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Hancock’s Ball

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol II. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859.

October 29.—This evening a superb ball was given at the Concert Hall, in Boston, by General Hancock, at which were present, his Excellency Count D’Estaing, and a number of officers belonging to the French fleet. There were upwards of a hundred of the principal ladies of the town present, who, being richly and elegantly dressed, added a most enchanting brilliancy to the evening, and, in the eyes of their countrymen, at least, gave no bad specimen of American female grace and beauty.1


1 New York Journal, Nov. 16.