November 26, 1879, marked a special occasion for the Manship family. On this day, daughters Jessie and Jennie Manship were married in a double wedding ceremony held in the central hall of the Manship House. The festive occasion was described in an article in the Jackson newspaper The Comet, Saturday, November 29, 1879:
The Duplex Wedding
The most enjoyable event of the day has been the wedding yesternight, given by Mr. and Mrs. Manship to their two daughters – Miss Jessie, and Miss Jennie – giving them both away on the same occasion – the first to Mr. Charlie Brougher, the latter to Mr. Jeff Davis Gordon – all of the old and best families of Hinds County.
At sunset the beautiful suburban cottage of the Manship Family – a Garden of Eden itself – seemed an illumination from the splendors of the retiring suns. “A city set on a Hill” – to which all eyes were turned, and where the guests on this occasion began to assemble – a living concourse of Hopes and Joys – passing into this evergreen ground and decorated Bridal Home, until 8 o’clock – all animated with the Holy Spirit of the occasion, and banishing the busy world for a glance of Heaven.
“In my father’s house are many mansions,” was fully illustrated there, and in those hospitable rooms were numerous happy coteries, mingling in joys common to them all – an unalloyed delight.
At 8 o’clock the highly decorated Bridal panorama, enfiladed with illuminated floral bowers – was unveiled at the eastern end of the family Hall, presenting the Duplex couples of Brides and Grooms, like lovely statuary in pantomime, but soon resolving into living, loving animations, attesting the glorious truth, that -
“Things of beauty are joys forever.”
The Right Rev. Doctor Watkins officiated, administering the “Gordian Knots” – or rather weaving. “The silken ties that bind two willing hearts.”
This solemn ceremony concluded the affectionate salutations, and loving caresses of a numerous family connection, assembling from the Northern city of St. Paul to the Southern Homestead of the Manships in Mississippi – were showered on the modest but lovely and beautifully attired Brides – as the dews of Hermon upon the Mount of Olivets – electrifying all hearts with live coals from the altars of affection.
The twains now made one, their connections – comprising many families – seemed married also, – “the substance of things hoped for, the essence of things not seen!” – these accumulated loves, and joys, and hopes exalted, became epidemic throughout the charmed assembly, leaping like the live thunder from Alp to Alp, and filling all souls to satiety.
Then came the feast, to which the miraculous Parable of the five loaves and two fishes bears no comparison. In addition to those two Jewish dishes, were banks of oysters – stall fed – from the Bay of Biloxi – Red fish and Flounder from Pascagoula – Hams odorous from St. Louis and Chicago, salads from the Grouse of Minnesota – salmon chowder from Oregon and Alaska, oranges and bananas from Havana De Cuba, coffee from Java, teas from China – and last but not least cakes and candies from the Martz at Jackson – the Bridal cake with its magic ring and crystal floral crown the magnetic Queen of the repast.
From these several fountains of nourishment – each a cornucopia in itself – the thronging guests partook in the abundance of a generous hospitality – heartily received – ate and drank -
“Drank, deeply drank -
Drank draughts that common millions might have quenched -” as Pollock of Byron said, but not like the latter “to die at last because there was no more to drink” – the fountains continued full flowing until the joyous feasters became exhausted receivers, and post prandial satiety succeeded submerged digestion.
However with “a courage not of earth” the conquered revellers soon rallied to a “Feast of reason and flow of soul.”
All faces were now wreathed in smiles and sallies of wit, with compliments and congratulations to the ladies – always so well deserved – were followed by peals of laughter, in all
“Won’t meray [merry] as a Marriage Bell”
Finally, at “noon of night” with -
“One long, last lingering look,”
adieus were taken and farewells exchanged in those homely but sincere and heart searching words “Good bye – Good bye – Good bye.”
Dwight. Nov. 27, 1879
With the above notice written by an admiring friend, came a variety of delicious cakes, which brought gladness to the hearts of the attaches of this office. The Comet tenders its congratulations to the happy couples, and hopes that their cup of bliss will always be as full as it is to-day.