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A providential Discovery.

33 days time, and accordingly got a pair

“We perceived something floating along of fciffars, and cutting out a circular the sea, and moving up and down in its

paper, wrote a line in Virgil in course: we imagined it to be the buoy the margin thereof, and bid her wear it that had belonged to a ship, but, on its about her neck. The old woman had nearer approach, it appeared to be a very faith; and the students could not pre- handsome cofin. It passed along-side vail on her to take what they offered, our ship, and, narrowly watching it, we but what they had not to give. When faw that it made to the shore, where it M:. Hale became Lord Chief Justice, landed; and then (as if conducted by an a woman was brought before him for invisible power) steered directly up to trial, charged with being guilty of witch- the summit of the burning mountain, craft, &c. His Lordship was very un. and instantly darted down into the vol. willing to try, and much more to condemn, a poor innocent woman (for he was too good a philosopher not to fuspect the weakness of the poor creature); he therefore asked in what instance the prifoner seemed particularly criminal? Her accusers said, among other things, that A Gentleman in good circumstances, he had a charm whereby she cured about the year 1640, murdered his friend, agues, which never returned. The judge a man in business, near Bow Church, in called

upon the old woman to answer to Cheapside, and with such circumstances the charge, and she honestly owned that of malice, revenge, and cruelty, as made it it was true, but absolutely denied that she impossible for him to expect any mercy. possessed any supernatural power, but He therefore made his escape into France, did it merely by means of a bit of parch- where he lived for some years. But from ment, or paper, on which was written the horrors of his guilty conscience, something that she did not understand, which almost every night presented beand which paper had cured her mother fore his eyes, whether sleeping or waking, of a moft obitinate ague, and was given his murdered friend, he felt ten-fold the to her by her mother as a rare and va- punishment which, by flight, hę vainly luable legacy, which she had received hoped to escape. from a young gentleman of Oxford. After twenty years residence, or ram The Chief Justice -required the woman ther wandering abroad, through most to produce the charm, and was con- parts of Europe, he resolved to venture firmed in his suspicion; for he found it back into England. He changed his to be the very charm with which he had name; and when time, and the change subdued his own and his companions of climates, had altered his person, he hungry appetites !-- It is almost needless doubted not but he might, in fome to add, that the Witch escaped the try- retired part of his own country, wear ing-pool, and the Judge found a pleaf- out the remainder of his days, and pering opporturity to discharge the pri- haps recover that peace of mind which foner, and to compensate for his youth. he had there left behind him. But ful frolic.

public justice, though now, at last overtook him; for the very evening that he

landed in a wherry at QueenhitheJOURNEY OF A COFFIN. stairs, walking up to Cheapfide, in order

to get into a coach, just in the duk, and M. DE PAGES, on a voyage up by the very door of his murdered friend, the Mediterranean, on drawing near he heard a voice cry out." Stop him, the coast of Sicily, opposite the burn- stop him! there he is !" On this he ran ing mountain on that island, observes ; as fast as he was able, and soon found VOL. I.


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The Invisible Hand-Writing. himself followed by a large mob. He any paper in the prayer-book. The was quickly overtaken and seized; on clerk declared he had not; but the miwhich he cried out, “I confess the fact, nifter prudently concealed the contents I am the man that did it.” The mob of the paper, for the two names therein on that said, as he had confessed the contained were those of the clerk, and crime, they would proceed to execution, the texton of the church. and, after making him refund the stolen The minister then went directly to a goods, would give him the discipline of magiitrate, told him what had happened, pumping, kennelling, and the like; on and took the paper out of his pocher which he said he had stolen nothing, for

to read it; when, to his great surprize, though he had murdered Mr. L. nothing appeared thereon, but it was a yet he had no intention of robbing his plain piece of white paper! The jultice house. By this answer, the mob found on this, accused the minister of whim themselves mistaken ; for they were pur- and fancy, and faid, that his head must suing a pick-pocket, and seeing this man certainly have been dislempered, whun run hard, believed him to be the cul- he imagined such strange contents upon prit; but now were for letting him go a blank piece of paper. The good cleras a person diltracted, that knew not gyman plain!y saw the hand of God in what he said. One man, however, who this matter, and, by earneit entreaties, lived in that neighbou hood, and had prevailed on the jutice to grant his heard of the murder of Mr. L.... Warrant against the olerk and lexton; desired that this gentleman might be ex-, who were taken up on suspicion, and amined before a magiftrate; and he was separately confined and examined; when accordingly carried before the Lord- lo man, contradictions appeared in their Mayor, who took his confeftion of the examination for the fexton, who kept fact, for which he was soon after hanged: an alchousc, owned the having lodged and he declared at the gallosvs, that the such a man at his house, and the clerk day of his execution was the happielt he said he was that evening at the fexton's, had known since he had committed that but no fuch man was there that it was horrid, treacherous, inhuman act, the thought proper to search thcir boutes, in murder of a friend, who loved him, and which were scurd leveral pieces of gold, to whom he lay under the highest obli- and goods belonging to men that travel gations.

the country; yet they gave to tolerable an account of these, that no positive

proot could be made out, till the cief.: REMARKABLE OCCURRENCE IN gyman, recollecting that the paper menLANCASTERSHIRE,

tioned the dead body to be buried in

such an orchard, a circumitance which Extracted from Moreton and Dr. H. Mors,

had before flipped his memory, the place

was searched, and the body was found: IN the north of England, the mi- on hearing which, the texton con: eflcd nister of a country pariih-church, be the fact, acculing the clerk is his, acfore he began to read the prayers, faw complice; and they were both accurda. paper lying in his book, which he ingly exccuted. suppoled to be the banns of marriage. He opened it, and faw written, in a fair and distinct hand, words to the iol. lowing purport: “ That John P. and James D. had murdered a travelling inan, had robbed him of his effects, and BEFORE we enter upon a deteripburied him in such an orchard.” The tion of the moit extraordinary transacminister was extremely ftartied, and tions that perhaps ever happened, we sked his clerk, haftilv, if he had placed shall begin with siving an account of



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the parties who were principally con- attended with violent noises all over the cerned, that the impartial world may be house; a clock tumbled down and the enabled to form fome judgment what case broke ; a lunthorn that hung on the credit is due to the following narrative. ftair-case was thrown doin, and the

Mrs. Golding, an elderly lady, at glass broke to piccess an earthen pan of Stockwell, in Surry, at whole houie the salted beef broke to pieces, and the beef transactions began, wiis born in the same fell about; all this increased her surparish (of Lambeth) and I as alıvays been prize, and brought several persons about well know, and respected, as a gentle. her, among whoin was Mr. Rowlidge, wonan of unblemithod honour and cha.

a carpenter, who gave it as his opinion, racter.

that the foundation was giving way, and Mrs. Pain, a niece of Mrs. Golding, that the house was tumbling down, ochas been misried several years to Mr. cufioned by the too great weight of an Pain, a farmer, at Brixton-Causeway, a additional room crected above : fo ready liite a'zove Mr. Angel's, has several chil- are we to discover natural caules for every dren, are well known and refpected in thing! But no tuch thing happened ; the parish.

for whatever was the cause, that cause Mary Martin, Mr. Pain's servant, an ceased almost as soon as Mrs. Golding elderly woman, has lived tivo years with and her maid left any place, and followed thein, and four years with Mrs. Golding, them wherever they went. Mrs. Gold. where she came from.

ing run into Mr. Gresham's house, a Richard Fowler, lives almost opposite gentleman living next door to her, wherë to Mr. Pain, at the Brick-Pound, an the fainted. honelt, industrious, and lober man. In the interim, Mr. Rowlidge, and

Sarah Fowler, wife to the above, an other persons, were removing Mrs. industrious and fober woman.

Golding's effects from her house, for The above are the fubscribing evi- fear of the consequences he had progdences, upon whofe veracity we must nofticated. At this time all was quiet ; reft the truth of the narrative: there Mrs. Golding's maid remaining in her are, however, numbers of other perions house, was gone up stairs, and when who were eye-witnesses of many of the called upon feveral times to come down, tranfactions.

for fear of the dangerous situation she Another person, who bore a principal was thought to be in, she answered very part in these frenes,was, Ann Robinión, coolly, and after some time came down Mrs. Golding's maid, a young wonan as deliberately, without any seeming about twenty years of age, who had fearful apprehensions. lived with her but one week and three Mrs. Pain was sent for from Brixtondays.

Causeway, and defired to come directly, On Monday, January the 6th, 1772, as her aunt Has supposed to be dead about ten o'clock in the forenooil, as this wis the message to her. When Mrs. Golding was in her parlour, the Mrs. Pain came, Mrs. Golding had been heard the china and glasses in the back reco ered, but was very faint. kitchen tumble down and break; her Among the persons who were present, maid came to her, and told her the stone was Mr. Gardner, a surgeon, of Clapplates were falling from the shelf; Mrs. hain; whom Mrs. Pain desired to bleed Golding went into the kitchen, and saw her aunt, which he did; Mrs. Pain them broke. Prelently after, a row of asked himn if the blood should be thrown plates from the next fheif fell down like- away; he desired it might not, as he wile, while she was there, and nobody would examine it when cold. These near them: this aftonithed her much, minute particulars would not be taken and while he was thinking about it, notice of, but as a chain to what follows. other things in different places began to For the next circumitance is of a more tumble about, some of them breaking, attonishing nature than any thing that


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had preceded it; the blood that was just waiters and a quadrille-box likewise congealed, sprung out of the bason upon broke in pieces. the floor, and presently after the bason Mrs. Pain, not chusing her aunt broke to pieces: this china bason was should stay too long at Mr. Mayling's, the only thing broke belonging to Mr. for fear of being troublesome, persuaded Gresham; a bottle of rum that stood by her to go to her house, at Rush.Comit, broke at the same time.

mon, near Brixton-Causeway, where Amongst the other things that were she would endeavour to make her as moved to Mr. Gresham's, was a tray happy as she could; hoping by this full of china, &c. a japan bread-basket, time all was over, as nothing had hapfome mahogany waiters, with some bot- pened at that gentleman's house while tles of liquors, jars of pickles, &c. and she was there. This was about two a pier glass, which was taken down by o'clock in the afternoon. Mr. Saville (a neighbour of Mrs. Gold- Mr. and Miss Gresham were at Mr. ing's) he

gave it to one Robert Hames, Pain's house, when Mrs. Pain, Mrs. who laid it on the grass-plat, at Mr. Gólding, and her maid went there. It Gresham's; but before he could put it being pati ncon, they all dined together ; out of his hands, fome parts of the frame in the interim, Mrs. Golding's fervant on each side flew off ; it raining at that was sent to her house, to see how things time, Mrs. Golding desired it might be remained. When she returned, she told brought into the parlour, where it was them that nothing had happened since put under a side-board, and a dressing- they left it. Some time after, Mr. Greglass along with it ; it had not been sham and Miss went hoine, every thing there long, before the glasses and china remaining quiet at Mr. Pain's; but, which stood on the side-board, began to about eight o'clock in the evening, a tumble about and fall down, and broke new scene commenced ; the first thing both the glasses to pieces. Mr. Saville, that happened, was, a whole row of and others, being asked to drink a glass peiter dishes, except one, fell from off of wine, or rum, both the bottles broke a shelf to the middle of the floor, rolled in pieces before they were uncorked. about a little while, and then settled,

Mrs. Golding's furprize and fear in- and, what is almost beyond belief, as creasing, she did not know what to do, soon as they were quiet, turned upside or where to go; wherever she and her down: they were then put on the dres, maid were, these strange destructive cir- ser, and went through the same process cumstances followed her, and how to a second time: next fell a whole row of help or free herself from them, was not pewter plates, from the second shelf in her power, or any other person's pre- over the dresser to the ground, and befent: her mind was one confused chaos; ing taken


the same place, lost to herself, and every thing about her; one in another, they were again thrown drove from her own home, and afraid down. there would be none other to receive Two eggs that were upon one of the her : at last she left Mr. Gresham's, and pewter shelves, next flew off, crossed the went to Mr. Mayling's, a gentleman at kitchen, struck a cat on the head, and the next door ; here she staid about three then broke to pieces. quarters of an hour, during which time Mary Martin, Mrs. Pain's servant, nothing happened. Her maid staid now went to stir the kitcher fire ; she Mr. Gresham's, to help put up what few got to the right hand side of it, being a things remained unbroke of her mis- large chimney, as is usual in farmtress's, in a back apartment, when a jar houses; when a pestle and mortar, that of pickles that stood upon a table turned ftood nearer the left hand end of the upside down, then a jar of rafberry jam chimney shelf, jumped about fix feet on broke to pieces, next two mahogany the floor. Then went candlesticks and




The Mysterious Servant.

37 other brasses; scarce any thing remain- underwent the same fate. Then fell ing in its place. After this, the glasses likewise a flitch of bacon. and china were put down on the floor, The family were all eye-witnesses to for fear of undergoing the same fate; these circumstances, as well as other but they presently began to dance and persons, some of whom were so alarmed tumble about, and then broke to pieces. and shocked, that they were happy in A tea-pot, that was anong them, few getting away, though the unhappy fato Mrs. Golding's maid's foot, and mily were left in the midst of their disItruck it.

tresles. Most of the genteel families A glass tumbler that was put on the around, were continually sending to enfloor jumped about two feet, and then quire after them, and whether all was broke. Another that stood by it jumped over or not. Is it not surprizing, that about at the same time, but did not break some among them had not the inclinatill some hours after, when it juiñped tion and resolution to try to unravel this again, and then broke. A china bowl most intricate affair, at a time when it that stood in the parlour, jumped from would have been in their power to have the floor to behind a table that itood done fo; there certainly was sufficient there. This was most astonishing, as time for so doing, as the whole, from the distance from where it stood was first to last, continued upwards of twenty between seven and eight feet, but was hours. not broke. It was put back, by Richard At all the times of action, Mrs. Fowler, to its place, where it remained Golding's servant was walking backsome time, and then flew to pieces. wards and forwards, either in the kito

The next thing that followed, was a chen or parlour, or wherever fome of mustard-pot, that jumped out of a closet the family happened to be. Nor could and was broken. A single cup that stood they get her to sit down five minutes upon the table (almost the only thing together, except at one time, for about remaining) jumped up, flew across the half an hour towards the morning, when kitchen, ringing like a bell, and then the family were at prayers: then all was was dashed to pieces against the dresser. quiet; but in the midit of the greatest A candlestick, that stood on the chimney confusion, she was as much composed as Melf, flew across the kitchen to the par- at any other time, and with uncommon lour door, at about fifteen feet diítance. coolnefs of temper advised her miltress A tea-kettle under the dresler, was not to be alarmed or uneasy, as she said thrown out about two feet; another these things could not be helped. Thus kettle, that stood at one end of the range, she argued, as if they were common ocwas thrown against the iron that is fixed currences, which must happen in every

prevent children falling into the fire, family. A tumbler with rum and water in it, This advice surprized and startled that stood upon a waiter upon a table in her mistress, almost as much as the cirthe parlour, jumped about ten feet, and cumstances that occafioned it. For how was broke. The table then fell down, we suppose that a girl of about and along with it a filver tankard be. twenty years old (an age when female longing to Mrs. Golding, the waiter in timidity is too often aflilted by superstiwhich had stood the tumbler, and a tion) could remain in the midst of such candlestick. A case-bottle then flew to calamitous circumstances (except they pieces.

proceeded from causes beit known to A ham that hung in one side of the herself) and not be struck with the kitchen chimney, now raised itself from fame terror as every other person who the hook, and fell to the ground. Some was prefent: these reflections led Mr. time after, another ham that hung on Pain, and, at the end of the transacthe other side of the chimney, likewise tions, likewise Mrs. Golding, to think


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