"There are to be 30 tables arranged in a semi-circle at each of which is to preside one married and 2 young ladies, wearing some badge to distinguish them."
Margaret who lived in the country had no idea about the planning going on in the capitol but when she arrived in town for the Christmas season she, "found the zeal that prevailed there quite contageous and my enthusiasm was immediately excited."
She had no needlework or painting to donate but decided to print a novel she'd recently written and sell What is Gentility? at the benefit.
Read more about ladies' fairs at this post:
Read Margaret Bayard Smith's letters: The First Forty Years of Washington Society: