This is a historically inaccurate, fictional series created by me. Please let me know if you can’t see the pics or the invitation, I had a hard time posting it (I had the invitation in a fancy font and it wasn’t working). Enjoy:
It was late afternoon and Felicity, Elizabeth, and Annabelle had been working hard at lessons with Miss Manderly all day long.
“Young ladies,” Miss Manderly called them to the table, “before you leave today, there are three letters addressed to each of you from our governor, Lord Dunmore.”
That announcement raised a hue and cry. Felicity raced from the bench over to Miss Manderly and Elizabeth jumped up from the writing chair, almost knocking the inkwell over.
“Lord Dunmore!” Annabelle cried, “good heavens! What could it possibly be? May we open them now?”
Miss Manderly put her hand up,”Every young lady receiving tutoring has been issued a letter from our governor, and so to save time, I shall open one, and read it out loud.”
It seemed to Felicity that it took Miss Manderly forever to break the seal and slowly unfold the letter. The girls leaned in, so they wouldn’t miss a word.
Dear Miss Elizabeth Cole,
I have the greatest pleasure in inviting you to an exhibition featuring our lovely young ladies who are endeavoring to become gentle women. Every young lady of Virginia will get a chance to display her etiquette in writing, sewing, horseback riding and dancing. You will submit your work to your tutor, who will then submit it to my wife. We will then choose, a number of the finest ladies to dance at our annual Christmas Ball. We will also select one special young lady at the Ball, to attend an even larger exhibition in New York, where some of the finest young ladies in the whole of the Thirteen Colonies will dance at yet another ball there. Both my wife and I hope you will work hard to earn your place at the Ball.
Very Respectfully Yours,
Governor Lord Dunmore,
Lady Charlotte Stewart Dunmore
Squeals of delight erupted from the girls.
“Another ball!” Felicity cried, “The Christmas ball last year was truly delightful and now we get invited to another one! I’m so excited.”
“And a chance to go to New York,” Elizabeth said, “it’s like another country away but I’d love to see the city where everything is happening.”
“You? Going to New York?” Annabelle snickered, “you can barely thread a needle or even take a step without falling down, and now you think you’ll be good enough to get chosen to go to New York?” her eyes glared at Felicity too, “both of you are too young, you don’t have enough experience as a gentlewoman.”
“Annabelle!” Miss Manderly scolded, “What a thing to say! Felicity and Elizabeth were invited just the same as you and everyone has the same amount of time to get ready for the ball. There is no age limit. I should expect you, who supposedly has the experience, to know better than to pick fights with others. That is a most unladylike manner to portray.”
“Yes ma’am,” Annabelle said.
Felicity and Elizabeth grinned at each other. It was always a nice feeling when Annabelle got in trouble.
After class Felicity and Elizabeth found a seclude area without Annabelle to discuss the news.
“Annabelle is right in one way,” Elizabeth said, “I make plenty of mistakes in everything I do for Miss Manderly.”
“We all make mistakes,” Felicity said, “even Annabelle. But I think if both of us work together and practice all the time, even outside of tutoring we could get really good, and maybe we’d have a chance to go to New York.”
“You’re right. I’m going to work extra hard,” Elizabeth resolved.
….To be continued.