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THE

LADY'S COUNTRY COMPANION;

OR

HOW TO ENJOY A COUNTRY LIFE

RATIONALLY.

BY

MRS. LOUDON,

AUTHOR OF “ GARDENING FOR LADIES." ETC.

WITH

An Engraving on Steel, and Illustrations on Wood.

FOURTII EDITION.

LONDON:
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS.

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PREFACE.

In the present edition of the “ Lady's Country Companion," a reduction has been made in the price, to render the work still more generally useful than it has hitherto been; but in all other respects it is essentially the same.

The principal object of this work is to save young housekeepers the pain and trouble of buying their own experience; and though it is particularly addressed to those residing in the country, I have had the satisfaction of finding that it has been in many cases almost equally useful to those living in towns. It , ever, be interesting to my readers to know that it was originally written for the benefit of a young friend, who was precisely in the position I have represented Annie to be in, and who, knowing I had resided in the country in my youth, asked my advice. Of course, in preparing the work for publication, many things were added or

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