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The troubled Conscience. ascended one side, and went as near as ry, of which I have lately gaired the they fafely durft to one of the orifices, following particulars. One James where, among other frightful sounds, Dumitable, a poor labouring man, had they plainly and distinctly heard the by great industry amatsed a considerafollowing words, “ make hatte, make ble sum of money, which, as he had hatte, the rich Antonio is coming." but a small family, continually increal. at which being in a great consternation, ed; so that by the death of an uncle they immediately haftened on board, of his wife, who was a considerable and the mountain beginning to pour farmer in that part, his pofiefiions out lava and vast volumes of sinoke, made him be looked upon as one of the they weighed anchor, and the wind moit able peasants in that country. continuing in the fame direction, He lived for some time in this fate; and made the best of their

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was much respected among his neighPalermo, and enquiring after Antonio, bours. It happened that he was callthey found that he died, as near as ed off to a fair in one of the chief they cculd calculate, at the fame in- towns; and was away two days: as flant they heard the voice at Stromboli the fair lafied in general no longer, say he was coming. Mr. Greham he was expected on the third : but not safely arriving in England, related this coming at the expected time, and befurprizirs accident to King Henrying a very sober and punctual man, the seventh ; and the seamen and the there was some suspicion that he had other gentleinen being cited before his met with an accident. On the fifth, Majesty, atteited the truth of the not arriving, his wife and all the whole by affidavit. This circum- neighbourhood were much alarmed ; ftance made such an impresion upon and search was made round the country, Sir Thoinas's mind, that he scon after but he could not be heard of, nor was gave over merchandising, employing his found at all at that time. So that it vust wealth in charities and works of was concluded, and not without reapubiic inunificence, of which the fun, that he had been murdered, efpeRoyal Exchange is one of the noblest cially as he had been known to have

set out from the inn, after the fair was Clark's Mir. C. 33, p. 115. History over.

Things continued in this situation for several years ; till the wife was persuaded to give her hand to a neighbour, who was thought to be very

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serving. He made her a good husband, Containing a Wonderful Instance of the and for a little space of time they conEffects of a troubled Conscience.

linued happy. But at last it appeared Stagghead, on the borders of Lancashire. that all was not right with him ; his

wife was the first who perceived this I Have read your numbers hitherto change in his teinper and carriage; he with pleasure and I hope with improve- would frequently Itart, as if he beheld ment. When the mysteries of nature, fomething supernatural of a fudden; he and of Providence are related with a was troubled in his fleep, as if his view to evince the hand of an omni- dreams had been disagrceable. She fcient and omnipotent Being-it is then would sometiines ask him the reason of that they are of real use; rot only to those emotions; but he always excused the unenlightened claffes of mankind, himielf. His fears grew upon him but even to the more polished and re- every day, and his neighbours perceived

that he was neither to bold nor o In the village of B -, in Lanca- steady in his deportment as usual. thire, there has long been a popular fto- One night, in a party at an ale

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Happy Impulses. houle, where a pretty large company Dunstable he was tried foon after ; were collected, he got elated with drink, and confefied the affair-that he had and recovered his wonted spirits, so murdered him, and thrown his body in that he was as cheerful and merry as a deep pit, which had been partly filled the rest. In the midst of their festivity, up, and which had escaped the vigihe was observed to start with great lance of those who made search for terror, and fix his eyes upon a parti- him. The body was found, as describcular place! The while company ed ; and the murderer received his due thought him mad or drunk, as they reward. Whether in such a case the jokingly faid: however, he could not apparition of the deceased appeared to be appeased ; and at last giving a shriek the murderer, or whether it might be he cried out loudly- " there he is ! the effects of his troubled imagination, look, he sees me ! it was me!”—There is not easy to say: but it is fufficient now arose great consternation in the to prove, that such wicked and prehouse, and he was immediately seized, meditated deeds will foine day or anyupon suspicion of having murdered ther be brought to light.

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IN the west of England a man had could prevail on him to stay-He fet been murdered, but four years had off-It was a blowing night, and it was elapsed since, and the murder had not with difficulty that he could perfuade been discovered. It happened, how- the boitman to take him over. He, ever, four years after, that a large com- however, arrived sale at his own house, pany being assembled at an ordinary, one and knocked at his door. His wife of them looking earneilly at a country- opened it --He eagerly enquired if all man, cried out initantly,

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was well_if the child was fafe---and the inurderer! you are, fir, the man why she had opened the door herself? that killed our neighbour, farmer Wat- She laid, the child was perfectly well; kins !". The countryman turned pale and he had opened the door because as death, and taggered so that he was the servants would not commihey forced to fit down in a chair. The had behaved very impertinently to her. company gathered round him, and ask- He called one of them, and questioned him if the accusation was juit. He ed her as to her conduct. fell on his knees, and with great con- him some pert answers; but at length, trition and tears, confefied the fact, and falling on her knees, she said, that he was condemned and executed for the had come home provideztially, for that fame.

she and her fellow-servant had resolved

to murder their mistress and the child, Dr. MEGGS.

that they might plunder the house.

The other servant inade che same con. Doctor Mcgis, a physician of con- fefion in the morning, upon oath, befiderable practice at Portsmouth, had fore a magistrate. occasion to attend a family in the lile of Wight in April 1787. Being de

DR. HERVEY. tained till a late hour, he took a bed in the house; but after tumbling about Doctor Hervey, who was afterfor fome hours he rose, and rung upwards fellow of the College of Phyfi. the servants. He told them he had tried cians in London, being then a young in vaia to flees, but his imagination was man, and was ,ferring out upon his haunted with the idea that his wife and travels, and coming to Dover, with fechild was murdered. No pcrfuafions veral others, and there shewed his pais

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A providential Escape to the governor as the rest did ; but the of which was the next day brought to governor told him he must not go, Dover; then the governor told the for he had a commission to stop him. Doctor the reason of his stopring him, The Doctor was surpriled, and begged though he had no rcal knowledge of to know, what he had done that he him, only by name; but that the night should detain him? The governor told before he came there, he had a perfect him it was his will to have it so, the vision in a dream of Dr. Hervey's reason he should know hereafter. The coming to pass over to Calzis, and had packet-boat hoisted fail in the evening, warning to itop him from going. This and set off, it being then very fair, the governor affirmed to the Doctor: with all the Doctor's companions in it; and he blessed his good angel for his but ere long, a sudden storm aroíe, the care of him.

This story the Doctor packet-boat overset, and all the paflen- often related to many of his friends in gers were drowned. The fad news London.

DOMESTIC NEWS.

A LATE letter from Dr. Magenis, Exchange, the Custom-house, or Quays. of the Irish College, ai Lisbon, gives a The theatres were fhut, and all public most awful account of the carthquake diversions forbid till further orders. which happened in that city, on San- Prayers were made three times a day day night, the 27th of November. in the churches, and the whole city, The first shock was felt about twenty like that of ancient Nirereh, seemed minutes after eleven, and consisted of repenting in fackcloth and ashes. five or fix ftrong vibrations, so closely On Monday the ed intant at his following each other, that they could sent at Maiden Bradley in ihe county scarce be distinguished. After a paule of Wiltı, died, the moit noble Edward of about five minutes, one very violent Duke of Somerset and Baron Seymour, undulatory motion that Mook the whole one of his Majellies incft Honourable house succeeded, attended by a loud Privy Council : his Grace dying a batand tremendous crash, which, after a chelor, is succeeded in his titles and rustling noise and several hifics, like estate by his next brother the Right those we might imagine to proceed Honorable Lord Webb Seymour, of from a great mass of Haming iron fud. Farley house in the county of Somerdenly quenched in cold water, went set. off with the report of a cannon. Mean There is now living in Birmingham, time the streets were crowded with the in great distress, a grand-daughter of multitudes Aying from their houses, Charles the Second ; and in London whose chimnies were falling about there is now living, as a chair-woman, their cars. The bells of St. Roche a woman who goes out to other pertumbled in all directions, and tolled fons' houses to work, a great-grandin the most horrid founds. After the daughter of Oliver Cromwell. What first fright had a little abated, the a reverse of fortune ! churches were opened and scon filled On the ad inft. a melancholy acciwith multitudes, to deprecate the nuif- dent happened in the park of N. Scotchiefs of 1755, and impiore the Divine tone, Elq: of Cheham, Bucks :-as Mercy. Betiveen fix and seven, her two boys, about twelve years of age, Majesty, with her household, let out were left to fodder the deer in the ab. for Belem, followed by almost every fence of the keeper, some words arose ; person of quality, who retired to fome when one itruck the cther with a fork distance. So lasting was the coniter- and made a push at bim, and ran the nation that no bulineis was done at the tine five inches into his car:-the boy

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languished about ten days, and then country. His father and grand-father died in the greatest agonies, to the great had been both printers. His rank in grief of his two kind friends, who had the army was that of Colonel. Dr. adopted him as their son. A'jury was Franklin said of him, that his writing called, who fat about seven hours on was fpirited, his press correct, and his the body, and brought in their verdict sword active. Wilful Murder. Upon which the His Majesty's cutter Seaflower, boy was committed to Aylesbury gacl Lieut. Webber, had been sent to Falto take his trial next March ifrizes. mouth to inspect into the loss of the

Thomas Ayles was lately indicted Brill Detch frigate (in a heavy gale of at the Guildhall, Weit:ninster, for an wind) mounting 36 guns, and 350 men, assault, with intent to conimit a rape soldiers and failors. She was a new on a married woman. The defendant ship, and never at sea before; she was appeared to take his trial, and brought bound for Libon, and to proceed from his wife with him to hear it.

thence to Demarari; all the people The profecutrix did not appear

are faved except fix she went on indeed there was no reason to luppose shore between the inanacles and Falthat she was very angry with the defen- inouth. dant, for she had declared after the pro- As soon as she was perceived by the {ecution was commenced, and a fhort country people, they went down to time before the trial, that she only ex- the wreck in great numbers, armed hibited the complaint to please her hus- with weapons, and plundered the ship band!

and people of every thing they could The defendant was of course ac- lay hold of; they even tripped the quitted, and on going out of the court people of the cloaths off their backs! he thanke:1 his Counsel for bringing About fifty of them are arrived at Plyhim through.

mouth in the Seaflower. In attemptA very unfortunate accident lately ing to save some of their quarter-deck happened at Paris; a beautiful girl, guns, which were braís, the CornishMadlie. Rose Mainvile, finding her men cut away her mizen-mast, which name included in a list published of immediately went overboard, and suppoled Ladies of pleasure, the calum- by that means prevented their deny had such an effect upon her mind, sign. that the poisoned herself by swallowing An unfortunate young woman, conn quantity of aqua-sortis.

fined in the Marshallea Prison, of reThe last accounts from Calcutta putable parents, about fixteen years of mention, that a raging and mortal fever age, cut her throat from ear to ear, and had almost depopulated the city of expired immediately. A young genMidnapore and the adjacent country. tleman in attempting to force from her Its attack is sudden-its crisis fix the weapon of her deftruction, received hours--and its duration 24; a severe wound in the abdomen, and from the crisis to the close, if the pa- lies without hopes of a recovery. A tient survives, he sweats profusely, and fatal attachment to this very young generally bleeds

at the noitrils ; man, who, in all probability, will lose but if these symptoms do not appear, his own life in attempting to save her's, the case is mortal, and the patient dies is supposed to be the cause of her comraving mad. In England there was mitting this rash act. They were both once a complaint something simi- prisoners, and both unfortunate in havlar.

ing disobliged their friends by repeated Lately died at Philadelphia, William acts of juvenile indiscretion. Bradford, Esq. Author, Printer, and On Tuesday a prisoner in the same Soldier. During the American, war prison, died of want. he wrote, printed, and fought for his On Wednesday, the 7th, the Coro

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Calamities of the Monh. ner's inquct was taken on the body of Saturday morning the 14th between a man who put a period to his exiltnece one and tivo o'clock, the Painter's room at the Sun Tavern, in Chatham. It in one of the new buildings which had appeared in evidence, that the deceased been added to the Pantheon, to enlarge went from London, and refided two

it fufficiently for the performance of or three days at the abovementioned Operas, was discovered to be on fire. tavern; he then went to Sheerness, Before any engines were brought to the and returned on the Tuesday. No fpot, the fire had got to such a height fufpicions were entertained to his pre- that all attempts to save the building judice until Wednesday morning about were in vain. The flames, owing to ten o'clock, when the report of a pistol the scenery, oil, paint, and other comalarmed the family. The bed-room bustible matter in the house, were treof the deceased was locked, and on mendous, and fo quick in progress, forcing it open, the unfortunate man that not a single article could be saved. was in the agonies of death, having It was even with difficulty, that the discharged the contents of a pistol into family of Mr. Kempe, the clerk of the his mouth; while a second remained House, which occupied the apartments clinched in his other hand, ready, in adjcining the Painter's room, got out case the first had not done its office. of the house before the total destruction The deceased had taken uncommon of his furniture was completed. The pains to prevent a discovery of his fire kept burning with great fury for name, which he had defaced in the about ten hours, by which time the lining of his hat, and attempted to do roof and part of the walls having fallen the same in one of his boots. By the in, it was got so much subdued, that all latter, however, the name was traced fears for the safety of the surrounding

houses were quieted. We are happy A violent shock of an earthquake in stating that no lives were loft, nor was experienced at Zant, on the 13th any person hurt during the whole time, of November, which did considerable 'though the hurry and confusion, as may damage to one half of the Island. naturally be expected-on such an occaThe greater part of the inhabitants were fion, was very great. It was a fortuobliged to live under tents in the nate circumstance that the engines, affields. Twelve or fourteen persons ter they did arrive, had a plentiful only lost their lives, but many were supply of water, otherwise it would wounded,

have been imposible to have prevented On Monday morning the 16th, a the flames from spreading devastation man of genteel appearance, about 50 through that populous neighbourhood. years

of age, was found dead lying on The house, it Teems, was insured to the logs of wood on Mill Bank, near the full value, or nearly to its amount, Hodges's distillery. He was carried fo that the loss will fall upon the Insurto St. John's bone-house to be owned, anc. Offices. The Performers, next to Nothing was found in his pockets. the insurance Offices, will be the great

Tuesday morning the 17th, at two eft fufferers; for they have put themo'clock, died, at his house in Queen's felves, as usual, to great expences preSquare, Bath, the Right Rev. George paring for the season, and many of Horne, D. D. Lord Bishop of Nor- them were obliged to do this upon cre. wich,

dit, but their salaries ending with thç He poflessed to the last moments exiftence of the house, and before any thosc faculties which have long been of them had their benefit nights, they an honour to his country, and which have now no means of extricating have been fo successfully employed in themselvss from their extreme difficulthe cause of religion,

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