Bingham on his nuptials " with one of the most lovely of her sex. Bingham went abroad and spent some time in France, where she was pre- sented at the court of Louis XVI and attracted much attention among the nobles and aristoc- racy.
Her dress at a certain dinner given by the Lafayettes is described as of " black velvet with pink satin sleeves and stomacher, a pink satin petticoat, and over it a skirt of white crepe spotted all over with gray fur; the sides of the gown open in front, and the bottom of the coat trimmed with paste.
It was superb. Bingham accompanied her husband to England, where " her elegance and beauty attracted more attention than was perhaps willingly expressed in the old Court of George the Third.
Adams wrote that she had never seen a lady in England who could bear com- parison with Mrs. And from London Miss Adams later wrote of this fascinating woman, " She is coming quite into fashion here and is very much admired.
The hairdresser who dresses us on Court-days inquired of mamma whether she knew the lady so much Copyrighted, , by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Page He has heard of her. Bingham was, indeed, a woman of rare beauty. She possessed im- mense wealth also, which enabled her to live in very great luxury, and inasmuch as her hus- band upon his return to Philadelphia built in Third Street above Spruce a mansion-house modeled on the Duke of Manchester's residence, she was able to entertain in a truly splendid fashion.
One of the foreign customs introduced into Philadelphia society by Mrs. Bingham was that of the servants' announcing the names of guests on their arrival at a party, at different stages of the way from the hall to the drawing-room. One evening a visitor, to whom this was an in- novation, hearing his name called out repeatedly while he was removing his outer garments, cried out, " Coming!
As soon as I can get my great- coat off! She offered to furnish and decorate the box at her own expense, but she insisted on keep- ing the key and allowing no one to enter with- out her permission; this the manager would not permit for fear of offending the fierce spirit of liberty and equality in the masses.
When the Viscount de Noailles, brother-in-law of La- fayette, visited America in the summer of , he was a guest of the Binghams, and when Louis Philippe was here he is said to have sought a daughter of the family in marriage. But the senator declined the alliance. Though Robert Morris's house, the best in the city, was taken for the President's residence, the mode of life there was notably simple.
The room became full before I left it, and the circle very brilliant. How could it be otherwise, when the dazzling Mrs. Adams appears to have ceased to mourn for the joys of " Broadway. Even Saturday evening is not excepted, and I refused an invi- tation of that kind for this evening.
I have been to one assembly. I have been to one play, and here again we have been treated 1 0ne of these "sisters" was Mrs. The actors came and informed us that a box was prepared for us. The Vice-President thanked them for their civility, and told them he would attend when- ever the President did. And last Wednesday we were all there. The house is equal to most of the theatres we meet with out of France.
It is very neat and prettily fitted up; the actors did their best; ' The School for Scandal ' was the play. I missed the divine Farren, but upon the whole it was very well performed. Clymer's; so you see I am likely to be amused. Adams that by the time she came to leave Philadelphia she wrote thus cor- dially of the place: " From its inhabitants I have received every mark of politeness and civility. The ladies are well educated, well bred and well dressed. There is much more so- ciety than in New York.
Washing- ton, we are told, made tea and coffee, and there was sliced tongue, dry toast, and bread and but- ter. One servant, who wore no livery, waited on the table; and a silver urn for hot water was the only expensive piece of table furniture. The President was at that time in his sixty-third year but looked rather younger than Mrs. She was short, robust in figure and very plainly dressed ; her gray hair turned up under a plain cap.
Wansey visited Mrs. Bingham also, and made the following note in his diary: " June 8, I dined this day with Mrs. Bingham to whom I had letters of introduction. I found a magnifi- cent house and gardens in the best English style, with elegant and even superb furniture. The chairs of the drawing-room were from Seddons, in London, of the newest taste, the backs in the form of a lyre with festoons of crimson and yellow silk; the curtains of the room, a festoon of the same; the carpet one of Moore's most expensive patterns.
The room was papered in the French taste, after the style of the Vati- can at Rome. In the garden was a profusion of lemon, orange, and citron trees, and many aloes and other exotics. Bingham's death, one gathers that every elegance then known in the way of household furniture had its place in this sumptuous establishment; and as one reads over the list of arm-chairs, fire-screens, 50 ROMANTIC DAYS looking-glasses, mahogany sideboards, busts, and pictures which once formed the setting for this beautiful woman's social success, it becomes easy to picture her apartment on a festal day thronged with its galaxy of beauties and its brilliant public men wearing the elegant costume of the times.
Washington at some such recep- tion was thus attired, according to Asbury Dickens: " He was dressed in a full suit of the richest black velvet; his lower limbs in short clothes, with diamond knee-buckles and black silk stockings. His shoes, which were brightly japanned, were surmounted with large square silver buckles. His hair, carefully displayed in the manner of the day, was richly powdered and gathered behind into a black silk bag, on which was a bow of black ribbon.
In his hand he held a plain cocked hat, decorated with the American cockade. He wore by his side a light slender dress-sword in a green shagreen scab- bard with a richly ornamented hilt. But if Washington's house was modest his equipage was distinctly impo- sing. A tall German coachman, "possessing an aqui- line nose," handled the reins, and the horses were two beautiful long-tailed Virginia bays. The President walked as well as rode about the town, however, and was in the habit of strolling every day at noon to set his watch by Clark's standard at Front and High Streets, gravely saluting the porters who uncovered as he passed.
Great as was his personal dignity he had no false pride, as some writers would seem to have us feel. Nor did he possess, either, that exaggerated sense of the deference due to him which has tended to make him so wooden a figure to succeeding generations. On the President's birthday handsome par- ties were always given, and Mr.
Isaac Weld, in his Travels, speaks of one birthday, when Washington received from eleven o'clock in the morning until three in the afternoon in the large parlor of the first floor of his house in Market Street between Fifth and Sixth, while Mrs.
Washington received in her drawing-room upstairs. These birthday parties, which usu- ally ended in a ball, were as eagerly anticipated by the belles of that day as dancing parties are now.
I talk of taking two pair of shoes with me for I danced one pair nearly out at the last Assembly and I am sure if I could do that when it had nothing to do with the President, what shall I do when I have his presence to inspire me. Bingham gave, however, these birthday functions were simplicity itself. Her hospitality was as lavish as it was constant and it was largely due to her magnificent entertainments that Philadel- phia, at this period, attained its very high rank as a social center.
A number of brilliant dip- lomatic marriages were made during Washing- ton's second administration, one of the most interesting being that of the Spanish Minister to the United States, the Sefior Martinez de Yrujo, afterwards created Marquis de Casa Yrujo, to lovely Sally McKean, one of whose sprightly letters was quoted above.
A contem- porary writer tells us that at President John Adams's inauguration this Spaniard wore " his hair powdered like a snowball; with dark striped silk coat lined with satin, black silk breeches, white silk stockings, shoes, and buckles. He had by his side an elegant-hilted small-sword and his chapeau, tipped with white feathers, under his O. As it happens we have a pen-picture of this meeting! For " among the first to arrive," a contemporary writer tells us, "was Chief Justice McKean, accompanied by his lovely daughter, Miss Sally.
She wore a blue satin dress trimmed with white crape and flowers, and petticoat of white crape richly embroid- ered, and across the front a festoon of rose colour caught up with flowers. Not that Mrs. Bingham herself was in any way unequal to the situation! From a letter sent her by Thomas Jefferson, then still abroad, we see that salon life in France was perfectly familiar to her. Jefferson, in this letter, appears to be rallying her, indeed, on her previously expressed fond- ness for it.
For to what does that bustle tend? At eleven o'clock it is day, chez madame. The cur- tains are drawn. Propped on bolsters and pil- lows and her head scratched into a little order, the bulletins of the sick are read and the billets of the well. She writes to some of her acquaint- ances and receives the visits of others. Happy, if he does not make her arrive when dinner is half over!
The torpitude of digestion a little passed, she flutters half an hour through the streets, by way of paying visits, and then to the spectacles. After supper, cards; and after cards, bed; to rise at noon the next day and to tread, like a mill-horse, the same trodden circle over again. If death or bankruptcy happen to trip us out of the circle, it is matter for the buzz of the evening and is completely forgotten by the next morning. The inter- vals of leisure are filled with the society of real friends, whose affections are not thinned to a cobweb by being spread over a thousand ob- jects.
This is the picture in the light it is pre- sented to my mind. Bing- ham's manner of life in America Jefferson soon had opportunity to learn, for, upon his return to his native land, he was often at her home. His own home, at this period, was in the country l near Gray's Ferry and he often speaks of wander- ing on the banks of the Schuylkill, with his younger daughter, Maria, who was in the habit of spending her Sundays out of doors with him.
Front, Second, Third and Fourth Streets, on the Delaware side, were its principal avenues, and it did not from any point extend much west of Sixth Street. The country-place par excellence of the early Republican Philadelphia was, however, that of Robert Morris.
It was called "The Hills," and Mrs. Drinker, in her Diary, writes of her daughter and her young friends having gone to see its greenhouse as one of the sights of the town.
Samuel Breck, in his Recollections, says, ' There was a luxury in the kitchen, table, par- lour and street equipage of Mr. Morris that was to be found nowhere else in America. Bingham's was more gaudy but less comfortable. It was the pure and unalloyed which the Morrises sought to place before their friends, without the abatements that so frequently accompany the displays of fashionable life.
No badly-cooked or cold dinners at their table; no pinched fires upon their hearths; no paucity of waiters; no awkward loons in their drawing-rooms. We have no such establishments now. God in his mercy gives us plenty of provisions but it would seem as if the devil possessed the cooks. Morris as of Mrs. Bingham he was very fond. These two ladies shared with Mrs. Walter Stewart the distinction of being sent portraits of the first President at the time of his retirement from public life. Stewart was a charming Irish beauty, the daughter of Blair McClenachen, a retired merchant of great wealth, who had purchased the Chews' celebrated place at Germantown.
So much did Washington admire Mrs. Stewart that he made. When she and her husband, who had been a colonel in the Continental Army, were sailing for Europe in Washington wrote his former companion-in-arms: " Mrs.
Washington joins me in wishing you a good and prosperous voy- age and in compliments to Mrs. Tell her if she don't think of me often, I shall not easily forgive her and will scold her and beat her soundly too at piquet the next time I see her. Other public men who came over here fell easily into this social habit also; from the Prince de Broglie's description of his first tea-drinking here in August, Mrs. Perhaps it was because people consumed such immense quantities of tea, among other things, that the cost of living was so high in the Philadelphia of this period.
Abigail Adams, in one of her letters in , declared: ' Every article has become almost double in price. Prices which had become inflated during the Revolution, owing to the depreciation of the currency, were appallingly slow in getting down again to their normal level.
The letters from Mrs. Bache to her father, Dr. Franklin, when he was our Minister to France, give us a vivid insight into this: "If I was to mention the prices of the common neces- saries of life, it would astonish you," she writes. I find them very useful, and they look very well, but they now ask four times as much for weaving as they used to ask for the linen. I buy nothing but what I really want and wore out my silk ones before I got this.
It came open, without direction or letter, and has come through three or four hands. I have received six pairs of gloves, nine papers of needles, a bundle of thread and five papers of pins. The last person to whose care they were given left them at a hair-dresser's with directions not to send them to me till he was gone.
Their being all open makes me suspect I have not all; what I have received makes me rich. I thought them long ago in the enemies' hands.
The prices of every- thing here are so much raised that it takes a fortune to feed a family in a very plain way : a pair of gloves 7 dollars, one yard of common gauze 24 dollars, and there never was so much pleasure and dressing going on ; old friends meet- ing again, the Whigs in high spirits, and stran- gers of distinction among us. John Lennon claimed this song in and In about Paul McCartney described the song as dominated by John, but written in collaboration.
The middle eight uses chromatically descending chords over which Lennon, McCartney and Harrison sing in counterpoint. John Lennon, in his last interview, told Playboy magazine that the song was the beginning of a wider audience for Beatles music than the youthful throngs that had fervently followed them from their Liverpool clubbing days. To this day, I have no idea what 'Aeolian cadences' are.
They sound like exotic birds. Until this point, they had recorded only covers. They completed 10 takes, including two overdubs of the ending. Deciding that the first 10 takes were unsatisfactory, they attempted seven more takes labeled and six edit pieces Finally, take 17 and 21 were edited together to create the final version.
Related sessions This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions "With The Beatles" session 2 Jul 30, Last updated on February 7, Lyrics It won't be long yeh, yeh, yeh It won't be long yeh, yeh, yeh It won't be long yeh, till I belong to you Every night when everybody has fun Here am I sitting all on my own It won't be long yeh, yeh, yeh It won't be long yeh, yeh, yeh It won't be long yeh, till I belong to you Since you left me, I'm so alone Now you're coming, you're coming on home I'll be good like I know I should You're coming home, you're coming home Every night the tears come down from my eyes Every day I've done nothing but cry It won't be long yeh, yeh, yeh It won't be long yeh, yeh, yeh It won't be long yeh, till I belong to you Since you left me, I'm so alone Now you're coming, you're coming on home I'll be good like I know I should You're coming home, you're coming home So every day we'll be happy I know Now I know that you won't leave me no more It won't be long yeh, yeh, yeh It won't be long yeh, yeh It won't be long yeh, till I belong to you, woo.
Officially appears on. See All Series previous. On the Basis of Sex. More Movies previous. The structure consists of a chorus, three verses and a bridge that is repeated twice.
The song starts out with the chorus which begins with a minor chord, although the song is in a major key. Each chorus consists of the common eight measures.
We then go into the first verse which, like all the other verses of the song, consists of an odd seven measures. Lennon, who habitually liked to omit or add measures as well as beats per measure to a song, begins that habit with this song. This time the chorus segues into an eight bar bridge, with subdued drumming and intricate background vocals, to create a textured backdrop to the reflective and then optimistic lyrics. This ends with another break leading into another identical chorus.
All in all, it can be said that the arrangement grabs the attention and packs the song with non-stop guts and drive. The philosophy of early Beatles recordings was to pack in as many changes and surprises as possible, especially when a song was slated to be the next single.
John Lennon is definitely in the forefront with his razor-sharp rhythm guitar and commanding lead vocals. This was the first song that Lennon sang which featured double-tracked lead vocals. This added a deserved fullness to his vocal track which resulted in a very confident and convincing vocal performance." It Won't Be Long " is a song by the English rock group the Beatles, released as the opening track on their second UK album With the Beatles (), and was the first original song recorded for it. Although credited to Lennon–McCartney, it was primarily a John Lennon composition, with Paul McCartney assisting with the lyrics and arrangement.