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On the Comet now visible.-Anecdote.
ministers of his Majesty's Government ruling planets, some mistake was comconceive themselves privileged by con- mitted ; and he was thereby thrown ferring with me on the subject, I shall from the northern to the southern hemost likely bring it into immediate misphere, that he may be perfected in operation, I will tell you thus much, the celestial system. that it is something like a plan for esta- Will it be said, Sir, that the stars blishing a profound astrologer at each have no concern in these matters ; Court of Europe, or of the world. when it is known that Timoleon, that These shall statedly compare and com- noble Greek, won all his famous batbine their celestial observations; and, tles on his own birth-day? and when taking the average horoscope of the it is considered, that Solyman gained nations, direct the proceedings of the the battle of Mohac, and took the forrespective governments in a sure and tress of Belgrade, and the isle of prosperous way. Thus all problema- Rhodes, and the town of Buda, each tical speculations will be at an end; on the 29th of August? Is there nonational concerns will have the stamp thing in all this? and is there nothing of certainty on them all; and indi- in the sister sciences of geomancy, and vidual ones
be conducted by the chiromancy, and onomancy, and other same unerring guide. The trades- branches of the same sublime origin? man will buy and sell by the stel- Declare, ye hosts of men who have exlarian predictions; the stockholder perienced their truth and their utility. will lay up and sell out on the same Is it not known that a comet passed its principles; in short, the whole affairs perihelion on the 14th of April, 1665, of the kingdoms will be managed by and that the same year the metropolis specific and certain laws, instead of of England was desolated by a trementhe vacillating and hazardous ones at dous plague ; and the year following, present pursued. Some difficulties nearly destroyed by fire? Thus realizmight indeed present themselves; but ing the Bard's description,in the execution of what vast design
“ A comet burns, are there not difficulties to overcome? And from his horrid hair shakes pestilence and The nation, I trust, will not leave this
war." hint in embryo; but the vox populi Is it not miserably true, that the dogwill join with the vox stellarum, in star sheds its baleful influence on the urging our rulers to a reformation of earth? Does not the moon regulate their conduct in this respect.
our weather and swell our tides? Do Another scheme of mine is, that all not the sweet influences of Pleiades our public men, as generals, historio- touch the sons of men?. Do not our graphers, &c. shall be well instructed spirits sink or rise as the firmament in this science. To the latter charac-pours on us its cheering or its gloomy ters it would be eminently useful; for, aspect? Are not the clouds our masby acquainting themselves with the ters, and the stars our rulers ? Every horoscopes of great personages, they sound mind joins in the affirmation, and could, without the assistance of pub- we are all astrologers against our will. lic documents, personal intimacies, Though this letter has inadvertently and such like vague testimonies, as- become rather lengthy, yet I hope this certain their true histories, and hand will be excused on account of the great down to posterity indisputable records benefit that will result to your readers, of their times. What a pity it is, that to our rulers, and to the public at Rapin, Hume, Gibbon, and others, had large ; by producing in every mind an not cultivated an acquaintance with immoveable conviction of the firm this high department of knowledge!
basis on which our system stands ;-a I have had some suspicion that our pyramid, whose base covers the orbit great commander Wellington is a mas- of Saturn, and lifts its head to the ter in this science. On what other stars of the seventh magnitude. principle can it be accounted for, that I am, Sir, in every battle he has been victorious,
Your obedient rvant, even when he met the “child and cham- Liverpool, July 13, 1819.
STELLARIO. pion of jacobinism” at Waterloo ! I am much mistaken, too, if Napoleon is not one of our disciples'; but, most likely,
ANECDOTE OF MONTECUCULI. in calculating the horoscope of Mos- Montecuculi, a celebrated Italian cow, and the aspects of Wellington's / general, who was the great competitor
* The Park is situated about five miles from Birstall, Hnd
of the renowned Turenne, one day, On the 3d of November last, being while his army was on a march, issued in Yorkshire, I had the curiosity to an order that any of his soldiers found visit Kirklees Park*, where the famous walking over the corn, should be put to Robin Hood was interred. The spot death. A private, who was ignorant of is inclosed by a wall four feet in height, the mandate, on returning from a neigh- on the top of which is a six or seven bouring village, walked through a path feet high iron-railing. Several yewin a corn-field, where he was seen by trees grow contiguous; and the followthe general, who directed the Prevot to ing is the inscription on the stone, hang him. The soldier, on discover- which I took pains to copy correctly, ing his situation, advanced towards both as it respects the spelling and Montecuculi, and pleaded his igno- capitals.rance; but pleaded in vain.
“ Hear underneath dis litl stean Prevot,” replied the general, “ shall Laz robert earl of Huntingtun do his duty.” As all this occurred
Neer arcir ver az hie sa geud almost in an instant, the soldier, who
An pipl kauld im robin heud had not been disarmed, turned to him,
Sick utlawz az hi an iz men
Vil england nivr si agen' and in a fit of rage, despair, and ven
Obitt 24, kal. Decembris 1247.” geance, exclaimed,—“ I was not guilty before, but now I am;" and imme- dersfield road, and is the property of Sir Geo. Armitage, Bt
. diately discharged his piece at the general. Fortunately, the shot missed MR. Editor, him; and Montecuculi pardoned the If you judge the following piece woroffender.
thy of publication, your insertion of it
in your Imperial Magazine, will much Remarkable Epitaphs.
oblige your subscriber and reader,
JAMES REDFERN. TO THE EDITOR OF THE IMPERIAL
An Anchor necessary for safety. Sir,
When seas are tranquil and serene, A few days ago, I copied the following And skies are cloudless, clear, and bright, from the tomb-stone of Mr. Samuel
When all around is one vast scene Johnson, who was interred in a plan- Of peace, of grandeur, and delight,
The sailor walks the deck with ease, tation belonging to the Earl of Har
Indulging all his little pride, rington, at Gawsworth, near Maccles
As on before a gentle breeze field, Cheshire.
He sees his vessel smoothly glide. “ Under this stone
Elated with his present joy, Rest the remains of Mr Samuel Johnson,
Her various trappings he surveys ;
Her carvings now arrest his eye,
And now her costly gildings blaze :
He views alost, in tuw'ring height, other men
Her swelling canvass rise and spread, By the eccentricities of his genius,
And contemplates with fond delight Chose to retain the same character after his
The splendid figure of her head. death; And was at his own desire buried here, May
But when deep gloom o'erspreads the sky, 5th, A. D. 1773, aged 82."
And winds and waves discordant jar ;
When thunders roar, and lightnings fly, Stay, thou whom chance directs, or ease per- “ And all is eleme:ital war;" suades,
His dream expires, bis fear awakes, To seek the quiet of these sylvan shades,
His pleasing contemplations die, Here, undisturbid and hid from vulgar eyes,
Straight to his anchor he betakes,-
On that his hopes of life rely.
Thus man, while passing o'er life's sea, In comedy well skilld, he drew Lord Flanie,
When all things round assume a smile, Acted the part, and gain’d himself the name.
Indulges thoughtless mirth and glee; Averse to strife, how oft he'd gravely say,
Each trifle can his heart beguile:
When fortune fills his crowded sail, These peaceful groves should shade his breathi
And wealth flows in with ev'ry wind, That when he rose again, laid here alone,
Well pleas'd he courts the flatı'ring gale, No friend and he should quarrel for a bone:
As'all the bliss for man design d. Thinking that were some old lame gossip nigh, He litts ambition's shining vane, She possibly might take his leg or thigh."
Displays the gaudy flag of pride,
The Hoar of Peace.-On the Causes of Crime.
BY THOS, GISBORNE.
And scuds along the placid main,
blishment of State Lotteries; which, Without a compass for his guide. he argues, tends to cherish a spirit of But when stern Fate awakes a storm, gaming, and to draw after it a train of
And wraps his prospects up in gloom; When dire disease, that gnawing worm,
evils, which, in their effects and conProclaimas his certain speedy doom;
sequences, spread into numerous de
partments of domestic life. Through When conscience, Aashing, ushers in
the temptation which this fascinating The thunders of God's broken laws,
system holds out, many, he observes, Pourtrays the heinousness of sin,
who, in the subordinate stations of And points to roin's gaping jaws,— Only the grace of Christ can save ;
civilized society, are entrusted with That anchor is his only care,
money, have been induced to risk the To stay his soul upon the wave,
property of their employers; and, Above the gulf of deep despair.
when they have discovered that their Whitehaven, April 11th, 1819.
foolish adventures have been unsuccessful, they have had recourse to other
crimes to escape detection; till, shut THE HOUR OF PEACE.
from every hope, they have either ab
sconded, to prey on the public, or have When groves by moonlight silence keep,
terminated their existence by suicide. And winds the vexed waves release,
Of the time unavoidably wasted in And fields are hush’d, and cities sleep,
contrivances to raise money to purLord ! is not this the hour of peace ?
chase tickets, and in calculating upon When infancy at ev'ning tries
the issue of the adventure, he has also
taken notice. He likewise adverts to By turns to gain each parent's knees, And, gazing, meets their raptur'd eyes,
the offices of insurance, pointing out Lord! is not this the hour of peace?
their pernicious tendencies; and finally In golden pomp, when autumn smiles,
concludes, that the whole system inAnd hill and dale its rich increase
evitably leads to demoralization. By man's full barns exulting piles,
His second subject is that of contestLord! is not this the hour of peace? ed elections; which, he contends, inWhen Mercy points where Jesus bleeds,
troduce excessive dissipation, promote And Faith beholds thine anger cease,
drunkenness and inattention to labour, And Hope to blank Despair succeeds, - and give a sanction to bribery and This, Father, this alone is peace.
perjury. The principles of moral rectitude, thus wounded, soon cease to
operate in their primitive vigour; and ON THE CAUSES OF DELINQUENCY
the trained delinquent carries among AND CRIME.
his associates the lessons he has learnSome time in the month of March, ed from those, who should have taught 1819, we were favoured, by an inha- him virtue both by their precepts and bitant of Liverpool, with an Essay, example. professing to develop the causes of His third subject is the comfortable delinquency and crime, as named in accommodations, which, through misthe title of this article. Just at that taken humanity, our common jails moment, we were laying before the afford. Detected in he commission public the substance of a pamphlet, of crimes, which he has been instructwritten in America, in which several ed to perpetrate, the offender is contopics of discussion introduced into signed to a jail, which, on examinathese papers seemed to be anticipated. tion, he finds more comfortable than These circumstances rendered the his own habitation. Here vice reigns appearance of this article at that time in triumph among the prisoners; and comparatively unnecessary; and di- dissipation and gambling divide his rected its omission until the present. To hours. Hence, having nothing more such points as have not been particu- to fear from the loss of reputation, he larly noticed, and to others which are becomes, on his release, should he placed in a new light, we shall now pay escape with only a slight punishment, due attention ; but we find it necessary, prepared for every species of villany, for reasons already mentioned, to give for which his abilities and a jail educondensation to his remarks, selecting cation could qualify him. And being only the essence of his observations. neglected and abandoned by all, ex
The first cause of delinquency and cept those whose views are conformcrime which he mentions is, the esta- | able to his own, he again renews 1 No, 6.-VOL. I.
depredations, and rather wishes for a legerdemain philosophy, which seeks jail, that he may enjoy its wretched to account for the simple phenomena of comforts, than dreads the punishment matter and motion, by introducing into which the laws may inflict. He ba- nature such fanciful agents, as innate lances the hope of escaping, against ATTRACTION, the possibility of conviction, and ha- FORCE, INHERENT REPULSION, MATzards all for the booty he attempts to TER OF HEAT, &c. &c. acquire.
I have the honour to be, The fourth topic introduced, is the
Sir, multiplication of oaths; which, he
Your obedient servant, argues, are administered on such tri
RICHARD PHILLIPS. fling occasions, as tend to destroy their | Bridge-street, July 24, 1819. dignity, and to deprive them of solemnity, by which alone they become a In defence of the principles of the prebond of civil society. In favour of tended orthodox philosophy, five apwhat he asserts, he adverts to the peals have been made to credulity, Excise and Customs, and adduces which merit special exposure before I some specific instances, which unhap- conclude my personal concern in this pily prove, that, in these departments, great controversy. oaths are generally viewed by multi- The first, is an attempt to evade tudes who take them with acknow the question, by alleging, that attracledged indifference. The late income tion and gravitation are mere names of and property taxes he considers as the effects, and that by them it is not having pioved highly injurious to pub- pretended to define any cause. To lic morals, on account of the oaths this it may be replied, that to give with which they were associated, and names to effects is not the business and as having given laxity to the ties of object of genuine philosophy; and that moral obligation.
it is the bounden duty of legitimate In his last topic, he adverts to tax- philosophers, to adopt an explanation ation itself; and argues, that in the of the proximate cause of an effect, in same proportion as imposts are multi- preference to any term which may plied and heavy, they have a natural merely describe the effect; and, theretendency to generate a disposition to fore, it is not a sufficient reason for evade their application. To accom- refusing to inquire into the cause, that plish this, no subterfuge is left untried; a mere name of the effect has been geand, with many, no duplicity is thought nerally recognized. That would be a
too criminal to be practised. Even despicable philosophy, which content, among those whose names and cha- ed itself merely with giving learned
racters have been celebrated for loy names to phenomena; and any old alty, he contends, that no small num- woman, who says that a body falls to ber may be found, who have discover the earth on account of its weight, ed the art of detaching turpitude from would exhibit as profound a discrimia violation of law. This pernicious nation as any self-called philosopher, principle, he argues, when once un- who might assert that it falls owing to happily adopted, opens an easy pas- its graritation, or owing to the preponsage to the vices which distinguish the derating attraction of the earth. present age. It separates law from The Newtonians profess to consider, justice, and reducing obedience to the by the word attraction, merely the name former as a matter of expedieney, of the law or phenomenon. But when leaves the latter wholly unguarded. we apply their name or law to the se
veral phenomena, and ask them why
the planets do not fall to the sun, as EDITOR OF THE IMPERIAL ' well as a stone to the earth, they then MAGAZINE,
abandon the name, as a law, and tell SIR,
us that the tendency towards the sun is Having observed in your spirited counteracted by a force, which they Miscellany some strictures, by a Mr. call projectile or centrifugal. Yet, as EXLEY, on my Essays on the proximate this counteraction is a force, surely Causes of material Phenomena, I send that which is counteracted must also some observations which I have drawn be a force; and therefore, in spite of up in reply to all such reasoners as Mr. all equivocation, the name is by themExley, and to all advocates of that selves converted into a force or ten
New Physical Philosophy, Phillips's Reply to Exley.
dency to the centre, governed by a sarily moves towards the centre of the certain law. Here then we are at terrestrial masses, because it is the issue: I admit this law, as a result of patient of the orbicular and rotatory certain local mechanical forces, and motions of the mass, and because the which, being local, and not essentially common force, which revolves the universal, does not require the hypo- heterogeneous mass, necessarily prothesis of a counteracting projectile or duces equal momenta in every part; centrifugal force. But they assert, that and equal momenta can only result the law is a result of forces inherent from every part revolving at distances in matter, and universal as matter; from the centre, which are inversely as and then, to counteract this universal their densities: and I have also found, force, which would unite all bodies in that it is highly probable that the plaone mass, they are obliged to feign the nets move round the sun, because havexistence of a centrifugal or projectile ing no innate tendency to move in any force, which, however, is not sup- direction, and having atmospheres ported by any experiment like that of which gradually fine off, and vanish a falling stone, but is created by them- into the medium of space, they are selves, for the sole purpose of recon- susceptible of being moved by the ciling another hypothesis of their own exceedingly slight forces created by to the phenomena!
the medium of space in curvilinear This con ision arises from consider-orbits, corresponding with the circular ing the phenomena of the terrestrial motions of the sun round the centre of mass, and those of the sun and planets, the planetary system; the force of the as similar, and as results of the same impulse being measured by the relauniversal cause. A stone falls to the tive bulks of the masses concerned, earth, but a planet does not fall to the and by the law of divergency, or reci
Nevertheless, the Newtonians procal square of the distance; and the assert, that the planets have a tenden- areas of the medium of space, moved cy to fall to the sun, though they do not by the action and re-action of the same fall! They assert that of which they forces, or described by the radiushave no proof in any fact; and then, vector, must always be necessarily upon this assertion, they found sys- equal. tem of physics! A stone falls to the The assertion, therefore, that physiearth; and, from this fact, they de- cal philosophy is perfect, without conduce the monstrous conclusion, that sidering the true mechanical cause of the planets also have a tendency to fall the action and re-action of distant anto the sun; though it is notorious they connected bodies on one another, is a do not fall, and never evince any dis- mere pretence to cover inadvertency, position to fall! But, the analogy prejudice, or pride. between the force which impels a The second assertion of the defendstone to the earth, and that which re- ers of the pretended orthodox princitains the planets in their orbits, is, in ples of philosophy, is, that they accord truth, confirmed by no fact: it is, with geometry, and are confirmed by therefore, evident, that the analogy is the researches of the most profound gratuitous, and highly probable that it mathematicians; and therefore ought is utterly false.
not to be disturbed. In considering It does not follow, because a stone the assumptions of this piece of arrant moves towards the centre of the earth, sophistry, I appeal to every one who and the planets move in orbits round has applied geometry to the Keplerian the sun, that therefore the proximate law, whether that science takes, or causes of motions so dissimilar, and affects to take, any cognizance whatin such contrary directions, are the ever of the source of that law? It is same. I should rather infer, that the the same thing to geometry, whether proximate causes are altogether differ- it is assumed as analogous to emanaent; and, instead of saying that they tions, on the whimsical hypothesis of were the same, and then inventing a new emanating gravific particles; whether force to explain the difference, I should it was a false analogy deduced from rather search for appropriate and ex- Galileo's law of falling bodies; wheisting motions of nature, calculated ther it was an astrological harmony by themselves to produce the peculiar of Kepler's; or whether it was ascribmotions. And having made this search, ed to attraction by Hooke; the
geomeI have discovered, that a stone neces- I trician acts merely on the abstract law,