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tained only the flexibility of those of Beaune, who saw her in this counof a person newly dead.
dition, could not believe her role This went off; the recovered her nourishment was water, till a lady, appetite and her speech, but the at bis desire, took her into her head-ach continued, and soon after house, and kept her long enough the fell into a delirium, accompa- to satisfy him of it: he then nied with convulsions, fartlings, thought to deceive her, by giving and a trembling of the arms and her, instead of water, veal broth legs, and sometimes she could not highly clarified. He indeed debe kept in bed.
ceived her senses, but not her stoTo remove this, she was bled in mach, which immediately threw up the foot, and blisters were applied the broth with nauseas and violent to her legs. This threw her into convulsions, which were followed a total languor, and the lost the by a fever. use of all her limbs, and the power On her leaving this lady's house, of eating and speaking, retaining her father carried her with him on a only her hearing, seeing, and feel pilgrimage. ing, and a little respiration. Ex- On her return, the was fo diftrefcept in the delirium mentioned fed with thirst, that she made a vio. above, which did not continue lent effort, and her speech returned, long, she still preferved the use of to ak for water : from this time her reason, which she employed to fhe retained the use of her speech, intimate, by inarticulate sounds, which became more and more fawhat she liked or disliked. The e' miliar to her. She also increased sounds were at first only two : The the quantity of her drink, which multiplied them afterwards, and be- fhe discharged plentifully by urine. gan to add to them a little motion It will be easily imagined, from the of her hands, which increased as regimen she had so long observed, the sounds became more varied: that she had no discharge by ftool. ftill the took nothing but water, and She now recovered the use of her
small quantity: hence arms so far as to be able to spin, her belly frunk so much, that one to dress herself, and to make use of imagined they could feel the verte- two short crutches, by the help of bræ through it, and could diftin. which she dragged herself on her guish none of the inteftines. All knees, not being able yet to use her that part, and the lower extremi. legs; by this means the could go ties, which had lost all feeling, to the jar which contained all her seemed to be seized with a parcial provisions, and even to the houses palsy. As to the rest, the body still of some neighbours ; she was in kept its colour, her eye was brisk, this condition when M. Lardillon her lips of a good red, and her saw her on the gth of December, complexion very fresh ; her pulse 1754, above three years after the was regular, and even strong. beginning of her disorder. Heob
She still continued the same re. ferved that she began ar that time gimen, except that she swallowed to raise her right knee; that neither the water with much more ease, and the fielh of her thigh, nor that of in greater quantity. A physician her leg, on that lide, was fallen
that in a very
away, nor those of her arms and form the least found, though he hands; that her skin was soft, her could speak very articulately before. face plump, with an air of ferenity At first, the loss of his speech and that discovered no bad habit of voice was instantaneous, but began body: he ventured to foresel that to continue longer every day; fo the would get quite well, and per- that, from the duration of some haps sooner than was genesally ima. minutes, it amounted to half an gined. His prediction was folly hour, two hours, three hours, and verified : as foon as the arrived at lastly, to twenty-three hours, yet the age of puberty, her appetite re- without order. Such was his con. turned, she began by ligle and dition upwards of half a year. At little to eat; and, with the affiftance last
, the return of his speech 'kept of fome light medicines, all the fo conftant and regular an order, symptoms of her disorder fuccef- that now, for 14 years together, he fively disappeared : fo that, in the cannot speak but from noon, during month of July, 1755, the eat as the space of an intire hour, to the usual, and began to walk without precise moment of one o'clock. crutches, having been near four years Every time he loses his speech, he without taking any nourishment. feels something rise from his ftoHowever bigh we may have carried mach to his throat. He cannot be our knowledge of the human body, deceived by the transposition of and the animal ceconomy, we are hours, because he observes always very far from being able to account and very exactly the term, from for fuch phenomena.
twelve to one, though no bell
rings nor clock strikes. Excepting An account of a periodical Dumbness: this lots of speech, he makes no
From the Ephemerides of the complaint of the disorder of any Curious.
animal function. Both his internal
and external senses are found : he HE son of an inn-keeper at hears always very exactly, and an.
Jefing, in the duchy of Wir- swers by gestures or writing to the temberg, of a choleric conftitution, questions proposed to him. He eats, and about 25 years of age, was and drinks heartily, and is very taken so ill after supper on St. Ste- handy and active in doing the bu phen's day, now upwards of 15 finess of the faraily. At his time year ago, that he could neither of speaking, his discourse is discreet ftand nor fit. He was also so fick at and sensible, for a person of his heart, that, had he not been re- education; and, if desired to read, lieved by copious vomiting, he was which he sometimes does of himoften apprehenfive of being fuffo- felf, he is sure to stop short always cated. `About an hour after, he în folence the moment that one was better ; but, during three whole o'clock in the afternoon locks up months, he became much dejected the powers of his tongue. and melancholy, and sometimes as There cannot be a more extraor-, jf seized with fear. After the ex- dinary cafe than this, nor one so piration of this term, he was sud- much deserving of the attention of denly struck dumb, without being the curious. How to account for it, able to proncunce the leaf word, or must be extremely difficult. Per
haps something he eat at supper, some notable ftrokes, such as shew when he was first taken ill, has ever a great combination and strong mefince remained undigefted in his mory t. ftomach or intestines; and as he The most wonderful circumstance used to feel something rising from is, that she should have learnt to read thence towards his throat, it pro- and write; but even this is readily bably caused the extinction of his believed on knowing her method. voice, which he did not recover till In writing to her, no ink is used, but it again fubfided.
the letters are pricked down on the paper; and by the delicacy of her
touch, feeling each letter, the folAn account af a French lady, blind lows them fucceflively, and reads
from her infancy, who can read, every word with her fingers ends.
write, and play at cards, &c. She herself in writing makes use of A Young gentlewoman of a good a pencil
, as he could not know when family in France *, now in her her pen was dry; her guide on the 18th year, loft her fight when only paper is a small thin ruler, and of two years old, her mother having the breadth of her writing. On been advised to lay some pigeong finishing a letter, she wets it, so as blood on her eyes, to preserve them to fix the traces of her pencil
, that in the small-pox; whereas, so far they are not obscured or effaced : from answering the end, it eat into then proceeds to fold and seal it, and them : nature, however, may be write the direction ; all by her own said to have compensated for the address, and without the allistance unhappy mistake, by beauty of per- of any other person. Her writing Ton, sweetness of temper, vivacity of is very strait, well cut, and the spellgenius, quickness of conception, ing no less correct. To reach this and many talents which certainly fingular mechanism, the indefatimuch alleviate her misfortune.
gable cares of her affectionate mother She plays at cards with the same were long employed, who accuftom. readiness as others of the party; the ed her daughter to feel letters cut in first prepares the packs allotted to cards or pafteboard, brought her to her, by pricking them in several distinguish an A from a B, and thus parts, yet so imperceptibly that the the whole alphabet, and afterwards closest inspection can scarce discern
to spell words ; then by the rememher indexes. She forts the suits, brance of the hape of the letters to and arranges the cards in their delineate them on paper, and lastly,
proper sequence, with the same pre- to arrange them so as to form words cifion, and nearly the same facility,
and sentences. as they who have their fight. All
She has learnt to play on the guitthe requires of those who play with tar, and has eren contrived a way her, is to name every card as it is of pricking down the tunes as an aí. played ; and these the retains sa ex- fiftance to her memory: So delicate actly, that lhe frequently performs are her organs, that in singing a
* Madamoiselle de Salignac, born at Xaintonge.
+ In this respect the is equalled, if not excelled, by Mr. Stanley, organist of st. Andrew's, who, though blind almot from his his birth, plays at whift as well as most men.
tune, ceptor devil's
tune, tho'new to her, she is able to that is her natural language, the name che notes.
speaks both High-Dutch, Italian I.: figured dances she acquits her- and Latin, the hath also the psalms self extremely well, and in a minuet by heart in French, and many of with inimitable ease and graceful- them in Dutch and Italian : she unnels. As for the works of her sex, derstands the old philosophy well, the has a masterly hand, she fews and and is now studying the new : The hems perfe&ly well ; and in all her hath ftudied the body of divinity works the threads the needles for well, and hath the text of the scripherself, however small.
tures very ready : on all which matBy the watch, her touch never ters I had long conversations with fails telling her exa&tly the hour and her. She not only fings well, but minute *.
The plays rarely on the organ; and
I was told the played on the violin, As a supplement to this letter we but her violin was out of order. But fall give a postscript of the late that which is most of all, is, the bifhop (then Dr.) Burnet to the fe- writes legibly: in order to her learncond letter of his travels.
ing to write, her father, who is a
worthy man, and hath such tender. “ In the account that I give you ness for her, that he furnisheth her of Geneva, I forgot to mention a with masters of all sorts, ordered letvery extraordinary person that is ters to be carved in wood, and the there, Mrs. Walkier; her father is by feeling the characters formed of Staff - house, the lost her sight · such an idea of them, that the writes when she was but a year old, by with a crayan so difinály, that her being too near a stove that was very writings can be well read, of which hot : there rests in the upper part of I have several essays. I saw her her eye so much fight, that she write, the doth it more nimbly than diftinguishes day from night: and can be imagined; the hath a mawhen any person stands between her chine that holds the paper, and and the light, she will distinguish keeps her always in line. But that by the head and its dress a man from which is above all the reft, she is a a woman, but when she turns down person of extraordinary devotion, her eyes she sees nothing : she hath great resignation to the will of God, a vaft memory : beside the French, and a profound humility. The pre
The reader may observe from this account, that the French lady has nothing to boast of in which she is not excelled by the gentleman already mentioned, except reading and writing. The works peculiar to her fex are gained mechanically; but the distinguishing colours, telling the precise time by a watch, naming the notes in music, and many other things depending upon the ear and touch, are so familiar to Mr. Stanley, that his friends cease to think them extraordinary in him : his naming the number of persons in a room on entering it; his direct. ing his voice to each person in particular, even to itrangers when they have once spoken; his missing any person absent, his telling who that person is; his conceptions of youth, beauty, fymmetry, and shape, are such wonderful attainments as are, perhaps, all peculiar to himself; with which nothing that is reported of the French lady can be brought in competition,
ceptor that the father kept in the ed and grew hard ; his tongue house with her, hath likewise a won- seemed to be stiff and rolled up toderful faculty of acquiring tongues. wards the roof of his mouth'; fo When he came first to Geneva (for that he seemed always dumb; had he is of Zurich) he spoke not a word he not vouchsafed to speak a few of French, and within thirteen words once a fortnight or tbree months he preached in French cor
weeks. rectly, and with a good accent: he This impostor proceeded so far, also began to study Italian in the as to accuse a poor honest, indu. month of November, and before the strious old woman, named Joan end of the following February he Cock, of witchcraft, and of bewitchpreached in Italian ; his accent was ing him in particular. And by his very extraordinary, for the Tralian artful behaviour, when the was language is not spoken in Geneva, brought ever so secretly into the tho' the race of the Italians do keep room where he was, raised a strong up ftill an Italian church there." presumption of the truth of his ac
cusation ; for which crime of witch
craft the poor woman was appreAn account of the impofture of the hended, and obliged to take her boy of Bilfon.
tryal at Stafford assizes in 1620, to
the manifest danger of her life, but THE boy of Bilson, who was on- acquitted by the jury:
ly thirteen years old, by instruc- The judges then committed the tion, could so conduct himself be- care of the boy to the bishop of fore the public, that the spectators Litchfield and Coventry, then prewere induced, by the exraordinary sent in court, who carried him to his fits, agitations, and the surprising palace at Ecclefhall; and there havdistempers wherewith he seemed to ing first taken the advice of wellbe affected, to believe him to be approved phyficians, concerning the poffeffed of a devil, and bewitched. ftate of his body, his lordship did inIn his fits, he seemed to be both deaf tend to proceed with him by severiand blind, writhing his mouth, con- ties; but being informed, in the tinually groaning and panting, and mean time, that the boy always fell although often pinched with men's into agitations and violent fits, upon fingers, pricked with needles, tickled hearing these words of St. John's on his fides, whipped feverely with gospel, In the beginning was the rods, and treated with other correc- Word, &c. he resolved to begin with tions, he was never known to dis- this experiment: “Boy, said the cover the least fenfe of what was bishop, it is either thou thyself, or done unto him. When he was the devil, that abhorrest those words thought to be out of his fits, he di- of the gospel ; and if it be the devil, gested nothing given him for nou- there's no doubt of his understanding rishment, but would often surprise all languages; so that he cannot but the
company with voiding and caft- know, and few. his abhorrence, ing rags, thread, straw, crooked: when I recite the fame sentence in pins, needles, &c. out of his mouth. the gospel out of the Greek text: By such means his belly grew almost But if it be thyself, then thou art an as flat as his back ; his throat swell-, execrable wretch, who playeft the