Page images
PDF
EPUB

·

[ocr errors]

'fome Apprehenfions of Fear; and my Friend himself, 'tho' he ftill continued his Civilities to me, did not feem altogether eafie: I took Notice, that the Butler was 'never after this Accident ordered to leave the Bottle upon the Table after Dinner. Add to this, that I frequently overheard the Servants mention me by the 'Name of the crazed Gentleman, the Gentleman a lit'tle touched, the mad Londoner, and the like. This 'made me think it high Time for me to fhift my Quar'ters, which I refolved to do the firft handfome Opportunity; and was confirmed in this Refolution by a young Lady in the Neighbourhood who frequently 'vifited us, and who one Day, after having heard all the fine things I was able to fay, was pleafed with a 'fcornful Smile to bid me go to fleep.

[ocr errors]

THE first Minute I got to my Lodgings in Town "I fet Pen to Paper to defire your Opinion, whether, upon the Evidence before you, I am mad or not,

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

I

can bring Certificates that I behave my felf foberly before Company, and I hope there is at least fome 'Merit in withdrawing to be mad. Look yeu, Sir, I am contented to be efteemed a little touched, as they phrafe it, but fhould be forry to be madder than my Neighbours, therefore, pray let me be as much in Imy Senfes as you can afford. I know I could bring your felf as an Inftance of a Man who has confeffed 'talking to himself; but yours is a particular Cafe, and cannot justifie me, who have not kept Silence any Part of my Life. What if I fhould own my felf in 'Love? You know Lovers are always allowed the Comfort of Soliloquy. But I will fay no more upon this Subject, becaufe I have long fince obferved, the ready Way to be thought Mad is to contend that you are not fo; as we generally conclude 'that Man drunk, who takes Pains to be thought fober. I will therefore leave my felf to your Deter'mination; but am the more defirous to be thought in my Senfes, that it may be no Difcredit to you when I affure you that I have always been very much Your Admirer. P.S. If I must be mad, I defire the young Lady may believe it is for her.

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

The

The humble Petition of John a Nokes and John a Stiles,

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

Sheweth,

HAT your Petitioners have had Caufes depending in Westminster-Hall above five hundred Years, and that we defpair of ever feeing them brought to ་ an Iffue: That your Petitioners have not been involved in thefe Law Suits out of any litigious Temper of their own, but by the Inftigation of contentious Perfons; that the young Lawyers in our Inns of Court are continually fetting us together by the Ears, ⚫ and think they do us no Hurt, because they plead for us without a Fee; That many of the Gentlemen of the Robe have no other Clients in the World befides us two; That when they have nothing else to • do, they make us Plantiffs and Defendants, tho' they were never retained by either of us; That they tra duce, condemn, or acquit us, without any manner of Regard to our Reputations and good Names in the World. Your Petitioners therefore (being thereunto encouraged by the favourable Reception which you lately gave to our Kinsman Blank) do humbly pray, that you will put an End to the Controverfies which have been fo long depending between us your faid Petitioners, and that our Enmity may not endure from ⚫ Generation to Generation; it being our Refolution to live hereafter as it becometh Men of peaceable Difpo'fitions.

[ocr errors]

6

And your Petitioners (as in Duty bound) shall ever Pray, &c.

Monday,

t

No 578. Monday, Angust 9.

Eque feris humana in corpora tranfit, Inque feras Nofter

T

Ovid.

HERE has been very great Reason, on several Accounts, for the learned World to endeavour at fettling what it was that might be faid to compose perfonal Identity.

[ocr errors]

Mr. LOCK, after having premifed that the Word Perfon properly fignifies a thinking intelligent Being that has Reafon and Reflection, and can' confider it self as it felf; concludes That it is Consciousness alone, and not an Identity of Subftance, which makes this perfonal Identity of Sameness. Had I the fame Consciousness (fays that Author) that I saw the Ark and Noah's Flood, as that I saw an Overflowing of the Thames laft Winter; or as that I now write; I could no more doubt that I who write this now, that faw the Thames overflow laft Winter, and that viewed the Flood at the general Deluge, was the fame Self, place that Self in what Subftance you please, than that I who write this am the fame My felf now whilft I write, (whether I consist of all the fame Substance material or immaterial or no) that I was Yesterday; For as to this Point of being the fame Self, it matters not whether this prefent Self be made up of the fame or other Subftances.

I was mightily pleafed with a Story in fome measure applicable to this Piece of Philofophy, which I read the other Day in the Perfian Tales, as they are lately very well tranflated by Mr. Philips; and with an Abridgement whereof I fhall here prefent my Readers.

I fhall only premife that thefe Stories are writ after the Eastern Manner, but fomewhat more correct.

FAD

"

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

FADLALLAH, a Prince of great Virtues, fucceeded his Father Bin-Ortoc, in the Kingdom of Moufel. He reigned over his faithful Subjects for fome time, and lived in great Happiness with his beauteous < Confort Queen Zemroude; when there appeared at his Court a young Dervis of fo lively and entertaining a Turn of Wit, as won upon the Affections of every · one he converfed with. His Reputation grew fo faft every Day, that it at last raised a Curiofity in the • Prince himself to fee and talk with him. He did fo, and far from finding that common Fame had flatter'd him, he was foon convinced that every thing he had • heard of him fell fhort of the Truth.

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

FADLALLAH immediately loft all manner of Relifh for the Converfation of other Men; and as he was every Day more and more fatisfied of the Abilities of this Stranger, offered him the first Pofts in his Kingdom. The young Dervis, after having thanked him with a very fingular Modefty, defired to be excufed, as having made a Vow never to accept of any Employment, and preferring a free and independent State of Life to all other Conditions.

THE King was infinitely charmed with fo great an Example of Moderation; and tho' he could not get him to engage in a Life of Bufinefs, made him however his chief Companion and first Favourite.

AS they were one Day hunting together, and happened to be feparated from the rest of the Company, the Dervis entertained Fadlallah with an Account of his Travels and Adventures. After having related to him feveral Curiofities which he had feen in the • Indies, It was in this Place, fays he, that I contracted an Acquaintance with an old Brachman, who was skilled in the most hidden Powers of Nature: He died with• in my Arms, and with his parting Breath communicated to me one of the most valuable of his Secrets, on Condition I fhould never reveal it to any Man. The King immediately reflecting on his young Favourite's having refufed the late Offers of Greatnefs he had made him, told him he prefumed it was the Power of making Gold. No Sir, fays the Dervis, it is fome

[ocr errors]

what

[ocr errors]

'what more wonderful than that; it is the Power of reanimating a dead Body, by flinging my own Soul into

s it.

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

WHILE he was yet fpeaking a Doe came bounding by them; and the King, who had his Bow ready, fhot her through the Heart; telling the Dervis, that a fair Opportuniy now offered for him to show his Art. The young Man immediately left his own Body breathlefs on the Ground, while at the fame 'Inftant that of the Doe was re-animated, fhe came to the King, fawned upon him, and after having play'd 'feveral wanton Tricks, fell again upon the Grafs; at 'the fame Inftant the Body of the Dervis recovered its 'Life. The King was infinitely pleafed at fo uncom'mon an Operation, and conjured his Friend by every thing that was facred to communicate it to him. The Dervissat first made fome Scruple of violating his Promife to the dying Brachman; but told him at laft that he found he could conceal nothing from fo excellent a Prince; after having obliged him therefore by an Qath to Secrecy, he taught him to repeat two Cabaliftick Words, in pronouncing of which the whole Secret confifted. The King, impatient to try the Experiment, immediately repeated them as he had been taught, and in an Inftant found himself in the Body of the Doe. He had but little Time to contemplate himself in this new Being; for the treacherous Dervis fhooting his own Soul into the Royal Corps, and bending the Prince's own Bow a 'gainst him, had laid him dead on the 'Spot, had not the King, who perceiv'd his Intent, fled fwiftly to the Woods.

[ocr errors]

THE Dervis, now triumphant in his Villany, returned to Moufel, and filled the Throne and Bed of the unhappy Fadlallah.

THE first thing he took care' of, in order to fecure himself in the Poffeffion of his new-acquired Kingdom, was to iffue out a Proclamation, ordering his Subjects to deftroy all the Deer in the Realm. The King had perifhed among the reft, had he not avoided his Purfuers by re-animating the Body of a Nightin

⚫ gale

« EelmineJätka »