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these divided by pathless mountains, voracious appetite for food. We had we found it impracticable, in such un- some victuals on board, but none ready seasonable weather, to proceed to cooked ; and as there was no appear. Glen-Elig on foot as we at first pro- ance of kindling a fire, Mr John soon posed ; and it was necessary, either to grew quite desperate, and began to hire a boat to carry us to Slate, in look first over the one shoulder and $ky, than traverse that country to then over the other, as not knowing Dunvegan; and there again take what to do. Our sailors having very chance of a passage from that to Row- little English, I thought I should have dal in Harris; or else hire a boat in this perished with laughing, when I saw place to carry us there, wait our re- him, with a famished look, go and imturn, and bring us back again. We plore them for a piece of bread in the very soon agreed that the latter was most correct English he was master most expeditious, as well as the most of, that they might by no means misconvenient and genteel way of travel. understand him. I will send you our ling. We accordingly hired a tight voyage in my next. schooner, named the Hawk of Oban,

I am yours, &c. and embarked next day about noon.

J.H. Our bargain with the owners was, that they were to set us down on any part of Harris

we chose, where they were to wait our return and Query respecting a Coin. bring us back to Arisaig. Our crew consisted of two brothers, stout young

To the Editor. lads, who were the owners of the ves

SIR, sel, and another man whom they I Send you an account of a Coin, or hired.

Medal, which I have never seen We left Arisaig, as I said, about described. Some of your readers may noon, giving them directions to steer probably be able to inform me by for Ensay in the sound of Harries, or

whom, in what year, or on what ocelse for Ísland-Glass in Loch-Tarbet, casion it was struck. On one side, distant from this place about an hun

a dolphin swimming; above its head a dred miles. We found our way out

hand issuing from a cloud, with a of Loch-Arisaig, or Loch-Nakeane, crown, and this inscription, A DELPHINO by a long intricate passage, stretching

INCOLUMITAS. On the reverse, a southward, leaving an innumerable figure of Peace carrying a cornucopia of insulated rocks on our star

in her left hand; in her right she holds board side ; and, by the bye, this is

a torch, with which she is setting fire certainly as dangerous a bay as is on

to a trophy of military arms, with this these coasts, if the mariners are not inscription, EX PACE UBERTAS. Be. minutely acquainted with it. The

low are the words WOLF LAVE. It is Hawk, though a fine sailer, and easily

I am, Sir, managed, drew very little water, and

Your constant reader, was uncommonly light and ticklish;

T. B. therefore, when the sea was heavy or rough, she wrought and rolled most violently ; and as soon as we were got Witchcraft, Murder, and Credulity. into the open channel, the airy motion began to affect the stomachs of my

(From Leeds Mercury, Oct, 22. 1808.) two friends; but as the breeze was

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engaged public attention, was yester- under a promise, however, that they day developed before the Magistrates, should, by-and-by, be allowed to open at the Rotation-oihce, in this town.- the bags, and these bags, they were The parties were Mary Bateman, of told, would be found to contain all Campfield, near this town, and Wm. the money they had advanced. Perigo and his wife, of Bramley; she, About six months had now expithe witch, and they the dupes. It ap- red, and the business of fraud and depeared, that in August 1806, an ap- lusion still went on. Miss Blyth could plication was made to this woman by not, while certain planets ruled, sleep Perigo, to cure his wife of a complaint, in her own bed; and, in order to prowhich was not stated on the examina- mote the comfort of the “ wise woman, tion, but which we suppose to be what Perigo was to buy her a new bed, with is called amongst people of her rank, all the necessary appendages, and send “ nervous,” and amongst their betters, it to Mary Bateman, thro’ whose hands " the hip.”-Mary, with becoming it was to be transmitted to the nymph modesty, declined to undertake the of Scarbro'. The bed, &c. which cost cure herself; but said, that she had a eight pounds, were bought, and notes, friend at Scarbro', a Miss Blyth, who to the amount of thirty pounds more, could “ read the stars,” and collect paid at various times, into the hands from them the knowledge requisite to of the impostor. Unbounded in her remove all corporeal and mental mala- extortions, she next demanded a set of dies; and, as a preliminary step, re- china ; this was also furnished to her; quired that Perigo's wife should send but she complained that the tea canher flannel petticoat to Miss Blyth, in nister was not sufficiently handsome to order that she might, from that article set before the genteel company kept of dress, collect a knowledge of her by a lady of her distinction, and dedisorder. The petticoat was sent, and manded a tea caddy in its stead, which a propitious answer returned, wherein demand was also complied with. it was required, that the medium, Perigo and his wife, thus drained Mary Bateman, thro' which all com- of all the money they had in the munication betwixt the astrologer world, and all the sums their former and the patient was to be made, should good credit had enabled them to raise, have four gainea notes presented to and the wife's health still growing her, and she was, in return, to give worse, rather than better, they became Perigo four other guinca notes, inclo- impatient to look into the mysterious sed in a small bag, into which, if ei- bags, and extract from them the wealth ther his own curiosity, or the still they contained. Their clamorous imstronger curiosity of his wife, should patience probably became troubleinduce them to look, the charm would some, when, as it should seem, to sibe broken, and sudden death would be lence their importunity, Mrs Bateman the consequence. Strange as it may received, as she said, a packet from appear, the wife of Perigo never look- Scarborough ; this packet contained a ed into the inchanted bag to the day powerful charm, which was to be mixof her death. Soon after the four gui- ed up in a pudding, to be prepared neas had been given to Mary Bate- for the purpose, and of which Perigo man, a letter arrived from Scarbro', and his wife were to eat, but on no directing that another guinea should account to allow any person to partake be paid into her hands.

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with them. They did eat, and there quiests were repeated, and complied is but too much reason to suppose, with, till forty guineas had been thus that this vile woman had said within extorted from these infatuated people, herself, " in the day you eat thereof

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you shall surely die.” The husband tion, to find that the contents of these ate sparingly, he did not like the bags were not worth one penny! and taste; but his ill-fated wife, less scru- to find himself a pauper, without propulous, ate freely: they both became perty, and with a ruined constitution. sick, almost immediately, and conti- The bubble now burst; and after nued in the most deplorable situation having kept the business an entire sefor twenty-four hours: the wife lost cret from every soul living, his wife the use of her limbs, and, after lan- alone excepted, for upwards of two guishing five days, died on the 24th years, he laid his hopeless case before of May 1807, a victim of credulity. some of his neighbours: by their diPerigo recovered partially, but from rection Mary Bateman was apprehenthat time to the present, has never had ded; when brought before the Mathe perfect use of his limbs. Part of gistrates, she in part confessed her dethe pudding was, by way of experi- linquency, and admitted that there ment, given to a cat, and it died ; was no such person as Miss Blyth in some fowls also picked up other parts existence, but that the whole was a of it, and shared the same fate. Con- mere phantom, conjured up to forward trary to the direction of Mary Bate- her vile purposes. The Magistrates man, Perigo applied to a surgeon, in have committed the offender to the this town, for advice, and was told by House of Correction, whether to be him, that he had taken poison, but, tried for swindling practices, or to be fortunately, not in a quantity suffi- removed from that to the County Jail, ciently large to occasion his death. to take her trial for wilful murder, we

After the death of his wife, it is are not informed. natural to suppose that the husband On searching the house of this wowould have possessed sufficient fortitude man (who has a husband and several to emancipate himself from the fangs children) the bed and some other artiof this wicked woman; this, however, cles, the property of William Perigo, was not the case : she had thrown her amounting in value to about 101. or toils over him, and tho' the wife might 121. were found, and will bo restored not have been, as she supposed, be- to the owner. witched, it is pretty evident the hus- It is worthy of observation, that band was under some such influence. Mary Bateman is the person whose From May 1807, till Wednesday last, hen laid an egg, about two years ago, the charm continued to operate, and at the Bank in this town, bearing the spell could not be dissolved. At this marvellous inscription, “ Christ is one time he went to Manchester by coming." the direction of this Jezebel; at ano

Another Case. ther he sent her one of his wife's James Snowden and his family have gowns; again she contrived to coax also been the dupes of Mary Bateor frighten him out of another gown, man, in a degree little inferior to Pea petticoat, and the family Bible! rigo. Living at the next door to this And last of all, she demanded from artful woman, she learnt that Snorrhim half a bushel of wheat, with three den's wife had a sort of presentiment seven shilling pieces enclosed. His that one of her children would be creditors at length became impatient, drowned, and offered her services to and the hopes of getting any part of avert so heavy a calamity. The agenhis property back failing, he deter- cy of Miss Blyth was called in here mined to brave all danger, and look again, Mary pretended to write to her into the mysterious bags--but what at Thirsk, and received a letter, direcmust have been his surprise and vexa- ting that James Snowden's silver watch

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should be sewed up in the bed by Mary Bateman ; next, money, to the Account of Books committed to the amount of twelve guineas, was de

Flames, suppressed, or censured. manded, and obtained in a manner a

(Concluded from p. 825.) good deal similar to the way in which it was extorted from Perigo : this was

on also to be sewed up in the bed. By by Algernon Sidney." This and bye, it became necessary, Miss work, when still only in manuscript, Blyth said, in order to prevent their afforded a pretext for the condemnason being drowned, and their daugh- tion of Sidney to the most infamous ter becoming abandoned, that Snow- punishment. A jury, corrupted by den's family should leave Leeds, and their President Jeffreys, a personal go to Bowling, in the neighbourhood enemy of the author, condemned him of Bradford, taking the bed, with the to be hanged and quartered, but he watch, and money in it, with them, was merely beheaded. Sidney was an but leaving a considerable portion of ardent republican: he made war against their property in their house at Leeds, Charles I., and leagued with the monand giving Mary Bateman the key. sters who put that prince to death.At length they expressed their wish His character, impatient of any species to Mary, to be allowed to look into of restraint, made him leave England the bed, and take out the watch and when Cromwell usurped the supreme money, but the time had not yet ar- power. After the death of the prorived; and before this inspection was tector, he was so imprudent as to reto be made, the family of Snowden turn into his country; and though were to take a dose, which was at that Charles II. had granted him a partitime in preparation for them, and was cular pardon, he was not the less atto have been administered during the tacked by his personal enemies, as havpresent week— happily this dose was ing entered into a conspiracy against never taken. Saturday last, James the King's person : proofs were wantSnowden was passing part of his eve- ing; but the writings found in his posning in a public house at Bradford, session caused him to be denounced as and The Leeds Mercury being produ- a mover of sedition. These writings ced, one of the company undertook to

are the Discourses in question ; they read the article which had produced contain bold truths mingled with paso much conversation during the day, radox. under the head-Witchcraft, Murder, “ De Lege, Rege, et Grege. (By Credulity.—Snowden heard the nar- Eric Sparre in Sweden) fol.” This rative with violent emotion ; when it work is excessively rare, being carewas finished he started from his chair, fully suppressed in Sweden, and among and made the best of his way home. the books most strictly prohibited in His first care was to open the folds of that kingdom. The author there unthe bed, when, lo! instead of his watch folded his ideas respecting the law of and money, he found--a coal! He nature and nations, which he had next came over to Leeds, and found deeply studied. He was a baron, and his house, which he had left in the a senator of Sweden in the sixteenth care of Mary Bateman, plundered, century; he distinguished himself in and on a search warrant being procu- the different employments with which red, part of the property was found in that government entrusted him. Bateman's house ; John Bateman was, In the sixteenth century, the Swedes in consequence, apprehended, and com- and Poles fought to decide which mitted to York Castle, to take his should be master. At the end of this trial.

bloody quarrel, Sigismond, who occuthem up.

pied at once the thrones of Poland and that the author had inserted several of Sweden, was constrained to yield bold passages, little favourable to the the last to his uncle Charles IX.- memory of Philip II. Charles required that five senators, at

“ Defence of the Catholic faith a. tached to Sigismond, should be given “gainst the errors of the English sect. up to him, and the ungrateful Sigis- “ By Francis Suarez. (Latin.) Coim. mond gave

Of this num- “ bra, 1613, fol." This work was ber was Eric Sparre, baron of Sund. burned in England and France by the by, chancellor of Sweden, whose vir- hand of the executioner. It was untues and talents have never been dis- dertaken by order of Pope Paul V., puted. On the 20 March 1600, with who seeing that a great number of three others, he was beheaded at Lin- English Catholics took the oath recoping, and died with dignity, the vic- quired by James I. (See Reboul) protim of the baseness of one king, and posed to Suarez, a Spanish Jesuit, thro' the ferocity of another.

the medium of Cardinal Caraffa, his le“ Grounds of Venetian liberty. In gate in Spain, to undertake the defense “ which are also adduced the claims of this religion. The Jesuit obeyed. % of the Roman empire upon the city The Pope, satisfied with his perform" and signiory of Venice.” (Mirando- ance, thanked him by a brief of 9th la, 1612. 4to.) A rare and seditious September 1613. The author dediwork. It was burned by order of the caled his treatise to the Christian prinsenate of Venice. The author is not ces: it is divided into six books; in precisely known ; some ascribe it to the sixth he discusses the form of the Alphonso de la Cueva, known under oath which offended Rome, and the the name of the Marquis of Bedmar, greatest part of the Catholics. James the chief mover in the conspiracy of I., enraged, caused his book to be the Spaniards against the republic of burned at London before the church Venice; others to Marc Welser. In of St Paul, and forbade his subjects to this work, the author attempts to shew read it under grievous penalties; be that the Venetian state is not naturally complained bitterly to the king of free, that it is an ancient domain of Spain that he should suffer in his states the empire, and that consequently the a writer so rash as to declare himself emperor and the empire retain the openly the enemy of the throne and of same rights, and the same pretensions the majesty of kings. Philip III. as ever, to the sovereignty of the re- caused the book of Suarez to be expublic. This author seems to have amined by bishops and doctors, and foreseen the fate of Venice. Certain on their report wrote a long letter to it is, his book gave occasion to Father James I, in which, after defending the Paul to write the history of the Coun- conduct of the Jesuit, he exhorts that cil of Trent; the latter thought that prince to return to the way of truth, the “Grounds” came from the court of which his predecessors had followed Rome, and as he could not answer it during so many ages. The work of directly, he composed his Council of Suarez was not viewed in France with 'Trent, in the view of mortifying that the same eye as in Spain; the parliacourt.

ment of Paris, by a decree of 26 June " Strada de Bello Belgico.” This 1614, condemned it to be burned by work, says M. Debure, should have the hand of the executioner, as conhad three volumes ; but it was not taining seditious maxims, and many completed, because the impression of propositions contrary to the sovereign the last volume was stopt by order of power of kings. Francis Suarez, barn the king of Spain, who caused the ma. at Granada in 1548, died at Lisbon in puscript to be withdrawn, on learning 1617.

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