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But we cannot help remarking that this feature || therefore, dear Julia, those beings the most politie of the human form, when rendered conspicuous and the most happy, who like the inhabitants of by the singularity of its decoration, will attract this hospitable mansion, fulfil the duties of their without pleasing; we naturally turn with disguststation, content to take the world as it goes, and from that species of art which obscures and dis- catch pleasure as it fies? -You will doubtless guises the symmetry of nature; we confess our- look at the date of my letter with some degree selves a votary to neatness and elegance com- of surprise, and will think us guided by a weatherbined; and therefore wish not to see the above cock influence, in being thas sudden and unexmentioned fashion become general amongst fe- || pectedly, transported from one place to another. males who have been celebrated for unobtrusive | The truth is, dear Julia, that the sulky fits, and loveliness, simplicity, and virtue.
mysterious conduct of Sir James M.Laurence, We have little to remark on the articles of || together with the spirited hasangue of his intrinkets, they have undergone little alteration | rolerably vulgar spouse, induced cousin Mary since our last Number; the wedding hoop-ring, to accept an invitation to accompany her brother, with a single brilliant, ruby, emerald, or amethyst on a shooting party, to this delightful spot. The in the centre; the Carmelite cross, the jessamine change, dear friend, is productive of considerable brooch, with boitles formed of Egyptian amulet- || advantage, both on the score of fashionable inforwood embellished with correspondent characters, || mation, the introduction to polished society, and are the only ornaments in this line which strike the enjoyment of intellectual pleasures. This us as worthy of observation.
beautiful retreat has been io the family of its Gloves and shoes are governed by no particular | present possessor (Lord John P.) upwards standard, but left to the choice of the wearer; of seven centuries, and in the sublimity of its the prevailing colours for the season are, rose, architectural construction, picturesque beauiy, green, purple, salmon, and melbourn brown.
and local siruation is not exceeded by any in this charming county. You, my dear Julia, would
enjoy the very perfection of rural happiness in LETTER ON DRESS.
the gardens, park, and surrounding scenery of
this earthly paradise. Our host is a man whose 2XPLANATURY AND DESCRIPTIVE, FROM ELIZA
natural hauleur of manner is evidently softened
by the mild graces, and amiable dispositions of Henley Grove-House, Surrey. his lovely wife : she is the second choice of his You preach much, dear Julia, in your epistle Lordship; and amply repays him for a lack of Dow before me, of the quiet pleasures of domes- || connubial feliciiy experienced in his foriner inastic life, of those still and tranquil enjoyinents riage. within the vicinity of our own domains; and After the mixed assemblies which present themgive (I caust allow) an interesting portrait of yourselves at the several watering places we have lately fair friend and her rational and amiable spouse ; || visited (where the adventurer of both sexes are who, educated in the tenets of the old school, love || permitted indecorously to mingle with people of one another with all their hearts-meducate their | distinction and virtue), it is pleasant to find one'schildren, and attend to the religion, morals, and self in a society whose unquestionable respectapersonal comfort of their surrounding tenantıy. lbility, elegance of depostment, and urbanity of I respect, dear Julia, the purity and delicacy of manners, divest one of restraint, and render unyour sentiments; but allow me to say, that in necessary that reserve so painful to the open and This sad world it is dangerous to refine too highly. I generous breast. This mansion is seldom with“ He says Dr. Johnson) who tou delicately re- out visiters of rank and fashion; and we frequentfines his feelings always endangers his quiet.” ly set down sixteen or eighteen 10 dinner. The
Alas! Julia, when in early youth, you and I fortune of Lord and Lady is ample-their traversed the vicarage garden, and rambled in establishment splendid, and their hearts expand girlish confidence through the old ruins of F- at the call of hospitality. Can I then have a more Abbey, our affection and imagination took the extensive field from whence to gather the choicest lead; our unadulterate hearts, in love with good flowers of fashion, taste, and elegance.-Out ness, delighted to paint objects as we wished, morning and outdoor costume (which in visits rather than as they are, and to wander in paths of of this sort require a particular attention) exhibiis visionary happiness. Where, alas! shall we somc litele variation since my last address. The look for a realization of those prospects of felici- | Carmelite cloak, though much in esteem, is ty, those air-built castles which our vivid fancies rivalled by the Rugen mantle, or Swedish wrap, delighted to rear? Not in the region of romance, l which owes its origin to the exquisite taste, and for that is but an ignis fatuus that deludes with invention of my dasbing cousin. In its construcfalse hopes and vain expectasions. Are not tion it is not unlike the cassocks worn by our divines; it is formed of a Chinese silk, a pale || idea of their form and effect. As Mary and my. olive colour, and is ornamented all round with a self proposed to join the throng of 'Terpsichore, most delicate fancy burder' of embroidery in we of course wore our robes appropriately short; coloured silks; a deep silk fringe is placed at the these were formed of undressed Italian tiffany, ex!reme edge, and the sash (which is brought made round, and cut in deep scallops at the acioss the left shuulder, is fastened in á tuft on bouiom, round which was a most delicate border the opposite side of the waist, and the ends of barberries, painted to nature. The under dress trimined with the same. With these wraps we
was a slip of gossamer satin, erged at the feet wear hats of black satin-straw, somewhat of the with a very narrow Vandyke in silver ; the bosom Spanish form, with a damask rose, or carnation, and bottom of the sleeve ornamented with the placed in front, or towards the left side near the same. Vur hair fell in irregular ringlets round hair. There are four of us at this hospitable the forehead, divided over the left eye, and a mansion who appear in these novel habits, and I small Arcadian hat of silver frosted satin, orna. assure you we not only atirace the beaus of sport- mented with a wreath of barberries, was placed on ing celebrity, but move the wonder of surround- one side of our heads. Mary wore a single row ing villagers. In our breakfast attire we do not of fine brilliants, by way of necklace, from the exclude the French coat of cambric or inuslin, centre of which was suspended a Carmelite cross, but our peasant jacket and petticoat we consider her earrings and bracelets to correspond. On her as a more unique article. It is necessary how beautifully turned arm was displayed the armlet ever that I observe to you, that unless the figure of fashionable adoption, and which is compused be tall or slender, no advantage can be derived of the hair of your lover and dearest feniale from this habit.
friend, as a souvenir de l'amour par et de l'ametie. At this season of the year there is no novel | My ornaments were of pearl, and we each wore standard for full dress, but its alterations and em- bouquets of the Labradore rose, Cape heath, and bellishments are at the direction of fancy; the jessamine; our shoes were of white satin, emstyle however is preserved, and a correct taste, broidered in silver jessamine at the toes; our and ready invention, can at all times vary the gloves of French kid, rucked so as to display the effect with advantage. Lord P-visits all the round of the arm; and we had Opera fans of families of distinction within twenty miles of his white crape, with naval devices in transparencies. mansion, and we have therefore a succession of Lady P very kindly complimented us on dinner visits, and inducements for drives to town, the choice of our attire; and assured us that we Last week Mary and myself accompanied our were considered the best dressed girls in the ball. elegant hostess to the aniversary ball of the
Forgive this egotism, dear Julia, and Honourable M15. C- Here was collected believe me not the less your faithful and afall the splendour and fashion of the gay world; | fectionate never did I see taste, beauty, and grace so uni
ELIZA. versal. My time will not allow a description of the furniture and decoration of this splendid seat; suffice it, that the Grecian and Chinese taste took
TO CORRESPONDENTS. place of the Egyptian of antecedent celebrity; and lights transınitted from lamps of alabaster, THE Lelter of our Sandwich Correspondent, painted in elegant devices, diffused a mild and containing thoughts occasioned by reading a recent chastened light, which gave an enchanting in publication by Diogenes, entitled “ The Rnyal terest to the objects which moved beneath their Eclipse, or Delicate Facts,” came too late for insays.
serlion in our present Number but will appear in our As our dresses for this gay occasion were ne next; and likewise the continuation of the “ Anticessarily select, I will endeavour to give you an quarian Olio."
London: Printed by and for J. Bell, Southampton-Street, Sorund.
COURT AND FASHIONABLE
FOR OCTOBER, 1807.
1. An elegant Portrait of Her Royal HIGHNESS Tue Crown Princess of DENMARK, 2. FOUR WHOLE-LENGTH FIGURES of Ladies in the London Fashions for the Month. 3. AIR FOR THE ELEPHANTS; composed by the celebrated Gluck, 4. A new and elegant PATTERN for NEEDLE-Wox K.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ILLUS
A singular Account of a Play...... 208
ib. The iwo Apothecaries.
210 My Night-Cap....
Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess of
FAMILIAR LECTURES ON USEFUL
215 Additions to the Natural History of certain On the Art of Drawing
180 On the Imagination...
217 Thoughts occasioned by Reading a recent
Publication, entitled “The Royal Eclipse;
221 Essay on Flattery.
191 Criticism on the new Performers at DruryEssay on Quackery
223 The Antiquarian Olio...
193 Continuation of Voltaire's Zadig; or, Blue
LA BELLE ASSEMBLEE. Eres ....
194 || Explanation of the Prints of Fashion 225 A Tour in Zealand, in 1802, by a Native of English and Parisian Costuine ...,
ib. Denmark .....
General Observations on the most select and Sir Edward Seymour; an English Tale .... 200 elegant Fashions for the Season ... 226 The Ladies' Toilette; or, Encyclopædia of Letter on Dress.....
205 || Supplementary Advertisements for the Month.
London: Printed by and for J. Bell, Proprietor of the WEEKLY MESSENGER, Southampton-Street,
Slrund, November 1, 1807.