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HISTORY

OF

PORT I A.

WRITTEN by a LADY.

What's female beauty but an air divine,
Through which the mind's all gentle graces

shine!
These, like the fun, irradiate all between;
The body charms because the soul is feen:
Hence men are often captives of a face,
They know not why, of no peculiar grace.
Some forms, though bright, no mortal man can

bear;
Some none resist, though not exceeding fair.

Dr. Young's Univers. Paff.

Vol. I.

LONDON:
Printed for R. Withy, at the Dunciad in Cornhill;

J. POTTINGER, in Great Turnstile, Holborn;
J. WILKie, in St. Paul's Church-Yard; and
J. Cooke, in Queen-Street, May-Fair.

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THE

HISTORY

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PORT I A.

CHAP. I.

The introduction, wilh some account of the

author, and her reasons for undertaking

this work. IA

Am thoroughly sensible that a woman

never makes a more ridiculous figure, than when the appears to the world in the character of an author; the male part

of the species having ingrossed every branch of learning, as their peculiar province, think they have an undoubted right, if we do but touch upon the borders, to seize us instantly as so many usurpers on their privileges; and indeed I cannot but acknowlege that they have great reafon VOL. I.

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