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CORRESPONDENTS.

WE are under inexpressible obligation to many of our numerous and in creasing Correspondents, for their attention and partiality to our plan ; particularly to Dr. Hamilton, for his liberal assistance in translating from the Latin Balthasar Bekker's Essay upon Infernal Agency, a Chapter of which we have given—And to another Correspondent, for his ingenious Effay upon the Witchcraft of New England.

The Extracts from the mss. of Dr. Dee, deposited in the British Museum, are reserved for another opportunity.

D.'s D.'s request will be complied with; but the circumstances relating to his Relation's wonderful Visitation, must be authenticated before we can lay the narrative before the public.

The Extract from the little book” is highly curious and interesting ; as is. also the questions taken from Swedenborg's Regnum Minerale; but the latter would lead us too far into the bowels of the earth. This may serve, in part, to answer the two letters apparently written by the same hand, but with different signatures, the subjects of which are 'entirely taken from Cramer's Treatise on Metals : such questions should be accompanied with short but fignificant an(wers, otherwise we can form no o» judgment how far the responses of other scientific heads may lead us. Quctions, to be fure, are the keys of knowledge, but the treasures, when openeư, may be too bulky for our Magazine.

Among other amusing and instructive pieces, we are glad to acknowledge, again, our Huntington Correspondent: his remarks upon the different aftrola. gical hypotheles, are perfectly juti, and shall be used with that freedom his generolity profesies towards us.

Our Lambeth Correspondent who is an honour to the science may depend upon the strictelt attention.

A Gentleman belonging to the Dead Letter Ofice, Lombard Street, has in. formed us, thac many letters lie there addressed to the Editor of this Magazine, which have been returned by the Publishers, the portage not having been paid. This is much to be lamented, as the object can be nothing to individuals; but, 10 a bcokfeller, who is often troubled with trifling fubjects, it is of some ini portance.

What is become of Mr. B.? Has W. E, touched him too closely?

The Palmistry will be continued in the next Number,

We scarcely know how to express our indignation fufficiently at the absurd request of Somnus, who wishes us to abridge Lavater's Physiognomy!! we have hitherto been careful in giving the whole, for by no one part, nor by all the parts except one, can his merits be ellimated... A Title and Index to the first Volume of the Magazine will be given in our next ; but the Sheets of the Phyfiognomy, as they do not yet form enough for a Volumne, must be carefully pekived for future directions.

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Letter, by W. E. to Mr. Gilbert,

IN my answer to B.'s queries in the fign ascending earthy, all denoted Nos. IV and IX, I promised to shew the that the native, would be of a brown weakness and absurdity of excluding complexion, the hair and eyes dark. the luminaries from forming the de. But now pray observe what an scription of the native, when either of unpardonable error we fhould have them are lords of the ascendant, but as fell into, had we been so fupid as to a judicious correspondent at Bath has suppose with B. that the re&tification in a great measure saved me that trou of nativities is a matter of no confeble, by his very pertinent remarks on quence, for at the estimate time 26 of the subject in the last Number, I con Leo ascends and the Sun lord thcreof, ceive it will be unnecessary to say any being posited in Sagitary and in the more. However, before we take leave terms of Mars, the native ought to of the subject, I think it would not be have been of a clear complexion, and amiss to alk Mr. B. how we are to pro. his hair as red as a carrot : by this the ceed in forming the description of the groping philosophers may, if they are native, when the beginning of Cancer not wilfully blind, easily discover the ascends in this latitude; but to save cause 'why fome are fair , and others him the trouble of replying, I suppose brown, and why fair parents have we are in that case have recourse to dark children, and contra. the cusp of the 4th house. I will not But to proceed: the accident with pretend to say what Mr. B. may think their corresponding directions, which I of the matter; but this I ain certain shall here bring forward to answer of, that should I hear that any person my intended purpose, are curious, rewas so much out of himself as to fol. markable, and accurately given. low this absurd rule, I should immedi. And first, when he was thirteen ately conceive he was almoit fit for the years and almost two months old, he ítrait jacket.

was seized with a swelling in his right But to the point now in hand : be- leg, which lasted two years

violent. fore we proceed any farther, let it be When this accident took place, he remembered that Mr. B. has said that had the moon directed to the square the rectification of nativities is a mat- of Saturn, the Sun to the square of ter of no consequence.

Mars, and the Moon to the square of But I shall by a geniture, which I the Sun ; these following fo close at have had by me for a considerable the heels of each other, and the posi. number of years, fufficiently shew him tion of Saturn in a fixed fign, caused low far distant he is from truth in the complaint to be both violent and of thai assertion.

long continuance. 'The person to whom this geniture It began on the first of February, belonged was a son of Æsculapius, and 174:, at which time Saturn by whole brain was abundantly more full transit beheld the cusp of the 6th of scruples than compounds; which I by opposition to a degree; the lord of conceive iş rationally to be accounted the ascendant was then in the 6th se. for by considering the position of Mer.. parating from the same aspect of Sacury lord of the ascendant combuft turn, and almost upon radical Saturn and retrograde-in Sagitary his-detria by tranfit, in the secondary motions, ment and

an the cusp of the 5th the moon came to the opposition of house,

her radical place, and applied to the Thc cftiníate time of birth is Dec, quartile of the Sun, remarkable. the roch, 1727,. at 8, 50. P. M. the When the mid-heaven came to the currected 9-15: at the latter, - 40 sextile of the Moon, he began to court. of Virgo, afcends the horizon, the lord the woman that afterwards became of the ascendant combust and retro his wife, the ascendant ad fextile of grade, the terms of Saturn ascending, Venus, and Sol ad fextile of Venus

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Neceffity for ascertaining the dfcendunt. 467 followed, and under the direction of the native, attempted to form the de. the Moon' ad trine of Venus, he mar.. scription of his person before the ried her: upon the mid-heaven ad op ascendant was truly ascertained. Se position of Mercury he began to be condiy, the absurdity of his pretending perplexed with law-suits, and one mis to point out the times of the grand fortune succeeded another till the mid-' leading events of life. Before that heaven came to the opposition of the important part of the business has Sun, and under this direction he en- been judiciously performed, and the tered as a gentleman commoner in directions wrought out according to King's College, St. George's-fields, art, will I conceive appear equally Southwark, where he closely applied clear to every intelligent person ; from himself to the ttudy of rules and orders which it is plain that what the so much for two years.

admired Mr. P. faid on the Lady's In his forty-sixth year he became Nativity, turned out true' more by acill of a disorder in his lungs, his tto cident than otherwise--and I defy mach was loaded with green bile, now Mr. B. or any one else, to get at the he had the Sun ad conjunction of Sa-' time of events in nativities by any turn, and semiquadrate of Mercury; in other method than that of directions, the secondary motions, Mercury en nor is there any certainty even in tered the 6th house, and the Moon them, till the true degree is known. transited radical Mercury and Sol: But if Mr. B. can clear his ground, from this time he continued to grow if he can make it appear that he is in worse every year as his Mercury got the right, which I am confident he on in the 6th. At length, he arrived cannot, then all the old women that at the fatal period which was to wind tell, as they call it, surprising things up the approaching tragedy-his by sea and land; all the itinerant Moon was now setting fait, which sages that are just arrived from abroad; brought her to the opposition of the and, in a word, all the book-daubers ascendant, and to the square of Venus. of both sexes about town; will, if they The Sun at the same tiine came to the have a spark of gratitude left, finderoly semiquadrate of in the secondary thank him for this valuable discovery: motions, Mercury separated from for now-all is plain, all is easy, through the square of jupiter lord of the 8th, this happy fit of thought; it is now lif and the Moon applied to the opposi- true) of little consequence whether tion of radical Sol and Mercury the given tine is true or false; whether wonderful! he died in December 1787. it is the nativity of the person you are At the time of his death, Mercury was to calculate for, or that of his next almoft in opposition to his radical door neighbour. All danger of judgplace and to the place of Sol. A ing from a false ascendant is at an end, Itrange but not uncommon harmony and an ignoramus that can scarcelyais. in the celestial world.

tinguish the character of a planet from I fuppofe it is by this time suffici. the outlines of a shoulder of mutton, ently obvious to every person that has may now succeed as well as the most read with attention, that Mr. B. is in respectable and judicious artist. Have an error ; as, we have in the first place ing now finished my answer to B.'s

clearly shewn what a blunder we queries, I have done with all controfhould have committed, had we, with. verfy. In the next something curious Qut having any previous knowledge of may be expected,

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