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The Gentlewoman's Companion: or, A Guide to the Female Sex, an electronic edition

by Hannah Woolley [Woolley, Hannah, fl. 1670]

date: 1675
source publisher: Printed by A. Maxwell for Edward Thomas
collection: Early Modern through the 18th Century

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To a Kinswoman discoursing about Fashions.

Beloved Cousin,

I Thank you for your Papers, and the trouble of that spruce inventory you sent me, which I desired more out of curiosity than any intention of conformity thereunto; for indeed the vanity was sufficient to satiate an ordinary appetite; and besides, mine is no way greedy of such idle kickshaws. I find fault with most of these Modes, not for their levity only but brevity also, especially such as are far-fetcht for a fortnights wearings, and leaves not a good Huswife a relique worth the keeping. I have learned in a great manner, That the fashion of the world passeth away, and therefore I cannot think it but a piece of great imprudence, to spend so much industry upon a frail and perishing object; yet I am not against such natural or native dececies, which may difference persons, and bring not an | | 237 unprofitable expence upon their finery; no more than I discommend a sumptuous Feast, when I censure one that is ridiculour; for I know not what secret power of blandishment there is in an handsome ornament, even to court beauty it self; and therefore it must be more advantagious to those, whose small imperfections it conceals. Bu of all incongruities, deformity and the fashion, I take to be the uggliest: you know how indifferently I cam concern'd in these cases, and therfore will easily pardon this humour of

Your most humble Servant,