Described by Thomas Gunn as "a weak, well-to-do Fifth Avenoodle [sic]," Robert Pearsall was born in 1833 (Gunn, vol.
In this "Waif," Umos focuses most of his attention on the Secretary of State, Lewis Cass. First, Umos discusses his failed presidential bid in 1848 and his current personal and professional habits and demeanor. In the second section of his column, Umos writes for the "Ada Clares" and the other female readers of the Press (as well as regular readers of his column) about his attendance at one of General Cass's salons at the home of his daugther, Mrs. Henry Ledyard. Umos describes the home, the artwork, the assembled company and dignitaries, and the manners and dress of all attendees, with a particular focus on the women towards the end of his column.
Umos writes in the section section of his "Waif" that the Ada Clares will have skipped the first section. Umos makes repeated marks about the wishes of the "Ada Clares" who read his column (2).
Umos claims that the second and final section of this column has been written for "the lady-readers of the Press." Umos also discusses the inclusion of his "Waifs" in the Saturday Press (2).
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