Little Patti made a “big go” of it, on the occasion of her debut at the Academy of Music on the 24th ult. The critics—oyster house, square-toed, hungry, and all—seem for once to stand together on one common platform concerning the merits of the debutante. Her success was unequivocal. She was pelted with bouquets…applauded, bravoed, encored…and flowered almost to suffocation. Can it be possible that one of our own raising was the recipient of such an ovation! Yes, verily, even so. Even the professional claquers were astounded at the result: and found their occupation gone. A little genial warmth such as this will invigorate many a tender American plant, and infuse new life into those whose talents have heretofore been so coldly looked upon. “Hail Columbia, happy land.” Long may she wave, but never waver in her encouragement of home productions.
New York Clipper 3 December 1859: 262. Print