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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)

Notes explanatory,   pp. 235-241 ff.


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KOMh.
portion.] The eloquence of J. J. Rousseau, his deep
metaphysics, his numtrous paradorxes would not have
recommended him to the notice of his cotemporaries
and of posterity, had it not been for the sound prin-
ciples of education which he lays down in his
celebrated " Emile."  He   taught French mothers
their first duty, and wrenched the starving child from
the mercenary breast of the hired wet-nnrse, to re-
place it on that bosom where nature had provided two
plentiful springs of ambrosial milk gushing there cx-
clusively for the infant owner-he freed children fromn
the bandages of ridiculous custom, allowed them the
use of their growing limbs, and, kept at a distance, for
ever, all the horrors of the rickets.
  27. Her, whose fing steps, ýc ] Camilla, Queen of
the Volsci, daughter of Metablis, was dedicated, when
young, to the service of Diana, and assisted Turnus
against XEneas. Virgil, of whose own creation this
personage seems to be, tells us that she was so swift
that she could runs or rather fly, over a field of corn,
withoutbending the blades, and make her way over the
sea without wetting her fet.
   lAst, from the Volscians, fair Camilla came,
   And led her warlike troops, a warrior dame:
   Unbred to spinning, in the loom-unskill'd,
   She chose the nobler Pallas of the field.
   Mix'd with the first, the fierce Virago fought,
   Sustain'd the toils of arms, the danger sought;
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