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them in the way. From that time to this I have regarded some dreams in myself, and others, not without advantage by the premonitions." All tiris admits of easy explication, and we have only to reflect, that nothing could be more natural, than that a boy, under great distress of mind, should fancy that he was sent for by those who were most likely to be employed, and even imagine the common accidents which eventually happened. The incidents of childhood excite strong impressions ; they are magnified on reflection, and are exaggerated on every repetition of the tale.

The relation which Mr. Morrison gives on his travels must be noticed.

6 While I was at Prague," says he, “ having one night sat up late drinking at a feast, the morning sunbeams gleaming in my face in my bed, I dreamed that a shadow passing by told me, that my father was dead : at which awaking all in a sweat, and affected with this dream, 1 arose and wrote the day, hour, and all circumstances in a paper book, which, with many other things, I put into a barrel, and sent to Evgland; and being at Nuremburg, a mer. chant, well acquainted with me and my relations, told me my father died some months past. When I returned into England, four years after, I would not open the barrel, nor look into the book in which I had written this dream, till I called my sisters and other friends to be witnesses; when myself and they were astonished to see my dream answer the very day of my father's death.”

The same gentleman saith thus also : “ I may lawfully swear, that in my youth at Cambridge I had the like dream of my mother's death; when my brother Henry lying with me, early in the morning I dreamed that my mother passed by with a sad countenance, and told me, that she could not come to my commencement, I being within five months to proceed master of arts, and she having pronised at that time to come to Cambridge. 'When I related this dream to my brother, both of us awaking together in a sweat, he protested to me that he had dreamed the very same; and when we had not the least knowledge of our mother's sickness ; neither in our youthful affections were any whit moved with the strangeness of this dream ; yet the next carrier brought us word of our mother's death

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Dr. Joseph Hall, when Bishop of Exeter, speaking of the good offices which angels do to God's

servants, “ of this kind,” saith he,“ was no less than mårvellous care, which at St. Maderinus, in Cornwall, was wrought upon a poor cripple; whereof, besides the attestation of many hundreds of the neighbours, I took a strict and impartial examination in my last visitation. This man, for sixteen years together, was obliged to walk upon his hands, by reason of the sinews of his legs were so contracted; and upon admonitions in his dream

* Morrison's Itinerary. Part I. C. 2. p. 19. and A. B. Annot. on Relig. Medic. p. 294, 295.

to wash in that, well, was suddenly. so restored to his limbs, that I saw him able to walk and get his own maintenance.

I found here was. neither art nor collusion. The name of this, cripple was John Trebille *.”

Some dreams evidently produced their own accomplishment. When Alice, the mother of Archbishop Abbott, was pregnant, she, as was reported by the Rev. Mr. Aubrey, and many others, dreamed, that if she could eat a pike or jack, her son would be a great man. While eagerly employed in getting one, she is said accidentally to have taken up one in some river water that ran near her house at Guilford, and to have seized and devoured it with avidity.. The report of this great event being noised about, many persons of distinction offered themselves as sponsors; those who were preferred maintained the future archbishop and his brother at school, and afterwards at the university. In this there is nothing impossible or difficult to account for, but the accidental taking up of the pike, which was probably a fiction of the good woman, who wished to excite attention to a maternal dream.

* Bishop Hall's Monitor of Godliness, L. i. $ 8. Fuller's Worthies, p. 156,

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Sir Roger L'Estrange is reported, upon what authority is not known to the author, to have dreamed, that on a particular spot, in which he was accustomed to sport in his father's park, he received intelligence of his father's death, who had been long sick. He in consequence resolved to avoid the spot; but being led there by his game, he heard the account which lie apprehended

Among the most remarkable relations of modern times, is the account given by Lord Clarendon, with the solemnity of a grave historian, relating to the assassination of the Duke of Buckingham, as established upon an unusual foundation of credit. It cannot be given better than in the words of the noble

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