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For the LONDON MAGAZIN E.
Passages of a True Story: O "urowero: Homem whac urtecus uing his gun hat Wehe marixu horievan -how sagacious—how well temper. aim too fatally erring) depolited the ed !
charge into the bosom of He was descended, madam, from a -Mighty God !-I want fortitude glorious line-the son of a noble to go on! tock-venerable from his pedigree Flavian, madam, had a wife-un-royal in his extraction, and, to happily for him, the was tempted by crown his character, he was the favou. the brightness of the morning and the rite companion of a dear friend of report of his fowling piece at no great mine who is now no more.
distance, to ftrole from her house, and In one of the farpest days, and -as was sometimes her tender cufyet one of the fairest that winter could tom-intended to halten his return, produce, the youthfui Flavian pre- not only to enjoy his fociery, but to pared, with his gun and his Romeo, to put an end to the depreilusions of the take the diversions of the field-hap- day. - The sound of the gun had piest of men-happiest of dogs-They scarcely died upon the air, when a were particularly lucky, and it was a found of a different kind faluted the day of eminent success—this pointed ear : Flavian dalhed through the hedge, the game-that brought it to the and saw bis Maria extended along the ground-the 'net was soon crouded path-way, which was over-hung by the with the spoil-but as Flavian was bulhes, and her bosom was bathed in returning
that blood, which the now found had Notwithstanding the elevation of been shed by her hutb.ind. In pursuyour rank, your ladyship must have had ing the game, Romeo first discovered frequent occasion to deplore the capri- bis mistress, and with his fore-feet cious uncertainty of sublunary enjoy- upon her lap, was mourning over her ments-must have seen the eye that wounds : the agony was so legible in in the present moment sparkled with his countenance, that if he had the hope, in the next rolling with despair power of speech—it would have been -and tears usurp the features which imposible to describe it. an hour before were dimpled by.joy The husband--ah, madam ! in - this is indeed so hackneyed and thee cases, as I have just reinarked universal a fact, that I should beg your -the brute and the man are alike; pardon for digressing into a parenthe- fince both must deliver over to the sis about it.
dumb sensations of the heat, a lan-
terchanged betwixt Flavian and Maria the room in which he died no force
o the latier, articulation was soon or contrivance could seduce Romeo, denied - but she, by some means, got till the moment in which he was put her husband in her arms, and in that into the coffin, and the people concernfituation expired—the distress of Fla. ed in his funeral began to deem it necelvian affected not even vet his tongue sary to destroy the dog, which refifted ihe dear body, mangled as it was, all their measures, but especially their could not be torn from him, and both carrying him away": at length he sufhe and the unhappy lady were car. fered it-but followed them close, ried to that apartment, from which and was perhaps the most sincere thiey had parted a few lours before, mourner. – As soon as Flavian wascomin the highest gaiety of wedded hearts, mitted to the earth, his faithful Romeo and in the warmelt ardours of youth. took dominion of the spot, and was ful expectation. And now coines on the sentry of his grave-grief and the business of poor Ronieo-Flavian hunger had exhausted every thingtell fick-Romeo was the very fenti. but his attachment-yet he never nel of his door, and the nurse of his was heard to whine-but, after lying chamber--a fever followed, which at till nature could do no more, he was length touched Flavian on the brain, at length found dead at the foot of the and in the violence of the delirium tomb-thus the master expired, and he struck his poor attendant Romeo, the servant found it impossible to surwho fu far from relenting the blow, vive him.licked lovingly the hand that gave it -Methinks I see your ladyfip madness fitted into melancholy- med a tear to the complicated misfor. Romeo was still by the fide of the bed, tunes of this family-I congratulate fearful to step even on the carpet- you upon it-Fye upon the heart that After this the fever returned, and is afham'd to feel and wither'd be the burning its way to the heart, in a few cheek, that (in defiance of the impulses days defied phyfic, and united his athes of nature) is kept dry, by the maxims to thoie of his beloved Maria--from of failion !
TO the EDITOR of the LONDON MAGAZINE.
their subsistence ; whilst inan, though political discussions, I have not a partaking in common with the brute doubt but you will give admission to creation of the alimentary supplies, is what may tend either to the informa- endowed with a mind capable of pertion or utility of our species.
ceiving, through the medium of' reMost of the natural productions of flection, the finger of Deity labouring the earth are in some manner or other for his external support, and his inconducive to the use of animals. A ternal happiness ! variety of animals afford food for This eflential difference between the others, and unquestionably they were brute and human species being admitdestined for that purpose by the fove. ted, it will hence follow demonstrably, reign Creator.
that on the brute creation no obliga. Man, considered as an animal, has tory claim of duty is incumbent. It a fare of the leguminous, as well : s is not from them that gratitude to the of the animal food, allotted him by fovereign donor is to be expected ; nature.
they trace not the Godhead in his For all the various kinds of living works, and are therefore ignorant of creatures ainpie nourishment is pro his providential bounties; whereas to vided. This earth may be considered the intellectual eye of man, the hand as creation's storehouse, wherein food of divinity is visible; to a considerate is ready prepared for the multitudi. mind each spire of grass proclaims it: nous inhabitants of nature. But here man, therefore, who is so formed as Jies the difference; the inferior spe- to be conscious of his benefactor, cies of creatures are not furnished hould be so grateful as to love him with intellectual eyes to see the boun. for his benefits; from the human race
it is expected, and those of the human by the apt formation of their frames, species who feel not their obligations and impelled by that internal feeling to to infinite goodness, are lost to every which we give the name of inftinct. sense of gratitude. Perhaps the prin. It has been said by some philosocipal design in crowding the earth with phers, “ that we are strangers to those the various wonders of a vegetable instincts which actuate brutes; that we and animal kind was, “ That the are not capable of forming any conmind of reflecting man might be loft ception about them.". I question, fir, in admiration ; his heart absorbed in the truth of this assertion ; for, by gratitude!"
what passes within ourselves, we may It is rath to pronounce, that the bee, form an almost juft idea of the workconsciously, and with design, makes ings of that principle we term instinct use of any geometric principles in the in brutes. Are we prompted to eat formation of the hexagonal cells; nor and drink from a previous reflection can it be said, that any phyfical know that such acts are necessary to support ledge of the distinct properties of our existence ? Is the desire we feel for fiowers, directs this wonderful creature the sotter sex founded solely on an into cull fuch sweets as yield honey from tention to propagate the species ? fome, neglecting others.
These, fir, are mere instincts, which It is equally rash to affirm, that the operate mechanically, and irresiftibly various tribes of spiders by reflection impel us to eat, to drink, to copulate, adopt mechanic rules for framing independent of reflection. In such rethose nets of different forms and sizes, spects we are exactly on a par with the wherein the careless flutterers are en brute creation, and, from the inter. tangled.
nal workings of such natural instincts Equally ralh and unphilosophical is within ourselves, we may form a very it to imagine that swallows or crows just idea of that unerring principle by form their nefts, and chuse the fittest which brutes are necessarily stimulated fituations, from any principle of an to perform the various offices, at the tecedent reasoning about what is pro. execution of which man stands amaperett to be done. The cat lies not in zed, and sometimes finds himself outwait fo patiently and attentively for done in art by a reptile, whom a blast her prey, prompted either by reflec of his breath could instantly deprive tion or the calls of hunger. These fe of existence. veral animals are incited to these several actions merely because prompted
For the LONDON MAGAZIN E. Curious Account of one Dr. Simon Forman *. my , the
The occasion of framing this sigil under her arm-hole, a small was thus; her former husband trascarlet bag full of many things, which velling into Sussex, happened to one that was there delivered unto lodge in an inn, and to lie in a chamme. There was in this bag several ber thereof; wherein, not many figils, some of Jupiter in Trine, months before a country grazier had others of the nature of Venus, some of lain, and in the night cut his throat; iron, and one of gold, of pure angel after this night's lodging he was pergold, of the bigness of a thirty three petually, and for many years, followThilling piece of king James's coin. ed by a spirit, which vocally and artiIn the circumference on one side was culately provoked him to cut his engraven, Vicit Leo de tribu Jude throat; he was used frequently to say, Tetragrammaton + ; within the middle “ I defy thee, I defy thee," and to there was engraven an Holy Lamb. In spit at the spirit; this fpirit followed the other circumference there was him many years, he not making any Amraphel and three t. In the mid- body acquainted with it; at lait, he dle, Santius Petrus, Alpha and Omega. grew melancholy and discontented
which • By Lilly.
which being carefully observed by his pers, I doubt not but he would have wife, the many times hearing him advanced the iatro-mathematical part pronounce, “ I defy, thee," &c. the thereof very compleatly ; for he was desired him to acquaint her with the very observant, and kept notes of the cause of his distemper, which he then success of his judgments, as in many did. Away she went to Dr. Simon of his figures I have observed. I very Forman, who lived then in Lambeth, well remember to have read in one of and acquaints him with it; who hav. his manuscripts, what followeth : ing framed this figil, and hanged it “ Being in bed one morning,” says about his neck, he wearing it contin he, “ I was desirous to know whe. nually until he died, was never more ther I should ever be a lord, earl or moleited by the spirit: I sold the sigil knight, &c. whereupon I set a figure ; for thirty-two thillings, but transcri• and thereupon my judgment;" by bed the words verbalim as I have re which he concluded, that within two lated. Sir, you shall now have a story years time he thould be a lord or great of this Simon Forman, as his widow, “ But," says he, “ before ihe whom I well knew, related it unto me. two years were expired, the doctors But before I relate his death, I shall put me in Newgate, and nothing acquaint you something of the man, came.” Not long after, he was deas I have gathered them from some sirous to know the same things conmanuscripts of his own writing. cerning his honour or greatship. An
He was a chandler's son in the city other figure was set, and that promiof Westminster. He travelled into sed him to be a great lord within one Holland for a month in 1580, pur- year. But he sets down, that in that posely to be instructed in altrology, year he had no preferment at all; and other more occult sciences; as al- only “ I became acquainted with a so in phyfic, taking his degree of doc- merchant's wife, by whom I got well." tor beyond leas: being fufficiently There is another figure concerning furnished and instructed with what he one Sir --- Ayre his going into delired, he returned into England to- Turky, whether it would be a good wards the latter end of the reign of voyage or not: the doctor repeats all queen Elizabeth, and flourished until his astrological reasons, and multers that year of king james, wherein the them together, and then gave his countess of Eflex, the earl of Somer- judgment it would be a fortunate set, and Sir Thomas Overbury's mat voyage. But under this figure, he ters were questioned. He lived in concludes, " this proved not so, for Lambeth with a very good report of he was taken prisoner by pirates ere the neighbourhood, especially of the he arrived in Turky, and lott all." poor, unto whom he was charitable. He fet leveral questions to know if he He was a person that in horary quef- fhould attain the philosophers stone, tions, especially thefis, was very ju- and the figures, according to his dicious and fortunate ; so also in tick. Itraining, did seem to signify as much; nefies, which indeed was his matter and then he tuggs upon the aspects piece. In resolving questions about and configurations, and elected a fit marriage he had good success; in time to begin his operation ; but by other questions very moderate. He and by, in conclufion, he adds, “ lo was a person of indefatigable pains. the work went very forward; but I have seen sometimes halt one theet upon the of the setting-glass of paper wrote of his judgment upon broke, and I loft ali my pains." He one question; in writing whereof he fets down five or fix such judgments, used much tautology, as you may fee but itill complains all came to noyourself (moft excellent esquire) if thing, upon the malignant aspects of you read a great book of Dr. Flood's, ħ and 0. Although some of his which you have, who had all that aitrological judgments did fail, more book from the manuscripts of For: particularly those concerning himself, man; for I have seen the same word he being no way capable of such prefor word in an English manuscript for- ferment as he ambitiously desired; yet merly belonging to Dr. Willough. I shall repeat some other of his judg. by of Gloucestershire. Had Forman ments, which did not fail, being perlived to have methodized his own pa- formed by conference with spirits.
My mistress went once unto him, to the other, with one of their swords ; know when her husband, then in " Farewell, gentlemen," quoth he, Cumberland, would return, he hav: "tell my inaiter I have no mind to be ing promised to be at home near the whipped in Leicestershire," and so time of the question. After some con- went his way. The two keepers, in fideration, he told her to this effect : all halte, went to a gentleman's house Margery,” for fo her name was, near at hand, complaining of their “ thy husband will not be at home misfortune, and desired of him to these eighteen days; his kindred have pursue their prisoner, which he with vexed him, and he is come away from much civility granted ; but ere the thein in much anger : he is now in horses could be got ready, the mistress Carlisle, and hath but three pence in of the house came down, and enquirhis purse.” And when he came ing what the matter was, went to the bome, he confessed all to be true, and stable, and commanded the horses to that upon leaving his kindred he had be unladdled, with this sharp speechbut three pence in his porse. I thall “Let the Lady Beaumont and her relate one story more, and then his daughters live honestly ; none of my death.
hories thall go forth upon this occaOne Coleman, clerk to Sir Thomas fion.” Beaumont of Leicestershire, having I could relate many such stories of had some liberal favours both from his performances; as also what he bis lady and her daughters, bragged of wrote in a book left behind him, viz. it, &c. The knight brought him“ This I made the devil write with into the star chamber, had his servant his own hand in Lambeth fields 1996, sentenced to be pilloried, whipped, in June or July, as I now remember.” and afterwards, during life, to be im. He professed to his wife there would be prisoned. The fentence was executed much trouble about Carr and the in London, and was to be in Leice- Countess of Efex, who frequenriy fter thire. Two keepers were to con- resorted unto him, and froin whole vey Coleman from the Fleet to Lei- company he would sometimes lock ceiter. My mistress taking considera. himielt 'in his study a whole day. Now tion of Coleman, and the miseries he we come to his death, which happened was to suffer, went prefently to For. as follows. The Sunday night before man, and acquainted him there with; he died, his wife and be being at sup who, after confideration, swore Cole- per in their garden house, the being man had lain both with mother and plealant, told hiin, that she had been daughters, &c. &c. and said, “ they inforined he could resolve, whether intend in Leicefter to whip him to man or wife should die firft : « Whe death; but I assure thee, Margery, ther Mall 1," quoth the, “ bury you he hall never come there; yet they or no ?” “Oh Trunco," for fo be calset forward to morrow," says be ; and led her, “thou wilt bury me, but chur so they did, Coleman's legs being wilt much repent it.” “ Yea, but how locked with an iron chain under the long firit ?"" I fall die,” said he, horle's belly. In this nature they ere Thursday night."Monday travelled the firit and second day; on came, all was well.
Tuesday came, the third day the two keepers, seeing he was not sick. Wednesday came, their prisoner's civility the two pre- and ftill he was well ; with which his ceeding days, did not lock bis chain impertinent wife did much twit him under the horse's belly as formerly, but in the teeth. Thursday came, and locked it only to one side. In this dinner was ended, he very well : he posture they rode some miles beyond went down to the water side, and took Northampton, when, on a sudden, a pair of oars to go to some buildings one of the keepers had a necessity to he was in band with in Puddle-clock. untruss, and so the other and Coleman Being in the middle of the Thames, stood itill; by and by the other keeper he presently fell down, only faying, desired Coleman to hold his horse, for “ An impost, an impost," and lo he he had occasion also : Coleinan im- died; a most sad storm of wind im. mediately took one of their swords, mediately following. He died worth and ran it through two of their horses, one thousand two hundred pounds, killing them ftark dead ; gets upon and left only one fon called Clement.