While I’m on vacation, I’ll share Angelyn’s blog!
“And now for the fascinating Adelaide; the epitome of fashion, and the best specimen I can give you of the reigning mode..”
— Letter from a Young Married Lady to her Sister in the Country
La Belle Assemblee, January, 1818
Adelaide is a featured character in the Magazine’s Cabinet of Taste. She is the niece of Lady Charlton, who has, like a kind of “Lady Bountiful,” taken in her dead sister’s young “town-bred” daughter. It helps immensely that Adelaide is an heiress.
Maria advises her sister that the cornette is in fashion: “It is composed of the finest Mechlin lace and net; it is lined with soft blush-coloured satin, and fastened under the chin with a quilling of fine lace…the hair is entirely concealed, except a few ringlets that are made to sport around the face.” — print from Ackerman’s Repository, May 1818
The letter-writer, Maria, describes her dashing new acquaintance in a series of letters…
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