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inquiring the reason, was told that it was for joy that the Duke of Buckingham was sick. She had scarcely related this dream, it is added, to her gentlewoman, than the Bishop of Ely came to inform her of the duke's death,
There is a remarkable relation in Burnet's Account of the Life and Death of John Earl of Rochester. The chaplain, we are told, of the Lady Warre, the mother-in-law of the Earl, had a dream which informed him that on such a day he should die, but being by all the family put out of the belief of it, he had almost forgotten it; untill the evening before the day which had been mentioned, there being at supper thirteen at table, according to a fond conceit that one of them must die, one of the young ladies pointed to him that he was to be the person; he remembering his dream fell into some disorder, and the Lady Warre reproving him for his superstition, he said that he was confident that he was to die before morning, but he being in perfect health it was not much minded. It was on Saturday night, and he was to preach next day, he went up to his chamber and sat up late, as appeared by the burning of his candle, and he had been preparing his notes for his sermon, but was found dead in his bed the next morning. There can be no doubt that the earl, conversing under very serious sentiments, believed the relation which he gave to its reporter ; but it is possible that he might have heard the story from friends more solicitous for his reformation, than for a scrupulous adherence to truth. There is, certainly, some slight appearance of inconsistency in the story; but admitting it to be strictly true, it only seems to furnish one among many instances of the danger of exciting or yielding to superstitious impressions. The chaplain having dreamt that he should die, and been led by the inconsiderate remark of the young lady to be struck a second time with that c viction, probably fell a victim to his terrors. If it were a divine dream, it seems not to have had any adequate object, unless indeed we suppose it to bave been designed to awaken
reflection, and a belief in the superior nature of the soul, as we find it contributed to make the Earl of Rochester believe that the soul was a substance distinct from matter.
Lord Lyttelton, the son of the historian, whose ardent imagination might have kindled into' terrors when he reflected on his vicious life, is said to have been scared by forebodings which probably occasioned his death; others conceive him to have put an end to his own existence, agreeahly to a prediction which he had made.
Mr. Toole, the distinguished comedian, is related to have had a presenument of his. death, wlrich was, probably, nothing but a gloomy fear resulting froin ill health, and encreased on the prospect of his departure from England. Such anticipations are but the suggestions of alarm, or the feelings of approaching dissolution. As all men die, and all think on the subject of death with the deepest interest, it is not extraordinary that some should dream
about it at critical periods, and foresee its approach.
Captain Richard. Hutten's ship, on the 6th of January 1701, struck on the Çaskets near Alderney, and stoved to pieces; the master and six of the men were drowned, and nine men saved. The masts falling upon the rocks, some being on the shrouds fell with it and swung themselves on by part of the other rigging ; not having secured any bread they subsisted fourteen days on the ship’s dog which they eat raw, and on limpets and weeds that grew on the rocks. They had once sight of the Express, Advice boat, but were not perceived by its crew.
About the 18th or 19th one Taskard's son, apprentice of a master of a ship at Lymington, dreamed that he was taking up several men about the Caskets, and told it to his father, but he took no notice of it; but on the 20th set sail in his bark from Guernsey bound for Southampton, and when he came in view of the Caskets, the boy remembering his dreain, looked earnestly upon ther, and told his father he saw men upon the Caskets, his father chid and contradicted him; but on the boy's persisting, discovered by his glass one man on the rock waving his cap, upon which he steered and came to anchor on the leeward of the rock, it being a great sea;
he took them all into his boat, and brought them safe to Southampton * The author is not aware upon what authority this is related.
It is related of Dr. Harvey, who was one of the college of physicians, that upon setting off on his travels to Padua, he shewed on his arrival at Dover his pass, but was detained by the governor without any reason being assigned.
The packet sailed without him and was lost, and next day the news reached Dover. It is added that the doctor was unknown to the governor, but that the night before the arrival of Dr. Harvey the governor had a perfect vision of him, with warning to stop him as he
* Nocturnal Revels, p. 97.