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The mirror of the graces; or, the English lady's costume: combining and harmonizing taste and judgment, elegance and grace, modesty, simplicity and economy, with fashion in dress; and adapting the various articles of female embellishments to different ages, forms, and complexions; to the seasons of the year, rank, and situation in life: with useful advice on female accomplishments, politeness, and manners; the cultivation of the mind and the disposition and carriage of the body: offering also the most efficacious means of preserving beauty, health, and loveliness. The whole according with the general principles of nature and rules of propriety
(1811)

General remarks on the manners and fashions of the past and present times,   pp. 20-25


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GENERAL REMARKS ON THE MANNERS AND FA-
    SHIOIJS OF THE PAST AND PRESENT TIMES.
WHEN Innocence left the world, astonished
man blushed at his own and his partner's
nakedness, and coverings were soon invent-
ed. For many an age the twisted foliage of
trees, and the skins of beasts, were the only
garments which clothed our ancestors. Deco-
ration was unknown, excepting the wild flower,
plucked from the luxuriant shrub, the shell
from the beach, or the berry off the tree.-
Nature was then unsophisticated; and the
lover needed no other attraction to his bride's
embrace, than the peach-bloom on her cheek,
the downcast softness of her consenting eye.
  In after times, when Avarice ploughed the
earth and Ambition bestrode it, the gem and
the silken fleece, the various product of the loom
and the Tyrian mystery of dyes, all united to
give embellishment to beauty and splendor to
majesty of mien. But even at that period, when
the east and south laid their decorating riches


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