Etiquette and American Nobility

September 15, 2016

Jerome sisters, Clara, Jennie and Leonie. Jennie Jerome, later became Lady Randolph Churchill, with her mother and sisters (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (19th century); black and white photograph; Private Collection; (add. info.: Jennie Jerome (1854-1921) Lady Randolph Churchill, American born society hostess and writer, shown on the right holding her dog; mother of Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British Prime Minister); English, out of copyright

Jerome sisters, Clara, Jennie and Leonie with their Mother. Jennie Jerome, later became Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston Churchill.

On a certain occasion, some years since, half a dozen titled ladies were in the anteroom of the German Empress by appointment. Her Majesty was engaged for a time and the audience was delayed beyond the limits of ordinary patience.

At last one of the restless group remarked in French to her neighbor their prolonged wait was growing irksome, all the more so to her personally because it had been her good fortune to be born in America, where the routine of court etiquette is unknown.

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To her surprise, the lady addressed replied that she also had been born in this country. In a few minutes others joined in the conversation, and it was discovered that the whole company, without exception, though members of that privileged class known in Europe as the nobility, were native Americans. It was a unique incident.  N. Y. Herald, 1887

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Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 542

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