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Appearances of the Diad to the Living.

MISTRESS ON

THE MORNING HE

What! cried the farmer, have you did not see him, and had the key of the been raising the devil by your conjura- chamber door in her pocket. This acticn? Is this the effect of your study, count was attested, by the lady and her Sir? No, father, said the fludent, I maid, to Mr. Aubrey, who relates it pretend to no such arts of magic or ne- vain his Miscellanics. cromancy; but this day, as the boy can teftify, I had a folemn warning from About the same time, Mr. Brown, cne whom I take to be no demon, but a brother-in-law to Lord Coningshy, disgood angel.

To him we all cwe our covered his being murdered to leveral of lives. As to Peggy, according to his his friends. And Mr. Glanville relates intimation, she has put poison into the that his apparition was icen by his filter pot, for the purpose of destroying the and her matter then dwelling in Fleetwhole family root and branch !--Here street, at the very hour and minute he the girl fell into a fit, from which be- was killed, in Herefordshire, which hapa ing with fone trouble recovered, the pened in 1692. This circumstance confessed the whole of her deadly de- was much talked of at that time. fign, and was suffered to withdraw from the family and her native country. She was soon after executed at Newcastle MISS PRINGLE'S APPEARANCE AT upon Tyne, for the inurder of her bas

TWO PLACES AT THE SAME TIME, tard child, again making ample confeffion of the above diabolical design. MRS. Jane Lowe, house-keeper ta

Mr. Pringle, in Clifton Park, in the

south of Scctland, one morning in the LORD MOHUN'S APPEARANCE TO HIS summer of 1745, beheld the apparition

of a lady walking in the avenue, on the WAS MURDERED.

margin of a rivulet, which runs into

Kale water. The forin exactly relemLORD Mohun was a fashionable bled a daughter of her inafier, who had young gentleman, in the days of king long been absent from the family, at the Charles the First. According to the distance of above an hundred miles custom of that time, his sense of ho- fouth of Paris. As Mrs. Lowe walked nour led him to resent, in a serious man. down the avenue and approached the ner, an affront, which had produced a rivulet, she grew more and more certain quarrel between him and a perfon of of the fimilitude of the phantom to the the first quality, though a foreigner in idea in her mind of the Miss Pringle ; this kingdom. By appointment they and seeing her inafter in an enclosure met in Chelsea fields, near a place called. adjoining, she comniunicated to him Ebery-Farm, and where Lord Mohun what the had just seen. , Mr. Pringle was killed, but not without fufpicion of laughed, and faid, “ You fimple wofoul play.

man, that lady is Miss Chattow of At the same time, Lord Mohan kept Moorebattle.” However, Mrs. Lowe company with a certain lady, whoin he prevailed upon him to accompany her entertained in genteel lodgings in James- to the place; which they had nearly ftreet, Covent Garden Lord Mohun reached, when the apparition (prung into was murdered about ten o'clock in the the water, and instantly disappeared. morning; and at that very time his ; Mr. Pringle and Mrs. Lowe, on remittrets being in bed, Taw him come to turning to the hall, apprised' the family her bedside, draw the curtains, look up- of the vision, and for their pains were on her, and go away: The calied after heartily langhed at. The Rev. Mr. him, but received no answer; she then Turnbull, minister of Linton, happenrung for her maid, and asked for Lord

breakfast that morning with Mornin; but the woman replied, the Mr. Pringle, his lady, and two young

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Fortunate Intervention of an Apparition.

29 daughters, who joined in the ridicule. lecture in the city; where he had not About three months after, the same re- been long present, when, by a sudden verend gentleman honoured the family and unaccountable emotion in his mind, with his company; when standing at a he imagined that all was not safe at wincow in the lower room, ne oblerved home. At first he paid but little regard a poor, ragged, lame, lean man, slowly to the intimation, but the idea of a approaching the house ; . “ Here comes robbery continuing to operate upon his another apparition !” cried Mr Turn- fancy, he was prevailed upon to retire, bull, with a kind of contemptuous and immediately returned home. On his sinile. This drew the immediate atten- arrival at the corner of New-street, he tion of all present, and Mr. Pringle discovered the shop door unbarred, and quickly recognized the person to be his half open. On ruhing into the shop, second son, whom he had not seen be- two men ran past him with the utmost fore for above ten years.

precipitation; he followed faft, crying On his arrival he foon convinced · Itop thief! and they were taken and them he was no apparition, declaring conveyed to the watch-house. All the that he had narrowly escaped with his most valuable goods in the hop, to the life from Tunis, in the vicinity of amount of several hundred pounds, were which he had been a fave to the Alge- packed up, and several implements of rines seven years, but had happily been housebreaking were found on the thieves ranfomed at the critical moment when and in the shop. They were comhe was ordered to be put to death for mitted, tried, convicted, and executed ; mutiny. He added, that on his return Justice having been firit moved by an home through France, he called at the invisible agent, who, like the vapour in place where he had heard his sister re- the brain if King Ahasuerus, the Perfided, and to his unspeakable grief found fian, would not toffer her that night to that the died on the 25th of May, the rest, till two old offenders were falt in same fummer, about five o'clock in the her hands, the goods of the mercer hapmorning, which he recollected to have pily saved, and the integrity of the been the precise time that he was saved shopman vindicated. from the jaws of death, and when he thought he beheld his sister. Mrs. Lowe, who was present in the room, on hearing SPIRIT OF his declaration, broke forth into an ac- CEASED, APPEARING, clamation, affirming that the day alluded MEANS OF A GENTLEMAN'S PREto was that on which she had shewn Mr. Pringle the apparition ; and this was confirmed by the reverend divine, Mr. Weston, of Old Swinford, in in whose study this itory was found af- Worcestershire, was walking, one eventer his death,

ing in the summer of 1759, in the park of Lord Lyttleton at Hagley, and being overtaken by a sudden shower, ran

into a grotto, and stood under a spread

EVIDENCE ing oak under whole ihade several cattle UPON OATH, OF A YOUTH AT THE were standing. He had not been above

ten minutes in that situation, before he

saw the form of a man passing over the THE young man being servant to a brook almost close to the shade. Supfilk-mercer in New-stree:, Covent-Gar- posing it to be a poor peasant who had den, was one Sunday entrusted with the long worked for him, he called him by

of the house. In the evening, name but received no answer, and the having, as he thought, properly secured apparition quickly disappearing, he found the place, he ventured out to an evening his mind much agitated. Regardless of

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Apparitional Conjectures.

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the storm, Mr. Weston withdrew from the place where he had fought an afy

THE FARMER'S DREAM. lum, and ran round a rising hill, in order to discover the form which had At'a little village about fifty miles presented itself to him. That how. from London lived an honeft, but very ever had not the effect desired - but one poor farmer ; he with much ado kept abundantly more falutary it certainly his wife and three children from staryhad; for just as he had gained the ing; thus content, and even happy, fummit of the hill, on his return to in poverty, they lived; till the cruel the grotto, a tremendous flash of light- avarice of their hard-hearted landlord ning darted its forked fury on the ve- was going to turn them out of their nerable oak, shivered it to picces, and little cot for a quarter's rent, though killed two of the cattle under its he well knew the feason had been very boughs.

unfavourable for the industrious hulOn Mr. Weston's return to Swin- bandman. ford, he found that the death of the During this perplexity, he dreamed, labourer was just announced in the if he would go to a certain place in neighbourhood. He told the itory to London, he would hear of something his friends, who, on the credit of his to his advantage. He told his wife this, known veracity, could not well resuse but the looked on it as the effect of an it credit. He saw the body, at his uneasy mind, and persuaded him from own expence, decently interred, and it; till having dreamed it twice again, afterwards contributed to the support he determined to go, notwithstanding of the widow, not only by renitting a all the remonftrances of his wife : year's rent for her cottage and piece having therefore gathered as much moof ground, but also by settling a ney as he could, to support the family small annuity upon her till she Ahould in his absence, he one fine morning set marry.

out on his long journey. We have told this tale simply as it The length of the way was' beguiled was related by Mr. Weston, and leave by the surprising success he should meet the reader to make his own reflections with on his arrival in the great metroon so marvellous an interposition of polis ; and though clothed in rags, and divine Providence, without deciding in only twelve shillings in his pocket, cheerthis, or any such other case, whether the fully prosecuted his march for two days : form that appeared was the soul of the at the expiration of which time he found deceased, exerting its philanthropy in himself on that magnificent building, its flight to the unknown country, or

called Westminster-bridge. the guardian angel of that soul rerurn- He then enquired for the street that ing to give up his charge, and produce was to make his fortune for ever, and his account at the bar of the Supreme. easily found it. Now was he greatly When Peter was redeemed from death, surprised, to think in fo narrow a place, and freed from prison by a miraculous and so mean inhabitants, that it would power, he visited the assembled com- be possible for him to attain his wished. pany of Christians, who at first could for ends. However, he continued his hardly believe their eyes that it was walk, backwards and forwards, for the the apoític, but said, “It is his an- space of two days and a half, resolving, gel!" This proves that the notion of if possible, not to go back without his minifiring spirits prevailed in the ear- errand, nor quit the spot he had fo often licit age of Christianity, a notion which visited in his sleep. not only accords with many passages About the close of the second day, a of the Old, but also of the New Testa- young fellow from a little hardwarement,

fhof, alked him if he wanted any body Goed Effects of Dreams,

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AN

REMARKABLE DREAM OF

ITALIAN MUSICIAN,

in that neighbourhood, for he had ob- the inspection of some scholars, who freferved him walking about a considerable quently came there to taste the farmer's time; he long hesitated, but at last he good ale. A second pot of the same kind told him, it was in consequence of a

finished their search ; and now, rejoicing particular dreamı, that he thould, on that in their riches, they both agreed there spot, hear of something to his advantage : was something in dreams that should be the man listened very attentively, and, observed. at length, smiling, assured him, there was The good woman spent the best part nothing worth minding in dreams; for, of the next day in cleaning the money continued he, if I had not known bet- they found, which consisted of old pieces ter, I might, by this time, have been in gold and silver: they then discharged digging in farmer Dent's ground, at a their inhuman landlord, and purchaled little village in Bucks, for a considerable a farm well stocked; in which I will sum of money, that lies under a peare defy the greatest nobleman to enjoy more tree in the middle of the garden. This, folid happiness. my friend, says he, I have dreamt three One of the scholars came foon after, times over ; but, as I have no faith in and explained the meaning of the words dreams, I shall never trouble myself to on the plate, which was this: go in search of it, Scarcely able to contain his joy at When this is found, if you

so will, hearing his own name and place of

Dig on, you'll find one better still, abode mentioned, he thanked him kindly, and promised to seek no longer the vain pursuits of an idle dream, but would hasten to his anxious family, whom he fupposed, by this time, missed his daily labours.

Fully poffefied that this was the grand TARTINI, a celebrated musician, advantage he was to ineet with, you' who svas born at Pireno in Istria, being may readily iinagine he lost no time to much inclined to the study of music in gain his little cot; but so great was his his early youth, dreamed one night that prudence, that, when he arrived there, he had made a compact with the devil, he did not, as many poor people would who promised to be at his service on all do, directly divulge the secret, but occafions; and during this vision every leemed quite composed and easy, rather thing succeeded according to his mind; tired than otherwise, as may be imagined his wishes were prevented, and his dem after so long a walk.

fires always surpassed, by the aslistance : However the children were no sooner of his new fervant. At last, he ima in bed, and the neighbourhood quier, gined that he presented the devil with than he told his wife the success of his his violin, in order to discover what journey, and his determination to try kind of a musician he was; when, to whether it was so or no.

his great astonishment, he heard him Accordingly they fallied forth with play a solo fo fingularly beautiful, and pick-axe and spade, in search of this which he executed with much fuperior inestimable treasure: long time they dug tafe and precision, that it surpassed all, in vain, till the spade seemed to be stop- the music which he had ever heard or ped in its progress by something hard; conceived in his life. So great was histhis presently revived their almost dying surprize, and so exquisite was his delight hopes, and they with difficulty raised upon this occasion, that it deprived him a large pot, with a copper-plate over it, of the power of breathing. He awoke and an inscription in Latin, which, with the violence of his sensation, and you may depend on, they did not un. instantly seized his fiddle, in hopes of deritand; however, they preserved it for expressing what he had just heard, but

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THE DEMON THAT ATTENDED THE

32 A Murder discovered in an uncommor Mannet. in vain: he, however, then composed a tenance, a terror and confusion, whicla piece, which is, perhaps, the best of all his pretended boldness could not hide, his works; he called it the DEVIL's and therefore kept his eye steadily fixed • SONATA, but it was so far inferior to

on him the whole time. As soon as what his sleep had produced, that he the last witness was dismissed, the man declared he would have broken his in- asked if they had any more evidence ftrument, and abandoned music for ever, against him, when the judge, looking if he could have found any other means sternly at him, asked him if he did not of subsistence.

himself know of one more that could appear against him, whose presence would put the matter out of doubt?

On which the man started, and cried LATE MR: JOHN WESLEY. out --- My lord, he is not a legal wit

ness! no man can speak in his own THE late reverend Mr. Badcock cause; nor was the wound I

gave

him observes, in an account of the family half so large as what he shews against of the Welleys, that there were “some ne!” The judge presently perceived by strange phænomena” perceived at the the man's fiarting, and the wildness and parsonage of Epworth, the place of Mr. terror of his look, that he either faw Wesley's birth, in Lincolnshire. Some the ghost of the murdered man, or that uncommon noises, he observes, were his imagination had from his guilty heard there, from time to time, which conscience, formed such an appearance; Mr. J. Wesley was very curious and and therefore, making the proper answers circumstantial in examining into, and from such a supposition, he soon brought very particular in relating. " I have the murderer to confess the fact; for no doubt,” continues he, “but that he which he was condemned and h nged in considered himself as the chief object of chains, at the place where he declared this wonderful viếtation.”- Indeed, the murder was committed. At his Samuel Wesley's credulity was in fome death he averred, that the ghost of the degree affected by it; since he collected murdered person had appeared before all the evidences that tend to confirm his eyes at the trial. the story, arranged them with scrupulous exactness, in an MS. consisting of several sheets, and which is still in being. “I know not,” said Mr. Badcock, “ what became of the ghost of Epworth; , WHEN Mr. Hale was a student at unless considered as the prelude to the Oxford, he and some other young gennoise Mr. J. Wesley made on a more tlemen, his friends, being out on a shoot. ample ftage; for it ceased to be heard. ing party, became much fatigued, and when he began to act.”

wanted some refreshment; and meeting with a public-house, they agreed to go in and get such as it produced: but upon enquiry among one another, it appeared

that none of the party had any money! A Man was once taken up on suspi- Invention thercfore was necessary; and cion of murder, but when brought to Mr. Hale feeing a miserable old trotting the bar, the evidence appeared not

female fitting in the chimney-corner, strong enough to convict him. He be- he enquired the cause of her condition? haved with great apparent boldness, for -She had been forely afflicted, she said, he knew there were no witnesies to the for more than a whole year, with the fact; and he had also taken all necessary ague, which baffled all the skill of the caution to prevent a diicovery. But doctors. Mr. Hale immediately declared the judge observed in the man's coun- he would remove her complaint in ten

days

WITCHCRAFT.

A MURDERER DISCOVERED.

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