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duties, had left the child at Bowood, for Jervis; and a most remarkable coincithe winter, with Mr. Jervis bis tutor, and dence, between a dream of the late Lord suitable domestics. The late Dr. Priest- William, and our present mournful en. ley also, the Marquis's librarian, made gagement. A few weeks ago, as I was one of the party. On an ill-omened day, passing by his room door one morning, he beautiful and brilliant, but intensely called me to his bedside. • Doctor, cold, the gamekeeper, in compliance said he, what is your christian name?' with Lord William's request, took the 'Surely,' said I, you know it is Jo. lad before him on horseback. His Lord. seph.' • Well then,' replied he, in a ship rode with his waistcoat open, and lively manner, if you are a Joseph, yon chest exposed, and an inflammation on can interpret a dream for me, which I the lungs was the immediate consequence bad last night. I dreamed, Doctor, that of this incaution.
I set out upon a long journey; that I “ On the first appearance of indispo- stopped the first night at Hungerford ; sition, Mr. Alsop of Calne, the family whither I went without touching the apothecary (himself much attached to ground; that I flew from thence to Saltthe child), was summoned to attend his Hill, where I remained the next night; Lordship. His treatment promised a and arrived at High Wickham, on the favourable result; and after a few days third day: where my dear mamma, beauhe left him in the forenoon, apparently tiful as an angel, stretched out her arms, ont of danger. Towards evening, how and caught me within them. Now, ever, the symptoms becoming decidedly continued the Doctor, these are preworse, the family were alarmed ; and cisely the places where the dear child's Mr. Jervis thonght it right to call for corpse will remain on this and the sicMr. Alsop's immediate assistance. It ceeding night before we reach his mowas night before this gentleman reached ther's vanli, which is finally to receive Bowood; but an unclouded moon showed it.' every object in unequivocal distinctness. “I make no further remark on this sinMr. Alsop had passed through the Lodge gular narrative, than to assure the reader gate, and was proceeding to the house, of my own solemn belief of the truth of when to his utter astonishment, he saw all its particulars." Lord William coming towards him, in all the buoyancy of childhood, restored, ap- Now most auspiciously for the parently, to health and vigour. 'I am cause of historical truth, Mr. delighted, my dear Lord,' he exclaimed, Jervis, the tutor, yet lives, and immediately within doors ; it is death to having had his attention called by you to be here at this time of night.' a friend to this passage, he has The child made no reply; bnt, turning most properly exposed the characround, was quickly out of sight. Mr.
ter of the story, which appears, in Alsop, unspeakably surprised, hurried to the house. Here, all was distress and
his hand, as our readers will perconfusion ; for Lord William had expired ceive by the following extract, to a few minutes before he reached the be one of the most complete speportico “ Tlie sad event being, with all speed,
cimens of story-making that ever annonnced to the Marquis of Lansdowne, came under the observation of the in London, orders were soon received at public. Bowood for the interment of the corpse, and the arrangement of the funeral pro. " It is not a little remarkable that this cession. The former was directed to
strange story, having no foundation but take place at High Wickham, in the the slender and fallacious grounds of vault which contained the remains of vague fancy and report, should have been Lord William's mother: the latter was ap- brought forward, though in this quespointed to halt at two specified places, tionable shape, under the sanction of a during the two nights on which it would be writer of acknowledged intelligence and on the road. Mr. Jervis and Dr. Priestley taste; who gravely assures
us of his attended the body. On the first day of the own solemn belief of the truth of all its melancholy journey, the latter gentleman, particulars.' who had hitherto said little on the subject " Mr. Warner states his account as, of the appearance to Mr. Alsop, suddenly related to bim in the first instance by addressed his companion, with consider the Rev. Joseph Townsend, rector of able emotion, in nearly these words. Pewsey, in Wiltshire.' The writer of " There are some very singular circum- these remarks was well acquainted with stances connected with this event, Mr. Mr. Townsend, and highly esteemed him
as a man of great worth and respecta- their preceptor, to conduct and mainbility, of various and extensive informa- tain. tion, particularly on subjects of natural “ After all, these are circumstances science and philosophy. But those who of trivial importance, further than as knew him best, and respected him most, they may be considered strong indications will allow, that the ardour and enthusiasm of the very slight evidence upon which of his nature predisposed him to enter- the whole story has been received. tain some visionary and romantic notions “ The reader will be no less surprised, of supernatural appearances. Mr. Towns. when he is informed, that the particulars end was, on various occasions, a visitor of a conversation which is said to have at Bowood; but the present writer has passed on the road, (not to Wickham, no recollection of his having been there but to High Wycombe, in Buckinghamabout the period when these extraor- shire,) are as idle tales,' wholly withont dinary occurrences are said to have taken foundation. The fact is, that neither place; he therefore must also have re- Dr. Priestley nor Mr. Jervis attended ceived them as matter of hearsay and the funeral; the former continued with doubtful report. Be this as it may, it is his family, and the latter remained with new too late to institute an inquiry. This his surviving pupil at Bowood, now seworthy man has long been gone to that vered from his brother by the hand of land of darkness and oblivion, whence death, - one taken and the other left;' none return, and whither all must go.' while the remains of the much lamented
“ The author has faultered even on the deceased were conveyed to Wycombe, threshold of his details, by mis-stating and deposited near those of his excellent the address, designation, age, and disorder mother, in the family vault. of the young nobleman who forms the " The subject of that supposed conimmediate subject of his narrative, whom versation is equally remote from truth; he styles ' Lord William Petty, third son no communication of the nature alluded of the Marquis of Lansdowne.' The to was ever made to Mr. J. on this or any Earl of Shelburne, afterwards created other occasion; and such was the free Marquis of Lansdowne, bad, by his first and friendly intercourse subsisting emarriage, with Lady Sophia Carieret, tween these two gentlemen, that had daughter of Lord Viscount Granville, only such a circumstance occurred to either, two sons, viz.: John Henry, Lord Vis- it would have been unreservedly imparteil count Fitzmaurice, and the Honourable to the other. It is stated in the account, William Granville Petty. His Lord. that as Dr. Priestley was passing the ship's third son was the offspring of chamber door of the young and intehis second marriage, with Lady Louisa resting sufferer, he was called into Fitzpatrick, daughter of the Earl of his room, and cheerfully accosted by Upper Ossory, the present Marquis, now him.' To this it may suffice to observe, a distinguished member of His Majesty's that Dr. Priestley had no apartments in Government, who succeeded to the title the mansion at Bowood, nor was he ever on the demise of liis brother John Henry, accustomed to sleep tliere; but resided the late Marquis.
in a house at Calne. It may also be confi“ The Honourable William Granville dentiy asserted, that Dr. Priestley never Petty finished his short career of life not saw Mr. Petty during his short and fatal in the eighth, but in the tenth year of his illness. In justice to this truly enlighage, when the dawn of reason held out tened and upright man, let me add, that the early promise of a bright intellectual his cheerful temper, his calm philosophic day, and disclosed a splendid prospect of tone of mind, would not easily be misblooming virtues, and the fondest hopes. led by the weakness of credulity, or the It is next said, this young gentleman delusions of a morbid and distempered • rode before the gamekeeper, with his imagination. waistcoat open and chest exposed; and “ There is yet another instance in this that inflammation of the langs was the remarkable case, where the testimony of immediate consequence.' In this there a medical man is brought forward as is a material deviation from the fact. irresistible evidence. It is stated that The complaint which terminated so fa- 'Mr. Alsop's treatment promised a fatally, was inflammation not of the lungs, vourable result; and after a few days but of the biwels : of the other circum: he left his patient, in the forenoon, apstances in that account, it will be a suffi- parently out of danger. Towards evencient refutation to add, that such occur- ing, however, the symptoms becoming rences were wholly incompatible with decidedly worse, the family were alarmthe plan of personal and domestic disci- ed; and Mr. Jervis thought it right to pline which, as well as the studies of his call for Mr. Alsop's immediate assistpupils, it was the province of Mr. Jervis, ance ;'aud, on this his last risit,' a reN. S. NO. 92.
markable circumstance is said to have inquiry are no longer attainable, to rebeen observed by him. Mr. Alsop's ac- vive these anxious recollections; or to count, as reported by the author of the give a corrected statement of circum• Recollections, relates to two circum- stances, which, in common with all the stances, one previous to the crisis of the occurrences of this passing scene, have disease, the other to an extraordinary long been carried down the rapid stream phænomenon subsequent to that period of time; might perhaps be On the subject of the latter, the ' appear- had they not excited a degree of surprise ance to Mr. Alsop,' as it is termed, the and curiosity in the minds of some readers. narrator asserts that the information re. The writer further acknowledges, that, ceived, in the first instance, from a most influenced by sentiments of consideration respectable quarter, was confirmed by and deference towards persons of high a voucher scarcely to be resisted, an in- respectability, whose names are severally disputably true report of Dr. Alsop's viva introduced, he feels himself called upon voce declaration on his dying bed.' to protest against such misrepresentation,
“ Without going into the minutiæ of from whatever cause arising, and to corthis detail, it may be briefly observed, rect the errors into which the worthy that if the incident mentioned by Mr. author has been so unaccountably beAlsop had really occurred, it is not a little trayed. In addition to these considerasingular that it should have remained a tions, he cannot regret, that a legitimate mystery to the present writer, who never opportunity is now afforded him of payheard of any such occurrence till now ;- ing a just tribute of respect and regard no distant rumour, not even a whisper of to the memory of one, whose name should the kind, ever reached hiin, even 'by the not be allowed to sink into silent oblivion. hearing of the ear,' till pointed out by a “ Having been resident at Bowood for friend, within a few months past, in Mr. some years previous to this lamented Warner's late publication.
event, engaged in the office of preceptor “ Mr. Alsop was a practitioner of con- to the two sons of the first Marquis of siderable skill and experience in his pro- Lansdowne, the writer trasts he shall be fession; and, as such, was called in to at- pardoned for expressing himself with tend the family at Bowood on all occa- confidence and freedom. The facts consions where medical aid was required. nected with this case being familiar to his He was of course sent for at the com- mind, and still fresh in his recollection, mencement of Mr. Petty's attack ; but he presumes to think he is justified in so short was the illness of the youthful asserting his competency to bear his testi. sufferer, that Mr. Alsop had no oppor- mony to the truth of what he has adtunity of seeing his patient more than duced, and which he hesitates not to say once! Mr. Alsop was a man of strong could not be supplied from any other mind whiie in the possession of health and the exercise of his mental faculties, and “ It now only remains to give a brief apparently not subject to fanciful illu- ontline of some of the leading circumsions; but, how far he might have been stances which occurred, narrated with reduced by sickness and debility at a the simplicity of truth -- from which the later period, no one can say who had not reader may draw his own conclusions. an opportunity of witnessing the last " Tlie Honourable William Granville hours of his life. It is however very Petty, second son of the Marquis, and possible, that his mind, weakened and younger brother of Lord Fitzmaurice, impaired, his ideas confused, and his though of a florid complexion, and to all judgment clouded by infirmity or disease, appearance enjoying a state of good might give way to the suggestions of fancy general health, was not of a robust conand the delusion of an imaginary scene. stitution. His intellectual faculties were This worthy man has long been dead; naturally vigorous and alert; while a and though the writer avows himself en- thoughtful turn of mind occasionally distirely unacquainted with the time or cir- posed him to contemplative habits very cumstances of his death, yet when it is unusual at his age. His countenance was considered how many inaccuracies, in the animated and intelligent, and when former part of Mr. Warner's Narrative, lighted up by adverting to any elevated he has been enabled to contradict by sentiment or generous action, bore the facts, he sees no impropriety in ascrib- significant impress of his mind. In the ing the extraordinary appearance to routine of recreations appointed for these Dr. Alsop,' to a supposition at once the young noblemen, riding was their conmost probable and the most rational. stant and regular exercise, without either
“ Whether it be or be not in itself of a too rigid attention to, or an inconsideany importance, after the lapse of so rate disregard of, the state of the weamany years, when the means of further ther. On a fine winter's inorning in the
month of January, frosty, but under the the subsequent period of an important
lover of the marvellous horseback, he returned home apparently to be sure the facts he recites are as well as usual ; and at dinner conversed well attested, lest he yield his unfreely, and with his wonted cheerfulness; derstanding captive to the more friend, in whom he uniformly placed the active powers of his imagination. highest confidence, towards whom he always evinced unqualified esteem and Calmet's Dictionary of the Holy Bible, by attachment, and by whom he was ten- the liste Mr. Charles Taylor, with the derly beloved. He discovered no symp- Fragments incorporated. The whole contom of indisposition till late in the even- densed and arranged in Alphabetical ing, when he complained of internal
Order ; with numerous Additions. Illuspain to a faithfal and respectable do- truted with Maps and Engravings on mestic, his personal attendant, whose Wood. Second Edition. 8vo. pp. 964. care was constant and unremitting. Mr. Holdsworih and Ball. Alsop was sent for; who, observing no indications at that time that could rea.
The literary history of this beausonably create apprehension or alarm, tiful volume is as curious as its administered some medicine, and took his leave. The application afforded tem
contents are valuable to every inporary relief, and some abatement of telligent reader of the sacred pain:' but these favourable symptoms writings. Father Augustin Calmet, were of short continuance. Inflamma- alearned French Benedictine monk, tion soon ensued, which baffled the power of medicine ; so violent and so rapid in employed a long and laborious its progress, that the fatal result took life in biblical studies, amongst the place on the evening of the second day, most precious fruits of which must -- within twenty-fours after the first ap: be named bis Dictionnaire Histopearance of indisposition,-and, in his lenth year, terminated a life of the rique, Chronologique, Geographique, highest promise, and of inestimable et Literal de la Bible, which was value!
first published, we believe, in Paris, “ The attack was so sudden, that no real in four folio volumes, in the year danger was apprehended till it was too
1730. Such a biblical treasure late to profit by the means of human aid; and before Mr. Alsop came to make a was not long permitted to remain second visit, his interesting patient was in its original dress, but in quick removed from all mortal suffering.
“ The Marquis had very recently left succession editions of it appeared Bowood to pass the remainder of the win.
in Latin, in Dutch, in Italian, in ter in London; and it was Mr. Jervis's Spanish, and in other languages. painful task to communicate the account In 1732 an English translation was of this distressing event by an immediate published in three folio volumes, express to town. tempt to state the effect which intelli illustrated by expensive engravgence so overwhelming had upon the ings. The original work contained noble father, for whom his young heart many popish notions, which were was impressed with the genuine senti. of course omitted, and the editor ments of high veneration and the warmest filial affection, the sure indications added occasional remarks. This of a generous and noble nature. It will, work, containing the most valuạhowever, be readily believed, that this ble part of Calmet's lạbours, was severe and unexpected stroke inflicted a deep and lasting wound upon the mind
in great request, so that Dr. Dodof the Marquis,- the painful remem
dridge tells us, that in his day thie brance of which never ceased occasion- Dictionary
extravagantly ally to interrupt his tranquillity through dear.” Such, however, was the
inert state of the theological book- letter-press explanations, chronoselling business at that period, that logical, textual, and other tables, sixty years were allowed to pass so that the fourth edition, the last without another edition, and the which Mr. Taylor edited, was exreligious public were indebted to tended to five volumes quarto, and the literary diligence and trading received the dignified and merited enterprize of Mr. Charles Taylor title of the Biblical Encyclopedia. for a new edition, which appear- On the death of Mr. Charles ed in two thick quarto volumes, Taylor, a fifth edition was began, and a large impression of fifteen under the superintendence of a hundred copies was quickly sold. gentleman well acquainted with
Our readers will perceive that biblical literature, who felt it was this was the first step of that con- necessary to arrange the stores densing process which has at length which his learned predecessor had brought Father Calmet’s four folio collected, for though Mr. Taylor tomes, with all his editor’s frag; might have had the organ of acments, historical, antiquarian, and cumulativeness, yet we are sure he scientific illustrations, within the must have been strangely wanting portable limits of the single octavo in the bump of order. The stores before us.
of learning it contained were thus Mr. Taylor informs his readers in rendered more available; and those his original introduction of the seve- stores were augmented by many ral means by which he compressed additions gathered from recent the original work. Father Calmet, sources of information. writing for a people not familiar Our readers have now followed with Scripture history,gave length- the original work through its vaened facts and verbatim relations of rious stages, and have seen that events, as they are recorded in the Calmet's first English translator and Bible, all of which, for the sake editor took sundry liberties with the of conciseness, were superseded venerable father's labours; that by textual references to those Mr. Taylor was a wholesale corpassages of Scripture in which rector and emendator of the same, the narratives occur.
He also and that the anonymous editor of transposed many of the articles Mr. Taylor has caught the spirit of under other words, and gave no his master, and has largely dealt quarter to the popish notions, which in alterations, condensations, and were interwoven with the very tex- additions. Added to all this, he ture of the Dictionnaire.
has laboured, in the present edition, What the worthy Benedictine to bring together,
to bring together, - under one and lost by this fiery ordeal was, how- the sume alphabet whatever is imever, made up by his indefatigable portant or intrinsically valuable in editor, who added a long series of either the Dictionary or the Fragseven hundred and fifty articles, ments," so that the reader will, which he called FRAGMENTS, in with perfect facility, find under cluding dissertations, extracts from each article the whole of that modern travellers, conjectural cri- mass of elucidation which, in the ticisms, and many curious, and we original work, must be sought must add occasionally, not very sa- for in different volumes. Surely if tisfactory hypotheses. To these the old monk, who, a hundred were added, in successive years, a years ago, gave the original DicNatural History of Scripture, and tionary to the public, could visit a volume of plates and maps, with the busy scenes of time, he would