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fach exact Informacion, let us only make some few Observations upon the Foliy, as well as Wickedness, of fuch Curiosity. And first, we evidently see it is of no Service to them ; it does not enable them to Than the Misfortune threatened : Secondly, we find it only tends to imbitter their Days, by keeping them in a continual Dread of it, and thereby anticipating their Misery.

The Instance of the Duke de Biron in particular, is fingularly remarkable ; he was not only told what Death he should die, but for what Offence; one assures him, nothing but beheading would prevent his being King; and another confirms it, by telling him nothing but the Back-stroke of a Burgundian would hinder it. Now it was evident, he could ne. ver become King lawfully, not being of the Royal Family, nor having any Title to the Crown; he therefore could not arrive at ic by any other Means than open Rebellion, or secret Conspiracy, of the Danger whereof he was fairly and doubly fore. warned. But of what Service is this to him? Is e thereby enabled to avoid it? And does he stand up. on his Guard against the ambitious Suggestions of the Tempter, in Confederacy with his own ungrateful, falle, and treacherous Heart? Not at all; and accordingly he suffers an ignominious Death, and falls a Victim to the Justice of an injured Sovereign, the more exasperated against him, as he had loaded hiin with Favours and Honours.

· Nay, we have Examples both in sacred and prou phane History, of those who have not only rendered their Lives uncomfortable to them by such Enqui. ries, but have even immediately hastened their Deaths thereby. Such is that of Benhadad King of Syria, who sent Hazael to the Prophet Elisa, to know whether he should recover of an Illnels with which he was afficted. Now, though he consulted only a Prophet of the Living God, yet as he was desirous of enquiring into Futurity, and thereby in. vaded the Province of the Almighty, who has re. served secret Things to himself, Hazall is plainly told, not only that Benhadad should die, but that himself thould succeed him in the Throne. Where. upon Hazael, at his Return to his Master, though he perfidiously assured him he would recover, covered his Face next Morning with a thick wet Cloth, which stopping the Respiration, foon (mothered and killed him, and he ascended his Throne.


Of the same Nature is that of Natholicus, who, as we are informed by Buchanan, having acquired the Crown of Scotland by much Bloodshed, and endeavoured to establish it by the same, and being perpetually haunted by that Fear, which is the infepirable Companion of Guilt, sent a Messenger in whom he thought he could confide, to enquire of a Witch how long he should reign, and how many Years he should live. To which the Witch plainly answered, he should not live long, but should be killed by one of those in whom he reposed the most Trust. This made the Messenger very desirous of knowing who it was should be guilty of such an Action; and the as exprefly told him, he should himself be the Man : Whereupon, though he had before no Thoughe of such a Thing, being afraid the Answer of the Witch could not be long concealed, and that the Discovery might endanger his own Life, he resolved rather to fulfil it; and accordingly, at his Return, having demanded a private Audience of the King, on Pre. tence of communicating to him some important Intelligence, he there flew him.

We shall now proceed to an Example of another Kind, for the Instruction and Warning of those curious Damsels, who, not content with waiting the appointed Time to know who are to be their Sweethearis have recourse to upwarrantable Tricks, in order to satisfy their wicked Isch of diving into Futurity. A


young Lady of this Siamp, having heard of the Custom of washing and drying a Shife before the Fire on a Midsummer Eve, as we think; and that it was an infaluble Means to hep her to the sight of her future Husband, who would certainly come and rurn it, resolved to iry the Experiment, imagining is perhaps bu! an innocent Frolick. Ac. cordingly she did lo, arid aboue Mid ight che Appearance of a Man entered che Room, who, with a frowniig Apect, going up to the Shift, as i: hung by the Fire, and turning it, stuck a Dagg r thro’is, which he ieti therein, and vanished; and which she took and locked u carefully. Whether the before knew this perion, or not, we can o'lay; but so ic was, that in process of Time The married him, was his Wife fone Years, and they lived comfortably. But, one unfortunate Day, going to the Place where, the Dagger was concealed, to search for somewhat, he took it out, nor dreaming of the faral Consequence, and her Husband leiting Eyes thereon, and knowing it to have been formerly his, asked her, with some Sharpnel, where she had it; and how she came by ic. She hefirated some Time about answering; but he, observing it, and infifting upon knowing the Truth, the atlaft related the whole Story, excusing herself by alledging, what might be true, that she thought no manner of Harm. Ay, is it so? says her Spoule fte nly, And did you go to the Devil for a Husband! To the Devil then you mall go again, by the Hands of your Husband: Which said, he plunged the fatal Dagger into her Breast : and he afrerwards declared, that no one upon the Rack could endure greater Tortures than he did all that Night when his Wife had recourse to this wicked Practice; and that he verily believed bis Spirit had been conveyed thither in his Sleep, by some supernatural Power, since he not only remem. bered every Particular of his entring the Room, and Qicking the Dagger in tire Shift, Egoc, but, though he fouod himself in the Morning in his own


Bed, he actually missed his Dagger, and had never seen it again cill then.

All the Remarks we shall make upon this surprizing Story, are chese; First, That we know nor how far the Almighty may permit the Spirits of Darkness, who are always ready for any Mir hief, to exert their Power in gratifying the Curiofity of those who have recourse to such unwarrantable Practices. See condly, That astonishing and unaccountable as this Relarioni, we are credibly assured something similar to it happened to the great Duke of Buckingham, who was itabbed by Felton, which was as follows : .

A Spectre in the Shape of His Father, Sir George · Villiers, appearing to one of the poor Knights of Windfor, who had formerly been a Servant in his Family, charged hiin to tell his Son, that unless he mended his Courses, he would shortly be killed with that very Knife, which he the Spectre then gave him. The Man made fome Difficulty of complying with the Spirit's Desire, not only as nor being likely to get Access to his Grace, but as being yet more unlikely to obtain Credit : Whereupon the Apparition acquainted him with some rarticular Pallages, known only to his Son and himself, which he assured him would gain him Belief. AC: cordingly the Man went, and delivered the Duke The Me{Tage, with the Koife; relating to him ac the same Time thore. Passages, which his Grace swore could not have been told him by the Devil ; wherefore, as it made some Impression on him, he Locked up the faral Knife very carefully in his Cam biner But ro tittle or no Purpose, for with thac very Knife he was stabbed by Felton, who bought it but the Day before his Murder, in Portsmouth: At least the Duke, immediately after his being wounded, dipat_hed a Messenger co London, with Orders to look for the Knife in that Cabinet, whereof he then gave him che Key, and it was gone.


To return from whence we have digressed, the be. forementioned Examples, we believe, are more than sufficient to convince any one that is not downright incorrigible, not only of the Wickedness and Enormity, but also of the great Danger of having recourse to any such supersticious Practices ; at least, they who will not be forewarned by these, will be equally unmoved, should we multiply them without Number, which would not suit with the Bounds of this Treatise, and would only weary ouc the Pacience of the Generality of our Readers : Let us therefore conclude here what we have to say upon this Head, and pass on to the other Violations of this Commandment.

Another Practice, which is equally inexcusable, is that of making any Addition to, or any Retrenchment from, cither the Holy Scriptures, or any Part of Divine Service. Now, though this cannot justly be charged on any Branch of Protestants that we know of, except the Quakers, who have banished both the Sacraments out of their Al. semblies, it is what the Papifts are likewise noto. riously guilty of; not only by erazing the Second our of the Number of their Commandments, as being an express Condemnation of their impious Practices, but by denying the Cup to the Lairy, and giving them the Communion but in one Kind, which is not only a Violation of the same Law, but also of our Saviour's positive Injunction, Drink ye all of this. We hope, therefore, no one of any common Sense will be in Danger, at this Time of Day, of being made Proselytes to either of these two lo erroncous Religions.

Ar leaft ir would be very well, if every one, before he embraces that Communion, would remember what is said towards the Eod of this Commandment, namely, that the Lord God is a jealous God ; jealous of

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