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The troubled Conscience.

ascended one side, and went as near as ry, of which I have lately gained the they fafely durst to one of the orifices, following particulars. One James where, among other frightful sounds, Dunitable, a poor labouring man, had they plainly and distinctly heard the by great industry amailed a confiderafollowing words, “ make hatte, make ble sum of morey, which, as he had halte, the rich Antonio is coming." but a small family, continually increas. 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 pofiefions out lava and vast volumes of finoke, made him be lcoked upon as one of the they weighed anchor, and the wind moit able peasants in that country, continuing in the same direction, He lived for some time in this fate; and made the best of their way back to was much respecied among his ncighPalermo, and enquiring after Antonio, bours. It happened that he was call. they found that he died, as near as ed off to a fair in one of the chief they cculd calculate, at the same in- towns; and was away two days : as fiant they heard the voice at Stromboli the fair lafied in general no longer, say he was coming. Mr. Grelham he was expected on the third : but not safely arriving in England, related this coming at the expected time, and be. surprizing accident to King Henrying a very sober and punctual man, the seventh ; and the feamen and the there was some suspicion that he had other gentlemen being cited before his met with an accident. On the fifth, Majesty, atteited the truth of the

not arriving, his wife and al} the whole by affidavit. This circum- neighbourhood were much alarmed ; stance made such an impresion upon and search was made round the country, Sir Thoinas's mind, that he soon after but he could not be heard of, nor was gave over merchandising, employing his found at all at that time. So that it vast wealth in charities and works of was concluded, and not without reapublic munificence, of which the fon, that he had been murdered, efpeRoyal Exchange is one of the noblest cially as he had been known to have monuments extant.

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 de

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.

tinued happy. But at last it appeared Stagghead, on the borders of Lancahire. 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

When the mysteries of nature, something fupernatural 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 scient and omnipotent Being--it is then would sometimes ak him the reason of that they are of real use ; not only to those emotions; but he always excused the unenlightened classes of mankind, himself. 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 10 In the village of B -, in Lanca- steady in his deportmert as usual. thire, there has long been a popular fio One night, in a party at all ale



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Happy Impuljes. houle, where a pretty large company Dunstable he was tried soon 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 inidst of their feltivity, 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 rid: however, he could not apparition of the deceased appeared to be appeased; and at lalt giving a shriek the murderer, or whether it might be he cried out loudly" Othere 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 consternacion in the to prove, that such wicked and prehouse, and he was immediately feized, 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 boatman to take him over. He, ever, four years after, that a large com however, arrived fale at his own house, pany beingaffembled at an ordinary,one and knocked at his door. His wife of them looking earnestly at a country- opened it -- He cagerly enquired if all man, cried out initantly,

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 ihe had opened the door because as death, and Itaggered so that he was the servants would not comcmihey forced to fit down in a chair. The had behoved very impertinently to her. company gathered round him, and aík- 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 amwers; but at length, trition and tears, confelled 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 mistrers and the child, Dr. MEGGs.

that they might plunder the house.

The other servant inade che fare con. Doctor Mezas, a physician of con fellion in the morning, upon oath, befiderable praci.ce at Portsmouth, had fore a magiitrate. 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 cumbling about Doctor Hervey, who was afterfor some hours he rose, and rung up wards fellow of the College of Physi. the servants. He told them he had tried cians in London, being then a young in vain 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 fcchild was murdered. No persuasions veral others, and there hewed 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 lessed 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 pasien- often related to many of his friends in gers were drowned. The fad news London.


A LATE letter from Dr. Magenis, Exchange, the Custom-house, or Quays. of the Irih College, ai Lisbon, gives a The theatres were fhut, arid all public most awful account of the carthquake diversions forbid till further orders. which happened in that city, on Sun- 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 arcient Nirevch, seemed minutes after eleven, and confifted of repenting in fackcloth and alhes. five or six ftrong vibrations, so closely On Monday the 2d intant at his following each other, that they could sent at Maiden Bradley in the county fcarce be diftinguished. After a pause of Wilts, died, the moit noble Edward of about five minutes, one very violent Duke of Somerset and Baron Seymour, undulatory motion that shook the whole one of his Majesties incft Honourable house succeeded, attended by a loud Privy Council : his Grace dying a batand tremendous crash, which, after a cheler, is fucceeded in his titles and rustling noise and several hisics, 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 flying 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 soon filled On the ad inft. a melancholy acciwith multitudes, to deprecate the nila dent happened in the park of N. Scotchiefs of 1755, and implore the Divine tone, Liq. of Chesham, Bucks :-as Mercy. Between fix and feven, 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 almoit 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 fizes. mouth to inspect into the loss of the

Thomas Ayles was lately indicted Brill Dutch frigate (in a heavy gale of at the Guildhall, Weit:ninster, for an wind) mounting 36 guns, and 350 men, assault, with intent to conmit a rape soldiers and sailors. 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 prosecutrix did not appear

are faved except fix-she went on indeed there was no reason to fuppose shore between the manacles and Falthat she was very angry with the defen- mouth. dant, for

had declared after the pro As soon as she was perceived by the {ecution was commenced, and a short country people, they went down to time before the trial, that she only ex the wreck in great numbers, armed hibited the complaint to pleate 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 itripped the quitted, and on going out of the court people of the cloaths off their backs! he thanked his Counsel for bringing About fifty of them are arrived at Plyhim through.

mouth in the Seaflower. In attemptA unfortunate accident lately ing to save some of their quarter-deck happened at Paris; a beautiful girl, guns, which were brass, the CornishMadlle. Rose Mainvile, finding her men cut away her mizen-mast, which name included in a lift 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, lign. that the poisoned herself by swallowing An unfortunate young woman, conna quantity of aqua-sortis.

fined in the Marshalsea Prison, of reThe last accounts from Calcutta putable parents, about sixteen 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 destruction, 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 4 complaint something fimi- 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




Calamities of the Monh. ner's inquet was taken on the body of Saturday inorning the 14th between a man who put a yeriod to his exiltnece one and two 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 advied to the Pantheon, to enlarge went from London, and retided two it fufficiently for the performance of or three days at the abovementioned Opeias, 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 spot, the fire had got to such a height fufpicions were entertained to his pre- that all aitempts to save the building judice until Wednesday morning about were in vain. The flames, owing to ten o'clock, when the report of a piltol the scenery, oil, paint, and other comalarmed the family. The bed-room bustible matter in the house, were tre- • cf the deceased was locked, and on mendous, and so 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 tal 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 fubdued, 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 ftating 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, af. fields. Twelve or fourteen persons ter they did arrive, had a plentiful only lost their lives, but many were fupply of water, otherwise it would wounded.

have been imposible to have prevented On Monday morning the i6th, 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 seems, 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 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 fuferers; 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 scason, and


of Horne, D. D. Lord Bishop of Nor them were obliged to do this upon cre. wich,

dit, but their salaries ending with the He poslessed 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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