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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

On the female form,   pp. 26-41

Page 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-
  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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