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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1787 edition. Excerpt: ... footing, supported by the voluntary subscriptions of the French merchants settled here. As the out-goings exceed the profits, they begin to be sick of so heavy a load, and it is likely their stage will be given up, upon the expiration of the term for which the factory entered into engagements with the actors. LETTER XXIX. Gibraltar, March 9, 1776. TH E end of the carnival at Cadiz differed very little from the beginning; no public balls or masquerades being allowed; the only marks of the festivity of. fhrove-tide, were the pailfuls of water which the women in the balconies poured upon the men in slouched hats and cloaks that passed within their reach. There were, Vol. 1. A A however, however, many assemblies and balls of a lower class, where the fandango was danced a la ley, that is, in all the perfection it is capable of. Among the gipsies there is another dance, called the Manguinaoy, so lascivious and indecent, that it is prohibited under severe penalties; the tune is quite simple, little more than a constant return of the same set of notes; this, as well as the fandango, is said to have been imported from the Havannah, being both of negro breed. I have been told, that upon the coast of Africa they exhibit a variety of strange dances, pretty similar to these. Whatever may have been the birth-place of the fandango, it is now so thoroughly naturalized in Spain, that every Spaniard may be said to be born with it in his head and heels: I have seen a child of three years of age dance it to the mother's singing, with steps and turns scarce to be credited in an infant of that age. Towards the the close of the great balls given heretofore in the theatre, when all the company appeared drooping with fatigue and overpowered with fleep, it was a...
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