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attempt, that I did not see whatever which is to produce the rain is not there is to be seen from the summit of very obvious ; when in an instant, Ben Ledi. I reached it, but in vain; and without a sprinkling, or even a and I need not conjecture and des- harbinger drop, the whole is let go on cribe, like Brydone on Ætna, what I your head as if a bucket had been did not see.
Did I choose thus to de- emptied on it. ceive you, I should at any rate do it “ Perhaps the clouds and rain of with comparative truth, or rather false- this cloudy and rainy region are the hood ; since I sat myself down on its reason that sun dials are so common in topmost stone, whereas that personage, this country; not only at Kilmahog, like Eustace in other cases, only as- where there are a dozen, but wherecended with the pen, and in his closet. ever you go
So it is in almost all Heaven knows, it is difficult enough to the villages ; and even the solitary describe what we have seen, without house, that has not a stone step to its troubling ourselves by attempting to door, or any pretence to geometry in look through clouds as dense as a mill- its walls, carries the evidence of its stone, and by stringing together epi- mathematical knowledge on its front, thets with a map before us. Yet the 'in the shape of a rusty gnomon. These views ought to be fine, since Ben Ledi incessant dials in this land of clouds, commands a very interresting variety offer some apology for the celebrated of country. That they are so in the question respecting the use of the sun direction of Stirling, I can vouch; as to the dial. The policy is, however, they also are over Loch Lubnaig to profound : because, if he should miss the north : but, to me, it was like the it at Inverness, he may hit it at Calvanishing of images in a magic lantern: lander, or elsewhere, some time belike the glance of the lightning in a tween the vernal and the autumnal dark night ; gone before I could say, equinoxes. But nothing equals the it is here. I thought that I had known ingenuity of the artist at Glamis,
who Highland rain in all its forms and
seems to have been determined that mixtures and varieties ; in Sky, in if time escaped him on one quarter, Mull, in Shetland, at Fort William, at he would catch it on
some other. Killin, on the summit of Ben Lawers, It would be hard indeed, if, in the revand in the depths of Glenco. But olution of a year, the sun did not light nothing like the rain on Ben Ledi did one of the hundred faces of this most I ever behold, before or since. In an ingenious polyedron : for he can instant, and without warning or prep- scarcely peep through a pin hole, aration, the showers descended in one without being caught in the act by broad stream, like a cascade, from the the tip of some one of the gnomons, clouds, and in an instant they ceased that bristle their north poles like a again.' We have heard, in an ode to hedgehog all round it. Molly, of counting the drops of rain :
“I wish I could speak of the inns but there were no drops here to be at Callander as I have spoken of that counted ; it was one solid sheet of at Dollar ; but it is a mixed world, water.
inns and all, and we must take it as it C. There is a peculiarity in these comes. summer showers of the Highlands, “ When you hear Peggy called, which a Lowlander knows not, but as if the first vowel was just about to will not easily forget when he has ex- thaw, like Sir John Mandeville's story, perienced it. If he carries an um- and when you hear Pe-ggy answer brella, it will be useful for him to be co-ming, you must not prepare to be told, that, like his fowling piece when impatient, but recollect that motion the dogs have scent, he must keep it cannot be performed without time. ready cocked. If there is but a button If you are wet, the fire will be lightto undo, or a ring to slip off, he will ed by the time you are dry ; at least often be wet through before he can if the peat is not wet too. The smoke of get either effected. There is an in- wet peat is wholesome: and if you are terval of fair weather : even the cloud not used to it, they are : which is the
same thing. There is neither poker circles of dried whiskey and porter. nor tongs; you can stir it with your The fire place is full of white ashes : umbrella : nor bellows; you can blow you labour to open a window, if it it; unless you are asthmatic: or what will open, that you may get a little of is better still, Peggy will fan it with the morning air : and there being no her Petticoat. “Peggy, is the supper sash-line, it falls on your fingers, as it coming?” In time, comes mutton, call- did on Susanna's. Should you break a ed chops, then mustard, by and by a pane, it is of no consequence, as it knife and fork ; successively, a plate, will never be mended again. The a candle, and salt. When the mut- clothes which you sent to be washed, ton is cold, the pepper arrives, and are brought up wet; and those which then the bread, and lastly the whisky. you sent to be dried, smoked. The water is reserved for the second
66 You now become impatient for It is good policy to place the breakfast ; and as it will not arthese various matters in all directions, rive, you go into the kitchen to assist because they conceal the defects of in making the kettle boil. You will Mrs. Maclarty's table cloth. By this not accelerate this : but you will see time, the fire is dying ; Peggy waits the economy of Mrs. Maclarty's kitchtill it is dead, and then the whole pro- en. The kettle, an inch thick, is hangcess of the peat and the petticoat is to ing on a black crook in the smoke, be gone over again. It is all in vain. not on the fire, likely to boil to-mor66 Is the bed ready ?” By the time you If
should be near a forest, have fallen asleep once or twice, it is there is a train of chips lying from the ready. When you enter, it is damp: fire-place to the wood-corner, and the but how should it be dry in such a landlady is busy, not in separating the climate. The blankets feel so heavy two, but in picking out any stray piece that you expect to get warm in time. that seems likely to be lighted before Not at all: they have the property of its turn comes. You need not ask weight without warmth : though there why the houses do not take fire : beis a fulling mill at Kilmahog.
You cause it is all that the fire itself can awaken at two o'clock ; very cold, do, with all its exertions. Round this and find that they have slipped over fire are a few oat cakes, stuck on edge on the floor.
in the ashes to dry ; perhaps a her“ It is vain to try again, and you ring : and on the floor, at hand, are get up at five. Water being so con a heap or two of bed clothes, a cat, a temptibly common, it is probable that few melancholy fowls, a couple of there is none present : or if there is, black dogs, and perchance a pig, or it has a delicious flavour of stale whis- more ; with a pile of undescribables, ky : so that you may almost imagine consisting of horse collars, old shoes, the Highland rills to run grog. There petticoats, a few dirty plates and horn is no soap in Mrs. Maclarty's house. spoons, a kilt, possibly a bagpipe, a It is prudent also to learn to shave wooden beaker, an empty gill and a without a looking glass ; because, if pint stoup, a water bucket, and a there is one, it is so furrowed and stri- greasy candlestick, a rake, a spinning ped and striated, either cross-wise, or wheel, two or three frowsy fleeces and perpendicularly, or diagonally, that, a shepherd's plaid, an iron pot full of in consequence of what Sir Isaac potatoes, a never-washed milk-tub, Newton might call its fits of irregular some more potatoes, a griddle, a threereflection and transmission, you cut legged stool, and heaven and earth your nose if it distorts you one way, know what more. All this time, two and your ear if it protracts you in the or three naked children are peeping opposite direction. The towel being at you out of some unintelligible reeither wet or dirty, or both, you wipe cess, perchance contesting with the yourself in the moreen curtains, unless chickens and the dogs for the fire, you prefer the sheets. When you re- while Peggy is sitting over it unsnoodturn to your sitting room, the table is ed : one hand in her head, and the rovered with glasses, and mugs, and other, no one knows where, as she is
wondering when the kettle will not generation ; for I am sure you can boil ; while, if she had a third, it have no inclination to partake with might be employed on the other two. me of the breakfast, which will proba But enough of Mrs. Maclarty and her ably be ready in two hours.”
ON tiptoe, laughing like the blue-eyed May
To the Editor of the European Magazine.
SIR-Having already communicated likely to produce fashion and elegance.
to you some ideas on the influence What is the dress most becoming to which the form of Government has on persons in the rank of the nobility and dress, I shall offer a few remarks on gentry, and of professional men? I that article in general, well aware of say men, because a certain latitude of the powerful effect which it has on our captivation is allowed to the other sex minds in most cases, and of the effect in every class. What is most likely which it produces, not only in society, to produce attraction and respect ? but in our success or failure in our in- for these are the charms and the power tercourse with mankind. Dress and of dress. Is it costliness ? no ; our address are the two great external ob- nobility have assumed a simplicity, jects which are the first agents on our except when officially habited, which feelings; we judge men more by these, renders rich habits not only unnecesthan by their writings, and as the or- sary but out of use.
Is it the extreme gans of perception are first acted upon, of fashion ? no; for the extreme of we seldom wait to form our decision fashion becomes to it, what the caricafrom actions or from report: the latter ture is to the portrait. Is it frequent indeed is often very fallacious, but the change, incessantly on the wing for impressions of dress and address are novelty? no; because, first, every fashvery generally irresistible. A man's ion is not becoining ; secondly, such writings may be at variance with his changeful clothing bespeaks levity, and life, so may dress and address; yet, is only to be overlooked in the college when that is the case, the garb sits un- youth, or the very young man entering easily, and, as the counterfeit is more into life, and thirdly, because rank, perperceptible, we place too often implicit sonal appearance, and our habits must reliance on easy gentlemanlike man- be consulted in the adoption of every ners, neat, chaste, and fashionable new fashion. They cannot be equally dress. Address being a very superior genteel, becoming, and elegant, so that quality, it is the most important, but, the best friend to the tailor may often although dress is an object of less be his own enemy, by making himself magnitude, yet it is indispensably ne- ridiculous. Should we aim at somecessary to adorn and set forth the for- thing striking ? no; a person becomes mer, which, without it, labours under a scenic performer in the drama of life great difficulties, and will be unavail- thereby ; and again, if a man or woing with the ignorant, who form the man sticks to one garb or character in larger mass of the population in every dress, the eye is tired of the sporting country. Wise men alone set little frock, the farmer cut, the quaker-like value on dress, men who are absorbed dittoes of one sex, and of the prim in abstruse knowledge are apt to lose style of the other, which must soon be sight of address, but it is very incorrect antiquated and rejected by persons of to undervalue then entirely, since they taste. Constant mourning suits grave are quite compatible with wisdom and professions, but one who would wish with virtue. The only thing then to to pass for a fashionable, well dressed be ascertained is, what is the nearest person, and is not a professional man, point to perfection in dress? And as cannot adhere to the same wearisome I have already observed that climate, garb. On many occasions it casts a country, form of government, warlike gloom over the drawing room, or dinor peaceful habits, prosperity, civiliza- ner circle, and there are certain times tion, and the rank held amongst na when good breeding forbids it-birthtions affect materially the style of dress; days, weddings, festivals, &c. &c. It I shall here take my stand in Great is likewise a bad riding or travelling Britain, and as near St. James's as pos- dress, and admits of no mediocrity as sible, where the Regia Solis is most to fashion, make, texture, or age. In
deed the moderate novelty of clothes, brella, flapping leghorn, shapeless and elegant workmanship, a good fit, and ridiculous hat: it may save the comthe very best materials are indispensa- plexion, but a deep veil would answer ble ingredients in dress of every colour the same end, and give grace and moand kind. Persons are very apt to desty to her whose charms are thus think that black becomes all classes, delicately withdrawn from the inquirpersons, and complexions : this is a ing eye of the beholder. Tartans of very gross error, nearly as great as all kinds bear and command respect, the assumption of military undress when worn by the chieftain, the clan, tunic, pantaloons, black cravat and and its adherents, whether by the one spurs,—these sit ill on every one who sex or the other, and whether it be in is not military, and whose carriage and stuff or silk ; but neither it nor any gentlemanlike deportment do not e- assemblage of many colours is becomvince the military man. Both of these ing. What would be thought of a hardresses, so very common at present, lequin silk? Over dressing and underare very trying to the wearers. Black dressing are two great means of disfigis also very uncertain in its effect on uring a person, as are colours at enmity the loveliest sex: the neck and arm with each other, purple and light blue, which rivals the Parian inarble, the lilac and pink, or red, and the like. lily and the rose blended in the cheek, There are colours also which no genshine, in mourning, like the star pierc- tleman can think of wearing in cloth, ing the thick black cloud ; but the pompadowr, brownish yellow, drab, dingy Jewess, swarthy foreigner, smoke light blue, nor could be in these days,) dried female citizen, with low forehead ever be considered as any thing but a and oily hair, small grey eyes and ig- caricature in a striped coat, even noble countenance, seems like the union striped waistcoats and trowsers will of obscurity and fog, a November even ever be more fanciful than becoming, ing, or a winter's morning, in a narrow let who will wear them. The unie or street. There are certain colours plain neat style must always prevailwhich must always be offensive to the royal blue, black, white, mild buff coleye ; there are likewise blendings of our, whilst the contrasts of black and colours which cannot fail to be harmo- green, blue and scarlet, when in cloth nious, others which are as ill-judged, and not in uniform. Black and blue and produce the worst effect. Con- are at war with all harmony. Yellow trasts may be most happy, or 'the and lilac, pea-green and dark blue are reverse-spots, stripes, chequers, and trying colours to a female, but lovelimixtures, have no alliance with nobili- ness can bear them out; the two first ty; they are trying, they are the taste are odious in male attire, even the very and livery of the lower orders, and al- bright yellow waistcoat. In addition ways seem to be contrived for economy, to all this outline many more observafor a quick and ready sale to the ven- tions might be made; but the limits der, to hide uncleanliness, to disguise which I have proposed to myself will the person for some purpose or other not admit them, and I should be afraid to the wearer.
These fancies too are of tiring my reader by going into the trying to beauty, and still further con- lengthy detail. Over-length or great found deformity. Middling people in curtailing of skirts must always proclass and appearance may assume a duce a ridiculous effect, as must over middling style of dress, and although amplitude, or a tail like a bird ; just a handsome youth, or virgin may so, sweeping trains. and very short wear almost any thing, yet groom petticoats, are to be studiously avoided, coats, coloured silk kerchiefs, carica- except when the former is the finish of ture hats, brown beavers, coachman- a dress robe, which, by the by, suits like form in dress, can never become not all alike. In all these circumstanthe former, if he be of the nobility or ces ; stature, size, age, condition, congentry, nor can a Belcher tied round a venience, and effect, ought to be fairly lovely neck, add attractions to the consulted, since what adorns one perwearer, no more than the huge um son, is a satire upon another. In point