Excerpt from The Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions, Manufactures, &C, Vol. 9: January 1, 1827
I fancy some querulous enemy to all innovation may here exclaim, El der sister! Who ever heard of Ja nuary being a female? Ever since the days of Chaucer, when January courted... Mag, January has retained his character as a wooer. Gentle reader, I deny the authority of Chau cer, who is an old antiquated fellow, and cannot be trusted to in these eu lightened days. January takes the precedence of all the months in the year; and does it not follow from this, by every law of gallantry and etiquette, that January must there fore be of the softer sex? But wav ing this digression, let me now do justice to January, and speak of the attractions which none other shares with her. Of all the holidays in the year the first day of January has ever been the most associated, in my mind, with mirth and glee and innocent festivity. History in all times, the usages of all nations, concur in giving to this day the character of hilarity; and I confessl am loath to part with ancient usages, and cling with a pc culiar fondness to the observance of such holidays as this; and I will ex plain te you why.
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