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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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A Lady to her Daughter, perswading her from wearing Spots and Black-patches in her face.

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THE indulgent care of a loving Mother makes me keep my eye continually on you; it hath been my great comfort hitherto in that you have seem'd a prosest enemy against the vices of this present age; but now it is no small grief to me that I hear you are too much addicted to its fashions; and that lately you have been seen with those deformities which are commonly called Black-patches. A fashion till of late never practiced by any, nor your half-Moos used in the Turkish Serglio; no nor ever read of in all the Histories of the vanities of Women. It appeareth strange to me, that your Gentlewomen should lose their reason with their modesty, and think that they add to their beauty by fubstracting from it. I must deal plainly with you, I am afraid that the black Oath of God-damn-me in the mouth of a Ranter, and the Black-patch in the face of a Gentlewoman, are near of kin one to another. I shall therefore assume the freedom of power which is due unto me, and command you to wear them no more till I am better satisfied in their decency or lawfulness; thus not doubting of your obedience, I commit you with my blessing to the blessed Protection of the God of all blessings, and rest

Your tenderly loving and careful Mother, M.N.