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The Weekly Journal : Or British Gazetteer Being the freshest Advices Foreign and Domestic

26/12/1724

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O R, British Gazetteer. Being the freshest Advices Foreign and Domestick. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1724. WHOEVER is ac- quainted with the His- tory of France, knows very well that the Great Cardinal Richlieu laid the first' Foundation of the prodigious Grandeur to which that Monarchy has since attained, and which none but a Marl- borough could have eclip- sed. As the Cardinal's Character was so univer- sally and justly celebrated, we hope that the follow, ing Instances of his Conduct, as they are handed to us by a particular Favorite of his, will not be a dis- agreeable Entertainment to our Readers, especiaily because in some of them our own Country has no inconsiderable Share. I was, says our Author, sent into England and Scotland, where being seiz'd by a Party of Soldiers, they immediately search'd me, but found nothing, 1 having put my Letters in my Post- horse's Saddle, the Plates of which being of double iron, were con- triv'd to hold the Letters on the Inside, so that who- ever pretended to examine my Equipage, unless they broke those Plates, did nothing : They ransack'd the Very Pummels of the Saddle, but to no Purpose : They made me Prisoner four or five Days, during which I was Very uneasy, for I was pretty sensible that I carry'd Business along with me, which, if dis- cover'd, would inevitably prove my Ruin. One small Comfort I had, ( and Heav'n knows a very small one to ) and that was, my Letters were so artfully manag'd, that nothing but the Devil him- self could explain them. There in no Alphabet as is usual in such Cases, but at a former indifferent Op- portunity, an Author was agreed upon to support the Correspondence ; after that the same Mark repeated might signify as many different Words as you pleas'd, with proper Figures underneath ; for Instance 73e should signify Arms, supposing that to be the Second Word, of the Third Line, of the Seventh Page of St. Austin, if that was the Book agreed upon ; and at the same Time the very same Mark, with these Figures under it thus 469 should signify Love, if that was the Ninth Word, of the Sixth Line, of the Fourth Page of the same Book, lire I call this but a very small Comfort, because it was certain, that if the Letters were found upon me, the more Difficulty there was in discovering the Con- tents, the worse I must expect to be us'd : However, I had the good Luck to pass, do my Business, and re- turn so successfully, that I was order'd a Reward of scoo Crowns, and was so respected for the Service I had done, that one of the Pay- Masters demanding a Considerarion for prompt Payment, was. upon my Complaint to the Cardinal, turn'd out of Place. 1 had another Reason to believe that we had no small Share in promoting the Troubles in Great- Britain, and that was this: One Day the Cardinal order'd me to go to the Sign of the Woman without an Head, where, up two Pair of Stairs, I should find ( Price Threc. Half- Pence J t lying 0n a Bed with yellow Curtains, whom I should order to be at Madam D'Eguillon's ( a Niece 0f the Cardinal's; at 11 a- clock a. Night without fail. Being not forbid to look in this Man's Face, as in some Cases I had been, I call'd to mind that I had seen him in Scotland ; however, without taking any other Notice of him, I deliver'd my Errand, and he assur'd me that he would not fail at the Time appointed : 1 was order'd to stay for him at the Door to introduce him into the Cardinal's Closet. He came disguis'd like a Man that crys Wafers in the Streets, and discovering himself to me, I usher'd him in to the Cardinal, with whom he was shut up till 4 the next Morning. The Conference being ended, I was order'd by the Cardinal to lend the Wafer Merchant my Cloak, ( it being an unseasonable Hour to cry his Goods in) and to wait upon him two Streets on his Way. Two Days afterwards I was order'd to wait upon the Wafer Merchant with a Very magnificent Present; but by an Abridgment of Mr Bullion, there was not what he expected, so that upon viewing the Note which contain'd the Particulars, he return'd it to me, and told me, I was mistaken nor could I prevail with him to accept it; but throwing away with a Sort ' of Discontent, Sir, says he to me, I tell you it is not for me ; you have no more to do but to return with it. I made the Cardinal acquainted with my Wafer Mer- chant's Refusal, who immediately fell into violent Passion, . and sending for Bullion ask'd him, How he came to disobey his Orders. Bullion reply'd, That he understood his Eminences Pleasure to be, that they should manage that Affair as cheap as they could ; and that he did not question but the Person for whom it was design'd, wuuld have been content with what he had sent, but since he was not, he would send him the rest. The Ca. dinal order'd him to do it imme- diately, and bid me find out my Wafer- Merchant, and tell him, that the Deficiency should be made good, nor could his Eminence conceal an Uneasiness, till he heard by me that the Wafer- Merchant had receiv'd his full Money and seem'd satisfy'd. I was order'd once to go up four Pair of Stairs, and if I found a Cross made with Chalk upon a Chamber Door, to stay near the Place till farther Orders Some time after a Guard came, and I tell- ing them there was a Cross, they search'd the Place, and found two Men, the one dress'd like a Priest, the other like an Abbot : One was confin'd close Prisoner, and the next Day I was ordar'd to carry the other 1000o Crowns in Gold as a Reward. , The Day after he had one of his Nocturnal Con- ferences with some Persons disguis'd, I was order'd to carry an heavy Big of Money to tho Entrance of a certain Village, and put it into the Hood of a Priest that I should find there asleep, without speak- ing a Word to him. Another time he sent me with a great Bag of Gold, wich Orders to lay it under a broad Free- stone, and to come home another Way; without looking behind me Upon the some sort of Errand I was another time sent co find a Man lean- ing against a Tree, with his Head on one Hand, and the other behind him, in the same Posture with M0- lier's Covetous Physician ; I was directed to put the Money The continuation ofthe Tryal of Edward Fitz- Harris, Esq-, for High- Treason. The King's Council insisted that he might be try'd this Term, and urg'd that the Prisoner had had a whole Terms Notice to prepare for his Trial and provide his Witnesses; but the Chief Justice thought fit to allow him Time till the next Term : For he said, having been made to depend upon his Plea, it might be a Surprize to him if he was try'd sud- denly ; and the Court were all of Opinion he shou'd have that time to produce his Witnesses : And a Rule was made that his Wife and his Solicitor might come to him with his Papers, provided they were first inspected by the Lieutenant ot the Tower ; and Subpaena's for his Witnesses were order'd. Mr. Attorney mov'd, that the Sheriff might attend the Clerk of the Crown, with the Free- holder's Book, to strike a Jury, for that he was afraid there might be some Practice in this Cause, and said, that this was usual in Tryals at Bar: The Court answer'd, that might be done in Civil Causes, but they doubted it could not in Criminal, and that the Course of the Court should be observ'd. Then the Prisoner was carry'd back to the Tower. On Thursday the 9 h of June, 33 Car. j. 1681, being the first Thursday in Trinity Term, Mr. Ed- ward Fitz- Harris was brought to the Court of the King's Bench, and Mr. Thomson mov'd, that before his Tryal he might give Evidence against Sir John Arundel and Sir Richard Beiling, concerning the Murder of Sir E. Godfrey, in open Court, for that there was an Attempt to prove Sir E. Godfrey mur- der'd himself. The Chief Justice answer'd, That what he mov'd two or three Days before had some Reason in it, viz. Thac he might give Evidence to a Grand Jury, but there being no Grand Jury sworn, there was no Body to give Evidence to, unless he would have the Court take his Examination, and afterwards give it in Evidence to the Grand Jury .- Whereupon the jury was order'd to be sworn. The Prisoner desir'd his Wife and his Solicitor might stand by him with his Papers; and it was granted that his Wife should stand by him with such Papers as he had prepar'd for the Help of his Memory ; but if she brought Papers drawn up by Counsel for him, it was not to be allow'd : And as to a Solicitor, he was told, none were ever gran- ted to a Prisoner to assist him at his Tryal in Cases of High Treason. The King's Council observ'd, That the Prisoner's Wife had brought him a Copy of the Pannel, with Directions who he should challenge; and said, they found three Anabaptisy preachers, and several Fana- ticks, return'd upon the Jury ; and insisted, that the Prisoner's Wife might be remov'd farther from him ; but upon the Prisoner's returning the Papers back to her again, she was permitted to remain where she was. Then the Jurors were call'd: And first, Sir Mi- chael Heneage, who desir'd to be excus'd because he was ill ; but the Court told him, they could not ex- cuse him, if there were not enough without ; and he was order'd to stand by Major Wildman be- ing call'd, said, he had voted the Impeachment against Fitz Harris, and therefore he thought he Thomas Johnson, Lucy Knighty, Edward Wilford, Alexander Hosey, Martin James, John Viner, William Withers, William Cleare, Thomas Goffe, Ralph Farr, Samuel Freebody, John Lockier. The Jury being sworn, were charg'd with the Pri soner, and Pen, Ink, and Paper were allow'd the Pri- foner on his Request. The Indictment sets forth, that Edward Fitz. Harris, [ the Prisoner ] the 21st of February, in the 33d Year of the King, at the Parish of St. Martin's in the Fields, in the County of Middlesex, did com- pass and imagine to depose the King, and bring him to Death, and to raise War and Rebellion within this Kingdom: And that for the Accomplishment of his said traiterous Purposes, he did, at the Time and Place aforefaid, meet and assemble with one Edmond Everard, and several others, and discover his said traiterous Purposes, and did incite and perswade the said Edmond Everard to aid and assist him therein, and offer'd him great Rewards so to do : And the Indictment farther sets forth, that the said Edward Fitz Harris, the better to effect his said treasonable Imaginations and Purposes, and to incite the King's Subjects to rise as one Man, in open Rebellion against h'm, and depose him, did frame and make a treason- able Libel, entitled, The True English Man speaking plain English. In which, among others, are the fol- lowing Words: if James ( Innuendo the Duke of York, & c ) be conscious and guilty, Chs. ( Innuendo the King, 8cc.) is so too : Believe me, both these are Bre- thren in Iniquity ; they are in Confederacy with the Pope and French, to introduce Popery and Arbitrary Government, as their Actions demonstrate The Parliaments Magna Charta, and the Liberty of the Subjects are heavy Yokes they'd willingly cast off, to make themselves as absolute as their Brother of France. And, if this can be prov'd to be their Aim and main Endeavour, why should not every true Briton be a Quaker thus far, and let the English Spirit be up. and move us all as one Man. to Self- Defence nay, and if need be, to open Action, and fling off these intolerable Riders. And in another Place, are these Words: J. and C. meaning the Duke and King both Brethren in Iniquity, corrupt both in Root and Branch as you have seen they study but to enslave you to a Romish French like Yoke, & c. And in another Place he says, I will only add, that as it is the undoubted Right of Par- liaments to make a Law against a Popish Successor who would prove destructive to our Laws aud Liberties so it is their undoubted Right to dethrone any Possessor that follows evil Counsellors to the Destruction of our Govenment ( In another Place) Then let. all be ready! then let the City of London stand by the Parliament with Offers of any Money for maintaining their Liberties and Religion in any extreme Way if Parliamentary Courses be not ply'd with by the King. All which is fard to be agat ft the Duty of his Allegiance, the Kings Peace, u Crown and dignity. & c. Mr. Heath open'd the Indictment and Mr Attor- ney open'd the Nature and Course of the Evidence after which the King's Witnesses were calld. And first, To be continu'd this day Fortnight. f r 305$ ) Monety in the Hand behind him, and come away without seeing his Face I obey'd these Orders, and several others of the same Nature, with the greatest Exactness, by which I approv'd my Fidelity, and his Eminence maintain'd such a Correspondence, as dis- cover'd the Designs of his Enemies both National and Personal. Whether there was a Necessity of being so Very mysterious, as this great Man thought fit to appear upon every Occasion, we shall not dispute; but this we may venture to conclude from the Premises, That to endeavour to confound the Devices if an Enemy, was never imputed as a crime to a Minister of State, excepting by Persons, whose Heads were as empty of Brains, as their Hearts were of Honesty. ought not to serve on this Jury; but it he had no Freehold in Middlesex excus'd upon that Account. Maximilian Beard being call'd, said he was 75 Years of Age, and desir'd he might excus'd but ' twas said since he was impanell'd, and had appear'd he must serve, if there were not enough - but in had not appear'd he might have a Writ of Privi- lege for his Discharge in regard of his Age - and he ought to be put out of the Freeholders Book ' two of the Jurors being challeng'd for the King and Mr Fitz- Harris insisting that the g| sel should shew Cause, the Chief Justice held that the King need not shew Cause till the pannel was gone through. At length the following Gentlemen were sworn. 0 C 3057 ) FOREIGN AFFAIRS. South- Carolina. 00, 1. WE have only to inform you of the late tragical Proceedings of a certain Sect here, whose Prin- ciples and Practices are abhorrent from the Laws of Christanity, and the first Principles of Nature, and destructive even to Civil Society. They deny the Power of the Magistrate, have liv'd in Incest and Un- cleanness, and disbanded themselves from all manner of Communication: They are mostly of one Family, who are of French Extraction. The Government nf late thought fit to call them to Account for their Misdemeanors, and accordingly sent the Constable to apprehend one Man and Woman among them ; but they withstood him and his Attendants, and drove him off the Plantation. The next Day the Captain of a Company, who was also the Justice of the Peace that granted the Warrant, went in Person with about 16 Men well arm'd. After he had first desir'd them to make a peaceable Surrender of the Criminals to Justice, and they refused, and bid Defiance to him and all that should dare to molest them ; he march'd his Men up to the House, and the Door was push'd open ; upon which they fir'd out of the House, and wounded the Captain. He then fir'd upon them, and they again upon him, so that he dropt; and within an Hour or two dy'd. One Woman was kill'd within the House, and the rest so wounded, as to disable them from making any farther Resistance. They were thereupon apprehended, and a Special Court was call'd, and on Tuesday last they were in- dicted for the Murder of Captain Symmonds. They made little Plea for themselves, only said, They had done nothing but what God order'd them to do ; and that they must have acted against their Consciences had they done otherwise. Blalphemously imputing the Murder, as well as the incestuous Uncleanness they had been guilty of, to the Order of God. They are extreme- ly obstinare, and strangely infatuated and bewitch'd with delusive Inspirations, which are accompany'd with a Sort of Rage and Fury, discover'd in their odd Gestures and ridiculous Actions. You may read their Character in 2 Pet. ii. 10. Of which Original they are exa£ t Copies Five of them are sentenc'd to be hang'd, viz, tbe Father, who is a Man of 60 or 70, two Sons, and two Sons in Law. Lisbon, November 24. The Hurricane we had here on the i$ th Instant, from One to Three a clock in the Afternoon, attended with violent Showers, and with a W. W. was so dreadful, that the like has ne. Ver been feen or heard of: During those two Hours, the Sea and the Air seemed, as it were, but one Element. Of 260 Vessels, great and small, that lay that Morn- ing in our River, very few were able to weather out the Storm: Sixty two were overset, so that nothing but their Keels is to be seen; 120 lie stranded up and down along the Banks of the River, insomuch that from the Royal Foundery to Bell Isle, which is about two Leagues, nothing was seen for several Days but Wrecks of Ships, dead Bodies, Goods, See floating and driving towards the Shore. Most of the Ships dashed to Picces were bound for Brazil, and ready for sailing, and they were forced to cut down the Masts of most of the King's Men of War; for all which, three of them perished, and among these, the Ship called Our Lady of the Conception, of 80 Guns. We reckon already above 500 dead Bodies driven on Shore, and besides the incredible Damage the Waters have done in our Store- Houses, especially to tbe Sugar, Hemp, Flax, and Grains, it is not to be imagin'd how much the strongest and solidest Buildings of this Town have suffer'd by the Vio. lence of the Winds and Floods; most of the Stee- ples of our Churches were blown down, as was also the great Cross that stood on the Mountain of St, Catherine. The Cloysters of ohe Trinity, Santa Rosa, St. Christopher, with several Churches and Pa- laces, are almost entirely ruin'd f and among ether Councry- Seats, that of the Marqueis d' Aveyro is quite destroy'd. In short, on which Side soever we cast our Eyes, there are numberless Objects of Deso- lation. In the midst of that direful Calamity, Fire broke out in three seVeral Places, but was happily tinguish'd by the great Care of the Marquis de Fron- teira. Tis hoped that a great many Goods will be saved out of the 120 Ships that are stranded ; for which End, his Majesty has sent a Detachment of Troops to be posted along che Banks of the River to prevent pillaging. The Loss is computed to amount to between 10 and 12 Millions of Dutch Florins. It is remarkable, that the two Ducch Men of War thac came in here the 20th, knew nothing of the Storm. As the Ships bound for Brazil suffered most by the Storm, there can be no Fleet sent thicher this Season. Tholouse, Dec. 18. Of all the Lotteries that were ever known, ' tis believ'd you have not heard of the like to one which was drawn the other Day by six young Rakes at a Tavern in this City. After they had drank to such a Pitch that they were mad, they resolv'd that one of their Company should be hang'd, and agreed to draw Lots which should be the Man. They also chose a Confessor, a Provost, and an Hang- man the same Way. The Landlord hearing a great Noise called some Neighbours to his Assistance, and went into cheir Room, when they found the Man not only hang'd, but dead ; upon which they secur'd the other five, who will soon be try'd, and no doubt ex. emplarily punish'd. LONDON, Dec. 26. On Friday 7 Night in the Evening his Majesty made a Visit to their Royal Highnesses a Leicester. House, and staid there about an Hour and half. On Saturday last a Scaffold broke at the New Church that is building in George street, near Han- over Square, whereby three Men had the Misfortune to fall down, whereof two died on the Spot, and the 3d is so dangerously bruised that there is but little Hopes of his Life. Last Sunday the Lord Bishop of London ordain'd 18 Priests and Deacons at the Cathedral of St. Paul's and the Lord Bishop of Ely ordain'd six in the Chapel at Ely House. On Saturday last the Lords adjourn'd to Monday January II, and tbe Commons to the 13th of the same Month. Nicholas Philpot, Esq; one of che Commissioners for Licensing Hackney Coaches, was married last Fri- day to the Daughter and only Child of Nicholas Hawksmore, Esq; a Lady of a very considerable For- tune. On Saturday Night Mrs. Elizabeth Bowes was laid in State in the Jerusalem Chamber, and from thence interr'd in the Vault, call'd the Duke of Ormond's Vault, in King Henry VII's Chapel in Westminster. Abbey, with great Funeral Splendor and Solemnity. The Corpse being receiv'd by the Choir at the west- door, several Noblemen and Persons of Note attend- ing it to the Grave, and the Sub- Dean officiated on that Occasion. One Robert Tranter, lately an Officer belonging to the Sheriff of Middlesex, and who some time since, with another Bailiff, was tried for killing of Captain Luttrell in Surrey- Street, is order'd into the Custody of the Usher of the Black Rod, for uttering most scan- dalous Words against his Grace the Duke of Leeds. Sunday Morning last eight Centinels upon the Guard at Leicester House, who Were order'd to the Savoy for Neglect of Duty, were pardoned, at the Intercession of his Highness Prince William, to their Colonel. Last Sunday Night was interr'd in the Burying Ground, belonging to Sir Robert Jefferies's Hospital in Kingsland Road, the great Corpse of Thomas Betton, Esq; of Hoxton square : He was a rich old Barchellor, died of a Mortification in his Side, and was forc'd to leave behind him about 12oo 1. per Ann. which he has dispos'd of by Will in the following Manner, viz. 600 1. per Ann. to redeem Captives our of Slave- ry ; 3C0I. per Ann. 10 such Charity Schools as the Ironmongers Company whom he has left Executors shall think fit, not to exceed 20 1. to any one; the rest to his Executors, reserving joo 1 per Ann. to his House keeper for her Life. SIR-, ( ) I Have a Wife whose Understanding blazes Out to _ the Admiration of all who know her ; only, like Wood, that is too vigorous, she is apt to snap a little in her flaming; for which, in order to be even with her, I have given her the Name of PERTSY. . , My spouse, good Sir, to be plain with you, is far gone in Palmistry ; but Greek and she being intimate Acquaintance, her own Name for it is Chiromancy.— If Longitude lay in her Palm, she cou'd not fail to discover it, and be ' paid for her Peeping. I allow her a study to herself at the End of a Long Gallery; where, when I walk, and take my Pipe, I am sure, if I but peep thro' the Key hole, to see her Thumbs as high as her Eyes; and half a Score reverend Philosophers, who treat on this deep Mystery, lying spread on a Table before her,— She has Fortune at her Fingeis Ends: and never Sybil prophesy'd with such unweary'd Application. It gives me no small Delight, to observe how busy she will often be. in looking over my Line of Life : And really sometimes she hits Things so strangely, that one wou'd almost believe, she has more Help than see shou'd have!— My Cephalica, ( which you are to know is my Head- Line) has, it seems, a Forky Figure in the midst of it, that points, with both Horns, against my Linen Vitalis.— I don't know why- it is, but she always laughs when she sees this Mark ; and says, She is sure that some Good will come of it, because the But End of the Fork points directly from the Dragons Tail to the Mount of Venus. Tho' I believe her, at my Heart, yet I pretend to make a Doubt of it; only because there can be no prettier Diversion, than to see how she frets, and what a deal of good- natur'd Pains she will take, to convince me of it.— I must own, I stand amaz'd at the Improvement of her natural Parts, by the Benefit of frequent Practice upon Secrets which I am utterly a Stranger to. We have a new Minister in our Parish, and, the first Time he came to dine at our House, I shall never forget how he star'd when Pertsy began to shew her Learning 1— She no fooner look'd in his Hand, than she told him, He would be made a Bishop. He is counted a Man of Letters, and yet he was not able to disproVe it; tho' he own'd, indeed, it was un- likely : For, she reduc'd it to a Demonstration, little less than Mathematical; by Squares, Trines, Circles, Stars, Spots, Tokens, Signs, Lines, and Figures, of a thousand different Sorts, Direct, Transverse, and Parallel; pursuing every Argument with an invinci- ble Force of Reasoning, thro' the Cavia Martis, to the Via Solis ; and unravelling all the Crosses in the Tuberculum, on the Mons Saturni, till she came within Reach of the Via Lactea, under the Girdle of Venus; And there the Doctor stopt her, and made AcknoW- ledgments of his Satisfaction. We went lately to shew Bedlam to a Country- Cousin who came up to visit us; and in the middle of the long Room, my Pertsy took a Fancy to let her Kinswoman see how fine a Skill she was Mi- stress of; in order to which, she fell to reading us a Lecture, over the Palm of a silent Lunatick, who, with a Rugg about his Shoulders, very quietly gave her his Hand thro' the Grate he was standing at.— She had just pointed out. How his Mons Mercurii became afflicted by an Evil Line from his Mons Lunae, when the Patient besprinkled her busy Face with a Bowl full of a certain ill- fronted Liquor of his own making, which his other Hand had conceai'd behind him .— We were all in good Measure, made Partakers of his Bounty. But my Cousin, and I, were begin, ning to quit some Part of it, which we thought we should have no Use for, when we were interrupted by our dripping Chiromancer, who, ran between us, all in Transport, holding her Hands as high as our Eyes, and crying out with great Vehemence, That Her Fears were now over;— for she had foreseen, by a Combust. Line, between her Pollex and her Cardiac, that she should be in Danger of a violent Death, either by Drowning, or Suffocation. It is not in my Power to explain to you all the Benefits which I receive from this Profoundness of my Spouses Foresight.— Other People, when they take new Servants, are forcd to send, and enquire their Character: But my little Conjurer does but peep upon their Palms, and satisfies herself immediately I had a very strong Partiality for a smiling, country Girl that came last Week to offer her service in the Quality of a Chamber maid. But upon the very first Inspection, my Examiner charg'd her home, With three favourite Sweethearts, and then whisper'd some- thing in her Ear, which she staid not to return an Answer to, but run blushing out of Doors in the ut- most Hurry and Disorder — And this Discovery my Cassandra assur'd me was grounded merely upon Palmistry; the Girl having a manifest Triangle on the Bottom of the Mount of Venus, which extended so far downward, as to make a Cleft in her Restricta. I Was once in some kind of Danger to have been drawn into a Plot, but my Pertsy found it out in the Palm of my Hand, and convinc'd me, beyond Di- spute, That I should bid fair for being hang'd, by Virtue of a crooked Line that cross'd my Via Combusta- — This frighted me from my foolish Purpose. After so happy a Deliverance, by Interposition of her Art, I grew desirous to be taught it; and, with a great deal of good Success, I got over the Heathen Names of her Planets, and knew what Parts of her Hand they kept House in.— I was wonderfully pleas'd with VENUS, when I found in my Prim- mer of Palmistry, that see signify'd Woman- kind, Kisses, and Ladies Curiosities: But I could never away with MERCURY, for her Books were pleas'd to inform me, That he held his Influence over Pages, Pimps, Lawyers, and Astrologers.— I thought it, from that Time forward, unbecoming my Honour and Gravity, to apply myself to an Art that had treated my Profession with such Indignity.— And, as often as I cast my Eye upon the venerable Word, Counsellor, and saw it mix'd with such ill Company, I clos'd my Fist in a Fury, and would study Pal- mistry no longer. Yet, in the Way my Pertsy practices, Truth com- pells me to confess, It is an inexhaustible Fund of Benefits, both to myself, and to the Publick — If I happen to be sick, she consults not my Pulse, but my Palm. Arid when Persons of less Learning feel Change of Weather in their Toes, she reads it under her Fingers. In short, it is impossible for any Body but one who knows as much of her as I do, to imagine what strange Signs and Tokens she always carries about her, and what Great Things they sig. nify ! To such a powerful Pitch of Perfection has she rais'd her surprizing Skill, that she sav'd a poor Man's Life lately, who was brought before a Justice by a Neighbour's Daughter, in order to charge him, upon Oath, with having done no less than ravish'd her But Pertsy n0 sooner saw the inside of their Hands, than she convinc'd the Sufferer, very seasonably, That the Accident was unavoidable, having been fore- tokened by a plain Incisure on the Center of her Via Lactea-, so that, being decreed from both their Births, this Misfortune became a Fate, and it would have been in vain to have struggled against it. The poor Girl wept, and thank'd her, and, with charitable change of Purpose, told the Prisoner, That she for- gave him heartily; for she thought it hard, to have a Man hang'd for doing Nothing but what he was born for. In Justice to the Merit of a Wife so deeply learn'd I could do no less than desire you to acquaint: the World with my Pertsy i Character in doing which you'll oblige, Your Constant Reader, And humble Servant, T. Pleadmuch. The Cochineal brought over in the great South- Sea Ship lately arrived, is said to amount to the Value of 200,0001. and will be put up to Sale by the Company fome Time in February next. Gloucester, Dec. 7. On Saturday last dy'd at his House at Highnam, in this County, Edward Cooke, Esq; in che 77th Year of his Age. He was remark, able for his Piety and Christian Deportment in his Family ; a Friend to the Revolution, a Lover of his Prince and Country, a true Patron, and a learned Ci- vilian, mild and affable in his Conversation, Courteous to his Inferiours. did Good to all without any sinister Design, no Difference in the Neighbourhood could long be kept up, when this good Man interposed; like Titus, the Roman, he reckon'd it a lost Day in which he had not done to some Person some notable Good. He lived the Delight of all Mankind that knew him, and dy'd universally lamented by them. Last Tuesday Elizabeth Johnson stood in the Pillory, against Sergeant's Inn in Chancery- Lane, for Perjury, pursuant to the Sentence pronounc'd upon her last Sessions at the Old Baily. Boston in New England, Nov. 9 Last Week arriv'd Mr. Trisket and one Mr. Hunser from Canada, who bring Advice, that by the best Accounts they could get from the Indians that escap'd from Norridgiwock, there were above 80 kill'd by the English. Seven or eight Mohaws are come to this Town ; but their Business is not yet known. On Wednesday Nighc the Young Princess was baptiz'd by the Name of Louisa, the King and Queen of Prussia being, we hear, Godfather and Godmother by their Proxies, and Princess Amelia the other God. mother. Last Thursday Robert Halford, Francis Elde, and Mark Thurston, Esqrs. three of the Masters in Chan- cery, did severally deposite with the Bank, the Money and Securities in their Hands belonging to the Suitors of the said Court, which were lock'd up in strong Boxes, pursuant to an Order made for that Purpose; and we are inform'd, that Mr. Elde deposited in Money the Sum of 151721. 10s. 4d. being the Bal- lance of Cash of his Account deliver'd in. On Tuesday his Majesty in Council, was pleased to appoint the following Sheriffs, viz. Berks, Thomas Par, Esq; Dorset, Richard Churchill, jun. of Compton, Esq; Hertford, Henry Sibley, of Yardley, Esq; Hereford, Thomas James, of Murcott, Esq; Monmouth, Morgan Morgan, of Llanromney, Esq; Somerset, Andrew Moor, of Newton, Esq; Stafford, Richard Scot, Esq; Wilts, John Hippesley of Stanton, Esq; SOUTH - WAlES. Brecon, Miles Stedman, of Doleygare, Esq; Glamorgan; Abraham Barber, of St. George's, Esq; Radnor, Polliott Powell, Esq; NORTH WALES Anglesea, John Owen, of Presaddfed, esq; On Tuesday there was a General Council holden at St. James's, when his Majesty was pleased to ap- point the rest of the Sheriffs for the Year ensuing; and soon after there was a Cabinet Council, when Mr. Sergeant Raby, the Deputy- Recorder of this City, made his Report of the four Malefactors con- demn'd the last Sessions at the Old Baily. His Ma- jesty was pleased to order that Charles Towers, going armed and disguised, and committing Out rages in and near the New Mint in Wapping ; and William Anderson for a Street- Robbery, be executed at Tyburn next Monday 7- Night; and that Rowland Swendson and Thomas Herbert, convicted of Bur- glary and Felony, be reprieved, in order for Tran- sportation.- Wednesday 7- Night there was an uncommon Debate before the Honourable the Commissioners of his Ma- jesty's Revenue of the Excise, at their Office in the Old Jury, concerning a Seizure of tea, made by a H Surveyor of the Inland Duties of Coffee and Tea & c: occasioned by an Increase of a hundred Weight of Tea, which he observed between two Surveys he made in one Week, and for which the Dealer could produce no authentick Certificate or Permit. The Dealer, who it seems is a Jew, being unwilling to lose his Tea, and much more to pay treble the Value, as the Law in that Case directs, chose rather to discover the whole Secret, and brought a Jew likewise to prove that the Increase was not occasion'd by any Tea clandestinely brought in but that ' twas by ma- nufacturing ( as they term it) some damag'd Green Tea, which they buy cheap, and by dying it, alter its Quality, causing it to resemble Bohea, and augment its Quantity by mixing 15 or 30 Pound Weight of a sort of Stuff, call'd Terra Japonica, with a hundred Weight of Tea, which they then call British Tea. Upon this, an honest Quaker there present, made Use of this merry Expression, 1 find then that Terra Japonica makes Tea Britannica. But if this pernicious Practice continueS ' tis not doubted but Complaint of it will be made to the Legislature. We hear the Bill ordered to be brought into Par. liament for Relief of Insolvent Debtors, will be li- mited to 50 J. Tuesday last, between three and four a Clock in the Evening, a Boat that was coming up the River with five Perfons in it, was overset in the King's Lock at the Bridge, which was occasion'd by a Lighter's being sunk there some Time before ; a Boy had the Misfor- tune to be drown'd, but the rest were saved. About an Hour after another Boat was overset in passing through the Draw- Lock, with two Men in it, but both were saved. We hear that Mr. Upton, one of the Mates of the Royal Prince, hath received 100 1. from the Directors of the South Sea Company, for bringing the agree- able News of the Arrival of the said Ship, which is reckoned the richest as ever came to England, and it one upon the Assiento Contract. Dublin, Dec 8. Last Friday died Sir John Roger- son, Senior Alderman of this City. Edinburgh, Dec. 15. Last Thursday a Party of Colonel Kirk's Regiment march'd out hence for Perth to receive Major Mackintosh, lately taken Prisoner in the Highlands, and to conduct him hither in his way to London. Publick Rejoycings were made here on the good News of her Royal Highness's being safely deliver'd of a Princess. To- morrow comes on the Trial of Mr. Sinclair, for threatning to be the Death of Mr. Murray, Sheriff Depute of Peebles. Bankrupts since our last List. William Mackeege, of Newport, in the County of Essex, Chapman. Sarah Dixon, of Princess. street, London, Leather Chair- maker. Rest Fenner, Sen. of the City of Canterbury, Lin- nen- Draper and Hop planter. David Jones, of Rotherhith, in the County of Sur- rey, Shipwright. Thomas Brown, late of Bilsby, in the County of Lincoln, Chapman. Thomas Noble, of the City of Bristol, Haber- dasher of Small- Wares. SHIPS Enter'd Inwards, at the Custom house since our last. The Joseph and Benjamin from Sevil; Speedwell from France ; Flanders Merchant from Ostend ; and Catherine from Rotterdam. The Loving Brothers from the Canaries; Tagus from Lisbon; Betty from Ostend; and Providence from Dublin. € The Sarah, John, and James, all from SeVile; Thomas and Susannah from Spain ; Bourdeaux Mer- chant from Bourdeaux ; Charming Peggy from Cetta and Amsterdam ; and the Princess Ann from Rotter- The Alicant from Barcelona and Alicant; Orpha Gally from Lisbon; Duke Charost from Calais ; Anna Maria, and the Fortune both from Hambro. Clear d Dec. 26, 1724 Clear'd Out: The Charming- Salley for the Streights ; Billingsly for Lisbon; Golden- Hart for Hambro ; Sarah and Mary for Holland ; and Industry for Jamaica. The Caesar, and Houghton both for the East- Indies; Hallifax for Turkey; Ann and Sarah for Spain; joseph and Mary for Oporto; St. Francis, St. Cle- ment both for Flanders; Delight for Holland; Har- bine for Barbadoes; and Christian from Jamaica. The Camberwell- Galley for Genoa and Leghorn ; Mary for the Straits; Margaret and Mary for Amster- dam ; and the Loyal Charles for Jamaica. The Wentworth for Turkey ; Camberwell for Leg- horn and Naples; John and Elienor for Sevile ; En- deavour for Portugal; Hare for Lisbon; Margaret and Mary for Holland; Henry and Priscilla for France; Postillion for Flanders; Benjamin, and Macham both for Antegoa ; Charming Salley for Ire- land and West- Indies; Beckford, and London both for Jamaica ; Charming Molley for the West- Indies; Adventure for Maryland ; and the James for Virgi- nia. DiseaseS and Casualties of the Year past, ABortive Aged Ague Apoplexy Asthma Bedridden Bleeding Bloody- flux Bursten Cancer Canker Chicken- Pox Childbed Chin Cough Chrisoms Cholick Consumption Convulsion Cough Distracted Dropsy Evil Fever Fistula Flux French- Pox Gangrene Gout Gravel Grief Griping in the Guts Head mould shot Hooping- Cough Horseshoehead Jaundies Imposthume Inflamation Itch Leprosy Lethargy liver grown Loosness Lunatick Malignant- Fever Measles Megrim Miscarriage Mortification Pain in the Limbs Palsy Planet Struck Pleurisy 104 Purples 24 1516 Quinsie 7 5 Rash iy 100 Rheumatism 39 153 Rickets 6$ 9 Rising of the Lights 132 5 Rupture 16 12 St. Anthony's Fire 3 9 Scurvy 2 87 Small- Pox 1227 11 Sores and Ulcers 38 2 Spleen j 547 Spotted- Fever S4 2 Stilborn 653 55 Stone jy 147 Stoppage in the Stom: 148 3371 Strangury 7357 Suddenly 14 Surfeit i Teeth 1134 Thrush 4° Tissick 32^ Twisting of the Guts 13 Tympany 7 Vomiting 98 Water in the Head 1 White Swilling 43 Worms 8 19 CASUALTIES. 710 42 BRoken Leg 2 25 Broken Scull i 86 Bruised 3 121 Burnt s 42 Died for Want ( in New- 4 gate) 1 Drowned ; Excessive Drinking 14 Executed 7 Found dead 3t Kill'd by several dents 3 Made away themselves 118 Murdered 2 Overlaid 1 Scalded 187 Shot 1 Smothered 45 Starved to death i Shipwre'd) 31 Total 349 LONDON: printed and Sold by J. READ, in White- Fryers near Fleet- Street. Where Advertisements are taken in.
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