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White gowns now chiefly belong to the
Amidst the variety of out-door habits, the pelisses still hold a distinguished place; they are now considered most genteel formed in a plain French coat, with high puckered collar, || morning costume; when introduced in full confined at the centre of the throat with a brooch, wrapt over ou one side, and otherwise flowing open in front. The three-quartered, or Barouche coat, is also much in fashion
able esteem. This is made to sit close to the
white gossamer satin, sarsnet, or glazed cam-
dress, they are ever decorated with coloured
The Grecian frock, the Gallician vest, the Braganza and Andalusian robe, are all articles of much fashionable celebrity. The waist is now brought to a point in front of the figure. Morning gowns are made appropriately high in the neck, with Armenian, or laced fronts; and in the walking, or carriage costume, is added a pelerine of the same material, consistently ornamented. Our fashionable fair seem unwilling to relinquish the half boot; but surely, if formed of ever so delicate a texture, they can never be admitted in the spring or summer costume. Bunches of fruit are now often seen to decorate the straw bonnet and lace cap; and some of our fashionable fair still further tempt us by blending these attractive ornaments with the hair in full dress; thus affording an ample specimen of the fruitfulness of female invention. Soon may we expect to see revived the entire fashions (if not the entire customs) of our grandmothers; who mounted on their high and stupendous
peruques, bunches of parsnips, carrots, and Such, dear Frederica, is just at this momeut turnips, the case with Mademoiselle Rusée, a situation, “Fruits, roots, and greens, then fill'd the ample however, to which she appears wholly insea sible; for with her
“ And kitchen-garden thus adorn'd the face."
We have little of novelty to remark, in the articles of jewellery, except the pearl brooch, and necklace representing the palm leaf, and the Utopian diadem, composed of various precious gems; with girdle-buckle to correspond. The prevailing colours are purple and blue; the most genteel, spring green,shots, jonquille, pink, and primrose.
LETTER ON DRESS, EXPLANATORY AND DESCRIPTIVE.
Our beaus are, however, fast recovering from their enthralment; their flame, you know, frequently requires the aid of variety to keep it alive. Our young ladies begin to view their favourite with jealous eyes, and the heads of the family now question their prudence and policy in placing so formidable a inagnet within the circle of their daughters' hitherto unrivalled and undisputed charms; so that there is no very great reason to suspect she will receive any violent entreaty to protract her visit beyond the original stated period; that, thank my stars! expires in a fortnight. My sober
From a Lady resident in London, to her friend friend, L-(of whom I have forwarded you in the country.
hints from which, if you are not very stupid, you will have formed a few consequent and natural surmises), is entirely restored to my good graces. He is very silent respecting the conduct of our fair guest, except that yesterday he said to me," May 1 take the liberty of advising Miss M- to appear as little as possible in public with Mademoiselle Rusée, during her sojourn in this family; my regard for her reputation is the excuse which offers itsel for this apparent freedom." I felt the kindness of the gentle admonition, and properly expressed my determination to abide by it. She is engaged to some gay party or other every day during her stay; I shall excuse myself from most of them, and this I can the more easily do as the sisters are too fond of pleasure to resist it, even when offered in a questionable shape; they will of course accompany her in all ber gay movements.
To-morrow they go to the masked ball of the Marchioness B's. Mademoiselle, in a rich and beautiful Turkish dress, will appear in the character of Roxilana, the two sisters as chambermaids. Mademoiselle's dresses on every occasion combine all the elegance and novelty of fashion; the price of an article is the least and last consideration. It mast, however, be allowed, that her apparel is well recommended by her taste and excellent personal advantages. Her carriage costume at this time, consists of a French coat, hat, and boots of figured jonquille shot sarsnet; the seams of the coat, as well as its several terminations, are edged with purple chenille cord; and up the front, where it is clasped with steel ornaments, is a wide fancy border in purple chenille embroidery. Her hat is of a singu
THE men may say what they will to the contrary, but I am fully persuaded, my dear Frederica, that vanity is as inherent a quality in these lords of the creation as it is with us. It is but a trite remark, that more women fall through their vanity than from the force of an ill-governed and ill-inspired attachment; and from the most scrupulous obscrvation, I am led to affirm, that it is the vanity of man, more than the ardour of an individual personal preference, which leads them to pursue and to conquer the vain and the vicious, the unfortunate and the unprotected of our sex. For the latter, I trust that the fountain of humanity which has so often filled my eyes with tears, will never be dry; and for the former, may that sense of virtuous indignation which springs from the best properties of our nature, oh! may it never be extinct! Mademoiselle Rusée, the frail heroine of my last epistle, has been the cause of much dissatisfaction in our family circle. Her monopolizing system begins to be disputed, and the female committee have sat, and one and all condemned it as unjust and nefarious. The men are beco ne jealous of each other; and Mademoiselle's character is in a fair way of being wrecked through the whirlwind of their vanity, and her own unprincipled folly.
Lobserve, Frederica, that these male flirts hold their tongues only while they suppose themselves in favour; but when the coquette in her customary wanderings gives a wound to their self-love, she is generally accompanied in her flight by the sting and venom of their slander; and each retiring, or mortified woman, helps to sound the trumpet of disgrace.
"Another and another still succeeds,
larly fanciful construction; the crown is form-
pink satin shoes, with silver clasps. I have
I herewith send you my usual packet of
I will now, dear friend, take occasion to describe a simple style of evening dress, which bas greatly taken my fancy, and as you and I are not abundantly gifted with the glittering recommendation of wealth, it will form a convenient and pleasing variety, without the sad drawback of an unjustifiable expence. It is the adoption of a coloured satin stomacher, cuffs, and girdle, to the white crape, muslin, or leno dress. They were first introduced by the young ladies of this mansion, who wore at the route of Lady G. B. round robes of white Paris net, over white sarsnet slips, with pink satin stomacher and cuffs, edged with pearl. A girdle of the same colour, confined with a pearl buckle; a small Spanish hat, of pink satin, with a white feather frosted with silver;
The elegant little book of "Gleanings from Zimmerman's Satitude," I will forward in my next packet. I learn there is a second edition coming out of this care-soothing and amiable little production, with a portrait of the female Editor, and some account of her life and writings; the latter of which has, I hear, been excecdingly eventful.-Adieu, my pen is worn out in your service, I hasten to give it Yours, as ever,
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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ILLUS- || BEAUTIES OF THE BRITISH POETS.
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Sun, which was visible in London
by the late Dr. Porteus, Bishop of
BEAUTIES OF DRYDEN.
Cymon and Iphigenia (continued from our last Number)
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Letter on Dress .....
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