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gancies, in point of inftitutional popu- which can happen to you mortals

, are larity, it had, in part, its origin froi derived from us; first, we shew you Nature.

the seasons, viz. Spring, Summer, When men considered the wonder- Winter, Autumn. The Crane points ful migration of birds, how they dif- out the time for sowing, when the appeared at once, and appeared again flies with her warning notes into Eat stated times, and could give no guess gypt; the bids the failor hang up his where they went, it was almost natu- rudder, and take his rest, and every ral to suppose, that they retired some- prudent man provide himself with win. where out of the sphere of this earth, ter garments. Next, the Kite appearand perhaps approached the ethereal ing, proclaims another season, which regions, where they inight be in the indicates the time to fhear his sheep.. fame atmosphere with the gods, and After that, the Swallow informs you, thence be able to predict future whether it is time to put on summer

cloaths. We are, to you, adds the Bishop Stillingfleet, in his Calendar Chorus, Ammon, Dodona, and Apollo; of Hora, urges the natural propensity of for, after consulting us, you undertake an ignorant people to imagine this, at every thing-merchandize, marriage, Icast to belicve it, as soon as some ad- purchase; every thing that occupies venturous genius had the impudent your attention, is performed after our temerity to assert it. Add to this, lignals, &c.". Now, it seems not at that the disposition in some birds to all improbable, that the same transi. imitate the human voice, must contri- tion was made in the speculations of bute much to the confirmation of such men, which appears in the Poet's a doctrine.

words; and that they were easily inThis institution of Augury seems duced to think, that the surprising to have been much more ancient than forefight of birds, as to the time of that of Aruspicy; for we find many migration, indicated something of a instances of the former in Homer, but divine nature in them; which opinion not a single one of the latter, though Virgil, as an epicurean, could not frequent mention is made of facrifices adopt; therefore enters his protest in in that Poet.

form, in the Eneid. Froin the whole of what has been But, to return to Aristophanes,'the observed, it seems probable, that na- first

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of the chorus, from whence tural Augury gave rise to religious the forecited passage is taken, seems, Augury, and this to Arufpicy, as the with all its wildness, to contain the mind of man makes a very easy tran- fabulous cant, which prevailed over sition from a little truth to a great deal the ignorant of those days, and to be of error.

borrowed from the cosmogony of the A passage in Aristophanes gave the early heathen world. Hint for these observations. In the comedy of the Birds, he inakes one of them say this. The greatest blessings ( To be continued. )

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LIVES OF EMINENT MAGICIANS.

A NEAPOLITAN ASTROLOGER.

Avignon in the Pope's territories, in 1614. His ardent desire to understand

the progress and secret laws of nature THOMAS CAMPANELLA was a led him into many dangers, many of native of Stilo im Calabria, and at a very which had nearly proved fatal : while early age became a Dominican. His he was in Hungary he met with a peataste for singularity induced him to op- fant, who like our countryman Jedediah pose in a public dispute, a metaphysical Buxton, had made great progress in nufyllogift, who out of envy upon being merical calculations without knowing overcome by a youth, insidiously ac- how to make a figure, and applying cused him to the state of conspiring these calculations to the revolutions of against the kingdom of Naples. This the planets and signs, inspired Morinus affair became serious, and he in confe- with such a taste for aitrological calculaquence bore tiventy-seven years im• tions, that upon his return to Paris he prisonment ; during which he suffered gave himself entirely up to the fydereal the question ordinary and extraordinary art. Accordingly in 1617, finding by seven times, and did not obtain his li- his calculations that his friend and berty but at the interceffion of Pope neighbour the Bishop of Boulogne Urban VIII. after which he came to would soon be imprisoned, he went and Paris, where he was protected by Car- informed him ; but that prelate, though dinal Richlieu ard Lewis XIII. and an artist also, laughed at his prediction : died there in 1639, aged 71 years. the event however proved the truth of During the time of his imprisonment Morinus's art in a short time. The he translated Ptolemy's Mathematics Duke of Luxemburgh, brother to the from the Greek, and composed his Astro. Constable De Luines, took him under logical Predictions and Judgment on his protection, where he remained for Nativities, agreeable to the doctrine of near nine years, but foretelling to that Ptolemy, in Latin. This work, which nobleman á fever which threatened him is not known in English, is much cele- within tin years time, he was discarded, brated in France, and has been trans- and the Dake died within the time prelated into French, by the Abbé dicted. Cardinal Mazarine consulted Deschamps, in 3 vols. 8vo. and we him, and Cardinal Richlicu granted have reason to give hopes of a tranfla. him a pension of two thousand livres, tion from the original into English in a and procured him the mathematical fhort time. His other works are chair in the Royal College. The merely polemical, and entirely in the Count De Chavigny, secretary of state, disputative stile of the age he lived in. regulated all his inotions by Morinus's His Atheismus Triumphatus gained advice, who at that time gained great him most notice, and the ministers of credit by foretelling the death of the state constantly consulted him upon the great Gústavus Adolphus ; and whose

daughter, the famous Christina, notwithstanding her wit, was a great ad

mirer and benefactress of his. Upon A FRENCH ASTROLOGER. fight of a portrait of the famous Cinq

Mars, before he knew who he was, he JOHN BAPTIST MORINUS, a declared he would lose his head. celebrated French astrologer often men- Within sixteen days time he hit the tioned by English writers, was a native event of the Constable Lestiguier's of Villa Franca, and received his di- death ; and in fix, that of Lewis ploma for the practice of phyfic at XIII. He was the most considerable Vol. I.

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A CELEBRATED

MYSTIC.

AN ENGLISH ALMANACK MAKER.

writer upon mathematical subjects in these pieces he follows closely the Latin his time, as his disputes with Gafien works of Placidus and Campanella, dus upon the subject of tlic Copernican authors of more merit than Systein teilify. Cardinal Richelieu fame. was his friend to his death, which happened in 1656, aged 73 years. All his works, which mofily confilt of fmall curious tracts, ai e very rare: His principal piece is his Aftrologia Gallica in EMANUEL SWEDENBORG, a Latin, 4to. Paris 1657, which is but celebrated myitic writer, was born at little known in England; however, Stockholm, January 29, 1689. In Lilly, Gadbury, and their numerous 1710, he began his travels, firít into followers, have very much availed England, and afterwards into Holland, themselves of his fydereal labours. France and Germany, and returned

home in 1714. He frequently conversed with Charles XII. of Sweden, who appointed him to the office of af.

feffor in the Metalic College, in 1716, JOHN PARTRIDGE was born, as which place he resigned in 1747, but he informs us, at Lall-Sheen in Surry, still retained the salary annexed to it as an in 1644. He was exceedingly, illite- appointment for life. His writings rate. Mr. Aubrey says, when he had having made much noise in the fpelearned to read and a little to write he culative world, we fhall refer the inwas bound apprentice to a fhoe-maker, quisitive reader to them, dismissing the and when he was eighteen years old he article with his own words :

“ The procured a Lilly's Grammar, a Gould- Lord himself hath called me : who was man's Dictionary, Ovid, and a Latin graciously pleased to manifeft himBible; and by the help of these he ac- felf to me his unworthy nt, in a quired Latin enough to read the works personal appearance, in the year 1743 ; of astrological authors in that language. to open in me a fight of the spiritual He studied Greek and Hcbrew, and also world; and to enable me to converle physic, but itill followed shoemaking with spirits and angels ; and this priin Covent-Garden, in 1630. His ale vilege has continued with me to this manacks are still continued to this day, day. From that time, I began to now more than a century from their print and publish various unknown arfirst publication. As Partridge was focana, that have been either seen by me, unfortunate as to be the butt of a cele- or revealed to me, concerning heaven brated wit in the reign of Queen Anne, and hell, the state of men after death, the ridiculous part of his character, or the spiritual sense of the Scriptures, and rather the ridicule thrown upon it, will many other important truths, tending be remembered when the rest of his per- to faivation and true wisdom; and that fonal hiftory is forgotten. Dicd june mankind might receive benefit from 1715. He was author of Tlie Black these communications, was the only moLife of John Gadbury, for it is ob- tive which has induced me, at different fcrvable that almoit ali noted aitrol gers times, to leave my home to visit other speak of each other as rogues and in- countries. As to this world's wealth, postors. His principal works, the I have what is sufficient, and more I Opus Reformatum and Delectio Geni. neither seek nor wish for."

His turarum, though rather controverlial, Regnum Minerale, was printed at fhew him to have been a greater artist Leipfic in 3 vols. folio, 1734. than any of his precieceffors : iu both

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were of a nature, repugnant to the divine will. But nothing I could say

made the least impression ; and I found ( Concluded from Page 105. ) to my great concern, that she was be

come as great an advocate for the new IN one of the serious consultations

doctrine of non-existence after death, they had together on this head, it was as any of those who firit proposed it; agreed between them, that on which on which, from that time forward, ever of them the lot should fall to be I avoided all discourse with her on first called from this world, she should that head. return, if there was a possibility of do. It was not however many months af. ing so, and give the other an account in ter we had this convertation, that I hapwhat manner she was disposed of. This pened to be at the house of a person of promise it seems was often repeated, and condition, whoin, since the death of the the Dutchess happening to fall fick, and Dutchess of Mazarine, Madain de her life despaired of by all about her, Beauclair had the greatest intimacy with Madam de Beauclair reminded her of of any of her acquaintance. We were what the expected from her; to which just sat down to cards about nine o'clock her Grace replied, she might depend in the evening, as near as I can rememupon her performance. These words ber, when a servant came hastily into passed between them not above an hour the room, and acquainted the lady I before the dissolution of that great lady, was with, that Madam de Beauclair and were spoken, before several persons had sent to intreat she would come that who were in the room, but at that time

inoment to her; adding, that if the they were far from comprehending the ever desired to see her more in this meaning of what they heard.

world, she must not delay her visit. Some years

after the Dutchess's de- So odd a message might very well cease, happening, in a visit I made to furprise the person to whom it was' deMadam de Beauclair, to fall on the livered; and not knowing what to topic of futurity, she expressed her dif- think of it, she asked, Who brought belief of it with a great deal of warmth, it? And being told it was Madam de which a little surprised me, as being of Beauclair's groom of the chamber, a quite contrary way of thinking my- ordered he should come in, and defelf, and had always, by the religion manded of him, if his lady were well, fhe professed, supposed her highly so. or if he knew of any thing extraordiI took the liberty of offering fome ar- nary that had happened to her which guments, which I imagined would have should occasion this hasty summons ? been convincing to prove the reasonable. To which he answered, that he was ness of depending on a life to come: intirely incapable of telling her the To which the answered, that not all meaning; only as to his lady's health, that the whole world could say should he never saw nor heard his lady comever persuade her to that opinion; and plain of the least indifpofition. then related to me the contract made “ Well then,” said the lady, (a little between her and her dear departed friend out of humour) " I desire you'll make the Dutchess of Mazarine.

my excuse, as I have really a great cold, It was in vain I urged the itrong pro- and am fearful the night air may inbability there was that souls in another crease it, but to-morrow I will not world might not be permitted to per- fail to wait on her very early in the form the engagements they had en- morning.” tered into in this especially, when they The man being gone, we were be.

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A Solemn Warning ginning to form several conjectures on message testified, she replied in the nethis message of Madam de Beauclair, gative; yet, said she, with a little figh, but before we had time to agree on you will soon, very soon, behold me what might be the most feasible occa- pass froin this world into that eternity fion, he returned again, and with him which I once doubted, but am now Mrs. Ward, her woman, both feemingly aflured of. very much confused and out of breath. As she spoke these last words, the

O, madam,” cried she, “ my la- looked full in my face, as it were to dy expresses an infinite concern that remind me of the conversation we freyou should refuse this requeit, which quently had held together on that subthe says will be her latt,

She says ject. that she is convinced of her not being I told her, I was heartily glad to find in a condition to receive your vitit to- fo great a change in heç ladyship’s fenmorrow; but as a token of her friend-timents ; but that I hoped she had no Mhip, bequeaths you this little caiket reason to imagine the conviction would containing her watch, necklace, and be fatal : which she only answered with fome jewels, which she desires you a gloomy smile; and a clergyman will wear in remembrance of her. of her own perfuasion whom she had

These words were accompanied with sent for, that monient coming in, we the delivery of the legacy she menti- all quitted the room, to leave him at oned, and that, as well as Mrs. Ward's liberty to exercise his function. words, threw us both into a confter- It exceeded not half an hour before nation we

were not able to express. We were called in again, and the apThe lady would fain have entered in- peared, after having disburthened her to some discourse with Mrs. Ward con- conscience, to be more chearful than cerning the affair; but she evaded it by before; her eyes, which were as piersaying, she had only left an under-maid cing as possible, sparkled with uncomwith Madam de Beauclair, and must mon vivacity; and the told us, she return immediately; on which the la- should die with the more fatisfaction, dy cried, all at once, “I will go with as she enjoyed, in her last moments, you ; there must be something very un- the presence of two persons the moit cominon certainly in this.' I offer- agreeable to her in this world, and in ed to attend her, being, as well I might, the next would be sure of enjoying the desirous of getting some light into what fociety of one, who, in lite, had been at present appeared fo myfterious. the deareft to her.

In fine, we went that instant, but as We were both beginning to diffuade no mention was made of me, nor Ma- her from giving way to thoughts which damn de Beauclair might not probably there seemned not the least probability be inforined I was with the lady when of being verified; when she put a stop. her servant came; good manners and to what we were about to urge, by fayde ency obliged me to wait in a lower ing “ Talk no more of that,- my apartment, unless the

gave leave for my time is short, and I would not have the admittance.

Small space allowed me to be with you She was however no sooner informed walled in vain delusion.-Know," I was there, than the defired I would continued the, “ I have seen my dear. come up. I did f), and found her fit. Dutchess of Mazarine. I perceived ting in an easy chair near her bed lide, not how she entered, but turning my and in my eyes, as well as all those pre- eyes towards yonder corner of the room fent, seemed in as perfect health as ever I saw her stand in the same form and The had been.

habit le was accuitomed to appear in On our enquiring if she felt any in- when living ;-fain would I have spoke, ward disorder which should give room but had not the power of utterance ; for the melancholy apprehensions her she took a little circuit round the cham

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