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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

Preface,   pp. [iii]-[viii]

Page vi

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which contained lier moot valmiblejeweI,
she said, poiiting to her own richren
returning from school, " These are my
best ornaments."-Tbat evaery MothIer
should be enabled to say thiu much of
her daughter, and that every daughtet
should strive to become the best jewel of
her mother, is wbat the author seems to
have had constantly in view in ths little
   Her wise and select directioius, which
 would come with a    Il grace from the
 pen of a writer of the opposite sew, are
 here delivered with that delwa(q and con-
fidence which cannot exist but between
tirtuousv, womeu on a subject which con-
oeras them ¬Ęcusivety.
   At the end of the treatise a few useful
 recipes are added, which may amply ad
 innocently supply the place of cosandics;
 which, while they seem to beautify for

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