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  • August 1797 The Scots Magazine. Volume 59 page 531

    "Since this -shall I call it Stylomania, seized my family, the whole house has been metamorphosed in the strangest manner. My old friends have deserted me and why? Because I can't give them a plain dinner as I used to do, a joint and a pudding, and a bottle of the right old fort, a kind of diet which, as one of them used to say, was what a man could eat and understand - but forsooth. I must now have a dozen dishes with strange names, and three or four kinds of wine that don't deserve that name at all, a change of plates at every mouthful, till dinner has become both a fatigue and a riddle - and ail this, because I am over-persuaded to do things in style; "

    March 29, 2013