Friday, September 3, 2010

The Polynesian Reports: The Ball at Dr. Guillou’s

The Polynesian. Honolulu: Saturday, March 10, 1860, Page 2.

Last evening Dr. Guillou gave a ball at his residence in Hotel Street, in honor of Admiral Tattnall and the Officers of the U.S. Steamer Powhatan, now in port. It was a gay and brilliant affair, and will long be remembered.

The decorations of the rooms were exceedingly tasteful and chaste, being festoons of the national American colors studded with silver starts throughout. Three complimentary portraits adorned the principal room; George Washington, within the folds of his country’s flag, His Majesty the King, within the Hawaiian flag, and Her Majesty Queen Emma, within a shield of evergreens and roses. The refreshments were ample, sumptuous and recherches. And there was nothing wanting that the experience, taste and attention of the host and his lady could provide for the enjoyment of their guests.

Their Majesties the King and Queen and H.R.H. Prince Kamehameha honored the ball with their presence. Some of the Japanese dignitaries were also present and appeared to enjoy the gay and novel scene before them with great pleasure.

To judge by the great number who did themselves the honor of attending the ball, Dr. Guillou is the most popular man in town; to judge by the result, it was a great success. Besides the great personages already mentioned, and Admiral Tattnall and the officer of the Powhatan, to whose honor the ball was specially given, it would be easier for us to enumerate those of good society who were absent, than to attempt the faintest outline of those who were present.

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