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inay Allah preserve me from ever meeting with any more!
When I have studied this people more profoundly, I will write thee again ; in the mean time watch over my household, and do not beat my beloved wives unless you catch them with their noses out at the window. Though far distant, and a slave, let me live in thy heart as thou livest in mine :-think not, oh, friend of my soul, that the splendors of this luxurious capital, its gorgeous palaces, its stupendous mosques, and the beautiful females who run wild in herds about its streets, can abliterate thee from my remembrance. Thy name shall still be mentioned in the five-and-twenty prayers which I offer up daily ; and may our great prophet, after bestowing on thee all the blessings of this life, at length, in a good old age, lead thee gently by the hand, to enjoy the dignity of bashaw of three tails in the blissful bowers of Eden.
.BY ANTHONY EVERGREEN, GENT.
The following article is furnished me by a young lady of unquestionable taste, and who is the ora. cle of fashion and frippery. Being deeply initiated into all the mysteries of the toilet, she has promised me, from time to time, a similar detail.
Mrs. TOOLE has for some time reigned unrivalled in the fashionable world, and had the supreme direction of caps, bonnets, feathers, flowers and tinsel. She has dressed and undressed our ladies just as she pleased ; now loading them with velvet and wadding, now turning them adrift upon the world, to run shivering through the streets with scarcely a covering to their -backs ; and now obliging them to drag a long train at their heels, like the tail of a paper kite. Her despotic sway, however, threatens to be limited. A dangerous rival has sprung up in the person of madame BOUCHARD, an intrepid little woman, fresh from the head-quar
ters of fashion and folly, and who has burst like a second Bonaparte upon the fashionable world. Mrs. Toole, notwithstanding, seems determined to dispute her ground bravely for the honor of old England. The ladies have begun to arrange themselves under the banner of one or other of these heroines of the needle, and every thing portends open war. Madame Bouchard marches gallantly to the field, flourishing a flaming red robe for a standard, “ flouting the skies ;” and mrs. Toole, no ways dismayed, sallies out under cover of a forest of artificial flowers, like Malcolm's host. Both parties possess great merit, and both deserve the victory. Mrs. Toole charges the highest; but madame Bouchard makes the lowest courtesy. Madame Bouchard is a little short lady_nor is there any hope of her growing larger ; but then she is perfectly genteel--and so is mrs. Toole. Mrs. Toole lives in Broadway, and madame Bouchard in Courtlandt-street; but madame atones for the inferiority of her stand, by making two courtesies to mrs. Toole's one, and talking french like an angel. Mrs. Toole is the best looking--but madame Bouchard wears a most bewitching little serubby wig.--Mrs. Toole is the tallest—but madame Bouchard has the longest nose.--Mrs. Toole is fond of roast beef-but madame is loyal in her adherence to onions : in short, so equally are the merits of the two ladies balanced, that there is no judging which will “ kick the beam.” It however seems to be the prevailing opinion, that madame Bouchard will carry the day, because she wears a wig, has a long nose, talks french, loves onions, and does not charge above ten times as much for a thing as it is worth.
Under the direction of these high priestesses of
the beau-monde, the following is the fashionable morning dress for walking.
If the weather be very cold, a thin muslin gown, or frock is most adviseable; because it agrees with the season, being perfectly cool. The neck, arms, and particularly the elbows bare, in order that they may be agreeably painted and mottled by mr. John Frost nose-painter-general, of the color of castile-soap. Shoes of kid, the thinnest that can possibly be procured-as they tend to promote colds and make a lady look interesting-i. e. grissly.) Picnic silk stockings, with lace clocks, desh-colored are most fashionable, as they have
the appearance of bare legs-nudity being all the rage. The stockings carelessly bespattered with mud, to agree with the gown, which should be bors dered about three inches deep with the most fashionable colored mud that can be found : the ladies permitted to hold up their trains, after they have swept two or three streets, in order to showthe clocks of their stockings. The shawl scarlet, crimson, Name, orange, salmon, or any other combustible or brimstone color, thrown over one shoulder, like an indian blanket, with one end dragging on the ground.
N. B. If the ladies have not a red shawl at hand, a red petticoat turned topsy-turvy, over the shoulders, would do just as well. This is called being dressed a la drabble.
When the ladies do not go abroad of a morning, the usual chimney-corner dress is a dotted, spotted, striped, or cross-barred gown—a yellowisii, whitish, smokish, dirty-colored shawl, and the hair curiously ornamented with little bits of newspapers, or pieces of a letter from a dear friend. This is called the “ Cinderella-dress.”
The recipe for a full dress, is as follows: take of spider-net, crape, sattin, gymp, cat-gut, gauze, whalebone, lace, bobbin, ribands, and artificial flow, ers, as much as will rig out the congregation of a vil