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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

The same subject, of female beauty, more explicity [sic] considered,   pp. 42-58 ff.

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prone to such changes as the desert-wander.
ing gipsy, it is requisite that she should be
particularly careful to correct the deforming
consequences of her fashionable exposures.
For her usual ablution, night and morning,
nothing is so fine an emolient for any rigidity
or disease of the face, as a wash of French or
white brandy, and rose-water; the spirit
making only one-third of the mixture. The
bran)dy keeps up that gentle action of the
skin which is necessary to the healthy ap-
pearance of its parts. It also cleanses the
surface. The rose-water corrects the drying
property of the spirit, leaving the skin in a
natural, soft, and flexible state. Where white
or French brandy cannot be obtained, half
the quantity of spirits of wine will tolerably
supply its place.
  The eloquent efl.ct of complexion will, I
hope, my fair friends, obtain your pardon for
my having confined your attention so long
upon what is generally thought (though in
contradiction to what is felt) a trifling fea-
ture, if so I may be allowed to name it.
  I am aware of your expectations, that I

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