Inside the White House


Chapter Eight: Diplomacy, Ceremony, and Performance  ›

Japanese delegation: Dallas Finn, "Guests of the Nation: The Japanese Delegation to the Buchanan White House," White House History 12 (Winter 2003), 14-38

Prince of Wales visit: Claire A. Faulkner, "President Buchanan Greets a Guest of State: The Prince of Wales at the White House," White House History 12 (Winter 2003), 52-61

William Makepeace Thackeray visit: James Grant Wilson, Thackeray in the United States, 1852-3, 1855-6. 1904. Reprint. (New York: Haskell House Publishers, 1970), 119; Lewis Melville, William Makepeace Thackeray: A Biography (London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1910), 355

Charles Dickens visit: Dickens to Colden, March 10, 1842, in House and Storey, eds., Letters of Charles Dickens, Vol. 3, 111

"I sincerely believe": Charles Dickens, American Notes for General Circulation (London: Chapman and Hall, 1850), 88

"His manner remarkably unaffected": Dickens, American Notes, 87

Merry affair: Seale, The President's House, Vol. 1, 104-106

"I have known a cartman": Mary Clemmer Ames, Ten Years in Washington: Life and Scenes in The National Capital, as a Woman Sees Them (Hartford, Conn.: A.D. Worthington and Co., 1873), 202

1,400 pound wheel of cheese: Gilson Willets, Inside History of the White House (New York: The Christian Herald, 1908), 174

Criticism of Van Buren entertainment/redecorating: William Seale, "About the Gold Spoon Oration," White House History 10 (Winter 2002), 4-11; William G. Allman, "White House Collection: Those Princely Objects in Charles Ogle's Speech," White House History 10 (Winter 2002), 22-31

Prince De Joinville visit: "Visit of the Prince de Joinville," Washington Globe, October 2, 1841, 2; Memoirs (Vieux Souvenirs) of the Prince de Joinville. Translated from the French by Lady Mary Loyd. (New York: Macmillan and Co., 1895), 205-206

"Her bosom on exhibition": James W. Nesmith to Pauline G. Nesmith, February 5, 1862, in Michael Burlingame, ed., With Lincoln in the White House: Letters, Memoranda, and Other Writings of John G. Nicolay, 1860-1865 (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2000), 216

"Whew, our cat has a long tail": Elizabeth Keckley, Behind The Scenes: Or Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House. 1868. Reprint. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988), 101

Prince Napoleon Joseph Charles Paul Bonaparte visit: Adam Goodheart, "A Peevish Prince, A Hairy-Handed President, A Disastrous Dinner Party," New York Times, August 2, 2011; Ruth Painter Randall, Mary Lincoln: Biography of a Marriage (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1953), 312

Queen Emma of the Sandwich Islands visit: George S. Kanahele, Emma, Hawaii's Remarkable Queen (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1999), 223-224

"Bright and beautiful dream": Willets, Inside History of the White House, 138

Valentino Melah: Seale, The President's House, Vol. 1, 441-442

Grand Duke Alexis visit: Seale, The President's House, Vol. 1, 474; "Russia's Dukes and Friendship," Daily Alta California (San Francisco), April 24, 1877

Princess Eulalia visit: Seale, The President's House, Vol. 1, 584-585

State dining room size: Seale, The President's House, Vol. 1, 634-635

Taft silver wedding anniversary: "Tafts Welcome 5,000 on White House Lawn," Washington Post, June 20, 1911

"The dinner proper": Hoover, Forty-Two Years in the White House, 149

State Department suggested bowing: Hoover, Forty-Two Years in the White House, 198-199

George VI and Queen Elizabeth state dinner: Seale, The President's House, Vol. 2, 218-219; Edward T. Folliard, "Roosevelt Holds Example Up to Rest of World," Washington Post, June 9, 1939; Kirk, Music at the White House, 245

Churchill dislike of Lincoln bedroom: David Bercuson and Holger Herwig, One Christmas in Washington: The Secret Meeting between Roosevelt and Churchill That Changed the World (Woodstock, N.Y.: Overlook Press, 2005), 124

André Malraux state dinner: Margaret Leslie Davis, Mona Lisa in Camelot: How Jacqueline Kennedy and Da Vinci's Masterpiece Charmed and Captivated a Nation (Boston: Da Capo Press, 2008), 52-61

First state dinner in Rose Garden: "For Denmark, a Fairy Tale Setting," Washington Post, June 10, 1964

Duke Ellington dinner: Kirk, Music at the White House, 322-323

"During the bicentennial summer": Bob Colacello, "The White House's Dinner Theater," Vanity Fair (June 2010)

Rosalynn Carter and state guests: Kaufman, Rosalynn Carter, 96

Reagan dinner for Thatcher: Donnie Radcliffe and Joseph McClellan, "Pomp and Harmony: Reagan's Dinner for Thatcher," Washington Post, February 27, 1981

Mikhail Gorbachev dinner: Elizabeth Kastor and Donnie Radcliffe, "The Night of the Peacemakers: After the Treaty, Toasts—and Gorbachev's Sentimental Sing-Along," Washington Post, December 9, 1987

Emperor Akihito state dinner: Donnie Radcliffe and Roxane Roberts, "Basking in the Rising Sun: For the Emperor and Empress, A Bit of Haiku and Hollywood," Washington Post, June 14, 1994

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip state dinner: Laura Bush, Spoken from the Heart (New York: Scribner 2010), 389-390; Neely Tucker and Roxane Roberts, "White Tie and Tiara: Queen's Presence Brings an Uncommon Glow to the White House," Washington Post, May 8, 2007

"Hail to the Chief": Glenn D. Kittler, Hail to the Chief! The Inauguration Days of Our Presidents (Philadelphia, Pa.: Chilton Books, 1965), 58

U.S. Marine Band: D. Michael Ressler, Historical Perspective on the President's Own, U.S. Marine Band (Washington: History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, 1998); A.B.C. Whipple, To the Shores of Tripoli: The Birth of the U.S. Navy and Marines (Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1991), 338

"Band goes on forever": Kirk, Music at the White House, 153




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