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Writing under the name of Diedrich Knickerbocker Washington Irving aimed his potent satire at as diverse topics as political rivals such as Thomas Jefferson to the very ideal of looking back on the past affectionately:

A fine lady, in those times, waddled under more clothes even on a fair summer's day, than would have clad the whole bevy of a modern ball room. a voluminous damsel, arrayed in a dozen of petticoats, was declared by a Low-Dutch sonnetteer of the province, to be radiant as a sunflower, and luxuriant as a full blown cabbage. in those days, the heart of a lover could not contain more than one lady at a time; whereas the heart of a modern gallant has often room enough to accommodate half a dozen

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