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LA BELLE ASSEMBLEE.
Landon: Printed by and for J. BELL, Proprietor of the WEEKLY MESSENGER, Southampton-Streit,
TO OUR READERS.
IT is our intention to omit the Outline Plates (which were not well understood, and did not give a general satisfaction to the bulk of our Readers) in our succeeding Numbers; and in place of this emission, we shall COLOUR all the Figures of Fashion, and give an additional quantity of Letter Press, as our Readers will perceive in the present Number.
COURT AND FASHIONABLE
For JANUARY, 1809.
The Forty-first Number,
LADY LANGHAM, whose portrait, I act in public, to woman committed the from the celebrated pencil of Hopner, em- more difficult task of private utility, and bellishes the present Number of La Belle the example of retired virtue. Assemblée, is the only daughter of the Hon. Charles Vane, by Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Wood, Esq. of Hollin, in the County of York. Her Ladyship is married to Sir William Langham Bart. of Cotesbroke, Northamptonshire.
The materials of biography are very scantily distributed through the walks of private life. The uniform tenor of domestic duties, and the necessary seclusion of the mother of a family, leave little room for that kind of activity which attracts public notice.
The slight sketches which, according to the plan of our miscellany, we are in the habit of appending to the Portraits of those females which embellish our Work, are not to be dignified by the name of biography. The reader who receives, or expects them in such a shape, is not warranted in his expectations from any promise of the Editor.-They are meant merely as explanatory to the Plate upon those subjects of family connection which it is necessary to relate.-They aspire to no higher honour, and no farther utility; but when the subject admits of amplification we shall follow it.
It is the maxim of a great poet, that the sphere of female duty should not exceed the family circle-To man it is given to