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der; a brilliant diamond necklace; Maltese gold net, gold chain and tassels; body and cross, earrings and bracelets. Her Lady-sleeves covered with gold net.

ship's head dress consisted of a superb diamond tiara feather surmounted by a beautiful plume of lofty white ostrich feathers. This was altogether one of the most splendid dresses exhibited at Court, elegantly neat, and excellently set off by the youthful elegance of the ||

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The Hon. Lady Hood.-One of the most splendid dresses in the Drawing-room. A violet velvet splendidly embroidered with wreaths of || gold oak,and festooned with ropes of the richest || gold, supported with gold doves; head dress, feathers and diamonds.

Lady Boston.-A dress of blue satin, ornamented with drapery of black lace, chains of white beads; smaller draperies of blue satin tied with bows and ends, and trimmed with beads, had a`novel and striking appearance. || Robe, black velvet trimmed to correspond with the dress, and point lace.

Lady Isabella Thynne.-A white satin petticoat, embroidered in gold shells and lilies; drapery of puce coloured velvet, embroidered in gold shells and lilies, which had a most beautiful effect. Train of puce coloured velvet. Head-dress of diamonds and feathers.

Lady Louisa Erskine.-A white crape petticoat and drapery richly embroidered in silver vine leaves and grapes; the borders were finished with small cockle shells of matted silver; the draperies suspended by cords and tassels. Train of blue velvet trimmed with silver. Head dress, feathers and diamonds.

Lady Ashbrook.—A white satin petticoat, the front of which was richly embroidered in crimson roses and green leaves in shaded chenille; the bottom to correspond. Short pointed draperies on each side, embroidered in chenille. Train of ruby-coloured velvet. Head dress of feathers and diamonds. This dress was much admired for its simplicity and elegance.

Lady Diana Herbert-Lilac satin petticoat, gold border and drapery, fastened with elegant gold ornaments and tassels; lilac satin train, trimmed with gold. Her Ladyship's beautiful and elegant appearance attracted universal approbation.

Lady Cranley. A green velvet dress, the .petticoat embroidered in stripes of gold shell, the bottom of it trimmed with cord depere, Buenos Ayres gold tissue; pocket-holes richly ornamented with cord and tassels to correspond.

Lady Elizabeth Legg appeared in a dress of rich yellow satin, ornamented with superb

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Lady Legg wore the same as her sister. Lady Bruce.—This truly elegant lady ap peared in a white satin petticoat, trimmed with swansdown and matted gold beads; crape drapery intermixed with satin, richly embroidered in bright and matted gold, tastefully ornamented with gold beads; white satin train trimmed with swansdown; body and sleeves embroidered to correspond; a white satiu cap embroidered in gold, and plumes of ostrich feathersparticularly tasty and elegant.

Lady Georgiana Buckley. A white satin petticoat, embroidered in amber chenille intermixed with brown velvet; body and sleeves trimmed with Brussels lace and drapery richly embroidered in amber chenille; pocket-holes ornamented with cord and tassels to correspond—the whole of it extremely beautiful, and was well adapted for so elegant a figure.

Lady Mary Coots.-A dress of ruby velvet embroidered with gold.

Lady P. Coots-A dress of ruby velvet embroidered with gold.

Lady Francis Pratt.-A beautiful dress of white satin ornamented with an antique fringe of pearls, which had a rich effect, and was particularly becoming to the lovely wearer; head dress, feathers and pearls.

Lady Bowyer-A dress of white silver.

Lady Mary Meed.-A dress of green and silver gauze.

Lady Lucas.-Petticoat white crape edged with spangled crape, beaded with puce velvet and gold in shells; drapery strewed in puce and gold, and bordered in gold point d'Espagne, deep vandykes of white satin, bordered in puce and gold, and gold tassels; train, puce velvet trimmed with gold and point lace; cap, puce, white and gold, with white ostrich pluine.

Lady Redesdale.-Petticoat white satin ; drapery of crape strewed with white satin leaves, and fastened with scarlet and white velvet wreaths; second drapery festooned with vine leaves and grapes in white satin, looped with rich silk cord and tassels; robe, scarlet aud brown Mosaic satin, trimmed with point; head dress, diamonds with ostrich plume.

Lady Wodehouse wore a rich brown velvet robe and body, trimmed with gold and point lace; petticoat a most superb gold tissue, richly embroidered with broad gold lace the whole forming a dress of uncommon elegance. Lady De Clifford.-A Spanish brown velvet embroidered with gold.

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Lady Georgiana Cecil was elegantly attired in a beautiful dark green velvet robe and body,

trimmed with point lace; petticoat of white crape, richly embroidered in chenille, with superb border, and drapery of vine leaves tastefully arranged, and tied with a sash of green velvet; head dress, rich plume of white feathers, with a splendid profusion of diamonds.

Lady Emily Cecil.-Her dress exactly the same as her sister's. These dresses were much noticed for their simplicity and novelty of design.

Lady Ann Culling Smith-A petticoat of white satin, with a border of crape slashes after the Spanish costume, embroidered round with real Scotch pearl; draperies of white crape, with an elegaat border of ruby coloured buuches of oak leaves in silk work, and looped up with rows of pearl; the train ruby velvet embroidered round with the Spanish slashes in white crape, worked round and ornamented with the same pearl; the train elegantly thrown over the boop, and drawn up with rows of pearl, had a beautiful and elegant effect; head dress, a ruby velvet toque, ornamented with pearls and a panache of six white feathers.

Lady George Thynne.-A white crape petti coat with satin and bead border; draperies of white oak leaves in silk work, drawn up and ornamented with beads and bead tassels; train of green velvet; head dress of green velvet, and a mixed plume of green and white feathers.

Two Ladics Percy.-Rich satin petticoats richly ornamented with pearls and pearl fringe; trains to correspond. These dresses were particularly elegant.

Lady C. Wynne Belasyse.-A pale blue crape petticoat with Chinese border of bugles, and daperies of blue velvet; train blue velvet trimined with point lace.

Lady Banks-White satin petticoat with draperies of swausdown richly ornamented with gold rouleau and tassels; train of purple and brown satin, trimmed with swansdown, interspersed with gold and a paradise plume. Hon. Mrs. Walpole.—A petticoat and train of pearl coloured velvet, trimmed with sable; head dress of velvet and sable, with feathers and diamonds.

flon. Mrs. C. Long-An elegant, dress of green velvet; head dress of green feathers and diamonds.

Hon. Mrs. Egerton.—A white satin petticoat ornamented with purple velvet trimmed with sable; train purple velvet; head dress, a white satin toque, with a panache of feathers.

The Hon. Mrs. George Villiers-White satin

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petticoat, scarlet and gold border, and drapery ornamented with black lace; white satin train trimmed with scarlet and gold.

Hon. Mrs. Crewe.-A very rich silver dress, ornamented with dark velvet flowers.

Hon. Mrs. Abbott wore a most superb petticoat of ruby velvet, embroidered in silver, with a rich drapery, bordered and fastened with ornaments; a robe to correspond, trimmed with rich embroidery and fine lace; head-dress of ruby velvet and diamonds, and plume of ostrich feathers.

Mrs. Broum-A white satin petticoat, with draperies of scarlet Anglo-merino cloth, embroidered with wreaths of Chene et Glands en Or; train to correspond, with Spanish sleeves.

Mrs. Lee was most splendidly dressed in looped up with rich gold cords and tassels; puce velvet embroidered in gold; draperies head-dress, feathers and diamonds.

Mrs. Robert Thornton wore a handsome dress of puce velvet embroidered with gold.

Mrs. Nightingale.-A white satin dress, with draperies of rich gold tissue edged with silver and gold.

Mrs. Defrise was dressed in one of the most magnificent dresses ever seen in the Drawingroom, crimson velvet, embroidered with silver; draperies festooned with chains of matted silver, supported with silver doves; head-dress feathers and diamonds.

Mrs. Caswell.-An amaranthus velvet robe, lace; a gold tissue petticoat, with draperies and body richly trimmed with gold and point superbly embroidered in chenille a l'antique, tastefully arranged, with rich gold tassels, and suspended with cords of gold; head-dress, white feathers and diamonds tastefully blended.

Mrs. Pepper. A most beautiful petticoat of with a superb border of prominent gold roses white crape richly embroidered in real gold on crimson velvet; draperies of the same tastefully designed, and fastend up with gold rolio and superb gold tassels; a train of rich crimson velvet, trimmed with gold military chain; sleeves of point lace, beautifully looped with diamonds; most superb diamond stomacher and necklace; head-dress, crimson and white ostrich feathers, and a profusion of diamonds.

Mrs. Fielding.-A dress of Bishop's blue Merino cloth, embroidered with silver in bunches of fancy flowers and Guernsey lilies, tied with rich bows of brilliant bouillon, and bordered in waves of spangles and cockle shells; the draperies looped up with broad bands of silver foil, and rich silver cords and tassels, the

whole finished with a handsome trimming of swansdown; robe, blue cloth trimmed with swansdown and point lace.

Miss H. Perceval-The same as her sister. Miss Garth-White crape petticoat and drapery, ornamented with rich applique sc l

Mrs Dampier, Bishop of Ely's Lady,-Ap-top border of velvet and satin work, fancifully peared in a dress of uncommon splendour, || trimmed round with satin wreath; the traia consisting of white satin, with rich draperies of || of rich white satin. ruby velvet and white satin, embroidered in silver, tied up with cord and tassels; a robe of ruby velvet, richly embroidered, to correspond. Head-dress, diamonds and feathers. Mrs. Fisher-A blue satin dress richly em. broidered with gold.

Mrs. Coates.-A crape petticoat and drapery embroidered in silver and concave spangles, the draperies suspended by rich cords and tassels; train and body of lilac velvet, richly embroidered in silver.

Hon. Miss Brudenell.-A prune-coloured velvet petticoat, trimmed with ermine fringe, intermixed with gold. Head dress of prune velvet and gold.

Hon. Miss Vyse.-A white satin dress, richly embroidered in gold; draperies of white crape, spangled with gold and festooned with chains of matted gold. Head dress, feathers and pearls.

Ilon. Miss Scott.-A dress of white satin, richly embroidered in silver; a robe of white satin, ornamented with silver, and fine point

lace.

Hon. Miss Vernon.-A white satin petticoat, richly embroidered in silver shells, forming elegant draperies and strips on the other side of the petticoat; train to correspond; head dress of feathers, &c.

Hon. Miss S. Coleman-Petticoat and train of white satin; superb Circassian cloth drapery embroidered in gold, corners finishing with gold filligree balls; upper drapery of white satin edged with curious gold rope-both draperies pinned up with gold filligree bodkins, and supported with rich gold rope and tassels; body and sleeves of Spanish brown cloth, embroidered in gold like the drapery.

Hon. Miss L. Wrottesley.-A very elegant dress formed entirely of lilac satin, deep border of lilac velvet as the drapery, trimmed with rich sable fur, confined with gold filligree bodkins, and tastefully enriched and supported with gold rope and filligree balls; head dress, a fine plume of blue feathers.

Hon. Miss Perceval.-A beautiful Brussels lace petticoat, tastefully ornamented with bunches of variegated holly; the body and train of rich white satin, trimmed all round with scarlet velvet and holly wreath, and rich point lace sleeves; the neatness of this dress for its simplicity was greatly admired.

Miss Knight.-A dress of white satin with draperies of white beads, forming a shell work all over the dress, separated only with turban draperies of white satin, looped together with cords and tassels, and rich twists of beads, the tout ensemble of this dress was strikingly chaste and elegant; robe, white satin, ornamented the same as the dress. Head dress, a white satin cap, very elegant head tiara forming a diadem in front, with a plume of white ostrich feathers.

Miss Caswell.-A royal purple velvet train and body richly ornamented with gold; petticoat of gold tissue, fancifully ornamented with wreaths of the auricula, suspended by superb cords and tassels of gold. Head dress of white and purple feathers.

Miss Pepper. A petticoat of white crape beautifully embroidered in silver to form a most elegant festoon net; with a superb border of silver leaves, trimmed with vandyke fringe, and festooned with scarlet satin and rolio, fastened up with silver rope and brilliant tassels; body and train of scarlet satin, trimmed with vandyke silver fringe; head dress of diamonds and a superb plume of scarlet and white ostrich feathers.

Hon. Miss Dashwood--A white satin petticoat; draperies of the same, richly embroidered in matted silver shells of different kinds; which had a most beautiful effect, by being relieved by rich cords and tassels; with silver shells and stomacher. She was truly elegant and much admirǝd.

THE NOVEL WRITERS.

WHILE the writers of novels have so many admirable models, upon which their style might be formed, it is not without regret that we turn over the insipid pages which are thrust into our sight in every bookseller's shop.

This trash now continues to break forth from the press in periodical abundance, and, at a time when the price of paper threatens almost to put an end to printing, it flourishes the prime article in the market. It gains strength from the infirmity of human folly, which does not refuse to be fed with it, though at the most extravagant price.

beneficial to our landed interests? Suppose, moreover, the Jews, the money-lenders and the proprietors of the crucible, should be infected with this growing sense of honour, the gaming-table must be deserted, there would

These scribblers seem to have forgotten that, estates, so convenient for our families, and so there are writers better than themselves; that if we wish for delicate and refined sentiment, we can recur to Grandison and Clarissa; if we would see the world more perhaps as it is, than as it should be, we have Joseph Andrews and Tom Jones; or that we can find the happy mix-be no market for stolen watches, and the túre of satire and moral tendency in the Spiritual Quixote and Cecilia.

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triumph of sentiment would be the downfall of the nation.

There is much perhaps to be complained of in other publications which tend to disseminate the glare and tinsel of false sentiment; we mean the works of those imitators of Sterne,

If we see in the playhouse a huge blacksmithlike looking fellow blubbering over the foolery of The Stranger, we should immediately take it for granted he came in with an order, and look upon his iron tears as a forgery. Indeed, might we be allowed to dictate upon such an occasion, no man should be permitted to moisten a white handkerchief at the ohs and the ahs of a modern tragedy, unless he possessed an estate of seven hundred a year, clear of mortgage and every other incumbrance. Such people have a right to fling away their time as they please; the works of the loom receive no impediment from their idleness, and it is at least an innocent though insipid amusement.

We cannot help noticing the glaring impropriety they are guilty of, who make their nobility and their peasants speak the same language: they defend themselves, no doubt, by the authority and example of Virgil's Shep-whose pages are polluted with ribaldry and berds, Sanazarius's Fishermen, and the rustics dashes; and those compilers of modern traof Mr. Pope. But when they are told, that to gedies at which no man weeps, unless in pure copy the deformities of good writers will be no friendship for the author. embellishment to bad ones, they may perhaps cease to overwhelm us with the sentimentality of their abigails, the heroic gallantry of their footmen, and the rhetorical flourishes of their shoemakers. These are more particularly the characters which do a material injury to that part of the nation, who, when they have shut up shop, wet their thumbs and spell through a novel. A love sick chambermaid is enough to ruin half the sisterhood; an intriguing apprentice is the torment of master trades men; and the high-flown notions of honour, which are inculcated by "Johnny with his shoulderknot," will set a couple of tailors a duelling. If the rapid course of these grievances be not checked, we shall have the epicure justly complaining, that he can get no lamb to eat with his asparagus, from the sensibility of the Leadenhall butchers; or that the melting tenderness of the cooks prevents the eels from being skinned, or the lobsters boiled alive. Should delicacy of thinking become too common, we may drive the lawyers from their quibbles, and how then are we to get those little odd jobs done for our selves, and oul

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TO CORRESPONDENTS.

WE earnestly request that those Correspondents who favour us with Communications, will be so good as to transmit them within the second week of the month. We solicit the favours of our literary friends on all suitable subjects, and shall not hesitate to admit whatever is solid and ingenious.

London: Printed by and for J. BELL, Southampton-street, Strand.

OR,

Bell's

COURT AND FASHIONABLE

MAGAZINE,

FOR FEBRUARY, 1909.

EMBELLISHMENTS.

1. An Elegant PORTRAIT of the RIGHT HONOURABLE VISCOUNTESS ST. ASAPH. 2. TWO WHOLE-LENGTH FIGURES in the FASHIONS of the SEASON, COLOURED. 3. An ORIGINAL SONG, set to Music for the Harp and Piano-forte; composed exclusively for this Work, by Mr. WILLIAM KITCHENER.

4. Two elegant and new PATTERNS for NEEDLE-WORK.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ILLUS- BEAUTIES OF THE BRITISH POETS.

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Strand, March 1, 1809.

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