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A DESCRIPTION OF A SWEDISH ENTERTAINMENT,
FROM ACERBI'S TRAVELS.
THE Swedish dinner parties are ex is associated with the sour, mustard with pensive arrangements of show and for- sugar, confectionaries with salt mcát nality. It will often happen that out or falt fish; in short, eatables are inof forty or fifty people, who appear in termingled with a poetical licence, consequence of an invitation sent with that sets the precept of Horace at deall pollible ceremony, and perhaps a fienceweek or a fortnight before the appointed day, scarcely three or four know
Sed non ut placidis coeant immitia. one another fufficiently to make the An Italian is not very much at a loss meeting agreeable. A foreigner may at these feasts; but an Englishman finds Itill fare worse, and have the misfor- quite uncomfortable and out of his el. tune of being seated near a person to ement : he sees no wine drank either rally unacquainted with any language by the ladies or the gentlemen during but his own. Before the company fit dinner; but must take it himself in a down to dinner, they first pay their re. solitary manner : he is often obliged ipects to a fide-table laden with bread, to wait for hours before he can help butter, cheese, pickled-falmon, and himself to what he prefers to eat, and liqueur, or brandy; and by the tasting when the meat arrives, he generally of these previous to their repast, en
thinks it not dressed plain enough, but deavour to give an edge to their appe. disagreeable from the quantity of spices tite, and to stimulate the stomach to with which it is seasoned. After dinner perform its office. After this prelude, the ladies do not leave him to his the guests arrange themselves about the bottle ; he is expected to adjourn im. dinner table, where every one finds at mediately with them to the drawhis place three kinds of bread, flat and ing-room, where the company, after cuarse rye bread, white bread, and thanking the master and mistress of the brown bread. The firit fort of bread is house with a polite or rather ceremo. what the peasants eat; it is crisp and nious bow for their good cheer, are redry: the second fort is common bread; galed with tea and coffee. I have not but the brown bread, laft mentioned, entered into a circumstantial descriphas a sweet taste, being made with the tion of these long dinners, but only water with which the vessels in the given the general outline, that I might sugar houses are wathed, and is the not inflict upon my readers that ennui, nattiest thing possible. All the dishes which I confefs I have myself someare at once put upon the table, but no times experienced when I was among one is allowed to ask for what he likes the number of the guests. In the inbeft, the dishes being handed round in terval between dinner and supper, which regular succellion; and an Englishman however, from many hours that are has often occasion for all his patience thought necessary for the acts of eat. to wait till the one is put in motion on ing and drinking, is not long, there is which he fixed his choice. The Swedes no amusement whatever but playing at are more knowing in this respect, and, cards. If you cannot join in this ralike the French, eat of every thing tional recreation, you are abandoned that comes before them: and although to your fate, and may lit in some cor- the different dishes do not seem to har. ner of the room, indulging in medita
monize together, yet such is the force tion on whatever subject you please. of habit, that the guests apparently
The stiffness which prevades the find no inconvenience from the mošt Swedish manners seems to originate in * opposite mixtures. Anchovies, her court;-the most formal, certainly, in rings,'onions, eggs, paftry often meet Europe, and intrenched in ceremonies together on the same plate, and are and etiquette. The dress, however, swallowed promiscuously. The sweet
being the national costume, is not ex other circumstances. The dishes are pensive.
served, and the plates presented to the A drawing-room terminates com royal family by an officer called genmonly in a public supper for the royal tleman of the court. The marshal family, who fit alone at table, all the stands dire&tly opposite the king dur. nobility and officers of the kingdom ing the whole of the entertainment, ftanding round as mere spectators. The and the fteward of his Majesty's house. ladies of the fenators, and others of hold a little to the right behind him. equal rank, have the privilege of be. Though the presence of these officers ing seated on tabourets, placed in semi. be wholly useless, it is thought necefcircles at a distance from the table, in sary to complete the groupe. When front of the king and qneen. The the king has dined, he makes a sign to household officers of the different bran. the queen and to the rest of the family, ches of the royal family stand behind and all having answered with a bow, he the chair of the personage to whom rises from the table, takes a moft grå. they belong : the fenators at his Ma. cious leave, and withdraws to his own jefty's left hand, and the ambassadors apartments, followed by the officers of with other foreigners of distinction at the court. The rest of the royal family his right. The king speaks to every do the same ; and no one presumes to one according to their rank, the degree retire before they have quited the of favour they possess with him, ot room,
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Cambridge, is printing, at the Univer. M. Dargelas has lately presented the fity prefs, a work entitled, Principles Society of Sciences, Belles Lettres, of Analytical Calculation. This genand Arts of Bourdeaux, with the de- tléman is author of some valuable pafcription of two insects not mentioned pers in the Philosophical Transactions. in Fabricius, and other entomologists. Dr Beauford of Collon, in Ireland, The infects were found in the neigh. is preparing for publication, a work in bourhood of Bourdeaux. The one of two vols. 4to. entitled, “ A Sketch of them he names Carabus Cancellatus, and the present State of Ireland, Statistical the other Scarabæus Burdigalenfis. and Pictureique,” to be illultrated with
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mented with fine engravings, will apM. Aldini of Bologna, nephew to the pear immediately. celebrated Galvani, proposes to pub Dr Wendebern's German Grammar Jith in this country, before he returns and Excercises, a new edition, with to Italy, a work on Galvanitin, and on considerable additions and improvethe manner of its application in the ments by the author, is in press. cure of diseases.
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ers of the Law, than to those of any A poem entitled The Temple of Na. other profesion, from the nature of turt, or the Origin of Society, in four their complicated and multifarious en cantos, with Notes, by Dr Darwin, is gagements, which deprive them of the in the press. The poem will be in one time necesary to peruse and digest the volume ato. embellished with plates. volumnious publications which are
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lisle, is engaged in preparing a second The Law Journal, No. 1. a new pe.
edition of the first volume of the late riodical work, embracing every altera, Dr Milner's Church History. He has tion and improvement in the theory also beg un to print a fourth volume of and practice of contemporary law, and the same, from the author's manucommencing with the proceedings of scripts. The fourth volume will carry Hilary term 1803, to be continued down the work to about the middle of monthly under the conduct of J. Mor the fourteenth century. gan and Thomas Walter Williams, Bar. A third edition of Dr Curric's Me. risters at Law, will be publithed on the dical Reports, with additions, is in the It of March. The price of cach num. press. ber will be half-a-crowo.
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and will be published in February. A edition was published at Bafil in 1535, review of the causes and early progress by Jean Bediot, and Christian Herlin. of the French revolution will be pre This was little else than the edition of fixed.
Aldus reprinted, much to the worse. Don Raphael, a romance in three After these two editions appeared, A. vols. by G. Walker, is in the press, and thenzus being in the hands of all the will be published immediately. learned, was foon translated by Noel
A work entitled, Addisoniana, in two le Comte, the only advantage of whole volumes, will speedily be published. labour, according to Casaubon, was the It will consist of curious anecdotes, and filling up, by the help of MSS. a confacts connected with the literary life of fiderable deficiency which had remainAddison, his contemporaries, and the ed, till his time, in the fifteenth book. period when he fourished. Addi. The version of Delachamp was printed soniana, we hear, will be followed by at Lyons in 1583. The edition of CaMiltoniana, Swiftiana, and Wilkesiana, faubon appeared afterwards in 1997, the on a fimilar plan.
original of all those now in use, which A small tract upon the impropriety was followed three years after by his of the present method of teaching great commentary. The great merit of Chriftian theology, by the Rev. John this new edition confifts in its having Simpson, is in the press.
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of Literature, to be continued annually, We hear that an establishment has under the direction of Dr Aiken, will been formed at Vienna, under the di. appear immediately.-." The great aim rection of M. Schregvogel, called the of this review is to supply the acknowRepository of Arts and Induftry, com- ledged deficiences which detract from prehending the art of design, mufic, and the merit of the present journals, as literature.
impartial registers of the literature of A curious piece of very antient mar.
the country. For this purpose, an anble was lately found thrown alide in
nual volume appears to poffets several the poultry yard of the late earl of Belo advantages, that distinguish and recomborough, at Rochampton. It contains mend it in preference to a monthly fe. a large inscription in the Greek lan, ries. The reviewer, with all the books guage, upon a man who had paffed of the year before him, disposed accorthrough various fituations in life. Mrding to their respective subje&ts, has an
Townley, who is so deservedly elleem- opportunity of mure jattly apportioned for his taste and knowledge in the ing the degree of notice to be allotted reliques of antient art, has had an en to each class, than is possible to be done graving made of it for his private friends, according to the present method.” It and the inscription has been elucidated is the intention of the editor to devote with great learning and acumen by the each volume to the review of the works Rev. Mr Kydd.
of the preceding year alone ; " so that M. Jean Schweighauser has lately the reader will be presented with an publifhed at Strasburg, a new edition uninterrupted history of the annual adof the text of Athenzus Naucratites, vancement of science, and of the rise the Deipnosophist, with commentaries, and progress of those disputes on liter&c. The firt printed edition of Athen- ary or grave fubjects, which are from aus was that of Aldus, published at time to time brought forward to geneVenice in the year 1414. This edition ral notice.” It will be a leading object is considered inaccurate both by Calau with those engaged in this publication, bon and the present editor. The kcond to give a fair and sufficiently ample 3
nalysis of the works that come before lication will form, at the end of the them, together with characteristic and year, two large quarto volum.es of the useful or entertaining extracts, so as to newest matter in the several branches enable the reader to form his own opi- of natural history, such as comparative nion on their merits and defects. anatomy, Chemistry, &c. The plates
Mr Ezekiel Walker's cheap method will be principally copied from nature, of producing light, noticed in our last and executed by artists of known menumber, consists in using candles of ten rit. Hence they cannot fail to become to the pound, which are to be placed important to those who have not an exat an angle of 30 degrees with the per. tensive cabinet to which they can rependicular.
sort. A method is said to be invented by The Cow Pox Institution has probabthe Rev. T. D. Foserbrooke of saving ly given the idea of another eitablishthe whole, or greatest part of the lives ment in London, on a plan somewhat of the crew, in case of a shipwreck, limilar, entitled 'the “ Perkinean Instiwithout altering the present form or tution.” The immediate object of it construction of vefsels.
is stated to be, The application of PerThe professors of the Museum of Na. kin's Metallic Tractors to the disorders tural History in the garden of plants at of the poor, and the extension of the Paris, have formed themlelves into a knowledge of the principle of the Mesociety, with a view of publishing what. tallic Practice. It is proposed to pubever occurs new and interefting in this lifh their transactions annually, which branch of national education. The ex- will consist of the practice with the tractensiveness of the collection, and the tors at the inftitution, and correspondconftant accumulation of new and in- ence to be opened with literary characteresting phenomena, will afford ample ters both at home and abroad, on Permatter for their new publication, con- kinism, or rather Galvanisin, which is tinued monthly, which they entitle the same principle. The long contro
The Annals of the Museum of Natu. verfy respecting the merit of the metalral History.” The first number has al- lic tractors may now perhaps be con. ready appeared. It consists of ten sheets fidered as decided in their favour. and four plates; Ato; so that this pub
SCOTISH LITERARY NOTICES.
WE hear that á life of the late Dr curiosity and admiration ever since their James Hutton, by Professor Playfair, discovery. In the third tract are dif. will soon be given to the public. cutled various theories on the cause of
Profeffor John Hill, is engaged in a death in It'gnant air. But the most Life of the late Dr Blair.
wonderful of all philosophical enquiries There is in the press, and will soon is engroiled in the following tract, which be published, in a yols, 8vo. Spallanza- is a treatise on certxin animals which ni's “Tracts on the Natural History of A. may be killed and revived. There it rimals and Vegetables,” trandated from is demonstrated, by rigorous experithe original Italian: to which are added ment, that animals exist which may refome Memoirs on Animal Reproduction, main dead several years, and then be In these volumes are the author's hifcapable of resurrection. The fifth and tory of the Animalcula Infuforia, which laft tract is an enquiry into the origiu is investigated with great acuteness, and of mould. It is proved to be a real plant, and is the firit tract: fecondly, the his- poffcfling some uncommon properties. tory of Seminal Vermiculi, animals The Memoirs on Animal R producwhich have been equally the object of tion relate to the regenerations of inails VOL. LXV.