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
On the female form, pp. 26-41
ON THE FEMALE FORM. 41 changeable temperature of the climate, and consider the corresponding alterations in the bodily feelings of the people. By abruptly checking the secretions, it produces those chronic and cutaneous diseases so peculiar to our nation, and so heavy a cause of com- plaint. This very circumstance renders baths more necessary in England than any where else; for as this is the climate most subject to sud- den heats and colds, rains and fogs, tepid im- mersion is the only sovereign remedy against their usual morbific effects. Indeed, so im- pressed am I with the consequence of their regimen, that I strongly recommend to every lady to make a bath as indispensable an arti- cle in her house as a looking-glass.
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