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Beau Nash at Tunbridge Wells
7.  That no gentleman or lady takes it ill that another dances before them; except such as have no pretence to dance at all.
8.  That the elder ladies and children be content with a second bench at the ball, as being past or not come to perfection.
9.  That the younger ladies take notice how many eyes observe them. N.B.—This does not extend to the Have-at-alls.
10.  That all whisperers of lies and scandal be taken for their authors.
11.  That all repeaters of such lies and scandals be shunn'd by all company— except such as have been guilty of the same crime.
N.B.Several men of no character, old women, and young ones of questioned reputation, are great authors of lies in these places, being of the sect of levellers.
To these rules he added another, more important than the rest, whereby he forbade the wearing of swords within his domain. " This was perhaps the beginning of a change in fashion which appears to have been general in 1780," Lecky, in his History of England in the Eighteenth Century, paid tribute to the
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