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self as much as possible. He had not proceed. However, this cessation left me long, before another shock made the people in the garden, conmade me lay my left arm over my sisting of English, Dutch, Irish, and eyes, soon expecting to be released Portuguese, recover spirits enough from farther misery; till all the to think of attempting to get out of plaster falling from the walls, cover the ruinous city ; when Mr. Forg, ed over the bed, causing such a dust,

wholly intent upon assisting every that I was obliged to exert all my

body, desired them only just to stay strength to open the door near the to eat some fish which he had orbed's head ard get out. The poise I dered to be got ready, as they would made soon brought Mr. Forg out of then be better enabled to bear any the garden, when, begging of him to fulure fatigue. To oblige his great lay me there, he said there was a care, I ate a little, without any other room on one side of it, and that he inclination, imagining, from the pain. would order a bed to be got ready

ful condition I was in, that a very, there immediately. I was accordingly few hours more would relieve me removed thither; when he told me

from all farther cares; nor had any he had already sent after the Eng- one hitherto flattered me with any Jish surgeon, Mr. Scrafton ; but his other hopes. This was one reason, house was tumbled down; and not as well as knowing that all parties knowing what was become of him, were so intent upon their own preMr. Forg and Mr. Goddard came

servation as not to be at leisure to constantly between tbe shocks, which assist others, why i patiently suffered were now become less violent, to of. Mr. Forg's garden to be quite empty, fer me their assistance ; and during and Mr. Branfils, Mr. Goddard, and one of the intervals Mr. Forg and their people, afler diving and taking bis uncle dressed my leg and face with leave of me, to go away, without some plaisters, which they happened asking their assistance, or even deto have by them. Mr. Forg's uncle siring them to send me any belp : till, did not go into the gardeo during finding Mr. Forg was left only with his the shocks, but remained in the aged uncle, and an old lame lady of house, declaring,

" he, had lived a their acquaintance, whom he had long time; and if it. so pleased Pro

sent bis servants to fetch from her vidence, he was as ready to die in house, where she had been left alone, that manner as in any other *.” Mr. and very probably would have peGoddard also acquainted me with the rished had he not thought of her, deaths of several people already and that there reinained only two or known, whose fate I then thought three more of his people ; supposing much happier than my own ; and that from hence that he now intended to three fires had broke out in the city, quit his house, I begged of him to which however did not then. much endeavour to hire some people to

One of the fires, and a carry me out of town. He said he large part of the city, I could see feared it was not possible ; for all from the bed as I lay ; for I was now

his servants but one had left fiim, again at the top of a high house, and the city was quite deserted; that, some part of wbich had fallen, and if it were my request, he would try, the remainder of it was much shat. but for his own part he was detertered.

mined to stay, and take the fate of his “About two o'clock, the earth hav- house, as he thought venturing out ing enjoyed some little repose, the of it would be only to encounter clouds of dust were dissipated, and greater dangers; and in my condition the sun appearing, we began to hope he would advise me to do the same, tbe worst was over, as indeed it was little imagining how much more disin regard to the earthquake; but still tress I bad still to support. All that every succeeding shock, though it afternoon I had time to make the did little harm, was attended with most melancholy reflections, whilst the same dread and terror as the the flames were spreading every great ones preceding, as not know where within may view with inexpresa ing to what levgihs the evil might sible swiftness. T'ill about five o'clock

they seemed approaching close to the * Abnegat excis& vitam producere window of the room where. I lay. Troja.

Mr. Forg then came in, and looking

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at me without speaking, which his careful to acquaint me in due time. therto he had never done, he re Still however I could not divest mytired, shutting the door, close after self of a suspicion that it was his him.' From what he had before said, good-nature only which made him I was full of suspicions that no assis. promise this; accordingly I desired tance was to be had. I thought I to stay in the room with them, which heard no noise in the adjacent room, he permitted me; going up every and with difficulty raising myself up, half hour to the top of his house to listened a considerable time without observe the progress of the fires. being able to hear any thing stir ;

“ About eleven o'clock there came when I immediately concluded that two servants of a German gentleman, as he found himself obliged to leave who, I think, was his nephew, and his house, unable to tell me the hor- at that time also in the house. Mr. rid fate I must submit to, he bad Forg then declared, he thought it quitted it without speaking at all. would be time to remove ; and, with In the utmost agony therefore of body great composure, going for his hat aod mind, I determixed to anticipate and cloak, returned, with a cap and my doom, and if it were possible to quilt for me, telling me, perhaps I endeavour to reach the gallery on the might fiud it cold, upon being carried outside of the window, and by throw- out. He then desired that gentleman ing myself down the hill, put an end and his servants to carry me to the at once to all my excessive miseries. quare first, and then return again to By the belp of two chairs I just got fetch the lane lady. The gentieman withio reach of the door, thougl and two servants conveyed ine in one with the greatest pain, and was then of the room chairs, with the quilt so spent that I was obliged to sit thrown over me, which proved afterdown, por could I. bave gone a step wards of essential service ; and anofarther had the room been on fire. ther person went before with a torch. At last, recovering a little strengih, I hcard some poor wretches begging I opened the door, and found Mr. for help, in our way through a nar. Forg, the old lady, and two other row passage down a steep hill, which persons, all silently sitting round the was the only place left free from outward room. Surprised to see me

ruins. Near Mr. Forg's house, at got so far, be asked the reason of it ; the bottom of the ailey, slood a to which I replied, that I was fully church belonging to a convent of sensible both of the great distress to friars, the dour of which being open, wbich we were reduced, and of his there stood lighted candies upon the inability to render me assistance. I high altar, and the friars seemed to therefore begged it, with tears in my be very assiduously occupied, arrayed eyes, as the greatest favour, that in their ecclesiustical habits, and in before he found himself obliged to the porch lay some dead bodies. From quit his house, he would either throw thence, throughout a narrow street me over the gallery, or any other extending to the church of St. Mary way dispatch me; and not leave me, Magdalene, I saw no house tumbled in 'violent agovies, to lipger out a down, but every where large stones few hours, and at last to die a most scattered about; and as I passed, dreadful death. He desired me not looking up a street, I could discern to talk in that manner; assuring me over the ruins the upper windows of most affectionately, that be oever our house still standing. The church bai intended to leave me ; and, if no of St. Mary Magdalen was likewise unother help came, he would himself demolished, the doors opeo, and some carry me out upon his back, and we lights and people in it. I observed should take our chance together ; that the fire had already taken posthat the fire had not yet surrounded session of the street leading to the us, and that there was still a pas. cathedral ; in the Silversmiths' Street sage free to the Terriero do Paco, a there were vo houses quite fallen ; large square before the king's pa- and some few people seemed to be lace, and as soon as necessity obliged employed io throwing bundles out of us, he hoped we might all get there the windows. On passing the end of very safe; therefore I had much bet- Rua Nova I saw both sides of it were ter lie down again, and he would be on fire, as well as the next street,


which runs parallel with it. At the Graves. The flames were now almost square, we found the King's Palace, opposite, and the shed, my tempowhich made one side of it, and half rary asylum, which had at first been of the adjoining side, burning slowly, quite crowded with invalids, was forthe little wind driving it gently on saken of every one but myself; when wards. On the opposite part Mrs. instantly I heard the cry of Beat Adford met us, and told me her sis. down the Cabanas,” or stalls, some of ter, Mrs. Graves, and all her family, which, it seems, had taken fire. Then

there, sitting upon some telling all that were under to get bundles of clothes which they had out, the crowd began immediately saved ; but, as it was in the open air, to knock down that where I lay. my

kind conductors chose rather to With the greatest disticulty I had place me under a stall or shed, with just dragged myself out before it some others in my condition. To find tumbled down; and meeting with Mr. myself then, so much beyond all ex. Forg and another person, they car. pectation, so suddenly relieved from ried me to Mr. Graves's family, and the constant apprehension of falling laid me upon their bundles. Mrs. houses, and dangers of the fire, just Graves I found to be of the vulgar when, as I thought myself at least, opinion, that it was the last days exposed to the greatest peril, and and on my attempting to persuade when, suok in extreme despair, 1 had her to the

contrary, she told me, it given up all ideas of assistance ; this was but of little consequence to us, raised my spirits to such a degree, as the flames were just approaching that now, for the first time, notwith to the gun-powder shops opposite, standing the great pain I was in, I and she expected them to blow up began to indulge a hope, that it was every moment.. This new terror yet possible to live; and this sooth- stopped my farther speaking, and we ing gleam continued a while, till new all silently waited the event, which terrors rushed in, and occupied my proved however most favourable ; thoughts.

for though there were three exploThe populace, it seems, were all sions immediately succeeding each full of the notion that it was the other with a loud report, they were Judgement-day; and willing there- not attended, as we could learii, with fore to be employed in good works, any mischief. About this time, a poor they had loaded themselves with cru Irish beggar-woman, wbo seemed to cifixes and saints ; men and women, be half-mad, putting her trust in without distinction, during the inter- Saint Somebody with a strange naine, vals between the shocks, were either rushed through the fie in the Rua singing Litanies, or with a fervor of Nova to Mr. Houston's cellar, and zeal stood harassing the dying with brought from thence a bottle of wine religious ceremonies; and whenever to Mr. Graves, from whom however the earth trembled, all on their knees she would receive no gratuity at such ejaculated, Misericordia ! in the most a time as this. It was indeed a most doleful accents imaginable. The fear welcome refreshment, and to Mrs. therefore that my condition inight Adford's humanity I was much ius kindle up their piety, at such a time debted for a share of it. as this, when all government was at

[To be continued.] a stand, and it was impossible to guess what turn their furious zeal


Sproxton, Jan. 5.

IN crivainals a Heretic ! this made me

Na tour to the Lakes last Sum

mer, 1 observed a piece of flat dread the approach of every person. ground consisting chiefiy of sand and Add to this likewise, that the Cais pebbles, which, within forty years, de Pedra, or “Stope Key,” adjoin. to my knowledge, bad been gained ing to this square, had already sunk, from the Lake of Ulleswater by the and the least rising of the water would floods of a rapid brook rolling down overflow us all. With such reflec- earth, stones, and gravel, from the tions I passed about two hours, adjoining mountains, &c. which 'must duritg which Mr. Forg and all his have been in an immense quantity, as family were come to the square, the water was ten fathom deep or and had joined the family of Mr. more, a few yards only from the


shore. On further observation, I re of five acres become legally the promarked other large meadows ex- prietor of fifty, as his writings will tending a long way into the Lake, shew his field is bounded on one side and terminating almost in a point, by water ; or must the fisherman lose which had evidently been formed by his all, or he in exchange become a the floods of insignificant brooks, and landed proprietor also, whose writwhich in some cases had cut and torn ings point him out as a proprietor of up the sides of the mountains to a de- water only? or will the lord of the gree of astonishment. So that the manor cut the matter short, and set-, Lakes are filling up to a certainty, tle the difference between them ?, And and faster than we seem to be aware as the counties of Westmoreland and of ; I think in two or three thousand Cumberland are bounded by the Lake years they will be all\flat meadows, for the whole length of it nearly, with a river or main drain in the does the Lake itself form no part of middle. Such meadows in the valleys either county? or is the real boundary frequently occur, and it is more than of the counties an imaginary line runprobable they once were lakes. ning in a sort of zig-zag direction in

If we go upon a larger scale, we the centre of the Lake, to correspond find a variety of substances conti- with the windings of the shores-in nually pouring into the sea by the cases of arrest, or some other legal great rivers, and never retursing, at process which requires a tolerable deleast beyond the reach of a high tide, gree of certainty?

W. M. from whieh one would naturally suspect, exclusive of the help of minca


Feb. 4. causes, that the sea in process of HAVE but a short account to settime would be so filled up, as to de tle with Sir John Carter this Juge the whole earth. Those violent month, reserving all my powers to efforts of Nature, volcanos and earth- resist his grand attack which he now quakes, may, indeed, at any time, in threatens me with on the first of au instant, make the sea land, and March. the land sea ; but what is there in John says, he will never cease to the regular course of Nature to pre- defend the welfare of Antiquities vent the drowning of the earth ; un while his sight remains in force. I less, to help us over the difficulty, trust the following remarks will we have recourse to an impercep- prove either that he has lost his sight, tible increase in bulk of such strata, or his veracity ; for his assertion is, as lie below the reach of man, whose that “over the points of the winintrusion may destroy, or at least dows to the second story one of the check their growth:-And that the spaces between the ornaments is diearth rises more or less by the orga- rectly over the points; whereas in nization of strata of different degrees the new work, one of the ornaof strength and vigour, and shrinks ments is stuck in the centre ;” but if in a state of decay or decomposition, John had had either eyes to see, or I have no doubt : hence other lakes a rule to measure by, or honesty to and seas, by a greater or less exten confess what he had seen and mea. sion or depression of the bowels of sured, the true cause of this variation the earth, will of course be formed; would have been self-evident. and the sea thus keep its distance for For in the five Eastern windows a time far exceeding the calculation the spaces between the buttresses are of man.

the same; but on the North and South But one word more on the subject sides they are much less ; that is, of the Lakes. The proprietors of the breadth of the windows is the Jands are bounded by the lake on one same, but the piers are different. The side: the fisheries have also their piers on the East are two feet two bounds and marks; and are generally inches each: the piers on the two the property of others, and totally sides are only one foot each. The distinct. Now, Mr. "Urban, should effect therefore is, that in the East the Lake be quite filled in, by dread- end the space between the buttresses ful and unusual torrents and inun. contained nine ornaments, one of dations, in three years instead of three which must consequently be in the thousand, in point of law how will centre, unless John can make dine an the watter stand? will the proprietor even number.

The other spaces


contain but eight ornaments, and officiis omnibus, velut orbe quodam, disconsequently there is not an odd

tinctum. one to be placed over the centre. Inter socios tamen sine tristitia gravis, Specimens of the disposition of these sine levitate idem mirè comis. orpaments two differept ways still re

Amicum denud jucundiorem, main in the unreslored parts of the

aut æqui magis, temperatique virum

animi, Chapel, which Joho might have seen. If he did not see them, he is igno

nec præterita vidit,

nec postera enarrabit ætas. rant; if he did see them, he has

Obiit Feb. 27, A. D. 1722, æt. 71. stated a falsehood direct.

P. S. What the income of the vicaOne word more, and I have done with this Caviller for the present rage might be at that time, I cannot month; he now styles me “au able say; but I can speak from authority Writer,” but in his former addresses that more than forty years afterhe has ranked me as an Earl,” or

wards, when an inclosure of the paa Dean.” I cannot thank him for rish, which was large and populous, any titles which he has the power to

was about to take place, the claim confer, any more than fur bis dis- made by the then incumbent, an aged ingenuous correspondence; but, able

man with a large family (who had

then, and to his death, no other preor not able in otber respects, I am still competent to encounter obloquy within Goldsmith's estimate of pass

ferment than that) did not bring bim and to detect falsehood ; and, with or without titles, I am still, Mr. Urban,

ing rich with forty pounds a-year.” Your obliged servant,

The Commissioners, however, with

the aid and concurrence of a very AN OLD CORRESPONDENT.

considerate and liberal Impropriator,

Lord of the Manor, and principal Mr. URBAN,

Feb. 5. HAVE thought the inscription was in the Crown), were enabled to

Proprietor (though the patronage I

underneath well worthy of being add a hundred acres contiguous to transcribed. If you think it equally the two, which, with a thatched cotso of being recorded in your reposi- tage, small garden, and dove-cote, tory, you will oblige Your old Correspondent E, J.

were the whole of the Vicarage Premises.

E. J. In the church of Great Doddington, Northamptonshire.

6 M.S.

Jan. 17.
THE following inscription is on

triginta plus annis hic vicarji,
en! infrà positum corpus !

of the church of Eye, in Suffolk : Si scire quæras, quanta seges virtutum, Exiit, ultimus Baronu' de Harrowden qualesve mentem intùs ornårint dotes,

* Henricus Vaux occursent animo statim

Septemb. 20. Anno D'ni MDCLXIII, incorrupta fides, probitasque morum,

primævis baud indigna patribus, hodiernis saltèm non erubescenda.

Arms above: Vaux, cbecquy, on Hunc summis titulis, honoribusque

a chevron, 3 cinquefoils. parem

Crest: out of a Baronet's coronet, nec cæca unquam ambitio, a griffin's head erased. nec habendi invasit ardor,

Motto: Hodie, et nor cras. contentum facilè in Ecclesia de Litch Who was the above mentioned field

Lord Vaux ? and what relation was et parvi nominis et rei Præbenda. he to Edward Lord Vaux of Harwe, Sic nemini invidens huic se Parochiæ

don, who, according to the Extinct dedit,

Peerages, died without lawful issue, huic omne studium, omnes devovit

1661, when the title has been sup

posed to cease ? - An account of any Dumque sanæ vi doctrinæ,

part of the Vaux family will be accepExemploque poterat venerabili

table. errantes revocare animas,

D. A. Y. id illi erat thesauros congerere,

*** This Correspondent's very valuid congestis verè frui.

able " Additions and Corrections" shall Domesticum semper insequebatur vitæ

be used in a manner, we are confident,

he will approve; incorporated with those genus, quod multam Juvenem, maximè deceret

of many other Friends to wbum the AuSenem, thor is under similar obligations.



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