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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. II


244 OLD AXD NEW EDINBURGH. IHkh Street. humble trade, she went up to him, and without the least deference to his fine laced coat, taxed liim with presumption in coming there, and turned him out of the room.? shopping, just as people perform these duties before that meal now. Then gentlemen wore the Ramillies wig or lied hair, small three-cornered hats laced with gold or moderate time was never protracted. When the hour of departure came even the most winning young couples would crowd about her throne, petitioning for ?one dance more,? but the inexorable MissNjcky vacated her seat, and by a wave of her fan silenced the musicians and summoned the candle-snuffers. The evening was then the fashionable time for receiving company in Edinburgh, when people were all abroad upon the streets, after dinner calling and cuffs, and square-toed shoes; and the dresses of the ladies, if quaint, gave them dignity and grace. ?How fine it must have been to see, as an old gentleman told me he had seen,? says Dr. Chambers, ? two hooped ladies moving along the Lawnmarket in a summer evening, and filling up the whole footway with their stately and voluminous persons ! ? Ladies in Edinburgh then wore the calash, a kind of hood formed of cane covered with silk,
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