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such objections are avoided, and the general effect rendered very pleasing.
From these remarks it may be evinced, that no antiquary can object to the propriety of changing the philibeg to pantaloons, a change which, if universally introduced into Highland regiments and into the Highlands, would be a laudable improve
From the same remarks it is also clear, that nothing can be more absurd than the costume adopted by many of our late painters, stageplayers, &c., who have represented the tartan as the Scotish dress in all ages. It is proper to inform all such persons, that a Highlander is as different from a Lowlander as a Welchman from an Englishman. The rebellions of 1715 and 1745 were those of Highlanders only. The Highlands comprise Sutherland, Caithness, Ross, the west part of Inverness and Perthshire, and all Argyleshire.
THE EARL OF BREADALBANE TO MR.
May 28th, 1796.
I received some days ago your letter. I have unfortunately no catalogue in town of the pictures*
* Mr. Pennant, in his Tour in Scotland, III. p. 30, has given a catalogue of the portraits at Taymouth, accompanied with interesting observations, and says, "They are the most
at Taymouth; but I trust no difficulty will attend this circumstance in your present pursuit, when I inform you the name of each individual portrait is affixed to each picture, which will answer your purpose better than any catalogue.
Most of Jameson's works are in the library, and consist of portraits of peers or great men of Scotland, friends or connexions at the time of the Breadalbane family. The Family Tree, a remarkable work of Jameson's, is in the hall, at
remarkable part of the furniture of the house here, being a very considerable collection of the works of Jameson, the Scotch Vandyke, an élève of this family." To the same effect Lord Orford observes (Works, III. p. 232.) that " though most of the considerable families in Scotland are possessed of paintings by Jameson, the greatest collection of them is at Taymouth, the seat of the Earl of Breadalbane; Sir Colin Campbell, of Glenorchy, his lordshp's ancestor, having been the chief and earliest patron of Jameson, who had attended that gentleman on his travels."
* The very curious picture here alluded to, is thus described in a Ms. on vellum, preserved at Taymouth, containing the genealogy of the house of Glenorchy, and written in the first half of the seventeenth century :-" Memorandum.—In the same year, 1635, the said George Jameson painted a large genealogical tree of the family of Glenorchy, eight feet long, and five broad, containing in miniature the portraits of Sir Duncan Campbell, of Lockaw, of Archibald Campbell, his eldest son, first Earl of Argyle, and of Sir Colin Campbell, his second son, first Laird of Glenorchy, with the branches of their intermarriages, and of those of their sons and daughters, beautifully illuminated. At the bottom of which tree the following words are painted on a scroll: The genealogie of the Hous of Glenurquhie, whereof is descendit sundrie nobill and worthie houses, 1635, Jameson faciebat."-Lord Orford's Works, III. p. 213.
the bottom of which is the portrait of Sir Duncan Campbell, the first Lord Argyle, from whom sprung the Argyle as well as Breadalbane family.
The kings and queens of Scotland are in a separate room by themselves, next the office: each portrait has the name of the king or queen on it for whom it was done.
In the drawing-room are two very fine portraits by Vandyke, of the two brothers, the Earls of Holland and Warwick, of Charles the First's time.
MR. PINKERTON TO THE EARL OF BUCHAN.
Hampstead, May 30th, 1796.
I am infinitely obliged by the long and instructive letter you took the trouble to write, and for the tracing of Lord Dryburgh. The private print of Sir P. Hume will be very acceptable any convenient time. Earl Marshall and Straloch are sent. Where is the Winton family? At Lord Somerville's, near Edinburgh?
Can your lordship procure us a correspondent on such topics at Glasgow? I wish for drawings of the Houston paintings in the church, A. D. 1400.
I can find Innes in no list of cardinals; nor do I know the history of the portrait.
I hope your lordship's eyes are quite re-established cold water is the best eye-water; and 1 always use an eye-cup, so that I never had any
thing the matter with my eyes, though I use them so much.
Lord Breadalbane has given permission, and the Morisons, at Perth, engage to get drawings.
I would send a proof of the print of James I. was it not for the postage. It is from a different painting, but same mode of dress; only peaks to the shoes.
We shall be obliged for Lady Mary Stuart: we are rather deficient in ladies, who form an agreeable variety.
My History of Scotland under the Stuarts, 1371-1542, 2 vols. 4to., is half printed, and will appear next February. Mr. Dilly, the publisher, has paid liberally. Have Gibbon's miscellaneous works yet reached Scotland?
MAJOR OUSELEY TO MR. PINKERTON.*
Manchester, July 7, 1796.
I am almost ashamed to acknowledge that, until your obliging note written last September (which I had too carefully preserved in a particular pocket-book) accidentally presented itself to me this day, I have remained ignorant of your exact address at Hampstead: to this circumstance it is owing that I have not before returned you my
* Now Sir William Ouseley, Knight, author of Travels in the East, &c. &c.; and justly regarded as one of the most profound and useful oriental scholars of the present day.
thanks for the good wishes you express in favor of my literary labors; or mentioned the pleasure I felt on learning from yourself that in Persian literature you are of sentiments congenial to my own, and a little enthusiastic. Without such a disposition, I believe it is almost impossible to derive either profit or pleasure from any study or pursuit. Without flattering myself that my book, the "Persian Miscellanies," could afford you much entertainment, yet, from your fondness for oriental literature, I should hope that before now you have cast your eye upon it, as something at least new, and, in its chief object, almost singular. I speak of it with rather the more confidence, having passed unscorched the ordeal of two reviews. In my scattered observations your favorite Sadi is often mentioned. Of his Bostan I long to see a good translation; but, though I am fortunate in possessing three original copies (one a fine Ms. brought from Persia by Chardin), I feel not inclined at present to undertake so arduous a task; yet, if the magnitude of a literary project which now fills my mind were known, perhaps the giving an English dress to Sadi's Bostan would seem but a moderate undertaking comparatively.
Mr. Walker of Dublin, my friend,* regrets
It was Mr. Walker who introduced Sir William Ouseley to Mr. Pinkerton, by a letter, which is preserved in this collection, dated 26th August, 1795. At the same time he introduced Captain Ouseley, the father of Sir William in speaking of whom he says, "He is il mio amico stretto, and, like his son, is engaged in a literary undertaking. It is he who is preparing for the press the Catalogue of Irish Writers, which I mentioned to you in my last."-See p. 389.