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sworn, she saw a man come forward, whom slie instantly knew to be the person she came to prosecule, and then heard his name called. At a suitable, time she informed the Judges that the man was in court, and gave them his name. The
Judges instantly adjourned the court, and sent the Sheriff to the Juryman to meet them immediately at their lodgings, where they soon arrived. Ou sitting down, one of the Judges said, “Madam, be pleased to relate to this gentleman what you related to us, and the Lord Lieutenant, last week in Dublin Castle."
The Lady, looking the Juryman full in the face, said, “My Lords, when I was a girl, I saw that man, now before you, throw seven little children into the river Suir,” and proceeded with the particulars. While she was speaking, he grew pale, and trembled exceedingly; but, when she came to that part of her relation, respecting feeling a pressure of mind for more than a year, which she believed to be from God's requiring her to come to Ireland, and endeavour to bring him to justice for these murders, he was quite overcome, and confessed his guilt, and the truth of all which she asserted. On this the Grand Jury was sent for, and bills of indictment were found against him. Next day he was tried, found guilty, and executed in Clonmell.
She speedily returned to her husband and children, lived many years after in great happiness with them, fully restored to health; in peace and serenity of mind.
This man had read his recantation from the Church of Rome, had professed himself a Protestant, and thus become qualified to be a Juryman.
In account of a wild man found in the woods of Italy, given by
M. Le Roy.
In 1774, a wild man was discovered by the shepherds in the neighbourhood of Yuary. This man who inhabited the rocks near a forest, was very tall, covered with hair, like a bear, very nimble and of a gay humour. He neither did, nor seemed to intend harm to any body. He often visited the cattages, without ever attempting to carry off any thing. He had no knowledge of bread, milk, or cheese. His greatest amusement was to see the sheep running, and to scatter them: and he testified bis pleasure at this sight by loud fits of laughter; but never attempted to hurt them. When the shepherds (as was frequently the case) let loose their dogs after him, he fled with the swiftness of an arrow, and never allowed the dogs to come too near him. One morning he came to the cottage of some workmen, and one of them endeavouring to catch him by the leg, he laughed heartily, and then made his escape.' He seemed to be about thirty years of age. As the forest is very extensive, and has a communication with a vast wood that belongs to the Spanish territories, it is natural to suppose that this solitary, but cheerful creature had been lost in his infancy, and had subsisted on herbs.
A remarkable providence demonstrated in the deliverance of trco
people called Quakers, from robbers.
[Arminian Magazine, London.]
On the borders of Scotland, James Dickinson and Jane Fearon were travelling, on religious service, with a person who attended as a guide to a town, which they proposed to reach that night. But the weather being very inclement, and Jane much fatigued, they were desirous of accommodation, short of the distance which they had at first intended to travel that day.Their guide assured them no such Inn would present itself: But, being weary, and coming to a decent looking house, James rode up to it, and inquired if they could be accommodated. They were told they could. This determined them to alight, contrary to the wish of their guide, who, with a heavy heart, took leave of them, saying, he could not be of further service to them. He had remonstrated strongly against their calling there at all, before they went up to the house; but did not choose to speak in the hearing of the family. They were introduced into a small room, with a fire in it, which opened into the common room where the family dwelt. There was every appearance of tolerable accomodation ; the horses were taken care of, and their wet things put to dry. A posset was made, and a cold meat pie set for their supper : But, on their first sitting down, they became very uneasy, which, however, each of them not knowing how the other felt, they kept to themselves : until, at last, Jane said her apprehensions were so great, and her opinion of the family so bad, that she verily believed the pie to be made of human flesh, which, however, J. Dickinson did not think was the case, as he had eaten of the pie, and thought it good. As they sat, Jane observed three ill looking Fellows come in, and, in a low voice, tell the Landlady they had good horses : she answered, " Aye, and good bags too."
James's uneasiness increasing, his mind became closely engaged to seek for the cause, and for divine counsel how to act.Under their exercise he was induced to believe, that if they kept close to the divine intimation, they should be preserved, and a way would be made for their escape. On this, he inquired about their lodgings, saying they had to write, and should want candles, and proposed to retire soon. They were shewn into a chamber, on the side of the Yard, with two beds in it, but without any bolt to the door. Observing a form, they tried it, by setting one end to the door; it would just wedge in between it, and the foot of one of the beds. Being thus secured, Jane sat down on one of the beds, and manifested her distress; wringing her bands, and saying, she believed they should in that house lose their lives. James sat down by her, desired her to be still; told her he had been under similar apprehensions, after they had entered the house, but that after deep exercise, and seeking for divine direction, his mind had been favoured with that which had never deceived him, and believed, if they carefully minded its pointings, they should be directed how to escape. On this they sat in perfect silence some considerable time, attentively waiting for light how to act. At length James told her, the time for them to fly for their lives was now come; and baving observed a door opposite to that they came in at, which led to a pair of stone stairs on the outside of the house next the road, they believed that was the way for them to escape. They pulled off their shoes, and softly opened the door, when they perceived by a light through a chink, between the first stone and the house, a woman sharpening a large knife : They went softly down the steps, and forward on the road, until they were out of hearing. They thus walked away as fast as possible. When they were distant about half a mile from the house, under very heavy rain, they discovered a lovel, where they tried to rest themselves, but found, by the painful impressions renewed on their minds, that this was not safe.Then, notwithstanding excessive weariness, Jane being ready to sink also, through discouragement, James urged the necessity of exertion, under the firm hope that they should be preserved. They proceeded until they came by the side of a stream, the course of which they followed to a bridge, over which they attempted to pass, but were restrained when upon it. James said that was not their way. So they returned, and went down the course of the water, which, as they proceeded widened greatly. James stopped at about the distance of balf a mile from the bridge, and told his companion, they must cross at that place which exceedingly alarmed her, having given way to so much discouragement, that she could scarcely lay hold of any
al hours. The next morning the French and English fleets were dispersed by a violent storm.
Those who hate the very name of a miracle, (although in reality they suppose the greatest of all miracles, that is, the tying up the hands of the Almighty, from disposing events according to his will) pretend, “ This was only an extraordinary ebb." But this very ebb was an extraordinary Providence, as the descent, which must have terminated in the destruction of the Republic, was to be punctually at that and no other time. But that this retrogradation of the sea, was no natural event, is as certain as any thing in nature.
Many writers of unquestionable veracity might be produced, to confirm the truth of the fact. I shall only cite one, who was at the Hague but three years after it happened. “An extraordinary thing lately happened at the Hague: I had it from many eye witnesses. The English fleet appeared in sight of Scheveling, making up to the shore. The tide turned: but they made no doubt of landing the forces the next flood, where they were like to meet no resistance. The state sent to the Prince for men, to hinder the descent, but he could spare few, having the French near him. So the country was given for lost; their admiral de Ruyter, with their fleet being absent. The flood returned, which the people expected would end in their ruin : but to the amazement of them all, after the sea had flowed two or three hours, an ebb of many hours succeeded, which carried the fleet again to sea. And before the flood returned, de Ruyter came in view. This they esteemed no less than a miracle wrought for their preservation.” Bishop Burnett's History of his own times. Book II.
An account of a man who lay in a trance, and had a view of the
fiery lake and of heaven,
Arminian Magazine, London.
John Taylor, of Bewdley, in Worcestershire, a young man, about three and twenty years old, lived utterly without God in the world, till on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1783, he was drinking at one Thomas Pountney's house, to such excess, that he was much disordered. The landlord observing this, refused to draw him any more ale. He then, after many oaths and imprecations opon himself, rose up to go away. But as he was going out of the door, he dropt down. Thomas Pountney being ear, caught him; he was stiff as a dead man, his eyes set wide open, and his