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Predictions of Dr. Forman. he, “ I was desirous to know whether I mised to be at home near the time of “ should ever be a Lord, Earl, or Knight, the question. After some confideration, “ &c. whereupon I set a fet figure; he told her to this effect: “Margery," " and thereupon my judgment;" by for so her name was, “ thy husband will which he concluded, that within two not be at home these eighteen days; years time he mouid be a Lord or great “ his kindred have vexed him, and he

“ But,” says he, “ before the “ is come away from them in much two years were expired, the Doctors

anger: he is now in Carlisle, and put me in Newgate, and nothing “ hath but three pence in his purse.”

came.” Not long after, he was de And when he came hoine, he confeffed sirous to know the same things concern. all to be true, and that upon leaving ing his honour or greatinip. Another his kindred he had but three pence in figure was det, and that promised him his purse. I shall relate one story more, to be a great Lord within one year. and then his death. But he sets down, that in that year

he One Coleman, clerk to Sir Thomas had no preferment at all; only " I be. Beaumont of Leicestershire, having had

came acquainted with a merchant's some liberal favours both from his lady “ wife, by whom I got well." There and her daughters, bragged of it, &c. is anoiher figure concerning one Sir The Knight brought him into the star.

Ayre his going into Turky, chamber, had his servant sentenced to whether it would be a good voyage or be pillored, whipped, and afterwards, not: the Doctor repeats all his astrolo- during life, to be imprisoned. The gical reasons, and musters them toge- sentence was executed in London, and ther, and then gave his judgment it was to be in Leicestershire.

Two would be a fortunate voyage. But un- keepers were to convey Coleman from der this figure, he concludes, “ this the Fleet to Leicester. My mistress “ proved not fo, for he was taken pri- taking consideration of Coleman, and “ foner by pirates ere he arrived in the miseries he was to suffer, went

Turky, and lost all.” He fet seve- presently to Forman, acquainted him ral questions to know if he should at- therewith; who, after confideration, tain the philosophers stone, and the fi- swore Coleman had lain both with mogure, according to his straining, did ther and daughter, &c. &c. and said, seem to fignify as much ; and then he “ They intend in Leicester to whip tuggs upon the aspects and configura- “ him to death ; but I assure thee, Martions, and elected a fit time to begin his gery, he shall never coine there ; yet operation; but by and by, in conclu " they set forward to-morrow," says fion, he adds, “ so the work went very he; and so they did, Coleman's legs “ forward; but upon the cof 6 the being locked with an iron chain under setting-glass broke, and I lost all my the horse's belly. In this nature they

He fets down five or fix travelled the firit and second day; on fuch judgments, but still complains all the third day the two keepers, seeing came to nothing, upon the malignant their prisoner's civility the two preceaspects of ħ and 79: Although fome ding,days, did not lock his chain under of his astrological judgments did fail, the horse's belly as formerly, but lockmore particularly those concerning him- ed it only to one side. In this posture self, le being no way capable of such they rode some miles beyond Northpreferment as he ambitiously desired; ampton, when on a sudden, one of the yet I shall repeat fome other of his keepers had a necessity to untruss, and judgments, which did not fail, being so the other and Coleman ftood ftill; performed by conference with spirits. by and by the other keeper desired My mistress went once unto him, to Coleman to hold his horse," for he had know when her husband, then in Cumo occasion also: Coleman immediately berland, would reiurn, he having pro- took one of their

swords, and ran through

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went his way.

Extraordinary Death of Forman.

229 two of the horses, killing them stark or wife should die first: " Whether dead; gets upon the other with one of “ shall 1,” quoth she, “ bury you or their swords; “ Farewel, gentlemen, “ no?” « Oh Trunco," for so he calltell my master, I have no mind to be ed her, “ thou wilt bury me, but thou whipped in Leicestershire," and so “ wilt much repent it.” Yea, but

The two keepers, in “ how long first ?” “ I shall die,” said all halte, went to a gentleman's house he, ere Thursday night.” Monday near at hand, complaining of their mis- came, he was not sick. Wednesday fortune, and desired of him to pursue came, and still he was well ; with which their prisoner, which he with much ci- his impertinent wife did much twit yility granted; but ere the horses could him in the teeth. Thursday came, and be got ready, the mistress of the house dinner was ended, he very well : he came down, and enquiring what the went down to the water-fide, and took matter was, went to the flable, and a pair of oars to go to some buildings commanded the horses to be unfaddled, he was in hind with in Puddle-dock. with this sharp speech-" Let the La- Being in the middle of the Thames, he “ dy Beaumont and her daughter live presently fell down, only saying, " An

honestly; none of my horses shall go iinpoft ! an impoft!” and so he died forth upon this occasion.”

a most sad storin of wind immediately I could relate many such stories of following. He died worth one thou. his performances; as also what he wrote fand two hundred pounds, and left onin a book left behind him, viz. “ This ly one son, called Clement. All his “ I made the Devil write with his rarities, secret manuscripts, of what “ own hand in Lambeth-fields, 1596, quality foever, Dr. Napper, of Lind“ in June or July, as I now remem- ford in Buckinghamshire, had ; who “ ber.” He professed to his wife there had been a long time his scholar; and would be much trouble about Carr and of whom Forinan was used to say, he the Countess of Eilex, who frequently would be a dunce: yet in continuance resorted unto him, and from whole of time he proved a fingular astrologer company he would sometimes lock him- and physician. Sir Richard, now livself in his study a whole day. Now ing, I believe, has all those rarities in we come to his death, which happen. pofleffion, which were Forman’s, being ed as follows. The Sunday night be- kinsman and heir unto Dr. Napper. fore he died, his wife and he being at [His son Thomas Napper, Esq. most supper in their garden-house, she being generously gave most of these manupleasant, told him that he had been in- scripts to Elias Ashmole, Esq.] formed he could resolve, whether man

APPARITIONS, DREAMS, &c.

EXTRAORDINARY PREDICTION

AN APPARITION.

of give him a meeting in that very place

the following day, at the same hour;

adding, that he would then reveal feLUDOVICUS Adolisius, Lord of crets that were intimately connected Immola, dispatched one of his secretaries with his life and welfare. upon earnest businels to Ferrara ; in The secretary at his return disclosed pursuing his journey, he was met by what had been communicated to him, one on horseback, in the attire of a to his Lord, who thinking no credit due huntsman, with a hawk upon his fift, to his report, or suspecting some infiwho saluted him by his name, and at dious measures had been concerted, the same time laid an injunction upon which endangered his life, fent another him, to entreat his for Lodowick to in kis stead, to whom the same spirit

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Awful Asignation. appeared, and seemed much dissatisfied back, and told him that he was only with his son's diffidence, saying, that come to perform the promise he had hid his son not declined this interview, formerly made ; that nothing was more he might have been initructed how to certain than what they had been told guard against the misfortunes that would concerning another life; that he advised asuredly befal him. He nevertheless him earneitly to alter his way of life, desired the deputy would recommend for that the first action he should be enhim to his fon, and give him to under- gaged in, he would certainly fall. Aland, that after twenty-two years, one Precy made a fresh attempt to touch month, and one day should have elapsed, his friend, but he immediately with he should be dispoflefled of the govern- drew. He lay wondering on his bed ment then in his poffeffion; which said, upon the itrangeness of the circumstance he vanished.

for some time, when he saw the same
Conformably to the predi&tion, not- appearance re-enter his apartment ;
withstanding the fon's inceflant vigi- upon which, Rambouillet finding that
lance, it happened that at the expiration heitill disbelieved what was told, thewed
of the above term, Philip, Duke of Mi- him the wound in his reins, of which
lan, besieged the city by night, and af- he died, and from which the blood still
ter having, by favour of a severe frost seemed to flow.
paliel the moat, scaled the walls, and Soon after this, Precy received a con-
took Lodowick prisoner, who being in firmation of the Marquis de Rambouil.
a league with Philip, had the less reason let's death; and was killed himself, ac-
to apprehend any such danger. cording to the prediction, in the civil

wars, at the battle of the Faubourg St.
Antoine.

It may naturally be asked here,
whence it happens that so many

other

persons, who have made the same proTHE story of the Marquis de Ram

mise to come again after their death, bouillet's * appearing after his death to

have not done it? Seneca * mentions his coufin the Marquis de Precy, is well

a stoic philosopher, named Canius Jalus, known. These two noblemen talking

who being condemned to death by Caone day concerning the affairs of the next ligula, told his friends, that whereas world, in a manner which shewed they

they were enquiring, whether the soul did not believe much about it, entered

was inimortal or not; he was going to into an agreement, that the first that died

a place where he should soon know: thould come and give intelligence to

but we are no where told that he ever the other.

returned to clear up the point. Soon after the Marquis de Ram

La Motte le Vayer, in his book on bouillet set out for Flanders, which was

the Immortality of the Soul, relates how then the seat of war, and the Marquis

he made an agreement with a friend of de Precy remained in Paris, being ill

his, that the first of the two that dieds of a violent fever. About fix weeks

hould return and inform the other of after, early one morning, he heard some his condition. It happened that his one draw the curtains of his bed, and friend died firit, but he never returned, turning to see who it

and kept his promise.

was, discovered the Marquis de Rambouillet in buff

Mr. Montague's agreement with the coat and boots. He instantly got out

Earl of Rochetter ended in the same of bed, and attempted to make hands

manner, as the story is related in Mrs. with his friends ; but Rambouillet drew clude, that, because the decealed fonie

Rowe's Letters; but it is wri ng to con* Calmet on Apparitions, SpeAires, &c. p. 268--3520

* Scuec de Animi Tranquil. Chay. XIV,

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times return, that they always can; and " Why,' says he, in his dream), it is equally absurd to deny their com • what will hinder me?' being, it seems, ing again, because some that have pro- desirous to know somethir.g of his formised to do so, have not been able to keep their word.

' Ask me not the particulars,' says the To juítify these positions, we must apparition, but either decline the emfuppoie it to be in their own power to plcy, or when you have enjoyed it two appear when and how they picase; but years and a-half, fell out again, as I did it seems evident, on the contrary, that before you, and you may thereby prothis does not depend upon them, and bably prolong your life.' that it is by the particular permission of He leemed to flight the admonition, Almighty God, that they ever appear at

and said it was too late to look back, all.

« Too late! too late!' favs the

appasition, repeating the words--then go

on, and repent too late. IXTRAORDINARY WARNING TO He was not much affected with this GENTLEMAN NOT TO ENTER INTO apparition, when he awaked, and found

it was but a dreain;' for dreams, said

he, are not to be heeded ! so he went From Moreton's History of Apparitions, on, and bought the commission.

A few days after the commission was A Young gentleman of fortune, in the bought, the father appeared again, not beginning of the last war with France, to him, but to his mother, in a dream had a great inclination to see the world, too as before ; and taking notice to her as he called it ; therefore resolved to go how his son had rejected her admoniinto the army; his father being dead, tion, he added : and had left him a good eltate, besides • Young heads are wilful; Robert his mother's jointure. His mother will go ir to the army; but tell him earnestly entreated him to desist from from me, he shall never come back.' his resolution of going into the army ;

All these notices were of no force and represented to him the many cala., with this young gentleman; but as he mities he would be exposed to, beside had resolved, so he pursued his resolu. the danger of losing his life, as was too tion, and went into the army: and twe often the case with soldiers. He made battalions of that regiment going into light of his mother's arguments, and told the field that suinier, his company was her, that if he happened to be shot, he one, and was ordered into Flanders. should die, honourably, and that then He wanted no occasion to shew his there would be an end of him. Ac- bravery, and in several warm actions cordingly he mortgaged part of hiseltate, came off with applause; so that he was and purchased a poft in the first regiinent far from being suspected of cowardice; of light horse, then going abroad. but one day, and in the third year of

The night before he signed the agree- his service, the army was drawn out in ment for the company, being in bed, order to battle, the general having reand falt alleep, he saw in a dream his ceived certain advice, that the enemy father coming to himn in his gown, and would come and attack them. As he with a great fur cap on, such as he used ftood at the head of his company, he to wear, and calling him by his name, was seized suddenly with a cold, shiver! What is the reason,' says he,that ing fit; and it was so violent, that some you will not listen to the entreaties of officers who were near him, every one your mother, not to go to the wars? I at their post, perceived it. do affure

you,
that if

you

resolve to take It continued about a quarter of an this commission, you will not enjoy it hour, and the enemy came on as was three years.

expected; but the fight began upon the

left,

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Apparitions. left, at a good distance from thein, so mander of a ship) was at sca, on a voy's that the whole left wing was engaged age to or from the Capes of Virginia. before they began.

The family takes the alarm, and tells While this lasted, the Lieutenant cal. her, that, to be sure, her husband was led to the gentleman: • Colonel,' says dead, and that she hould be sure to set he, ' how do you do? I hope your down the day of the month, and the fhivering fit is over.'

hour of the day; and it was ten thou• No,' says the Colonel, it is fand to one but she should find that he over ; but it is a little better.'

died that very moment, or as near as • It will be all over presently,' says could be found out. the Lieutenant.

About two months after, her husband Ay, so it will,' says the Colonel ; comes home very well, but had an acI am very easy; I know what it was cident befel him in his voyage, viz. that now! and with that he called the Lieu. ftepping into the boat, or out of the tenant to come to hi.n for a moment. boat, he fell into the sea, and was in

When he came, says he, • I know danger of being lott; and this they cal. now what ailed me ; I am very easy; culated upon to be as near the time as I have seen my father ; I shall be kil- they could judge, that he appeared to led the first volley: let my mother his wife. know I told vou this. Adieu !'

In a few minutes after this, a body APPARITION OF SIR JOHN OWEN TO of the enemy advanced, and the first HIS LADY, TO WARN HER FROM volley the regiment received, was the fire of five platoons of grenadiers, by which the captain and several other officers, besides private men, were kill SIR John Owen was a person of note, ed, and the whole brigade was soon af- and of well-known credit; his lady ter put into confusion; though being and one of her sons lived here in Lon. fupported by some regiments of the fe- don; and being of a gay disposition, cond line, they rallied again foon after; and given to live high and expensive, it the young captain's body was presently was thought she spent beyond what the seccvered ; but he was irrecoverably Knight could afford, and that he was dead, for he received a shot in his face, sensible of it, and uneasy about it. She which killed him immediately. had a very good house in London, and

As I have observed before, how rarely a country house, or lodgings for the do we find that

any
of these fore-w

-warn- summer, at Hamplead, and kept a great ings are regarded, let them come either equipage; the consequence of these from a bad or a good spirit, especially things did at last prove, that Sir John's among the gay and unbelieving world. dislike of it was justly founded; but

that's by the bye. OF A LADY IN VIRGINIA-STREET, It happened one day, the lady being

at her country lodgings, a person well dressed, appearing very much like a

gentleman, came to her city house, and A Certain lady of my acquaintance, knocked at the door, asked the maid going out of her chamber into a closet if there were any lodgings to be let in the adjoining room, saw her hus- there, and if her lady was at home? band walking along in the room before the maid answered no, there were no her : the immediately comes down in lodgings to let there; and speaking, as great surprise, tells the family she had if it was with some resentment, Lodg. feen her husband, and she was sure it ings! says she, no, I think not! my was he ; though at the same time she lady does not use to let her lodgingse knew her husband (who was the com Well, but sweetheart, says he, don't

be

WHO SAW HER HUSBAND WHEN HL

WAS IN DANGER AT SEA.

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