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three months taken, in that castle, by fragment is situated on an eminence, the Turks, under Dragut the pirate :
about a mile South of its hamlet of "lo this manner the siege continued Shearsby, and about half a mile distant
to the West of the turnpike-road leading three months, with many a hot and de
from Welford to Leicester, somewhat sperate skirmish, during which time no
more than ten miles, distant from the thing more troubled the defendants than tbirst in that but and dry climate,
latter. On my last visit to the place, in
1805, I found that the materials of this and intemperate time of the year, for in the Castle there was but one great nishing, some part of them being an
venerable fabrick were rapidly dimicistern, which, though it yielded some
nually carried away to mend the roads good store of water, yet was it not
with; so that not more than balf of the enough to suffice so great a multitude, but was by measure still sparingly given beigbt of the tower as delineated in the
Plare is standing ; the chief part of out' to the soldiers, so far as it would
the arched door-way there given beserve; no man having more allowed him than would suffice to keep him alive ;
ing blocked up by the falling of the the quantity whereof some augmented ruins, heaps of which are v sible, though by distilling the sea-water, and mingling partly swerded over, on the site of the
old church. What remain of the tower it witb their allowance, and so well eased their thirst ;-until such time as
appears to have been built wirh a good
kind of facing stone ; the inner part of having spent all their wood, they wanted
the wall chiefly consisting of pebbles that poor belp also."-KNOLLES's Hist. Turks, p. 531. fol. edit. Lond. 1687.
and rough stones, ijiermixed with a ROBERT EDWARD HUNTER, M. D.
kind of afortar, composed of a small
part of lime and a very coarse sand or Mr. URBAN,
fine gravel: this composition, or cement, Mid. Temple, Oct. 3. OUR Readers in general, Tim
appears of a very durable nature, as I
saw a piece or iwo of about a yard persuaded, will be gratified by square, which bad fallen from the ruins the ample and satisfactory Meinoir, in a mass exceedingly compact and firmn. in p. 274, of that truly-emment Pre At the East end, the site of the chancel, late Bp Watson; and as the Rectory an alder-tree (under which the marriages of Knaploft, which he held for inany solemnities have occasionally been peryears, is somewhal remarkable, as formed) was growing till tbe winter of containing a ruined Church, and a 1904, when it was blown down; and dilapid 1 ted Manor-house, I trust you
there is still a yew-tree to the South, will think the accompanying View
within the limits of the old church-yard.”
“ The Rector receives no more from will be no unsuitable companion to the Memoir. Il is copied from a
Knaptoft than a modus of 101. and the valuable Work already become very for modus and church - yard, 11. 88.
church'yard, which lets for 31. The tax scarce ; and I shall add, from the
Clear, from 1370 acres, ill. 129. yearly, same source, a brief account both of By the mallness of the modus, it seems the Church and Manor-house ; pre not improbable that the inclosure and nising that the Rectory is by no omission of duty at Knaptoft Church means a Sinecure, as the Parish com bappened about the year 1653, when the prises within its boundaries two con doctrines of, and revennes for, the Estasiderable villages, Mowsley and Shears blished (burch were deemerl unnecesby, in each of which there is a regu
There is no Register kept at Jar Chapei for Divine service.
Knaptost; the requisite parochial entries
being regularly made at Knaptoft.
• There lyeth a spacious building, it may now be almost literally said,
monument of one Jobn Turpiu; where
on are graven the arm of Turpin, Gules, - Eliam periêre ruinæ.
a hend Argent three lions' heads • The inhabitants of Knaptoft," says
erased Sable; and this inscription: the Historian of Leicestershire, bought •Hic jacet Johannes Turpin, filius a new bell in 1625 ; which was after. Nicolai Turpin de Whitchester, in com. wards transterred to Shearsby Chapel. Northunibrie, qui ubrt 1493. Et ElizaThe Church was starting in 1630; but betha uxor ejus, filia Thumæ Kinnesman, was probably dilapidated during the ra arm. beres Painell, heres Roberti Gobion, vages of the Civil War. In 1792, there militis, temp. Hew. VII, remained only the North corner of the Among the ruins of the Church steeple, as shewn in the Plate, and some there still remain a few modern memo. part of the foundations. This curious rials of the dead." GENT. MAG. October, 1816.
“ In the old Hall-house, which had a and from this they were pot permitted circular tower, or bastion, of brick and to wander either to the right hand or stone, embattled, and was probably the left; for in the whole course of built by John Turpin in the reign of this retreat, they were so continually King Henry VII, and enlarged, or at engaged with their enemies, the arleast embellished, by Sir William Tur
mies and inhabitants of the Nation pin, in the reign of either Elizabeth or
which they had most unjustly iuvaJames; I had the satisfaction, in July 1792, of observing some vestiges of its ded, that a very small part of them antient consequence. The whole man
escaped with their lives. Now sevesion was then in a perishing state; and
ral circumstances in the account of on a re-visit, in August 1805, the only this expedition agree so particularly remnant was a very small part of the
with what Ezekiel prophesied two embattled bastion, about two or three thousand five hundred years ago, of yards high, at the corner of the North certain enemies of the Church of God view; and no other vestige of the old under the name of “Gog the Land of mansion remains, except the single win. Magog,” and which prophecy the dow of the principal room. But the Apostle St. John shews in the Book View which accompanies this description of the Revelation not to have come will be a memorial of it when perhaps to pass in his time, but to be still fuits site, will scarcely be known. The
ture, and not likely to be fulfilled till present Tenant, who for several years
near the end of the world, as it is one inhabited the lower part of the house,
of the last visions of that wonderful shewn in the View, has very lately built a comfortable modern dwelling on the
Book ; tbat it becomes a question site of the old mansion-house."
deserving the most earuest attention
of every good Christian to learn, Yours, &c.
whether this very extraordinary event
may not be the accomplishment of Gog and Magog,
this most anlient prophecy. Ezekiel xxxvii. xxxix.
And I have already made some preVHE Retreat of the French Armies paration for this inquiry by having
, ful consequences attending it, is not the thousand years of Satan's con, only one of the inost extraordinary finement in the Bottomless Pit have occurrences of the late destructive come to their end; for St. Joho exwarfare, but it is an event which only pressly tells us, that Satan should once before had its parallel in the “not go out to deceive the Nations annals of the world. Never, I am and gather them to battle" under persuaded, was an Army of such real Gog and Magog, until these thousand power and strength before collected years are expired. And if this ob. iogether, and only one ever was so jectiou is satisfactorily removed, I completely destroyed. It was com know of no other in opposition to posed of soldiers from every Nation what I have to offer on the subject of professing Christianity, except Eng. this Prophecy: land and Sweden ; and it, was most In considering the question as to amply furnished with every neces “the Beast, the Antichrist, and the sary that could be required to give Man of Sin,” all apparently descripsuccess to it. But, contrary to all tions of the same Character under dif. the appearances in its favour, this ferent views, there seemed reason to vast Arman ent failed in its object. conclude, that no particular Person, After having marched more than two but some Country or Nation, was inhundred miles into the Country in tended. And this conjecture is much vaded by it, fought several battles strengthened by tinding the same Perwith success, and having even taken sonage under another name here, the chief city (an event which had called . Gog, the Land of Magog,' never before disappointed their Im where no doubt can arise as to a Naperial Commander as to the getting tion being meant. Gog, in this proevery other Nation into his power), phecy, is represented as a
“ chief it found itself obliged to returo, and Prince of Mesech and Tubal," who by the way which, from the earliest arc mentioned, in the book of Getimes, bas been considered the most nesis, as two sons of Japhet, by wbose disgraceful to Conquerors,--the very posterity Europe was peopled. The way by which they had advanced ; great agent then in these troubles
must be expected to be a European useless' to him. The plenty, and the Power, and one of the priocipal of gold, had for the most part vanished. them, “a Chief Prince.” And this de He was therefore compelled to “turn scription accords exactly with France, back, to retrace his steps, and that which has long been one of the most through a country already rendered powerful of them, and a general Dis- desolate by his approach. “And never turber of the World.
did any Army suffer such miseries. That Russia is the other Country Their retreat was a continued battle intended in this Prophecy, there seems for more than 200 miles in length, no room to doubt, since no other and occupied a space of time of full Country answers so well to the ac two months' duration.
Murat was count bere given of it. It is called defeated by the Russians at Meydin, the Land of unwalled Villages. “Thou the first battle on their return from shalt say, I will go up to the Land of Moscow, Oct. 18th ; and Buonaparte unwalled Villages, I will go to them did not pass througb Wiloa, leaving that are at rest, that dwell safely, all his army, still pursued, and suffering of them dwelling without walls, avd dreadfully, before December 17. baving neither bars nor gates.” Now “I will smite tby bow out of thy no Country appears to have so few left hand, and will cause thine arrows great Towns in it as Russia ; and that' to fall out of thy right hand.” What it abounds in Villages must be in- bows and arrows were to the armies ferred from two accounts which I which existed in the Prophet's time, have met with respecting it. Buona their artillery and cavalry were to the parte was advised by some of his offi- armies of France, their great strength cers to " revenge himself of the Rus- and dependance. And the loss of the siaos by burning the twenty thousand latter in both these particulars was Villages which lay about the City of beyond all example. Twelve hun. Moscow;" and in his speech to the dred pieces of cannon, we are told, Legislative Body, on his return to fell into the bands of the Russians, Paris, he tells them that “a swarm and not one single gun was carried of Tartars in a few weeks burned by the fugitives across the barrierfour thousand of their finest Villages, stream. Out of 100,000 horses, under pretext of retarding his march.” scarcelv ove survived. And to this
The Prophecy opens with an ex must be added, the loss of 27,000 pression of God's displeasure against ammunition-waggons. Gog: “ Thus saith the Lord God, I 6. Thou shalt fall upon the open am against thee, O Gog.". Then field, for I have spoken it, saith ihe follows the threatening, which we Lord God.” And this was a natural have seen so remarkably executed in consequence, from the nature of the the Russian war: “I will turn thee Country which was the scene of this back, and put a hookio thy jaws.” And dreadful warfare.
There were the former words are again repeated fortified towns which the flying inafterwards, as if to fix them inoredeep- vaders could seize upon to aid ihem ly in the reader's mind, “I will turn in their retreat. The whole was thee back.” And what a turning back transacted in “the open field.” It have the present generations of man was, as I have before had occasion lo kind been witnesses of! When the observe," a continued battle.”. French army had arrived at Moscow, “ I will give thee to the ravenous it seemed to have accomplished all birds of every sort, and to the beasts that its great Leader desired of it. of the field, to be devoured." The As soon as he came in sight of that flight of these wretched people was City, he exclaimed to his followers, so hasty, and constant, that the bury“Behold the end of the campaign ; ing of their dead was never thought the gold and the plenty of Moscow of. Wherever each body fell, there are yours.” But he soon found him- it lay for many months, an addition self miserably mistaken. After a re to the great feast of the feathered sidence in that City a few weeks, the fowl, and the beasts of the field, to decree of Heaven against him began which God commanded his Prophet, to operate. He had now reached the so many ages before, to invite thein. utmost linrit perunitted to his tyranny.
“ Assemble yourselves and come, gaMoscow, by ihe unexampled heroism .ther yourselves on every side to my of its inhabitants, had been rendered sacrifice, that I do sacrifice for you.
Ye shall eat the desh of the mighty, that a part of it should be left, but it and drink the blood of the Princes of should be but a small part of it.” “I the Earth. Thus ye shall be filled at will turn thee back, and leave but may table, with horses and chariots, the sixth part of thee." To establish with mighty men, and with all mea this fact, it is not only necessary to of war, saith the Lord God.” This koow the whole number of the jopoeds no comment.
vading Army, but also the exact num“Aod they that dwell is the cities ber of those who had the good for, of Israel shall go forth.... and they tune to escape, with their lives. shall spoil those that spoiled them, However, this is what can scarcely and rob those that robbed them, saith be expected; but it will be allowed a the Lord Gud." The recovery by most wonderful circumstance, that the Russians of all the plunder wbich the calculations given, in both these these merciless lovaders had collected points, exactly bear this proportion together iu their unfortunate Coun to each other. The numbers can not try, is a circumstance that never per have been invented with any refere haps happened in any war before, ence to this Prophecy, because I do and therefore has been appointed a not think that this Prophecy was peculiar sign of Gog's expedition ever before supposed to have any against the “the Land of unwalled relation to these events. 16 We must Villages." In every stage of their recollect,” says Porter, in his Account pursuit of their enemies, the Rursians of this Campaign, “that Buonaparte recovered some of these spoils; and was generally accounted to have enin one place they found so many tered Russia with 480,000 men." waggons loaded with them, as cover “ When the Austrian Prince," says ed a square of half a mile, and these the same Author, “and his soldiers, so close together, that it was scarce with Renier, and his followers, halted possible to pass between them. This at Ulodava,” (on their retreat to part of the Prophecy we may supo avoid the arıny of the Danube,)“they pose also refers to the breaking up of were about 40,000 strong."
Not the Museuin at Paris, when the bouks, more than 25,000" (of Napoleon's pictures, and other select spoils, were army) re-passed the Niemen," he ordered by the Allies to be restored adds in another place. Lord Cathto the Nations from whence they had carl's dispatch, in the London Gabeen taken.
zelte, states the number of Prussians The Powers of Nature were like. included in the Convention to have wise to take a share in the contest been 15,000 men. The total of them against this devoted Army:. "I will who thus escaped gives then 80,000 raio upon him and upon his bands, men, the sixth part of 480,000. and upon the many people that are I shall take potice of only one with him, an overflowing rain, and more I'rediction, which is, “Seven great hailstones, fire, and brimstone." months shall the House of Israel be And how terribly the French Army burying of them.” Now wliether suffered from the severity of the wea this circumstance arose from the im. ther is a fact well koowo. The frost, mensity of the slaughter, and the we are told, commenced with an in- paucity of the inbabitants of the tensity uncommon even in Russia. Country who were able to perform It was hardly in the memory of the this sad office, or from the grouod oldest person in Russia, the winter being locked up by the scverity of having set in so early, and with such the frost, or from any other cause, irgo rigour. lo this more than mor this part of the Prophecy would be tal cold, the French attempted to equally fulfilled. That there were light fires, and round the half-kindled French soldiers unburied during this sparks they huddled together to par- full space of time, I see no room to ticipate the vital heat each yet re doubt. The battle of Smolensko was tained. But it was so small, that in attended with the loss of a vast numa few hours maoy hundreds died, and ber of them, and it was sought on the lay around the glimmering ashes. 16th of August 1812. A leller, dated
But though the fury of God was March 27, 1813, brought the informexcited against this vast Army, yet it ation that great numbers of dead bowas voi his will that the whole of it dics had been burned in the Goveroshould perish. It was his pleasure weirls of Moscow, Witepsk, and Mu
hilow, already, which must imply as a Lake in comparison of a small
Great apprehensions have been Commentators in general have sup- lately excited in different countries, posed, that this Expedition would be that the End of the World is ner at directed against the Jews, which hand; but there can be no realground could therefore only take place after for such fears. The most important their Restoration to their own Land, of all the Prophecies remains yet to because, in their dispersed state, they be fulfilled, and no time is set for the can not be exposed to any daoger but duration of whatever may prove to what must befall the Country in be the accomplishment of it. This is which they sojourn, and nothing can what Si. Joho has forelold of the new happen to them, considered as still a Heavens and the new Earth, with pcople, of this kind, in their present the account of which his Book of the state. And Ezekiel seems to speak Revelation concludes. It is impossi. of this Restoration as an event that ble to say what this new state of would follow, and be in part occa things will be, but it is described in a sioned by, this destruction of Gog manner which can leave no doubt of and his multitude ; for, after he has its being the highest possible Imended his Prophecy concerning Gog, provement of Christ's Religion in the he represents the Almighty as declar- World. We may believe it will be ing, si Now will I bring again the cap the Time "when the Kingdoms of this tivity of Jacobs, and have mercy on World shall become the Kingdoms of the whole House of Israel.” And in the Lord and of his Christ, and he this Daniel agrees with him, who pro- shall reigo for ever and ever.” But phesies, " Al that time shall Michael this is a change that cair not take stand up, the great Prince, which place in a short space of time ; and standetb for the Children of thy Peo. when it is come, no limit is set to the ple, and there shall be a time of trou- time it shall continue. There is much ble such as pever was since there was reason ihed to expect that the World a Nation,” (alluding, we may believe, is not near its End ; but that it will to this destruction of Goy, aud pro• çe remain for many years, even till it bably to all the troubles which pre. bas answered all the purposes for ceded it,)“ and at that tinie thy peo. which God was pleased to create it. ple shall be delivered.” And with “ But of that day and hour knoweth both these Writers St. Joho agrees in no man, ou, not the angels, which his Book of the Revelations, in which are in Heaven, neither the Son, but the Vision of the New Jerusalem, the Father.”
T. R. coming down from God, inimediately, follows the Vision of the loosing of Satan out of his prison, and his ga
Mr. URBAN, Brecon, Sept. 24. thering Gog and Magog to batile. Nyour Magazine for August last,
lo the discomfiture of this immense host, I feel no doubt that we have 'fect'impression left on the reporter's seen the Battle of Armageddoli, for I memory, I observe words ascribed to find one interpretation of that word me which, although they correspond 10 be Excidium Exercitus, the cut with the opinions delivered, did not ting off, or destruction ofan Arniy.- exactly escape my lips. I am there. In like manier it answers the descrip- fore induced to request that you will tion of that terrible Vintige in which give insertion to the subjoined tne“ blood was to come rul of the wine- morandum, which exhibits, as nearly press even to the noises' badles by as I can recollect, the very expresthe space of 1600 furing.": Por sions made use of by me on the octhough I cannot prove that this eve casivo referred to. gagemeni lasted for the exact space * Conceivin:: that the motion in de of 200 miles, "I am ceriain it was 'bate nad a direct tendency to commit about that space, add more ratner the Ciergy present, agarust the known than less. - Aud' here we máy év a opinion of their Diocesan, 1 arose, I Lake of Fire avd Brimstone prepared 'think, the third in order, aud spoke for the Beast and False Propiet: for as follows: this baltie, compared with any batile : « 1 caripot in conscience approve that had gone before it, will be found of the spirit which seems to prevail