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
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in the art of captivation, had applied to her for certain directions on the subject, She indulgently complied with their re- quest, and in the elegant treatise we now present to our readers, gratified her friends with as fine a lesson on PERSONAL and MENTAL accomplishments as could ever flow from the experienced and deli- cate pen of a woman of VIRTUE and of TASTE. They were so delighted with the useful advice it contained, that they instantly formed a wish to make it public. Long was the reluctance of the modest writer; yet after the solemn promise of her remaining anonymous, and some irre- sistible arguments grounded upon the ultimate and infallible advantage that was to result from the treatise being printed, the amiable author yielded at last to their entreaties, and a few additions, as well as local alterations, were made by herself to render it still more suitable to the fair iv PREFACE.
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