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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 38

impaired; and by means which the most
ingenuous mind need not blush to acknow.
  The rules, I repeat, are few. Three have
clearly been particularised; namely Temper.
ance: a well-timed use of the table, and so
moderate a pursuit of pleasure, that the mid-
night ball, assembly, and theatre, shall not
occur too often.
   My next specific, is that of gentle and
daily Exercise in the open air. This may be
almost always obtained, either on horseback
or on foot, in fine weather; and when that is
denied, in a carriage. Country air in the
fields, or in gardens, when breathed at proper
hours, is the finest bracer of the nerves, and
the surest brightener of the complexion.-
But these hours are neither under the midday
sun in summer, when its beams scorch the
skin and set the blood in a boil; nor beneath
the dews of evening, when the imperceptible
damps, saturating the thinly-clad limbs, sends
the wanderer home infected with the disease
that is to lay her, ere a returning spring,
in the   silent tomb !-Both these periods

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