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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
(1811)

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


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PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS.
foreign courts with my husband, on an errand
connected with the general welfare of nations,
I could not overlook the influence which the
women of every country hold over the morals
and happiness of the opposite sex in every
rank and degree.
  Fine taste in apparel I have ever seen the
companion of pure morals, while a licentious
style of dress is as certainly the token of the
like laxity it) manners and conduct. To cor-
rect this dangerous fashion, ought to be the
study and attempt of every mother, of uvery
daughter, of every woman ; and I trust that
the veil I would now throw over the bosom of
modesty may never again be raised, to sate
the voluptuous eye; may never be moved,
but by the hand of nuptial happiness, to be-
hold the revealed heart of love and virgin in-
nocence.
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