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Schott's Miscellany 25 February 2009

Ash Wednesday


Usage has set apart certain days when the ladies of the households of receiving officials are "at home." The designation of certain days for certain classes of officials, was adopted as a matter of convenience to the public, and to give the lady of the house time to attend to her own social duties on other days, without interruption or disappointment to her friends. The Rule for days "at home" now in vogue is:

Mondays: ladies of the families of the Justices of the Supreme Court & "Capitol Hill"
Tuesdays: ladies of the families of The Speaker, Representatives and General of the Army
Wednesdays: ladies of the families of the Members of the Cabinet
Thursdays: ladies of the families of the Vice-President and Senators
Fridays: ladies of the "West End" or fashionable quarter of the city in and out of official life
Saturdays: the Drawing Rooms of the Presiding Lady of the Executive Mansion

---Randolph Keim De Benneville, Hand-book of Official and Social Etiquette and Public Ceremonials at Washington, 1889

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