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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

Preliminary observations on the subject,   pp. [9]-19

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I call them to recollect that it is "good all
things should be in order !" This is a period
when absurdity, bad taste, shamelessness, and
self-interest, in the shapes of tire-men and
tire-women, have arranged themselves in close
siege around the beauty, and even chastity,
of your daughters; and to preserve these
graces in their original purity, 1, a woman of
virtue and a Christian, do not think it beneath
my dignity to lift my pen.
  Dr. Knox will not refuse to be my auxilia-
ry, as a grave auxiliary may be necessary to
give consequence to a subject usually deemed
so trivial. " Taste requires a congruity be.
tween the internal character and the external
appearance," says he ; '" and the imagination
will involuntarily form to itself an idea of
such a correspondence. First ideas are, in
general, of considerable consequence; Ishould
therefore think it wise in the female world, to
take care that their appearance should not
convey a forbidding idea to the most superfi-
pial observer."
  Another author shall speak for me besides
this respected moralist. The very High Priest

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