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PERSONS OF FASHION,

Containing fome PARTICULARS relating to

B A L LS:

And a few Occasional HINTS concerning

PLAY-HOUSES, CARD-TABLES, &c.

In which is introduced

The Character of LUCINDA,
A LADY of the very best FASHION,

and of most extraordinary Diety.

Si quid novisti re&tius istis,
Candidus imperti : fi non, bis utere mecum.

HOR.

By a Gentleman of the University of Oxfor D.

The THIRD EDITION,

Revised, Corrected, and Enlarged.

LONDON:
Printed for GEORGE KEITH, at the Bible and Crown in Grace-

church-freet: And fold by J. ROB'son in New Bond-freet;
G: WOOD FALL and Mrs. ANDREWS at Charing cross, and
by all the Booksellers in London and Westminster. MDCC LXI,

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R E A D E R.
WHAT gave rise to the following altempe was

my bearing a young Lady affirm, that she saw no harm in going to a BALL. After I had put together the beads of it, I jewed it to a few friends, who were of opinion it might be productive of some good if I would publish it, which I the more readily consented to do, when I observed how much the custom of giving Balls at private houses bas of late prevailed.

The original design of the piece being only to set the diversion of Balls in its true light, I bad no intention of saying any thing concerning Plays, Cards, &c. till I was advised to the publication of it, when I tbought that some few observations on those amusements (especially on the former) might not be unnecessary; however, I chose rather to insert them by way of Notes, than to break the thread of what was already drawn up relating to BALLS; which will, I hope, be sufficient apology for the length and frequency of the Notes dispersed up and down throughout the book.

I shall not in the following treatise trouble you with any tedious account of the origin of Balls, Plays, or any other of those fashionable entertainments; as well because I see no End that would thereby be anfwered, as because I confess myself ignorant of the exact time of their rise; however, with regard to Cards, one of our London Chronicles for the last year informs us that they were invented scarcely two centuries ago, for the recreation of a King of France, who was almost, if not altogether, an Idiot.

Neither is it my design to make any mention of religious Dances, such as was that of Miriam the Prophetess, and of the other Ifraelitish women, after the

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