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Warning before Deatbe. covered the copy from the worms, de- years a close prisoner, whereof he spent fired Captain Bell, with whom he was five in the translation of the aforemenwell acquainted while he was agent for tioned work; having good cause to be king James I. on the continent, to mindful of the old man's saying, “I translate it into English, and publish it will shortly provide for you both time in London for the advancement of re- and place to translate it." ligion ; but Captain Bell was always This narrative is extracted from the somehow most unaccountably hindered Preface of Luther's Table Talk, printfrom prosecuting that work in such a ed in 1652; and from what Mr. Aufort as to bring it to a proper conclu- brey observes upon this story, which he fion, being prevented by luch interven- briefly relates, it appears, that whatsoing business as his public occupation ever was pretended for the cause of his required him to execute.

confinement, yer the true reason of the About fix weeks after he had re- Captain's commitment was, because he ceived the German copy, being well

was urgent with the Lord Treasurer in health, and in bed with his wife, for his arrears, which amounted to a between twelve and one of the clock, great suin; he was unwilling to pay, there appeared to him standing at the and to be freed from his clamours, hit side of the bed, an ancient man cloathed upon the scheine of holding him in in a light-coloured habit, and of a most prison. reverend aspect, having a broad and white beard, which hung as low as his girdle, who smiling at him, said, in a gentlemanly manner of rebuke, “Will you not take time to translate that book MR. Joseph Glew, a sword hiltwhich is sent to you out of Germany? maker, lived with his wife (both anIf you

do not, I will shortly hereafter cient people), many years, and one woprovide you both time and place to do man lodger, in the house over the archit;" – and then instantly vanished. way in the passage to Bear-yard, near

This extraordinary vifion affrighted the Oratory, in Lincoln's-Inn-fields him so much, that he fell into an ex- and for the sake of company desired a treme sweat ; so that his wife awaking, nephew of his, by marriage, to come and finding him all over wet, she asked and lodge in his house. Accordingly, him what he ailed ? He then related to in the beginning of January 1739, 40, her his vision, and the remarkable mef- the nephew came to his uncle, and spent sage attending it. But Captain Bell every evening with him and his wife, not paying much attention to the mat- in reading, &c. for their amusementa ter afterwards, time wore it off his me- About the twenty-fifth of the same mory, and he paid no more regard to month, after the nephew had been readwhat he had seen and heard than if it ing to his uncle and aunt, who were at had been a mere dream.

this time in very good health, some meHowever, he had soon reason to re- ditations out of Dr. Thomas Coney's sollect the old man's words, for foon Devout Soul, he retired to his chamber, after being at his lodgings in King's- a large back room, up two pair of street, Westminster, at dinner with his stairs, and, having fastened the door, wife, two meslengers came from the went to bed, and fell asleep before ten Council Board, with a warrant to carry

o'clock. A little before the clock him to the Gate house, there to be ftruck twelve, he was awakened by the confined till farther orders from the drawing of the curtains of his bed, and Lords of the Privy Council. Upon on starting up, saw by a glimmering this warrant he was detained ten whole light, resembling that of the Moon, the

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167 hadow of his uncle in the night.gown how his uncle did, heard he was pretty and cap he had on when he last parted well. On this he told his aunt what with him, standing on the right fide, he had seen, with the time and circumnear the head of the bed, holding the stances; but she, looking on it as fahead-curtain back with his left hand, bulous, they called for Mrs, Cook, who and seemed as if he was either going to was just got up, and she confirmed ftrike or stroke him with his right; but every thing he had said concerning the nephew believed the latter, as the Mrs. Spiller and the watchman, a poface of the spirit had a cheerful look, fitive proof he was awake, and in his and they lived in the greatest amity. - fenfes. The aunt now desired he At this instant, Mrs. Cooke, an ancient would not mention it to his uncle, woman, that lodged in the fore two pair which he promised he would not, but of stairs room, and who formerly be- withal told her he could never more longed to Mr. Rich's company of co- lie in that chamber, and went medians several years, came out of her about his business. The same day, apartment to light downs ftairs the wic before one o'clock, the nephew received dow of the facetious James Spiller, who a message from his aunt, where he was had been this evening to visit her. He at work in Fleet Itreet, deliring him to now heard the clock, which was in his come immediately to her: he accord. uncle's apartment, underneath, strike ingly went to her house, where he twelve, and tried to call out to the two found his uncle dead, and was told that women as they passed by his door, but he fell down in crossing his room, and had lost all power of utterance. The died suddenly about three minutes beghost kept its position, and the nephew fore twelve o'clock; exactly twelve eyes

fixed on it, and heard when hours from his ghoit's appearance to the two women opened the street-door, his nephew. that they called to the watchman, as he This circumstance induced the

young came by crying the hour of twelve, man to think his uncle might want to and agreed to give him some pence to reveal something to him, and therefore light Mrs. Spiller to her lodging, which desired to fit up with his corpse the was but at a little distance. On which night preceding his interment, which she went away, and Mrs. Cooke the aunt agreeing to, he fortified his having again fastened the door, was mind, and prepared a devotional book coming up the fairs,' when the ne- for his companion, with which he shut phew supposes he fwooned away; himself up in the room with the body, for, on coming again to the use of his about fix in the evening, in hopes he reason, he found himself half out of might see the spirit of his uncle, if he bed, and immerged into a cold and had any thing to say or open to him ; fickly sweat. The first thing he heard but as nothing occurred, during fourafter he had recovered from his fright, teen hours he was alone with the corpse, was the clock striking one.

the following evening he attended his wrapped himself up in his bed-cloaths, funeral to the north part of the church but closed his eyes no more the whole yard of St. Giles's in the fields, where night. About eight in the morning, his body was interred, leaving beas soon as he heard his aunt open the hind him the character of a good door of her apartment, he jumped out christian, a tender husband, and a fin of bed, and putting on his apparel with cere friend. what expedition he could, hurried down to her room; and having aked

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THE srow has fallen remarkably hea- terribly bruised, by the Ssrarland, vy in the West; on Saturday the 3d Capt. Barnes, of Hill. isitant in particular, it lay exceedingly II. At threeu'clock this afternoon, dcep. Two poor farmers, in going a fad catal-ople happened. Three from Axminster to Honiton, milled inen ventured fo far on the ice that it theirwey, and were found on the Sunday gave way, and they fell into the midfollowing frozen to death, and almost dle of the Canal, which is a least ten buried in the snow,---- This article feet deep. is literally copied ficn the newl- An unhappy youth ventured to their papers, See the Prcdiction, p: 112, aliitance, and reached a stick, and oi the lasi number.

with the ftruggling the ice on which 5 This evening, about five o'clock, he stood gave wiy, and he fell a vicMr. Carver was itopred in the fields t.mn to his humanity. near the Shepherd and Stepherdeis, In about half an hour the bodies Illington, by thrce foctuads, who were dragged out; two were taken to robbed him of a filver watch, two gui-. the Horse-Guards, and one to a pubneas and a half in gold, and eight lic house, and every effort used by the fhillings ard fixpence.

medical gentlemen, but without efect, Several human kulls, and other re- A fifth man fell in at the fame time, mains of skeletons, have been found and was saved by a ladder ai the mo. in the course of this month, by the ment he was firkirg. workmen digging the foundations of Tuesday night the uth, as Colonel {cme houses adjoining to Wilderness. Sinclair was returning from the City, Tow, behind the Charter Houle Gar- he was attacked at the corner of dens, near Sutton-itreet. - It is not ge. Fleet-market, by three men armed nerally known, that 60,coo perions with bludgeons. Their hit blows were buried upon this spoi, during knocked him down totally fenfeless ; one of the earliest plagues.

and it evidently appears from the state 10. This evening, about , twelve of his head and body, and the opinion o'ckck, as Mrs. Eaton, of Sommers of his surgeon, that the intention Town, was returning from London to asialiinate, not rob, as his to that place, she svas fiopred in the money and watch were left, and ficids between Guwer-frect and the only lis pocket book taken away, in Bowling-green House, by two foutpds, which was a 201. bank note, and a with crapes over thcir faces and aimed copy of a letter addresied with pistols, one of them beat her great personage in Germany. It is very muci over the head and arm, and lulperied from circumstances, and jobbed her of tivo guinea, fome fil frum their not spcaking a word, that ver, and a pair of iteckings, which the attack was preconcerted. The had just before bought in i w.. 12. Early this morning a melan

Letters in town, contrm the truth choly accident happened close to Do of the report of the loss of the Soder- ver harbour.- Five young seamen, the mandland, a Swedish vefiel of 500 eldeit about seventeen, were rowing off zons burthen. imr. Realion, who is a to a ship; but gcting too near the lieutenant of the admiralty of Stock- breakers under Shakespeare's Cliff, a holm, was the commander. The So- heavy sea drove the head of the boat dermandland was wrocked

round, and the next wave takiug her Lemon, on Monday fortnight. The on the broadside, overset her; the two crew, after driving twenty fix hours first mentioned young men had the on pieces of the vetiei, were all, except. good fortune to fwim to shore, but the ing one man who perished, taken up three latter were unfortunately drowned.

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CORRESPONDENTS, &c.

The great length and importance of the Answers to Queries 4 and 5, in out No.4, occafions the postponing their insertion till our next Number.

We were prevented, by want of room, from making vie of the curions Paper upon the Faces of the Planets. In a future Number, $. G.'s hint thall be attended to; but the Letter, complaining of the incorrectnets of Dr. Halley's Tables, the quarto edition of 1752, does not fall within any department of our Magazine, and would only draw us into a tedious mathematical disquisition of little or no importance to the generality of our readers.

Mr. Wer may find his doubis refolved at some of the Mathematical Socieries in this city.

The Nativity of a Genileman, worked in ful), is received ; as likewise two other nativities, calculared according to the Placidian Canons, and shall be irferied as foon as posible.-Our respects to the writer of the first article, for sending the Ephemerits for the year of the Geniturc, as it will save much troue ble in proving the calculation.

In answer to our humorous correspondent Quoz, who pleasantly files our Magazine Le Paradis Des Fous, we can reply, that, since our first appearance, Mr. Lejeaux, a Bookteller at Paris, has begun a similar publication with our's there, which is called Los Sorciers, ou Le Magazin Magique, a periodical work from which we thall not be athamed to borrow.

To form Judgments from Tranfits, Revolutions, Directions, and Pofitions of any kind, Tyro may contult Salmon's Horæ Mathematica, or Soul of Astrology; Thresher, Middleton, and Partridge's l'ade Alecum.

Mr. L-V-L’s doubts respecting Leovitus's Aftrology, are ill founded. He was a celebrated Bohemian Astrologer, and has left many learned works behind him in Latin, a particular account of which we shall preient to our readers next month.

The Second Part of the New Afrology Itands in the same predicament as the first. The third edition of Ward's Introduction to the Maihemațics is the inoff corect, as it was fupervised by the Author. To T. P.

I. PO's Requisition will be duly attended to.
Wm. Hardy's Letter and Queries in nur next.

B's Anfwer 'o the Query upon Palmistry, will better, we think, appear a's an article by itself, and Mäll have room next month.

Peter's Astrological Prediction will find place in No.7-his Queries shall also be attended to,

The learned Differtation by Bon Row, fem. is returned, as desired.

The MS. upon the Diving Bell, inclosing several curious Queries, is under cons fideration,

Querical Correspondence closed for this month. Besides the successful candidates, we have received fome very ingenious An. Twers from the fellowing Gen·lemen :--R. Davenport ; Josepion; T. S. N.; Theodoric ; Amalthufus ; Leiceiterienfis ; Domus Scientiæ ; B. Wm. Dani $. Canterel; V. U. Sebastian Sigismond; Althorpe and Joseph.

We are heartily sorry that Locubus has met the fate of many other ingenious men, even of the Marquis of Worceser himself, of whom he lo pirifuily complains.

R, C.'s very excusable complaint of the Mortness of the Translation of Albertus's Secrete, cannot be answered this month, as this department is in the bands of a Person out of town, to whom his letter will be conveyed.

The Philosophical Amusements are unavoidably postponed till our next.

Mr. FRANCIS BROWNE, (as Ben Row) Cooper, in Golden-lane, returns his thanks to the Editor for a MAGIC LANTERN preseuted him last month as a witling recompems for his attention to this highly favou:ed Work,

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