In the diaries of Mrs Hannah More (born, Stapleton, Gloucestershire, 1745) her entry for May 29th 1783 reads:
"I am tired of writing several letters and of reading the Lives of the Reformers and of trimming a gauze handkerchief; and now I am going to close the day with a thick quarto of Dr Beattie's metaphysics."
Well, I'm tired from playing a board game with a friend, and I'll close the day watching TV and drinking cheap wine.
That's progress for you.
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