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Traditional Story Of A Water Serpent
Some part of this summer I passed my time in the country, where, as it is usual with me when I am in these cool shades of solitude and retirement, my inquiries axe directed towards anything that is curious in science ; my course of studies having much led me this way.
Fragments Of Erse Poetry
Fragments of Erse Poetry (Ossian) collected in the Highlands.Two Fragments of Ancient Poetry collected in the Highlands of Scotland, and translated from the Gallic or Erse language.I.Autumn is dark on the mountains; grey mist rests on the hills.
Prophecies, Dreams, And Ghost Stories
THE writer of this having heard many prophecies of Old Nixon, the Cheshire prophet, which have been said to have been fulfilled, as well as others which have failed of their completion, would be greatly obliged to any gentleman, possessed of materials relative to him, which may be depended on, if he will oblige him with some information on that subject.
Prophecy On The Death Of Richard III.
The following is a curious old prophecy concerning the death of Richard III...
Fortune Teller
For the entertainment of the curious, and the observation of your more serious readers, I send you a copy of a card, now in circulation from- some modern sibyl, who has taken this public way of proclaiming her profound knowledge in the Divine Art of Foretelling Future Events, and the cheap method by which information of so much consequence may be obtained.
Prediction Of Death
Allow me to tell you a well-attested story of as extraordinary a pre-diction, more than once related to me and others by my ingenious and lamented friend and fellow-collegian, John Cowper, brother of the lately deceased admirable but eccentric poet, William C.
Illness Cured By A Dream
At Glastonbury, Somersetshire, a man thirty years afflicted with an asthma, dreamed that he saw near the Chain Gate, in the horse track, the clearest of water, and that a person told him if he drank a glass of water fasting seven Sunday mornings he should be cured, which proved true, and he attested it on oath ; many since have received great benefit from it.
Dream Fatally Realized
I do not mean to impress upon your readers a superstitious belief in the accomplishment of dreams. However, give me leave to pre-sent you with the following very extraordinary instance. A poor chimney-sweeper in the neighbourhood 'of Swindon, Wilts, lately dreamed that he should lose one of his children by water.
Revelation By Dream
A young farmer being in company at a public-house in Petty France, Gloucestershire, on the 7th past, and going out, was missed by his companions, who thought he had given them the slip, and was gone home ; but next morning inquiry was made after him by his father, who searched the country round for him in vain.
Example Of A Singular Dream And Corresponding Event
Amongst the various histories of singular dreams and corresponding events, we have lately heard of one, which seems to merit being rescued from oblivion. Its authenticity will appear from the relation; and we may surely pronounce, that a more extraordinary concurrence of fortuitous and accidental circumstances can scarcely be produced, or paralleled.
The following reflections on apparitions, ghosts, and supernatural admonitions, arose from the reading of Mr. Wraxall's relation of an extraordinary scene which passed at Dresden some years ago (Letter 8, vol. i.). If this essay suits, your Miscellany, it is at your service.
Apparition At Tewing, Hertfordshire
Dr. Yarborough, Rector of Tewing, Hertfordshire, who had a long and intimate acquaintance with the late General Sabine, Governor of Gibraltar, whose country seat was at Tewing, told me this story, which he had from the General's own mouth, who was a person of great honour and veracity, and much good sense.
Apparition At Cambridge
These are all the scraps that I could pick up to entertain you withal ; and, indeed, I should have been obliged to have ended with half a letter, had not an unusual story come seasonably into my relief.One Mr. Shaw, formerly Fellow of St. John's College, and late Minister of a college living,* within twelve miles of Oxford, as he was sitting one night by himself, smoking a pipe, and reading, observed somebody to open the door : he turned back, and saw one Mr. Nailor, a fellow-collegian, an intimate friend, and who had been dead five years, come into the room.
Apparition At Oxford
You have inserted a remarkable story in your Magazine for May last. I here inclose you another narrative of that kind, which undoubtedly comes as well authenticated as the testimony of an individual can render it. This memorandum was lately found among the papers of the Rev. Mr. Mores, late of Layton in Essex, formerly of Queen's College, Oxford.
Apparitions Foretelling Death
Meeting with the following anecdote among some old manuscripts, it is much at the service of you and your readers.A Memorandum, taken the 17th of September, 1719, by Mr. J. B. Having heard a report of the appearance of an apparition a little before Dr. Harris's* death, I went on Monday, the 14th of this instant, to see my cousin, Anne G., who had been at Mr. Godfrey's, at Norton Court, in Kent, some time before, and was there when the Doctor died at his house, and from her I had the following account.
An Account Of A Remarkable Apparition
The following very singular story comes well authenticated :On Saturday, June 22, 1728, John Daniel, a lad of about fourteen years of age, appeared, about twelve o'clock at noon, in the school of Beminster, between three weeks and a month after his burial.
Ghost At Kilncote
If an account of the very best ghost which ever made its appearance in England be worthy of reappearing in your Magazine, I will raise it. It appeared for several years, but very seldom, only in the church-porch at Kilncote, in Leicestershire, and was discovered by a lady now living, and then the rector's wife.N.B.
Instances Of Maniacal Delusion Exemplified
The death of the celebrated and erudite Thomas, Lord Lyttelton, from the singularity of the circumstances attending it, cannot fail to live in the memory of those who have heard it. He professed tQ have been warned of his death, and the time thereof, as follows About a week before he died, he said, he went to bed pretty well, but restless.
History Of A Ghost, Towards The Latter End Of The Reign Of Lewis XIV
The reader may think as he pleases of this story ; thus much, how-ever, is certain, that, at the time, it attracted universal attention, was everywhere believed, and even got into print; and though some imposture was undoubtedly at bottom, yet at least it had this merit, that it was so nicely contrived as to render abortive all attempts to discover it.
The Red Man
I have sent you the following strange account of Buonaparte's interview with his Genius, as it has made its way into several public prints, with a view of inviting your enlightened and unprejudiced readers to a candid discussion of the probability of supernatural beings making their appearances to individuals, for the purpose of animating them in the performance of great exploits.
Ghosts And Horse-shoes
As your Salopian correspondent is fond of tracing the hobgoblins of superstition to their holes, I should be glad if he could inform me of the origin of ghosts being laid in the Red Sea (or indeed of their being laid at all) and how they are transported there. I am told they deprecate the Red Sea particularly.
Instructions For Exorcising Evil Spirits
If you have not already received a satisfactory answer to the letter signed E. in your magazine for November last, p. 431, you may possibly be inclined to give a place in your miscellany to the following imperfect conjectures and notices.The vulgar notion that ghosts are laid in the Red Sea, I suspect to have arisen from that passage in the Book of Tobit, where the Evil Spirit is said to fly to the utmost parts of Egypt, and to be bound there ;* coupled with an idea that unclean spirits delight in dry places.
Ghosts In Worcestershire.
Your readers will be surprised, more or less, according to their experience in such matters, to be informed that I have detected the following ghost-stories as still lingering in this county, in which, no doubt, they have been long current :ŚAt Beoley, about half a century ago, the ghost of a reputed murderer managed to keep undisputed possession of a certain house.
Modes Of Salutation
WHEN men salute each other in an amicable manner, it signifies little whether they move a particular part of the body, or practise a particular ceremony. In these actions there must exist different customs. Every nation imagines it employs the most reasonable ones; but all are equally simple, and none are to be treated as ridiculous.
On Funeral Ceremonies
There is perhaps no part of the history of human manners more singular than that which regards the funeral rites and memorials of barbarous and pagan nations. Amidst the vast diversity which here crowd upon our observation, there are several customs which seem reasonably traceable to those natural emotions and wishes which are excited by death in the minds of the survivors.
On The Scarabaeus
In every cabinet or museum of antiquities are to be seen numerous collections of stones, such as agate, cornelian, porphyry, basalt, etc., etc., which are worked into the shape of the scarabŠus or beetle, and have often some engraving or device on the flat surface.
On Ancient And Modern Customs
So many traces of the ceremonies and usages of ancient nations still exist in the popular superstitions and manners of modern times, that an endeavour to point out their resemblance, and to describe some of the principal corresponding customs, may not be considered either useless or uninstructive.
Roman Manners
It will not surprise any person, who can estimate probabilities, to learn that the polite Romans, like ourselves, when it was not agreeable to them to receive visits, took the liberty of directing their servants to say, 'Not at home.' But it may be amusing to see a direct confirmation of the fact from an ancient author.
An Etruscan Marriage : The Game Of Pentalitha
The plate which accompanies this is from the 'Collectanea de Rebus Hibernicis,' copied from the Memoirs of the Etruscan Academy of Cortona, and explained by General Vallancey to represent a marriage. In the front is a sorceress casting the five stones. The writer of the memoir justly thinks she is divining: the figure exactly corresponds with the first and principal cast of the Irish purin.
Wedding The Adriatic
The most ridiculous, though perhaps the most pompous, show in the world is that of the annual ceremony of the Doge's marrying the sea. It is said to have taken its rise from a grant of Pope Alexander III., who, as a reward for the zeal of the inhabitants in his restoration to the Papal chair, gave them power over the Adriatic ocean, as a man hath power over his wife.
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