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Wonderful Cures:

393 Lismore, there came into the house a poor man who had a pain in his loins SIR RICHARD WHITTINGTON. and fiank, went almoft double, and had five ulcers in his leg; who beg- SIR Richard Whittington, the noted ging his assistance, he put his hands on Lord Mayor, who is said to have made the inan's loins and flank, and imme- his fortune by adventuring a cat with diately stroked the pain out of him, a captain of a ship, was born at Shepso that he could stand upright. He ley in Kent in 1344. His father, who then put his hands on the ulcerous was but a poor herdsman, not being leg, which instantly changed colour capable of furnishing him with natufrom black to red; three of the five ral subfiftence, urged him to leave the ulcers closed up, and the ret within place of his nativity, and go to Lona few hours after; so that he went don to get into a service. Here he out well, and two days afterwards fell seems to have met with but indifferent to work.

success, for in a state approaching deHe was the first that publiely prac. pendancy, he fat himself down upon a tised and taught Animal Magnetism. itone yet to be seen in the neighbourHis first publication on this subject is hood of Highgate, where he fancied intitled ( Facts examined :" this was he heard the bells of a church in Lonfoon followed by another pamphlet, don ring," Return, Whittington thrice entitled " A brief account of Mr. Lord Mayor of London ;" encouraged Valentine Greatrakes, and divers by this fancy, he ventured once more ftrange cures by him lately perform- into the capital, and got a place as ed, &c.” to which were annexed the scullion of the cook to Sir Thomas Pell. teftimonies of several eminent and In this family visited a captain who worthy persons of the chief matters traded to the coast of Barbary, and the therein related; and the whole was servants, according to the hospitality drawn up in the form of a letter to of those times, being permitted to try the honourable Robert Boyle, Esq. their fortunes by sending out fomething who was a patron of our stroker, as on their own account, when it came to was also Dr. Henry More, and several Whittington's turn to produce his venother members of the Royal Society, ture, he produced a cat, which was all before whom Mr. Greatrakes was ex- the property he then had. This aniamined. Dr. More afcribed the cures mal proving very serviceable in clearto an extraordinary refined and puri. ing the vermin that then infested the fied state of the blood in Greatrakes, palace of the King of a part of Barwhence he thought might issue a fana- bary, procured a valuable confideration tive, as well as there did a malig- for the owner, which was the foundanant contagion in a contrary state; tion of his fortune. others supposed they were wrought by He flourished in the reign of Richthe force of imagination in his patients; ard II. Henry IV. and V. and served and some imagined them to be mere his last Mayoralty in 1419. He was fi&tions. It is certain that the great a very munificent citizen, as may be Mr. Boyle believed him to be an ex- judged from his public charities and traordinary person, and attested many buildings. He built the gate of Lonof his cures. He had the character don called Newgate, which was beof being a gentleman of great piety fore a miserable dungeon, and within and humanity; however, he was a our memories the figure of the founder kind of prodigy that surprized and was to be seen over the arch-way with puzzled not only the ignorant, but a cat at his feet. He also built a great the learned. The time of his death part of St. Bartholomew's Hospital in is uncertain

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A Tale of Horror. built Guildhall chapel, and enlarged and only excelled by the late Sir John a great part of the east-end of the fame Hill's excellent work, an excerpt of Hall, besides many other “goode- which, with Culpeper's Botany, we are workes."

now publishing in sixpenny Numbers weekly. His Polygraphicë, or the

arts of Drawing, Engraving, Etching, WILLIAM SALMON.

Limning, Painting, Alchemy, mak.

ing the grand Elixir, Chiromancy, WILLIAM Salmon was an emin and many other secrets, has sold betnent physician and botanist, and a ter than all the rest of his works: the very considerable publisher of useful tenth edition, which is not the last, is books in the medical line; the prin- dated 1701. His “ Hac Mathe. cipal of which is his Seplasium," the matice, or Soul of Astrology," is de. compleat Phyfician, or the Druggilt’s- servedly esteemed a good book, and is shop opened ; explicating all the par- now so scarce, that a copy has been ticulars, of which medicines this day lately sold for one guinea. He was are composed and made, &c. a thick also a great vender of noftrums, which 8vo. of 1207 pages.

work was and is still a much better trade is a large Herbal in folio, which was than fortune-telling. . He died soon an improvement upon that of Gerard, after the Revolution.

His great



had a right to enquire why they were deposited, there. Suspicions being very strong against her, she was fully

committed to take her trial at the next Remarkable particulars in the Case of Mar

garet Wild, widow, of Guildford in Surt assizes at Kingston ; where, from her rey, as the facts appeared to the Court and own confession, it was found that bethe Jury upon her Trial at the aflīzes be- ing secretly delivered the had smotherfore the Chief Baron, June 16, 1739. ed the infants, during the month, and

afterwards (horrid to relate!) boiled the IT appeared upon the deposition of flesh off the bones, in consequence of several that she bore but a slight cha- a dream she had; from which the inracter, and had several times been ob- ferred, that as long as she could keep served to be, or suspected, with child, the bones, the should be safe from difbut nobody knew of any delivery. covery; but yet fearing the worst, the She lived in a lone-house upon a piece had twice carried them out to bury of waste land, and occupied by poffef- them privately in a field, or throw fion. Several farmers having been them in some bye place, but both robbed in the neighbourhood, set up a times had been met by a strange genvery rigid search in quest of their tleman in black, whom the at first took property, and in their pursuit there. for a clergyman, and who cautioned of visited the widow's habitation, as her from expofing those bones, saying not being the least fufpicious place, that if the ever attempted to hide them where their property might be fencedo in earth, sea, or other water, she would Upon searching they found under her surely be discovered, but while the bed a bag with a great many little bones could keep them, she would be safe. in it, and when they quellioned her Whether this creature saw an appaabout them, she without hesitating re- rition, or the Devil, is left to che reader plied they were her's, and nobody to gneis. That she might reckon berA remarkable Disclosure.

393 self safe while the could keep them, breach of promise. He had now got was plausible enough, and when the courage enough to remonstrate; and could not any longer, her death was alledged how difficult it was to gain not far off.

admission to the duke, much more to be credited by him; that whoever

went upon such an errand, would be APPARITION.

regarded as a madman, and endanger

his liberty. The person, after having MR. Nicholas Towse, an Officer redoubled his former threats, said that in the King's wardrobe in Windsor- the duke was known to be very easy castle, of unimpeachable manners and of access; that two or three particuunqueftioned veracity, had in his lars, he would, (and did) impart to youth been much noticed by Sir George him, charging him at the same time Villars, father to the celebrated and never to mention them to any other, unfortunate Duke of Buckingham. would procure him credit, which havAs this gentleman lay in his bed, per- ing said, he vanished. This apparition fectly awake, and in good health, he had the desired effect; for the old genperceived a person of a venerable aípect tleman repaired immediately to Londrew near to his bedside; and with don, where the court then was, and much earnestness of look was asked being known to Sir Ralph Freeman, whether he had any recollection of who had married a lady nearly related him? This question was repeated be- to the duke, he acquainted him with fore the poor gentleman could reco- enough to assure him there was fome. ver from his apprehension, and fum. thing extraordinary in it, without remon courage enough to reply, that he vealing to him all the particulars. fupposed himself visited by the appa- Sir Ralph having informed the duke rition of Sir George Villars, which of what the man desired, and of all being assured of by his visitant, he that he knew of the matter, his Grace was desired to go and acquaint his son with his usual condescenfion, said, from him, “that unless he did some that he was on the following day to thing to ingratiate himself with the hunt with the king; that he would people, he must expect to fall a victim, land at Lambeth-bridge by five in the and that very soon.” After this in- . morning, where, if the man attended, junction he disappeared.---The next he would give him a hearing. Acmorning, Mr. Towse recollected every cordingly, the man being conducted particular, which, however, he paid by Sir Ralph, met the duke; and no regard to, considering the whole as walked aside in conference with him a dream. The following night the for near an hour; Sir Ralph and his visit was repeated, by the apparition, servants being at such a distance, that with a countenance indicating disfatis. they could not hear a word, though faction and resentment, accompanied the duke was observed to speak fomewith threats of haunting the house, un

times with emotion. The man told til the warning he wilhed to convey Sir Ralph, in returning over the water, to his son were communicated to him; that when he mentioned his credenupon which the haunted man promisa tials, the substance of which, he said, ed compliance. The lively represen. he was to impart to no man, the duke tation of this vision threw him into swore" hecould come at thatknowledge great perplexity, yet did he slight it by none but the Devil, for those para as he had done the former, and confi- ticulars were a secret to all but him. dering at what a distance he was from self and another, who he was fure the duke, was disposed to believe it would never divulge it.” The duke deserved no notice. This occafioned returned from the chace at an early a third visit, and reproaches for his hour, and was closeted with his mother



Providential Warnings.


in Whitehall for two or three hours; thut his eyes all the rest of the right, and when he left her, his countenance the itrange words continually founding appeared full of trouble, with a mix. in his ears; and finding himself exture of anger. She herself, when the tremely uneasy, he determined to rise news of the duke's murder (which and pass the time awa; by studying happened soon after) was brought to a cause which he had to report that her, seemed to receive it without sure morning; but still the strangeness of prize, and as a thing she had fore, the noise dwelt so upon his mind that feen.

he could not at all fix his attention, he therefore went to a coffee-house

very early, where meeting with iome EXTRAORDINARY VOICE,

friends, he shewed them the flip of paWARNING TO QUIT A DANGEROUS per he had written from the unaco

countable articulation he had heard;

when one present, M. De Saumaife; From Calmet's “ Differtation on Appari- looking at it, declared the words to cions.''

be Syriac, and to mean literally, " De. part, haft

thou no apprehension of thy AGENTLEMAN in France, by pro- death?” This translation was received fession a lawyer, and as is usual for with a loud laugh, and the warning lawyers there, a counsellor of the Par- treated as a jelt, and an invention ; but liament of Paris; being in bed and fast the gentleman taking it in a more feasleep, was awaked by a voice which rious light, left his houfe the same repeated several times something which day, and it fell fat to the ground the he could not understand; but he got following night. up on this extraordinary occasion, and

Josephus relates, that a little before wrote down the words which he had the destruction of the temple of Jeruheard, in French characters as follows: salem, there were heard in the night, Apithi, onk osphrainay ten seen apsy- voices crying out, “ Let us leave this chian. Having done so, he endea- place, woe and destruction is here!" youred to sleep again, but could not




Gentleman of confiderable rank, 20 See No V. Page 144.

Officer in the Army, watching : 8. THURSDAY evening an ex

favourable opportunity, fired a large press arrived at the Secretary of State's pistol at the King, loaded with slugs, Office, from Robert Lifton, Esq. our the contents of which lodged in his Envoy at the Swedish Court, which Majesty's groin, and the bottom part of brought the extraordinary intelligence, his

belly. that his Majesty the King of Sweden His Majesty immediately fell, and had fallen a victim to the too fuccessful the confusion which followed was, as attempt of a regicide,on the 26th ultimo. may easily be imagined, very great.

The circumstances of this unexpect- The perpetrator of this horrid deed ed event were as follow :

was secured the next morning, but His Majesty that evening gave a though questioned, would align no grand Masquerade, to which all per- reason for his conduct. fons of distinction at the Swedish Court, The express was sent off a few hours including several foreign diplomatic after the event, at which time the characters, were invited.

King was alive, but it had been proe During this entertainment, and nounced impossible for him to survive when the festivity was at its height, a

to any length of time.


Fulfilment of one of Bi's Predictions.

397 Information of fo wonderful a cir. On opening the body, a nail and a fumftance instantly spread all over square piece of lead, were found stickStockholm, for there were many hun- ing to the ribs, dreds present when the fact was com- By the Hamburgh Mail, which armitted. All ranks were in the greatest rived the same day, we have received coniternation, some afcribing the as: authentic information, that the plot failination to French politics, and against the life of the amiable and exothers to the discontents of the Mem- cellent monarch, was of the most combers of the Diet at the late proceedings, plicated and vindictive nature: at the and at the general conduct and designs head of the conspiracy was the Baron of the king; but from good authority Bjelke, a snake that was nurtured we can declare, that neither of these in the favour of his royal master; and, was the cani, The author of this as principal secretary, in all his public remarkable cvent is a natjve of Swer and private confidence. This infernal den, and, it is supposed, he was regicide finding his treachery and itinulated to il by disappointment, ticalon discovered, and that there was having served long in the arny, with no posibility of cfcaping, prepired a out being rewarded ļo liberaliy as lie strong dose of laudanum and arsnic, conceived his meis deserved! and when he saw the officers of jus.

Gustavus the Third, whom we may tice surrounding his habitation, drank now Itile the late King of Sweden was it off as a libation to his guilty and born in 1746, and succeeded his father tormented conscience. He was howin 1771. In October 17,66, he married ever carried alive before the High the Princess Sophia Magdalene, of Tribunal; and threatened with the Denmark, born the 3d of July, 1746, torture, declared he had taken care to by whom he has Guftavus Adolphus, provide against that consequence. In born ist Noveniber, 1778, who luc- a few minutes after he was seized with ceeds bim in the throne of Sweden, convulsions, and died in extreme

15. This day accounts were received agony. by the Dutch mail, which confirm the

The following are the names of melancholy intelligence of the death some of the other confpirators: of his Swedish Majesty, on the 29th

ANKERSTROEM, the agent murderer. ult. after a painful interval of thirteen

Baron LOLDEN HORN. days. All the bullets were extracted;

Count Horn. but a RUSTY NAIL, which the inhu

Count REBBING. man assassin rightly judged the mortal

Alder. BJOKKMANN and ALEGRIN. effects of, baffled all surgical skill. It

Baron WALSTRERNA. had penetrated so far as to render any

And Major General Pechlin. operation immediate death: a morti- II. Died, at his house in St. John's fication therefore took place. His street, Mr. William Boddington, High Majesty, when informed of his cer- Constable of Finsbury Division. Mr. țain diffolution, heard the awful tid: Boddington attended, in his official ings with heroic fortitude, and chris capacity, at the execution of Francis tian resignation ; and divided the re: Hubbard, who suffered lately in Hatmainder of his life between the duties con-Garden for the murder of Jordan of here and hereafter. He lamented Hosty, near that place ; and a minute exceedingly the infant state of his son, or two after that malefactor had been left the whole power of the regency turned off, he fainted, and, being with the Duke his brother; and in his taken home in a coach, was put to bed, last moments prayed that Heaven from which he rofe no more. About would be satisfied with the carthly re- four years ago, information being gribution of his murderer,

made of a disorderly meeting at an


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