“Society in Washington.” [National Intelligencer, Sat., 22 Feb, 1868, p. 2]

National Intelligencer _ Colfax ReceptionSpeaker Colfax’s spacious parlors were again thronged last evening, on the occasion of his weekly reception, with a most brilliant assemblage, composed, as usual, of official dignitaries of every branch of the Government, members of the Corps Diplomatique, and an unusually large number of distinguished strangers. Mr. Colfax received his many visitors in a most pleasing manner, introducing them to his accomplished mother and sister with that courtesy and urbanity which made all feel at ease. These agreeable reunions will be continued during the month of March.

Mark Twain attended one of these weekly receptions in late February 1868, as reported by Emily Edson Briggs.

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