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HE history of an English household presents so
large a portion of the leading features of our
national character, that it can scarcely fail to be interesting to a proportionate class of readers. It takes them through centuries of civilisation and through 'pictures of periods, which show the progressive means by which has been secured the well-ordered English dwelling. Ву aid of this retrospect—this glance at the past, linked to the improvements of the present-has been produced the volume of Practical Instructions and Duties, Counsels and Experiences, Hints and Recipes, here submitted to the reader.
The book has been named from a character in our domestic history, whose name has become familiar as a household word, indicating the active benevolence of one of the best of women;' beloved by her neighbours for her sweet sympathy with the wants of others, and her unceasing anxiety in ministering to them, and thus enjoying the luxury of doing good. Happily, however, every age, as well as that of Queen Anne, has its Lady Bountiful;
illustrated by anecdotical examples of excellence in the
Early Rising Charity-Sound Sleep-Cold in producing Sleep-
Sleep at Will—How to go to Sleep—Want of Sleep-Night