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separately, as they are in Revelations, It also appears from St. John's Epif- but they have in general placed themtle, that he did not consider anti-chrift felves in England so completely under as one man. I John ii. 18.“ even now the dominion of “ the image of the there are many anti-christs, they went bcaf”-philosophy; that I should have out from us-BUT they were not of been wholly inaccurate in attempting us." Now attend to the characteritic to consider their case on religious prin-. of the Christian which he instantly ciples. gives-or. But

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Will any one now doubt, that trinity THÈ HOLY ONE, and ye know * all in unity, and unity in trinity ought to things.” And again v. 27. No person be cultivated ? That without it there is 'is ignorant that this specific distinction SALVATION? This has hitherto of a christian from anti-chrift,the teach- been a matter of faith-let it now reing Spirit, the promised comforter, has main as an evidence of reason: it has been the ípecific object of modern hitherto been a mystery; now it is dephilosophy's attacks. Rev. xix. 10. monstrated. " The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit Jamque opus exegi, quod nec Jovisir A nec of PROPHECY. St. John xvi. 13, 14.

Nec poterit FERRUM-nec ædax abolere - The spirit of truth will guide you into all truth-for be shall not speak of Cum volet ILLA dies, &c. HIMSELF, but whatsoever he shall bear

As Three is the complete number that shall he speak, and he will shew of unity—so there must be a TRIPLE you things to come. He Mall glorify Revelation and dispensation of the dime, for he shall take of minc, and mall vine will to unite MAN TO HIM. The fhew it unto you. I defire, people firit was of the Father, or INVISIBLE would call themselves what they are, DEITY; given, of course, by the minisa and not dare to profane and usurp tration of Angels; the Second of the the name of Christ any longer. Son, where the necessary humiliation

I have already extended this paper of Deity becoming visible took place, to such length, and so clearly proved and nothing farther was done, quoad the general principle of man who ab- the world; but this was left to leaven dicates the divinity of his nature, (either gradually. in the circuitous details of wild theory. Third and Last, * is of the Holy and mad practice, or by an express ne- Spirit, proceeding from the Father and gation of divinity to that personage, the Son; This PERSONAGE speaks not by whom alone the secretion has been of himself, but what he hears ; Gloand is carried on to even the finest ca RIFIES Christ the Son, by taking of pillary vessels of creation) being anti- HIS, and coniequently of the Father's, christ-a fact, which is also undeniable John xvi. 14th and 15th, and shewing ex vi termini thar I think it needless to the world ; that is, does not declare to dilate on kings, hermits, clergy, and new principles, for that would be reall the rabble of the ranks, and more commencing Creation, but developes the particularly as I have taken the foun- old, and brings them to their object, tain head of folly in philosophers. crowning the work; whereby“He allo

Thews things to come,” this being the * Knowledge in Scripture, is always op- necefl'ary consequence of throwing open posed to speculation, and used to expreis the gates of a future and eternal state. certainty and palpable experience, John, ini. The distinguishing trait in the mani. to v. 11. inclusive. I John i. 1–5. This is

feilation of this Spirit, is TRUTH-Hc the only correct use of the word; and so Pope

is called the “ Spirit of TRUTH” What can we reason but from what we know?

John xiv. 16.

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True Property of Talismans.

Now, this is a character which cannot must be blinded, Luke xii. 1o. for the be forged; and it is allo a power that ravs must not be withdraun, nor even cannot be withitond, Luke, xxi. 15. foftened: they mustvaril with all their In the inanifestation of the Son, the fplendour, and where they do not il. weakness of human eyes were considered, lamine, burnommits ;rinciple being to and they had time allered them to Glorirs, John, xvi. !4.) to open, mercy being the principle of it: CUER, LO DECIDF, and to COMMAND. In the lalt, thole eyes which cannot see, Rev, xix. 11, and icquel,

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mind, buz derives its force from the HAVING in the laf number of the mind. It is, houverer, to rejkott this Conjuror's Magazine rezd a proposal of power; as a person, who finds circunyours for making Talismans, and hav- ítances favouring his wishes, naturally ing but little faith in their pretended grows bolder and more powerful, from virtues, should be glad to have the op- this coniun&tion of body and mind. I apportunity of spending an hour in your prehend, that a total misconception of company, when, if you can then con this point, is the radical error of all in vince me by visible proof of their vir- the theory of Talismans. But having tue and efficacy, shall be happy in being ascertained the place and duty of Talilmore intimately acquainted with you. mans, I will add, it is impossible for Your's, &c.

any thing to be done for duration with J. P. Astro. Philo. only them, as they constitute the links, P. S. A line from you will be uniting spirit and matter. Ceteemed a favour.

I shall be happy to see you any day

you appoint; and am, February 7, 1792

Your sincere well-wisher, I Have been favoured with your's

Wm. GILBERTO this initant. The reasons wliy Talis N. B. In addition to the above anmans fail is, either because they have fwer, I Mail oblerve to the public, that, not been undertaken under a proper as the course OF LIFE must accom planetary position; or else, if this has pany the Talisman, which proceeds teen attended to, that the person's cwn from its fountain, it will be, necelary, mind has not been ripe for (that is, in order to give it efficacy, for persons has not been wholly given to) the in to attend to the most minuté circum. . tended effect. Next, external circum- itances, which can operate on it; and Itances will throw obstacles in the way; as a thousand may fo operate, wholly but, where the mind is intense, these unknown to the unintelligent scholar must be overcome-for the mind, when or practitioner, but which yet bear brought into its principle, is, must be, point-blank by their principles, it is abomnipotent.-- its principle is its life folutely indispensible to receive and apand its life must be cternal. Therefore ply the rules, I, and only I, (having the end of Talismans is, to clear away alone previously evilcerated the practice) the circumftances, which imperles the can give. body from enjoying what the mind evills. And as thus enlightening the mind

To effect this, your life must be with is ftated to be the only means whereby your Talisman, for remember, that ac- Talismas can be effectual-namely, cording to my definition of a Talisman making the person intelligently master (and it must be the true cne, as the or mistress of every circumitance of vital principle cannot be altered, but their life-cvery idea of playing on cre, only regenerated) it is not to force the dulity or blindneis is excluded.

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THE QUERIST. NO VII.

ANSWER TO QUERY III. IN NO IV.

ANSWER TO QUERY 4. BY W. D.

MISS Williams wishes fome recent THE first thing to be considered on instance of the verificacion of a Chiro- this queition is, whether any species of mantic prophecy: I will give her se corn ever grows naturaliy. Buffon and veral.

others have been inclined to deny it. The I was defired to look into a young question being thus limited, and the ingentleman's hand whom I had never quiry made, not about corn in general, feen before, and of whose fituation in but about certain specific kinds of corn, life I was altogether uninformed. From as wheat, barley, oats, &c. for some kinds the competion of a line from the table of corn will grow in the north, which of his hand, to the finger of 8 I judged are not to be found in the south, and him to belong already to fome Mer- vice versa. The eastern nations have curial profession, most likely the law; rice and maize, and know nothing of but from the tendency of a line firmly wheat, barley, or oats, which latter drawn to the mount of 4, I conclud were not known even in Italy in the ed, that he attempted to promote him- time of Pliny. felf by friends to some place or genteel Another thing to be considered, is situation, rather than pursue the pro the varieties introduced into the species feffion he had assumed. The line to of cultivation. Thus rye, which was 8 being weakly drawn and retracting, formerly bitter, has been softened by confirmed at once the difpofition, and long cultivation ; the better kinds of gave presage of an accordant event. I wheat cannot be found in our countries; was then asked, without being told and even in the happiest foils, red strong whether I were right or wrong so far, wheat easily degenerates into an infeif he were likely to visit distant parts. rior kind, which again, when carried I observed, that I certainly saw a jour to a good foil, recovers its proper quaney, and of fome extent, but it do not ap- lity. pear to be taken all at once; there were Different kinds of corn must, there. various stops and good inns on the road. fore, have had different origins; nor. It was then confeiled, that he had been does it follow, that the discovery of one called to the bar, and had gone the naturally and indispensably leads to the Circuits--and I declare, I had not even knowledge of the utility of the other. the idea of a legal circuit, when I de Therefore, from the question this scribed his journeying: shortly after, I reduced, there results this information, was myself desired by him to fo- that the first corn was the manured prolicit a poit abroad. This is within duce of the first vunded fociety, and three months. On the same day I told that this improved species was the a lady whom I had never seen or heard growth of the vicinity of the first city. of before, that she would shortly re. Upon the whole, it appears that amove, and had spent an easy and smooth griculture originated with mankind, and life. Confcfied the lait, and before I kept pace with their other improresaw her again, the first had unexpected- ments; and this opinion is supported ly happened. I told an old lady, long by Shukford and Linntu, who both heavily afflicted with the cramp, the allow the wild produce of indigenous would get over it. She has so. I could pulse to every country. Thin and light add more, but for taking up too much foils have an aptness to produce ants rooin. I will convince Miis Williams and barley, but in no degree of perfecif the pleases.--Vide also J. Lacking- tion withoutthe improvement of ploughton's Life:

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AN ENGLISH PENMAN.

A BOHEMIAN

ASTROLOGER.

LIVES OF EMINENT MAGICIANS, &c.

two succeeding reigns. John Langton, a writing-maiter at Stamford in Lin

colnshire, in the reign of Anne. Price JOHN BLAND, an excellent Eng- and Rowel, the latter a plumber, praclith Penman, whose improvements in tised giass-painting at High 'Wycomb, Callygraphy do honour to his coun in the county of Bucks, and afterwards try and himself; was born August 17, at Reading in Beruihire of late years. 1702, in Crutched Fryars, London. He painted a set of windows for Dr. His father, who was a clerk in the Vic. Scawwen Kenrick, in the church of tualling-office, fent him to Weitminster Hambledon in Buckinghamshire, and school, where he continued about four executed many pieces for Dr. Maddox, years, and then removed him to Mr. late Bishop of Worceiter ; and the late Snell's school in Foster-lane. He had Duke of Richmond employed him at early in life a clerkship in the Custom- Goodwood, house, which he held for nine years, and left it to be writing master at Mr. Watts's academy in Little Tower-street, where he remained about 13 years. In 1739 he opened an accountant's-office CIPRIAN LEOVITUS, or Leovi. in Birchin-lane, to qualify youths for toz, was a celebrated Bohemian astrothe compting-house, trades, or public- noner, and the most skilful aftrologer offices. He was afterwards settled in of that country. He was born in 1

1540, Bishopsgate-street, near Cornhill; and and owed all his knowledge entirely died in 1749, aged 47 years. In 1730, to his own industry, for he was not so Mr Bland published his eflay in much as taught to read, and could name writing, exemplified in forms of bulic and place upwards of 1000 stars before ness, fol. in 21 plates engraved by G. he could write. , In 1565 he foretold Bickham, and is very neatly performed., that the Sultan Soliman the Second He has five plates in that artist's Peri- should take Sigetha, the strongest place man's Companion, dated 1728 29, 30, in Hungary, in the very face of the and several in the Universal Penman, Emperor and his army, notwithstanding besides several single pieces. Vid. what they could do ; which happened Massey's Origin and Progress of Let- accordingly._In 1569 he had a confeters.

rence with Tycho Brahe, who visited him on purpole. He died young

in 1574. We have of his in print, in Latin, a description and history of

eclipses in fol. Ephemerides from 1564 HENRY GYLES, of York, a fa to 1574, and continued since by other mous painter on glass, flourished about hands to 1607, in 8vo. these are very 1680. The art of painting on glass was scarce : a curious work entitled De well known in England, and commonly Judiciis Nativitatum 4to. 1570; and practised before the reformation : and there has lately been published a transit appears from a series of dates taken lation from some part of his works, by Lord Orford, from windows now and called in English an Astrological in being, that it has been practised in Catechism ; but as it does him and the every age fince. Peter Oliver painted translator no credit, we shall pass it on glass in the reign of Charles I. and

A GLASS PAINTER.

SIMON

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Simon Forman, as his widow, whom I well knew, related it unto me.

But From Lilly's History' of his own Life and before I relate his death, I shall acTimes.

quaint you with something of the man,

as I have gathered it from some manţia WHEN my mistress died, the had un scripts of his own writing. der hier arm-hole a small scarlet bag full He was a chandler's son in the city of many things, which, one that was of Westminiter. He travelled into there, delivered unto me.

There was

Holland for a month in 1580, pur. in this bag several figis, some of Jupi- posely to be instrucled in astrology, and ter in 'Trine, others of the nature of other more occult sciences; as also in Venus, some of iron, and one of gold, phytic, taking his degree of doctor beof pure angel gold, of the bignels of yond feas: being fulficiently furnished a thirty-three shilling-piece of King and instructed with what he desired, he James's coin. In the circumference on returned into England towards the latone fide was engraven, Vicit Leo de ter end of the reign of Queen Elizatribu Jude Tetragrammaton t, within beth, and fourished until that year of the middle there was engraven an holy King James, wherein the Countess if lamb. In the other circumference there Eflex, the Earl of Somerset, and Sie was Amraphel and three it. In the Thomas Overbury's matters were quero middle, Sanctus Petrus, Alpha, and tioned. He lived in Lambeth with a Omega,

very good report of the neighbourhood, The occasion of framing this sigil especially of the poor, unto whom he was thus; her former husband travel was charitable. He was a person that ing into Sussex, happened to lodge in in horary questions (especially theits) an inn, and to lie in a chamber there was very judicious and fortunate; so of, wherein, not many months before, also in sicknefies, which ir.deed was his a country grazier had lain, and in the master-piece. In resolving quellions night çut his own throat; after this about marriage he had good fuccefs; in night's lodging he was perpetually, and other questions very moderate. He for many years, followed by a spirit, was a person of indefatigable pains. I which vocally and articulately provoked have seen sometimes half one sheet of him to cut his throat; ne was used fre- paper wrote of his judgment upon one quently to say, " I defy thee, I defy question; in writing whereof he used thee!" and to spit at the spirit: this much tautology, as you may see yourself fpirit followed him many years, he not (most excellent Elquire) if you read a making any body acquainted with it; great book of Dr, Flood's, which you at last, he grew melancholy and dis- have, who had all that book from the contented; which being carefully ob- manuscripts of Forman; for I have seen lerved by his wife, she many times the same word for word in an English hearing him pronounce, “I defy thce," manuscript formerly belonging to Doc&c. the desired him to 'acquaint her tor Willoughby of Gloucestershire. with the cause of his distemper, which Had Forman lived to have methodized he then did. Arvay she went to Dr. his own papers, I doubt not but he Simon Forman, who lived then in would have advanced the Jatro-matheLambeth, and acquainted himn with it; matical part thereof very completely i who having framed this figil, and hang- for he was very observant, and kept ed it about his neck, he wearing it con notes of the success of his judgments, tinually until he died, was never more as in many of his figures I have ob molested by the spirit: I sold the figil served. I very well remember to have for thirty-two shillings, but transcribed read in one of his manuscripts, what the words verbatim as I have related. followeth.

shall now have a story of this “ Being in bed one morning," says Vol. I,

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