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A TRUE AND SURPRISING ACCOUNT

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A surprising Sleep-walker. gone! He jumped out of the coach, the sleep-walker, but also to catch the looked round him, but could see no ap- general features of his affection, and so pearance of any lady; and, what is still attain to more exact ideas of such a more remarkable, the coachman had state of the human frame; we purnever seen any lady get into the coach, posely avoid noting each fact in the and expressed his wonder at hearing order of time. For were we to be Mr. Tornley say there was one

got in; guided solely by the series of appearhe said he had heard Mr. Tornley ances produced by a heated and raving speak several times, but supposed it was fancy, our account would necessarily to himself. Mr. Tornley then walk. present an incongruous group, irksome ed home; and to his great astonishment in detail, and fitted perhaps to excite, was told that his neighbour's wife, the but by no means to gratify, the curiolady he had seen, was dead but a few fity of enquirers. Hence we have been minutes, and that before the died the induced to range each fact under one wihed much to see Mr. Tornley. or other of our observations. And, as

The above fact happened as near as the patient's waking state, his sleep I can remember in August, 1787, previous to the fit, his coming out of

it, the state of his senses during it, the use he makes of them, and the impres,

fions which he receives from external OF A NATURAL SLEEP-WALKER, objects, have been the chief points of

our examination, as well as those on

LAUSANNE IN which the facts have thrown any light, SWITZERLAND, ON SIXTH OF FE we mean to class the facts themselves BRUARY 1788*.

under these several articles. We shall

next offer some general reflections an DOCTOR Levade having commu- the phenomenon of sleep-walking. nicated some interesting particulars And, lastly, as the affection superinconcerning a natural Sleep-walker, re- duced by animal magnetism, has atfiding at Vevey, in the house of Mr. tracted the investigations, nay, the surTardent, schoolmafter there, the Soci. prize and astonishment of many, we ety, eager to collect some distinct facts have thought proper to compare it upon such a singular subject, commis- with natural somnambulism, and thew fioned three of its members, namely, that they are one and the same affecDr. Levade, and Messrs. Reynier and tion. Van Berchem jun. to make and report Such a plan obviously called for their observations. These three gen- great variety of observation and experitlemen, accordingly, gave in the fol. ment. But the infrequency of young lowing memoir.

Devaud's fits precluded a regular and Agreeably to the intentions of the continued attention. Still we flatter Society, we went to Vevey on the 19th ourselves, that we have, in part, fulfilof January 1788. M. Tardent, who led the views of the Society. To renhad been apprized of our errand, was

der our relation more complete, we kindly anxious to facilitate our obser- have, to the facts which we jointly witvations.

neffed, added those observed by Dr. The object of the Society being not Levade himself, and imparted by him merely to examine the various actions of to the Society. We have likewise

availed ourselves of the relation of a * The translator, who has the happiness gentleman of respectability, (Monsieur to reckon among his acquaintance some of N the members of the Society of Lausanne, lous accuracy, every thing that passed

-) who noted with scrupucan safely vouch for the authenticity of the under his own eyes on the 23d Dec. following little cract.

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1787, during one of the young man's ing, without being able to alledge a mof interesting paroxysms.

reason. Young Devaud, who is only thirteen The affection does not return every years and six months old, has happily night: nay, several weeks will some. painted on his face the expression of times elapse, without his being at all frank and honest dispositions. Though troubled with it. Some pretend that by no means destitute of understand. it is regularly periodical ; but their opi. ing or talents, he has made very little nion is by no means confirmed. In proficiency in his ftudies: and his the course of a few days, he is usually iphere of information is extremely li. affected every other night. The longmited. One so young and artless, est fits last three or four hours, and necould never act, for any length of time, ver seize him before three or four o'clock the difficult character of a fleep-walker, morning. in the midst of a number of persons, While we were at Vevey, the young who examine him with the nicest at man's father, who practises medicine, tention : nor could he stand the teit of gave him a powder in wine, which the various experiments mentioned in brought on a quiet sleep, and seems to this report, without detection. Besides, have suspended the paroxysms. But simple and timid in his waking hours, he had a return of the disease on the he betrays not in the most diftant man- 31st of January last. ner, the least symptom of that love of One may protract, or even bring on parade and consequence, which stamps the disorder, hy slightly passing the finthe quack, nor of that diffimulation and ger, or feathers of a quill, over the upeffrontery, which are so necessary to per lip. We have frequently lengthmake deceit pass current. Add to this, ened it out, and excited it in this way, that neither intereft, nor vanity, which at the moment every thing seemed to has produced many a sleep walker, can indicate his awaking. M. N operate here. For he gains not a far too, has marked in his account, that the thing; and the passion of self-love is patient having fallen alleep on a ftair, not likely to be gratified at the filent they applied a feather to his lip; where-hours of three and four o'clock morn upon he got up, ran down stairs, and ing, when the few, whom curiosity at. resumed his wonted activity. M. tracts, can add nothing to his import- Nsaw the experiment repeated ance,

In short, his troubled sleep, his several times. convulsive motions, and the nausea

pro The night preceding the fit, the paduced by the loadltone, are not, and tient feels drowsy after supper, and is cannot be, the coinage of art. The apt to complain of a great heaviness of above arguments derive additional the eye-lids. force from the confideration, that M. His fleep, which is never uniformly Tardent is advanced in years, that his tranquil, is more disturbed than usual, integrity is unimpeached, and that he when he falls into a fit. Being called is under no worldly temptation to lose to him, when he was in this last situa. his fair name, or to bear with the ex. tion, we found him ftill asleep, though pence, the embarrassment, and the involuntary motions, starts and palpitatrouble of keeping the young man in tions, exactly similar to those which afhis house.

fect one falling into the magnetic sleep, Devaud, though apparently stout and convulsed his frame. He faultered, hale, betrays unequivocal symptoms of now fat up, and then lay down again, a weakly conftitution, and extreme ir- He soon articulated more distinctly, ritability of nerves. His sense of smell, rose abruptly, and acted agreeably to taste and touch, is most exquisite: and, the dream of the moment. In the not unfrequently, he takes immoderate midst of his sleep, he is sometimes tofand involuntary fits of laughing or cry. fed by continued and nervous motions,

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and rattles for a long while with his only one exception, to this remark. A fingers on the bedstead or the wall, companion, whom he dearly loved, had with the rapid clack of a hand-mill. been present to his fancy in the act of

The pafling from a fit to his waking drowning, and he immediately stretchstate, is always preceded by one or two ed out his leg for his expiring friend to minutes of calm fleep, during which take hold of. On getting up, he rehe fnores. He then awakes, rubbing called distinctly the circumftances of his

eyes, like cne who has enjoyed a the dream. During his fomnamplealant and comfortable nap.

bulism, he is conscious of the occurThere is danger in awakening him rences of a former fit. Thus, on thew. during the fit. When roused sudden- ing him a watch with a concealed ly, he has sometimes fallen into convul. movement, Remove that cap, said he, fions; and he has requelted that none and you will see the wheels: a piece would stir him, when in the state of of information which he had picked up sleep-walking. Though we were not in the course of a preceding fit. ocular witnesses of the following fact, The ideas of a boy, whose education we can rely on its authenticity. embraces few objects, muft necessarily

He rose, one night, to eat grapes, be confined within a narrow circle. went out of the house, crossed the His dreams, of consequence, can be town, and entered a vireyard, where little varied. His daily versions, cyhe fancied he made a hearty repast. phering, the church, spires, and bells ; Several persons followed him at a con- and, above all, tales of ghosts and hobvenient distance. But one imprudent- goblins, with which, it seems, they had ly whistled so loud, as to awake him; stored his infant brain, are, with a few and the poor boy fell senseless on the exceptions, the themes of his nightly ground. He was immediately carried visions. home. On coming out of the swoon,

To direct his fomnambulism to any he recollected perfectly well his being particular subject, it fuffices to strike awakened in the vineyard, but retained his imagination with some story the no distinct impression, except that of night before. During one of his fits, his fright produced by finding himself we read to him the history.of a robber; 'alone in the open air, and which had and immediately he fancied that he saw operated so violently on his frame, as to robbers in his room. But, as he is apt deprive him of his lenses.

at any rate to dream that he is sur. After the fif, he commonly feels rounded by a whole band of them, we fomewhat fatigued; sometimes, too, could not be positively certain that the though not often, a flight disposition story had raised such phantoms*. to heart-ach. One of the paroxysms, which we witnessed, was followed by

* This facility of suggefting dreams, recopious vomitings. But it is not long

minds us of the following anecdote. Some before he recovers perfectly.

country folks having afsembled to make mer.

ry at an alehouse, one of them nodded over, At first, he expressed much surprise, with his elbow refting on the table. on waking, to find himself dressed and ther of the party wagered that he would surrounded by different persons : but make him dream that he was on the point of now, that custom has rendered all this drowning. Accordingly, he whispered softly familiar, he retains only his natural fame words several times, always raising his

in his ear, “ you drown.” He repeated the bashfulness and embarrassment, which tone of voice. The Reeper foon began to his physiognomy and actions strongly tofs about, and discover signs of inquietude ; paint.

and, as the alarm became louder, fought The recollection of what passes in

to save himse.f by swimming. his mind during the affection, vanishes

(To be continued.) with his sleep. - Yet we find and

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4. THE Drawing-room and Ball at against one of the lighters from which St. James's in honour of his Majesty's the fireworks were let off; and the anBirth-day was uncommonly splendid. chor of this vessel dragging, she drified

The value of the Diamonds worn by with the barges againit one of the piers the Queen at the Drawing-room on of Westminster bridge. the King's Birth-day, are estimated at To the lighter, three small boats upwards of One Hundred Thousand were fastened, and before the unfortu. Pounds.

nate crews of them could extricate This being the Anniversary of the themselves, the strength of the tide King's Birth-day, a very loyal Consti- swung the barges round, by which tutional meeting assembled at the Ho- circumstance two of the boats were tel, in Birmingham, to dine, and cele- sunk, and the third dashed to pieces brate this joyful occasion. Previous against the pier-in the boats there thereto, in the morning, another meet were about a dozen persons, eight of ing was held to consider of an Address whom perished—a waterman on board to the King on the late Proclamation, the lighter was the ninth unhappy which was carried unanimously, and sufferer. ordered to be presented by the County On Tuesday a number of persons members. In order that no disturbance were employed in dragging for the bomight ensue, it was particularly recom dies. Near Hungerford, a woman and mended there should be no illumina- child were picked up; opposite the tions, which was strictly complied King'e Head, near Cuper's bridge, two with, and the town was perfectly quiet. women were taken from between some

The 4th of June was celebrated timber; and on the Lambeth shore, throughout the country with the warm- three men were picked up, and taken eft atteftations of loyalty and affection. to the Lambeth Bone-house, High

Camps are crdered be formed in street, to be owned. Ireland, in every situation where any Almost every person in Cornwall, body of troops can be collected. Á

was sensible of the earthquake which grand one of the five regiments of in lately so much alarmed the inhabitants fantry, and one of cavalry, on Dublin of St. Auftle. duty, with the same number who re From Holland we learn, that, aclieve them this year, and two regiments cording to letters from the Eatt-In. of dragoons, making in all fourteen, dies, an insurrection had taken place have received orders to encamp in the among the blacks at Goa, the capital Phænix Park, Dublin. In future this of the Portuguese settlements in that is to be continued annually. Every in- quarter ; but that it was entirely quel. dulgence will be granted to the troops led, after seven-and-twenty of the inin the article of rations, &c. It is now furgents had been killed by the mili. thought prudent to keep them in good tary. humour.

5. The officious and illegal intrusion During the display of fireworks on of the Constables on a party of Gen. the Thames, this evening, two Weft clemens servants, harcilessly engaged Country Barges drifting up with in the merriment of dancing, this - the tide, ran foul of some boats, by evening, exasperated the minds of which accident nine persons lost their the people, and a serious tumult took lives.

place in Mount-street. We rejoice It appears the barges were lashed that no lives were lost, a circumstance together, and either from inattention, which is truly wonderful, as we find or want of fill in the coxswain, ran the window-shutters and doors of op

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pofite houses pierced with bullets and most wonderful intuitive characters ex. flugs, so low as to prove that direct ifting. He is by nature an orator, a execution was intended on the multi- ftatesman, a politician, an artist almost tude,

universal, a poet, an actor, a dancer, 7. This day the fellion for the juris- and a musician ; and what is most of all diétion of the High Court of Admi. extraordinary, he possesses not only the ralty of England, commenced at the powers of conciliation, but of fuperiOld-Bailey, when John Kimber was ority, to such a degree, as to subdue fatried for the murder of a Negro wo vages, whose boast it ever has been to man, and honourably acquitted, two subdue and punish strangers who have of the principal witnesses against him the temerity to visit them. being committed by the Court to New Lynn.- Last week, Robert Atthow, gate, for wilful and corrupt perjury. a farrier, at Gaywood, in a paroxysm

9. This morning, in consequence of of mental derangement, under which he some misunderstanding, which took : had for some time laboured, cut his place during the riot in Mount-street, throat in so shocking a manner, as between Lord Lonsdale and Mr. Cuth- nearly to sever his head. bert, of the Life Guards, then on duty, HINCKLEY.-Lately died in the they, together with Colonel Lowther, workhouse, Saul Kemin, aged eightyas the friend of his Lordship, and Cap two. For some years previous to his tain Hughes as the friend of Mr. death, he was confined to his bed, in Cuthbert, met in a field near Bayswa- consequence of his extraordinary load ter. After firing each a case of pistols, of carcase, which fo much encumbered the affair was settled to mutual satisfac. him, as to render him unable to ftir. tion. It was, however, very near be. When circumftances rendered it necefing of fatal consequence to Mr. Euth- fary for him to be moved, it was by bert; as we understand, from a gen means of pullies. tleman present, that the second shot LEICESTER.--A fingular instance of from his Lordship carried away the parochial duty presented itself on Thurl. ruffles of his shirt from his left breaft, day, at St. Margaret's Church—a wowhich was, at the time, situated very man came to be churched, attended by near his heart.

one child for baptism, and with the Lord Fitzgerald, accompanied by corpse of another for interment. Mr. Spilliard the celebrated pedestrian,

DUMBARTON.

-This neighbourleft New Orleans early in the month hood has for some time been in a state of March, to prosecute their geographi- of alarm, in consequence of the apcal and botanical researches up the pearance of a mad dog, which at BlinMisisippi, and western parts of Ame. tyre, Cambullang, and some other rica.

places, has done much damage. At 16. Capt. Bowles, that bold, eccentric the latter place, near twenty animals {pirit, who, in the prime of life, has have been bitten, and killed, in consefecluded himself from all European quence. commerce, connection, and confangu.. 18. Yesterday one of the Keepers of inity, and become a lawgiver among Swift's Lunatic Hospital, Dublin, was barbarians, has been proscribed by the killed by a Maniac under his care. American government. This has arisen When the unhappy man was first seifrom the circumstance of his late visit to zed, he cried out for help, but the feLondon, which created a jealousy fo rocity of the madman was irresistable, much to his prejudice that nothing could and he dispatched him in a few miresift it. Captain Bowles is one of the nutes.

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