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extremely tired. There was a great deal of company, and some beauties, but by all I heard the men's attachment was to the gaming table, and not to the ladies. A Miss Roach,1 educated in France, was the most admired. She is entirely French, so much so in her behaviour that such an awkward Englishwoman as myself would think her rather odd than pleasing. Lady Vane was there with her lord, and began several balls. She seems quite easy, though no woman of any rank took the least notice of her. In my whole life I never saw anybody altered to the degree she is. I have not seen her near since her days of innocence and beauty, and really should not have known her if I had not been told her name, as there is not the least remains of what she was. If anybody has a mind to learn new fashions, I would advise their going to Tunbridge, where they abound, and I don't think even Blowzabella 2 in her flounces came up to some figures I saw in a morning, and I was told that at the balls they outdid
their usual outdoings. Skeleton caps without
1  Possibly a daughter of Edward Roach, of Trabolgan, County Cork.
2  " Blowzabella " was Mrs. Barnes, of Derby.
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