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EMBELLISHMENTS. 1. A correct PORTRAIT of JOANNA SOUTHCOTT, the Prophetess. Engraved from an Original Paint

ing. 2. A VIEW of the NAUMACHIA in Ilyde Park, in Honour of the Peace of 1814. 3. A beautiful WHOLB-LENGTH PORTRAIT FIGURE in an AUTUMNAL WALKNING DRESS 4. Ao Original MARCH By Mr. REEVE. 5. Ao Original PATTERN for NEEDLE or TAMBOUR-WORK.

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106 TINGUISHED AND ILLUSTRIOUS Height of the Cathedral Spire

Ideas of Female heroism


Bridge of Boats

ib. Joanna Southcott. Rencontre with an Emigrant

107 Reflections on the mysteries of the true Re An English Coachman's affection for his ligion 99 Horses

ib. Sketch of the youthful life of Joanna

......... 100
Mademoiselle Duchonois

ib. Her finding the mysterious Seal ib. || French Postillions

ib. Fac-simile of the Seal ........ 101 Their fondness for the Whip

ib. Document drawn up by Joanna 102 Talleyrand's Chateau at Rossy

ib. Her interviews with the Reverend Mr. L 103 Arrival at Paris

ib. Specimen of her Poetry

.......... 104

Anecdotes of Illustrious Females.

Princess Adelaide, Aunt of Louis XVI. ..... 108 ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS.

Princess of Orange, Mother to William III. ib.
Catharine Von Bore ..

109 A Tour through France in 1314, in a series Elizabeth Bury

ib. of Letters from a Lady to her Cousin in Susannah Centlivre

ib, London

Characters of celebrated French Women. Letter I. from Brighton

........... 105

Madame Elizabeth of France Reflections on leaving home

ib, The travelling party

Anne Bonrignon ib.

.... 111 Character of the Brother


Select Anecdotes. The Adieu 106 || Dryden

........ 112 Letter II. from Paris ib. Louis de Boissi

ib. Arrival at Dieppe ib. ll John Barth

113 Its Castle and Piers ib. ll Benserade


... 110


.... 121

Musical Biography,
Effects of the Conscription

130 Cramer, senior

............................. 114 Imagine that the condition imposed on them John Christian Fischer


is natural to human exitence Andre Gretry 115 Familiarized to continual War

ib. Arbitrary caprice of Bonaparte

131 The Divorce. A Tale. M. Dormeuil's entry into a new firm 116 Neglect of his associates towards Madame Dormeuil


Desire of M. Dormeuil for a separation ..... ib.
Letter of Madame Dormeuil to her husband 117

Lara; by Lord Byron.
Divorce proposed hy M. Dormeuil
119 || Outline of the Poem

131 Second Letter of Madame Dormeuil ib. Character of Lara

ib. Pecuniary offers of Dormeuil's agent for her

Of his Page, Kaled

132 consent to a divorce ......

Discovery of Kaled's sex

ib, Madame Dormeuil quits the house of her husband


Jacqueline. Mademoiselle d'Olivier introduced as Dor

Story of the Poem

ib. meuil's wife


Description of Jacqueline's elopement ib. The New System of Botany ; with practical

Her Father's grief at her departure ..... ib. Illustrations of the Philosophy of Flora, 8c.

Jacqueline's marriage and her Father's for-

............................................ 133 External appearance of Moss .................. 120 Distinctive marks of all Plants

ib. Lavinia ; or the Bard of Irwell's Lament. Mosses partial to shady and moist places

Subject of the Poem

ib. Their growth on Brick walls ib. Extracts from it

ib. Explanation of the phænomena of Nature ... ib. Mosses most luxurious near marshes and bogs 122 Genus of Moss considered ..............

ib. Variety of Mosses in Greenland .... ib.

Nadir. A Tale of former Times.

Explanation of the Print of Fashion.
The wish

.................. 123 Nadir's attachment to Elma

Description of an

..................... 124
He sets out for Babylon



General Observations on Fashion and Dress ib. Fights a duel

............ 125 Invocation to the sprite Alzor

ib. Nadir shines in a literary dispute

126 He goes to see the performance of a new


127 He captivates the Ladies at the Theatre ..... ib. INCLUDING VARIETIES, CRITICAL, LITEThe Listener.


The Theatres. --Criticisms on the new Co.
Letter from Simon Afterday to the Listener 128
An account of his arrival in London

medy of Love and Gout

137 French Theatre.-Edward in Scotland

ib. Falls in love with the Daughter of bis Father's Steward


Literary Intelligence.—Mrs. Green's CarthuHis adventures in London

sian Friar

139 Whimsical adventure at a Masquerade

Works in the Press

140 129 Manners of the French

ib. The effects of the long War on the Morals Account of the Funeral of Junius Brutus and Manners of the French.


.... 143, Frenchmen believe their Sons are only born Births, Marriages and Deaths.....

144 for War


.... 142

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That mysteries, far above the com may have miraculously created additional plete comprehension of human reason, are food during the progress of the miracle the foundation of our holy religion, is ad- | itself;—but if we had been told that he mitted by all; but it does not follow, that made five men eat five thousand loaves, reason, though it may believe what it does then indeed common sense would again not understand, is yet to yield implicit cre

have been outraged, and the relation dence to-mysteries that are in direct op- would have been disbelieved. position to common sense!

This we look upon as a pretty good test To illustrate our position, let us look at for the truth of modern prophets; for if some of the simplest miracles of our bless-their predictions will not stand the assay ed Redeemer, and we shall find, that though of this crucible, it must be unneces

cessary to beyond the ordinary course of nature, still examine into any proofs which may be adthey were not in opposition to the manifest || duced in favour of divine missions: and evidence of the senses, the only real medium this much we have premised, before enterthrough which reason can acquire the ling on the miraculous life of the far-famed means of forming a correct judgment of Joanna Southcott, whose portrait, if it dues facts, and of drawing inferences from them. not embellish our present Number, will, at At the wedding of Cana, Christ turned || least, serve to gratify the curiosity of our water into wine, a miracle which nature | fair readers, all of whom must have heard, only performs by a long process in the of late, so many wonderful, and, we are vine; he, evidently by divine power, did | sorry to see, so many indelicate, stories that, in a moment, and without the natural about this heavenly upholsterer, who seems means, which every day's experience shews a fitter candidate for a late impostor's “ us can be done; and, therefore, the history i lestial bed," or indeed, rather for a bed of of the miracle, as related by the inspired straw, than for that share of public notice evangelists, does not outrage our under- which her own folly, and the greater folly standings, nor give offence to a wise man, of her followers, have procured for her, though some fools and self-called philoso We shall not so far insult the good phers have pretended to deny it; but, if sense of our readers as to attempt to refute Matthew, Mark, and the other New Tes- the absurdities which, in the following tament writers had told us that Christ pages, it will be our duty, as faithful biopacked up all the wine jars into one of the graphers, to relate; as we trust that the smallest drinking vessels, then indeed com test of mirucles, which we have already mon sense would have said, “ The thing is specified, will be quite sufficient to check absurd and impossible.” Again, we are any belief in her doctrines, or rather in her told that Christ fed five thousand people impudence, for doctrines she has none, with five loaves, there his divine power I though so many of the ignorant and entha


siastic self-dubbed teachers of the immense, other remarkable events in her younger population of the metropolis, pretend to days, they can scarcely be expected, at believe in the divine origin of her mis- least she has not chosen to favour the sion.

world with any of them, though her friends It was in the very middle of the last cen

say she was very religious. This, indeed, tury that this holy virgin (as she states her- according to their ideas, may be very true, self to be, potwithstanding all the chit- for Devonshire was, at that time, overrun chat and scaudal about her and the learned with fanatical preachers, a class so well Doctor, the learned Carpenter, and several || ridiculed in the Spiritual Quixote, the reothers of her faithful servants), first opened | verend writer of which actually lays bis her “yes upon a world who, at that time,

scene not far from Joauna's immediate little thought of the blessing in store for veighbourhood. them, and jubabiting the cottage of two From that period until she was “fair, poor, but simple country folks, William , fat, and forty," we have nothing to record and Hannah Southcott, then living by of her ; but in the year 1790, she was emmeans of their daily industry in farming ployed in the city of Exeter by a holy upwork; two honest souls, who read their holsterer, who kept a shop in that capital Bibles and went to church, whither they of the west, and in which situation many also carried the young Joanna, for the first ungodly tales have been told of her. We time, on the 6th of June, 1750.

will not extend the scandal, but merely reThis was in the parish of Ottery St. cord that the pious visitors of her master Mary's, in Devonshire: but, though the soon began to uotice her heavenly gifts, as circumstance of her baptism is recorded in her serious turn of mind gave them hopes of the parish registers, yet we find no account a convert, little expecting that she would so of any extraordinary rejoicings on that oc soon set up for herself. Conferences now çasion ;-an omission, however, supplied | ensued, and Joanna wrestled, in the spirit, by Joanna herself, who has since assured with those holy men; but she seems even us, that the angels had a merry-making then, to have had the gift of tongues, so upon that occasion!

that she soon silenced them, and began to We know nothing of her younger days, fancy herself a greater woman than she bad and must suppose that she did as others do ever done before, whilst she endeavoured whose fate con fines them to a cottage; but to enhance her importavce in the eyes of as she is now a jolly old woman, we may the ignorant, by dreams, which she stated well suppose that she was then a buxom to come from the Deity, assuring ber of young one, so that there was nothing mi- her being inspired beyond the ordinary raculous in her having a sweetheart at the course of buman knowledge. age of sixteen.

It was at this period that she found her The youth who thus felt the force of her seal, of which so much has lately been said, heavenly charms, was a deserving lad in and of which we shall present our readers the vicinity, Noah Bishop by name; and, in with a fac-simile. It seems she was occutruth, a name most ominous to him, for to all || pied one morning in an apostolic mission of his pleadings she merely answered “No-ah! sweeping out the shop, when she discover. Ab-110!" and thus left the swain to sighed the seal, with the initials of I. solitude. Yet she loved him, she con Now some uninspired folks might have fesses; and, in fact, she bas been raving thought of advertising such a thing, parti. about Bishops ever since; but whether | cularly if it was a golden one; but then our from any hopes of finding her dear Noah | heroine, as she said, had dreamed a dream, on the bench, we shall not pretend to say, I and therefore it was a miracle! Some acthough we are firmly of opinion, that he counts state that the initials on the seal was as well qualified for the lawn sleeves were J. S.; but we presume that is a fact of at twenty, as she is to be a virgin at sixty- very little consequence, except as far as it five!

might have led the right owner to a reWhim, or caprice, which she now calls a covery of his property, love of celibacy, seems to have induced her The seal of this impostor, of which we to veglect bis attentions; and as for any li bere present a fac-simile :

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of Heaven. It appears from religious Valentine, only it is not sent her own story, that she had no directions gratis, nor post paid; for these dispensa- || to perform this holy work gratis, as Heaven tions of the benevolence of the Lord are sends all its other blessings; but then she nothing without a little touch of the lucre was directed, secretly and unconditionally, of Mammon, like the prescriptions of the to seal his present Majesty,—God bless physician for his own use, which never him! and keep him from such Doctors ! answered except when he touched his own She now began to preach and prophecy, palm with a guinea. Every candidate for and soon found it a better trade than atthis passport to salvation, is obliged to sign tending in the shop; and eveu as early as his name on a prepared list, like an address 1791, she told a long story to her disciples to' Heaven, as siguifying his wish that of her being to be tried by the twelve Satan may be destroyed, or forced to re- || judges, who were also to sentence her; but sign should he find himself in a minority; as no time was fixed for its fulfilment, per. after which one of the ready made docu- haps she may yet expect it to come to ments is filled up with the applicant's pass. name, and a notification that it is not to be The year 1792 was, however, a busy broken open : all which, Joanna says, she year with her, for then she publicly opened was ordered to do from Heaven, being told her commission, declaring herself to be the by the spirit of the dreadful judgments that woman spoken of in the Revelations, as were coming upon earth, and being much “ The bride, the Lamb's wife, and the wo-, concerned for those that must fall a prey to man clothed with the sun!" Some of her

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