A. Brooks.
A small billiard table, presented by Phelan & Collender, with balls, cues, and rack to match. The dimensions of the table are 3x6 feet; it is perfect in every particular, being elaborately carved and inlaid with small diamond-shaped pieces of ivory.
A miniature silver horse and chariot; by Tiffany & Co. The vehicle is ornamented with rubies, the eyes of the charger being garnet. The whole is in the chastest style of fillagree work, and is a model of beauty and art.
Elegant and elaborate dressing-case; by Mr. H. A. Spalding.
A magnificent miniature set of church service books, mounted in gold, morocco case; by Dr. Henry Rallton.
A set of silver salt cellars, with silver castor; by Mrs. Stratton (the groom's mother)
A set of coffee spoons, silver, lined with gold; by Mrs. Quackenboss.
A set of salt cellars and tea spoons; by Mrs. C.A. Phelps.
A head-dress of white French flowers, surmounted by a humming bird; by Madame Tilman, of Ninth street, N.Y. The same lady presented the sister of the bride -- Miss Minnie Warren -- with a similar head-dress.
Beautiful and complete dressing-case, by Mrs. S.H. Hurd.
Magnificent bronze clock and vases; by Mrs. Howland.
Elegant malachite stand; by Mrs. Thorne.
Gold and pearl card receiver; by Mrs. Stuart.
An elegant miniature sewing machine, presented by the Wheeler and Wilson Manufacturing Company. It is silver plated, and mounted in a richly carved rose-wood case lined with satin wood, and the panels inlaid with tasteful devices. The height of the case is 26 inches; its length 21; and depth 16 inches. It is furnished with drawers, and all the ordinary appliances of this celebrated machine. Although of petite dimensions suited to the little lady, the machine works as effectually as those of larger patterns, and Madame Thumb will prove too much of a woman to employ it always in making dolls clothing.
Splendid Afghan, gorgeous colors, bearing the little General's coat of arms; by Madame Josephone Baunn, 837 Broadway.
Elegant miniature set of parlor furniture in ebony and gold by Mrs. George A. Wells.
Beautiful photograph album for 200 pictures, heavy binding, elaborately decorated and gold mounted; by Messrs. E. & H. T. Anthony, 501 Broadway.
Complete dinner set of the richest porcelain and gold, numbering 127 pieces; by Mrs. E. N. Roosevelt.
Dining silver plated chafing dishes and covers, 14 in number, very beautiful and costly, by Mrs. Greeley.
Beautiful dessert service (Sevres porcelain), harlequin pattern, 84 pieces; by Mrs. including vases and fruit-stands; Mr. and Mrs. Lennox.
Magnificent book-case (papier mache), richly inlaid with gold, silver, and pearl; Mr. S. Draper.
Gorgeous set of Chinese fire-screens corresponding in style with the above; Mrs. Lincoln.
Among the many costly presents from Mr. Barnum, is one of the most curious pieces of mechanism ever devised by the cunning hand of an artist. It is an elaborately wrought casket of tortoise shell. Upon pressing a spring, a diminutive bird, clad in natural feathers, rises from within, and sings very deliciously. It shakes its brilliant plumage, and is so exceedingly life-like in all its motions, that the spectator might be pardoned for believing it to be a genuine bird. This ingenious toy was purchased in London, many years since, for one hundred pounds. It is probably of Swiss manufacture.
These and numerous other valuable presents, added to the costly gifts presented to General Tom Thumb in former days by QueenVictoria, King Louis Phillipe, Emperor Nicholas, and various other crowned heads, as well as the nobility of Europe, and eminent Americans form of themselves a collection worth going many miles to see. Such of these presents as can be easily transported, are exhibited at all the public levees of General Tom Thumb and his wife.
The material is a superb quality of taffetas, changing from pale amber to a silvery white, and producing a peculiarly rich and delicate tint. The skirt, cut en traine, is ornamented to represent the emblems of different nationalities on each separate breadth, connected at each seam by Marabout feathers, and lace, altogether forming an elegant border round the skirt. The design in front of the dress represents Growing Corn for America -- on the right a Rose for England, encircled by buds, and leaves -- on the left, Laurel for France -- and on the remaining breadths are exhibited an Acorn, in oak leaves, for Germany -- a Shamrock for Ireland -- the Thistle for Scotland, and a Vine, with cluster of Grapes, for Italy. The designs are traced in very narrow folds of white satin, their effect being heightened where it is necessary to their representation, and raised appearance with narrow point applique. The side is looped up, nearly to the waist, in a regal style, over a petticoat of white glace silk, covered with puffings of fine tulle, the divisions being traced with seed pearls. The corsage is arranged with tiny folds of white satin, edged with point applique describing a little pocket rounded off from the stomacher. The sleeves are short and trimmed to match the corsage.
This magnificent dress was ordered by Mr. Barnum, who gave carte blanche, as to style and cost, and was designed and made by Madame Demorest, No. 473 Broadway.
At 10 o'clock in the evening the New York Excelsior Band serenaded the bridal party at the Metropolitan. The street in front of this hotel was so densely crowded with people, that stages and other vehicles were brought to a stand-still, or obliged to turn off through other streets, in order to pursue their way. After the band had played several airs, Mr. Stratton appeared upon balcony, and was greeted with cheers. Order having been restored, the little man addressed the assemblage as follows:
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN -- I thank you most sincerely for this, and many other tokens of kindness showered upon me to-day. After being for more than twenty years before the public, I little expected, at this late day, to attract so much attention. Indeed, if I had not become a "family man," I should never have known how high I stood in public favor, and I assure you I appreciate highly and am truly grateful for this evidence of your esteem and consideration. I am soon off for foreign lands, but I shall take with me the pleasant recollection of your kindness to-day. But, ladies and gentlemen, a little woman in the adjoining apartment is very anxious to see me, and I must, therefore, make this speech, like myself -- short. I kindly thank the excellent band of music for its melody, the sweetness of which is only exceeded by my anticipations of happiness in the new life before me. And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, wishing you all, health and happiness, I bid you all a cordial good-night. -Applause.-
NEWSPAPER ACCOUNTS OF THE MARRIAGE.
On the day following, the Tribune Herald, Times, World, Sun, Evening Post, Commercial Advertiser, and other journals, laid before their readers graphic accounts of the marriage. Several of the above -- mentioned papers devoting upwards of two and three columns of their space to elaborate reports of a wedding, the like of which never before was seen in any country, and which, unless the seconds in the affair should prove imitators, can not be duplicated in this century.
The staid and sober old New York Observer:
The doubts which have held place in so many minds, as to whether Tom Thumb and Miss Warren were really to be married, were dispelled at 12 o'clock on Tuesday, at Grace Church, by the actual marriage ceremony which made them man and wife, before nearly a thousand witnesses. The arrangements on the occasion did credit to all the parties concerned.
It is the event of the century, if not unparalleled in history. We know of no instance of the kind before where such diminutive and yet perfect specimens of humanity have been joined in wedlock. Sacred as was the place, and as should be the occasion, it was difficult to repress a smile when the Rev. Mr. Willey, of Bridgeport, said, in the ceremony -- 'You take this woman,' and 'You take this man,' &c. Commodore Nutt was the groomsman, and a sister of Miss Warren the bridesmaid on the occasion. The latter is now sixteen years old, and not more than two-thirds the size of Mrs. Stratton (the bride). Like her, she is a little paragon of beauty and perfection of form. The bridal gifts displayed at the reception at the Metropolitan Hotel were, next to the Liliputians, the centre of attraction of all the guests."
The New York Herald says:
We entered the sacred edifice. Grand, solemn, and silent dim aisles -- "storied windows richly eight," etc. -- and here, indeed, was the show. If we had thought it a delicious jam outside, what shall we say of it within? Here, indeed, was the true "vision of fair women." Here was the carnival of crinoline, the apotheosis of purple and fine linen. Never before was the scarlet lady seen to such advantage. Babylon was a rag-fair to it.
Ah! The musical rustle of silk as they passed us by; the lace! the feathers! the gems -- and "the shining eyes like antique jewels set in Parian statue-stone."
There were silks of every possible hue, and thus a rich variety of colors in the picture. There was, too, every possible species of toilet -- dainty head-dresses, delicate bonnets, and whatever can make the sex beautiful, and lead every body else into temptation.
But, beautiful as they were, they were not dwarfs. How many wished they were! How many regretted their "superb abundance!"
Around the chancel, up and down the aisles, here, there, and everywhere throughout the church there were policemen, and order reigned in the matrimonial Warsaw.
So we quietly took our comfortable seat, and listened to the magnificent organ and Morgan, who, between them, gave the overtures to "William Tell," and "Oberon," a march from "Tannhauser," and from "Robert the Devil," the air "Robert Toi que Jaime."
As it became quiet in the church it became every minute more and more like a fairy festival. The music "groaning like a god in pain," the whole body of the church filled with beautifully-dressed women, and shed over all a luxury of golden light streaming in through the windows "diamonded with panes of quaint device." All these made it seem less like a matter of every day nonsense, than like the action of some old romantic story.
There were several false alarms before the bridal party arrived. Then in came the great Barnum and several of the relatives of the happy pair, and took their seats; and in a few moments more the stir and the buzz of voices near to the door told of the real arrival.
Commodore Nutt and Minnie Warren (the bride's sister) led the way, and the bride and bridegroom came after.
Every body was on the cushions at once, and eager to see, though none could do so, save the few who sat along by the middle aisle. But the murmur of voices and little exclamations and laughs followed the party, and marked their very slow progress up the aisle, until they reached the open space and ascended the steps of the little dais prepared for them in front of the chancel rail.
Then the nonchalant Nutt handed his lady to the opposite side, Thumb and the bride stepped between, and there was the bridal party.
Now Nutt, for size, is such a man as might be made after supper of a cheese-paring. He is a full head shorter than Tom Thumb, but is self-possessed and easy to the most perfect extent. Tom Thumb is also considerably stouter than Nutt. He, a veteran in the show business, was also, of course, quite at his ease.
Lavinia is a little lady of very fair proportions, decidedly of the plump style of beauty, with a well-rounded arm and full bust, and all the appearance of amiable enbon-point. Her countenance is animated and agreeable; complexion decidedly brunette, black hair, very dark eyes, rounded forehead, and dimpled cheeks and chin.
Her little sister is, to our heretical taste, the prettier of two.
Altogether they made, after all, a dainty little group.
It was the great moment of the great show; the ladies were in such extreme ecstasies that there was perfect silence, and the Rev. Mr. Willey came forward and read the marriage rite. Thumb and Lavinia responded clearly and affirmatively at the proper places, and in due time a very tall and very slim gentleman, in very black clothes, the very essence of respectability, ascended the steps of the dais with the measured tread of the Commander in "Don Juan," though he did not make so much noise about it, and gave the bride away.
Then they knelt for prayer, and the rich sunlight fell through the painted windows upon them --
And threw warm gules upon the bride's fair breast, As down she knelt for Heaven's grace and boon; Rose bloom fell on her hands together prest, And on her silver cross soft amethyst, And on her hair a glory like a saint.
Upon the conclusion of the ceremony, Dr. Taylor, the Rector of Grace Church, pronounced the benediction. Bishop Potter was not present. The Potter was afraid to mold into one these two little bits of the precious porcelain of human clay?
THE BRIDAL TOUR.
On the day succeeding the marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Stratton left New York to visit Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, and the residences of their respective parents in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The following extract from the Philadelphia Press, presents a pleasing picture of the reception given the little couple in the Quaker city.
GENERAL TOM THUMB IN PHILADELPHIA
THE RECEPTION AT THE CONTINENTAL.
The expectation of the arrival of General Tom Thumb and his bride, created a maximum of excitement in the extended vicinity of every spot where it was hoped he would set foot. Notwithstanding all the laudable means taken to make the affair as exclusive as possible, a mass of people were on tip-toe with curiosity and eagerness. At seven o'clock last evening the momentous arrival took place. The consequence of the first intimation of this was a general and immediate rush, on the part of the ladies particularly. Some of these were strolling at the time up and down the corridors; some were reading "no Name," in the parlors; some were completing their after-dinner naps before grate fires; some were dressing for the occasion; and all were either thinking or dreaming of the impending crisis. Be this, however, as it may, it is certain that a universal rush betokened the arrival of the mimic miniature Adam and Eve -- the Oberon and Titania of the modern epoch. How they got out of the carriage, probably neither themselves nor the fast thickening crowd never knew and never will know. How they ascended the staircase and made their entree into parlor 22, must be a matter of mystification to them to their dying days. That they did get there is certain.
THE PARLOR into which they were ushered made a very good reception room for bride and groom. Perhaps Mrs. General Tom Thumb only sighed for furniture less Brobdignagian, and longed for a cabinetmaker with Gulliver's accuracy of execution. But "why should Titania cross her Oberon?" If this wish was felt the little lady never evinced it. She could truly quote Shakspeare in saying: "I jest with Oberon, and make him smile!" General Tom Thumb was during the whole evening as smiling as smiling could be. The parlor was furnished as parlors of hotels usually are under the circumstances. There was velvet carpet, a chaste mirror, a glowing grate, a shining chandelier, a little stand laid with brown bread and toasted muffins, a table tastefully laid a neat supper, chairs and sofas sufficient to make the crowd thicker still.
THE BRIDE AND BRIDEGROOM stood on the east side of the room, during the hour of reception. The face of General Tom Thumb literally brimmed with happiness. He suggested the idea of a bottle of champagne when the cork's drawn; he looked like a little Adam, who had just waked up and found a certain Lavinia Warren Eve ready waiting for him, and manufactured out of his ribs. The General has reason to be happy and proud. The little lady who stood demurely at his side is a dictionary of beauty and sweetness. Her face is beautiful, both in regularity of feature and amiability of expression. Her delicate, cheeks were somewhat, but not unbecomingly, flushed by the excitement of the occasion.
THE DRESS OF THE BRIDE was elegant and unique. It consisted of white satin, sprinkled with rich green leaves, and looped with carnation buds. Her hair was arranged ordule in front, and relexe in double rolls. Her tiny, snowflake hands were arrayed in white kids. She received the congratulations of the crowd with grace and self-possession. Her voice is small, but not unpleasant; the looks which accompany it furnish more language than the words. General Tom Thumb himself, attired in plain black, was the perfection of delight. Commodore Nutt is in New York -- perhaps this is one cause for the General's supreme happiness. The bride's sister is also left behind, and the newly-wedded pair are, therefore, left to themselves alone. The
SCENES IN THE RECEPTION ROOM ought to have been photographed. The obsequious domestic at the door, in "epaulets" and a white cravat, the buzzing of' the shifting circle, the light and the heat, and the jam, and the squeeze; the echoed frantic appeals for entrance of ladies fourteen deep at the key-hole; the two tiny creatures who seemed to realize Shakspeare's thought when he said that "dwarfish pages were as cherubims;" the supper-table for whose dainties two little mouths were kept watering in vain for hours; -- all these ought to have been photographed, if photography were capable of it.
THE PASSAGES presented a scene of bewilderment which a Cruikshank might envy. Fancy imps of boys jabbering one deaf, and striking with their every twitch and turn their neighbors in some vital organ; dowagers in lace and satin demanding admittance and refusing to give up tickets; girls scrambling for the door-knob, and threatening to smother the functioning there; youths with their hair parted in the middle, and staring in mute and imbecile wonderment; waiters grinning, and everybody treading on everybody's toes; -- these composed the ever-varying scene, like a human kaleidoscope shaken by the hand of curiosity.
THE DESTINY of the bride and bridegroom, according to all speculation, will be one of happiness. Posterity may, perhaps, point to them as being the inventors of a race of humanity which, illustrating the conceit of the poet, shall grow "small by degrees and beautifully less." The Chinese have a way of dwarfing trees by directing the growth from the foliage to the flower and fruit. If the happy couple, who, last night, held so brilliant a reception, are small in stature, they at least possess large gifts of intelligence and beauty. Prussian, Russian, Polish, Dutch, English, and Italian dwarfs present from history no more pleasing peculiarities than these two
Want of space forbids quoting even short extracts from the multitude articles, but one, from the Washington Star, must have a place, and with this we must close the selections:
MOVEMENTS OF GEN. TOM THUMB AND LADY.
Last evening, at eight o'clock, the little couple visited, by invitation, at the White House, and were introduced to the President, Mrs. Lincoln, Secretaries Chase, Stanton, Welles, Blair, and Usher, and Senator Wilson, Generals Butler and Clay, Hon. J.J. Crittenden, and many other gentlemen of distinction, nearly all of whom were accompanied by their families. The President, in the course of the evening, remarked to General Thumb that he had thrown him completely in the shade; that he (the General) was now the great centre of attraction. Refreshments were served to the guests of the President and Mrs. Lincoln, which the little folks appeared to relish as much as any person present.
At half-past nine they left the White House, and repaired to Willard's, where they received the members of the Press and a few select friends. At this reception the bride and bridegroom appeared as happy as on the night before, at the hop. The little lady was peculiarly communicative and witty. In an exchange of badinage with the proprietor of the hotel, Mrs. Stratton interfered, and appealed in apparent earnestness, that Mr. C. and her husband would not come to blows. The reception continued for about an hour and a half. During the whole of the time, the General and his lady kept up a spirited conversation with their guests.
This morning the little couple took their departure, leaving the hotel in a private carriage, in company with their suite, consisting of Mr. Wells (the General's agent), Mr. Pierce (his private secretary), Madame Latain (Mrs. Thumb's maid), and B. Sellers (the General's valet); with Mr. B. Warren, the bride's brother, who is a member of the Fortieth Massachusetts Regiment, and has obtained a short leave of absence -- and took the 11-15 train for Philadelphia. They will stop at her uncle's in that city this afternoon, and spend Sunday, and on Monday proceed to New York. They contemplate visiting Europe shortly.
Upon returning from Washington, Mr. and Mrs. Stratton proceeded direct to Bridgeport, and Middleborough, where they were greeted by the "old folks at home" with every recognition of friendship, and good-will. Immense crowds of their townspeople met them upon their arrival, and gave them a hearty New England welcome. The entire route, which they took on their bridal tour, was one grand ovation and every newspaper teemed with their praises. After a brief sojourn with their relatives Mr. and Mrs. Stratton returned to New York, whence, after a brief respite, they paid a short visit to Boston, and other large cities of the East. Upon returning to New York, Mr. and Mrs. Stratton were entertained at the residences of several of the elite of the city.