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JOHN HARRIS, ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD.

1832.

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ADVERTISEMENT. .

The manners of a people, like the fashion of their garments, are liable to frequent change : the polite observances of yesterday are deemed vulgar to-day; and the most popular pursuits of one generation are sometimes neglected by the generation which succeeds it. Imperfect remains of ancient usages are yet discoverable in the customs of our own times; but the cause for such observances having ceased, to many persons, and to young people especially, these forms are without meaning.

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The information conveyed in the following pages is selected from the writings of the most approved authors on this subject; and, it is hoped, the readers of our “ Little Library” may experience pleasure and profit by contrasting the manners of their ancestors, in times long since past, with the prevailing fashions and pursuits of their countrymen of the present day.

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