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a perplexed inquest after the thieves, then did Sir Henry Wotton show his father's letter; and by it such light was given of this work of darkness, that the five persons were presently discovered, and apprehended, without putting the university to so much as the casting of a figure.-Wanley's Wonders of the Little World, Vol. ii.
R.N. In the year 1664, one Captain Thomas Rogers, commander of a ship called the Society, was bound on a voyage from London to Virginia.
The vessel being sent light to Virginia, for a loading of tobacco, had not many goods in her outward-bound.
They had a pretty good passage, and the day before had made an observation, when the mates and officers brought their books and cast up their reckonings with the captain, to see how near they were to the coast of America. They all agreed that they were at least about a hundred leagues from the capes of Virginia. Upon these customary reckonings, and heaving the lead, and finding no ground at an hundred fathoms, they set the watch, and the captain turned into bed.
The weather was good, a moderate gale of wind blew fair for the coast; so that the ship might have run about twelve or fifteen leagues in the night, after the captain was in his cabin.
He fell asleep, and slept very soundly for about three hours, when he waked again, and lay till he heard his second mate turn out, and relieve the watch ; he then called his chief mate, as he was going off from the watch, and asked him how all things fared : who answered, that all was well, and the gale freshened, and they ran at a great rate ; but it was a fair wind, and a fine clear night: the captain then went to sleep again.
About an hour after he had been asleep again, he dreamed that a man pulled him, and waked him, and bade him turn out and look abroad. He, however, lay still and went to sleep, and was suddenly awakened again, and thus several times; and though he knew not what was the reason, yet he found it impossible to go to sleep; and still he heard the vision say, Turn out and look abroad.
He lay in this uneasiness nearly two hours: but at last it increased so, that he could lie no longer, but got up, put on his wateh gown, and came out upon the quarter-deck; there he found his second mate walking about, and the boatswain upon the forecastle, the night being fine and clear, a fair wind, and all well as before.
The mate wondering to see him, at first did not know him; but calling, Who is there ? the captain answered, and the mate returned, "Who, the captain! what is the matter, sir?”
The captain said, “I don't know; but I have been very uneasy these two hours, and somebody bade me turn out, and look abroad, though I know not what can be the meaning of it.”
“How does the ship cape ?” said the captain.
“ South-west by south," answered the mate; “fair for the coast, and the wind east by north.'
66. That is good,” said the captain ; and after some other questions, he turned about to go back to his cabin, when somebody stood by him and said, “ Heave the lead, heave the lead.”
Upon this, he turned again to his second mate, saying “When did you heave the lead ? what water had you ?".
“ About an hour ago,” replied the mate ; “sixty fathom.” “ Heave again," said the captain.
“ There is no occasion, Sir," said the mate; “but if you please it shall be done."
Accordingly a hand was called, and the lead being cast or heaved, they had ground at eleven fathom.
This surprised them all, but much more when at the next cast, it came up seven fethoms.
Upon this the captain in a fright bade them put the helm a-lee, and about ship, all hands being ordered to back the sails, as is usual in such cases.
The proper orders being obeyed, the ship stayed presently, and came about; and before the sails filled, she had but four fathoms and a half water under her stern; as soon as she filled and stood off, they had geven. fathoms again, and at the next cast eleven fathoms, and so on to twenty fathoms; he then stood off to seaward all the rest of the watch, to get into deep water, till day-break, when being a clear morning, the capes of Virginia, and all the coast of America, were in fair view under their stern, and but a few leagues distant. Had they stood on but one cable's length farther, as they were going, they would have been bump ashore, and certainly lost their ship, if not their lives-Signs before Death.
WILLIAM HOWIT'S DREAM, ON HIS VOYAGE TO AUSTRALIA
I had a dream of being at my brother's at Melbourne, and found his house on a hill at the further end of the town, next to the open forest. His garden sloped a little way down the hill to some brick buildings below: and there were green-houses on the right hand by the wall, as you looked down the hill from the house. As I looked out from the windows in my dream, I saw a wood of dusky-foliaged trees, having a somewhat segregated appearance in their heads; that is, their heads did not make that dense mass like our woods. There,” I said, addressing some one in my dream, “I see your native forest of Eucalyptus !" This dream I told to my sons, and to two of our fellow-passengers, at the time; and on landing, as we walked over the meadows, long before we reached the town, I saw this very
" There !" I exclaimed, “is the very wood of my dream. We shall see my brother's house there!" And so we did. It stands exactly as I saw it; only looking newer; but there, over the wall of the garden, is the wood, precisely as I saw it, and now see it, as I sit at the dining-room window, writing. When I look on this scene, I seem to look into my dream.
SIMILAR DREAM OF MR. EDMUND HALLEY. Mr. Edmund Halley, Fellow of the Royal Society, was carried on with a strong impulse to take à voyage to St. Helena, to make observations of the southern constellations, being then about twenty-four years old. Before he undertook the voyage, he dreamed that he was at sea sailing toward that place, and saw the prospect of it from the ship in his dream ; which he declared in the Royal Society was a perfect representation of that island, as it really appeared to him when he approached it.-Nocturnal Revels.
The “ Durham Herald,” of December 1848, gives an account of the disappearance of Mr. Smith, gardener to Sir Clifford Constable, who, it was supposed, had fallen into the river Tees, his hat and stick having been found near the waterside. The river had been dragged daily; but every effort so made to find the body proved ineffectual. On the night of Thursday, however, a person named Awde, residing at Little Newsham, a small village about four miles from Wycliff, dreamt that Smith was laid under the ledge of a certain rock, about three hundred yards below Whorlton Bridge, and that his right arm was broken. Awde got up early on Friday, and his dream had such an effect upon him that he determined to go and search the river. He accordingly started off for that purpose, without mentioning the matter, being afraid that he would be laughed at by his neighbours. Nevertheless, on his arriving at the boat-house, he disclosed his object upon
the man asking him for what purpose he required the boat. He rowed to the spot which he had seen in his dream; and there, strange to say, upon the very first trial that he made with his boat-hook, he pulled up the body of the unfortunate man, with his right arm actually broken.
REMARKABLE DREAM BY THE REV. JOSEPH WILKINS.
The late Rev. Joseph Wilkins, dissenting minister at Weymouth, dreamt in the early part of his life a very remarkable dream, which he carefully preserved in writing as follows :-One night, soon after I was in bed, I fell asleep, and dreamt I was going to London. I thought it would not be much out of my way to go through Gloucestershire, and call upon my friends there. Accordingly I set out; but remembered nothing that happened by the way till I came to my father's house; when I went to the front-door, and tried to open it, but found it fast; then I went to the backdoor, which I opened, and went in; but finding all the family were in bed, I went across the rooms only, went up stairs, and entered the chamber where my father and mother were in bed. As I approached the side of the bed on which my VOL. II.
father lay, I found him asleep, or thought he was so: then I went to the other side, and having just turned
the foot of the bed, I found my mother awake ; to whom I said these words: “Mother, I am going a long journey, and am come to bid you good bye;" upon which she answered me in a fright, " 0, dear son, thou art dead!” With this I awoke, and took no notice of it, more than a common dream; except that it appeared to me very perfect.
In a few days after, as soon as a letter could reach me, I received one by post from my father, upon the receipt of which I was a little surprised, and concluded something extraordinary must have happened, as it was but a short time before I had a letter from my friends, and all were well. Upon opening it, I was more surprised still, for my father addressed me as though I were dead, desiring me, if alive, or that
person into whose hands the letter might fall, to write immediately; but if the letter should find me living, they concluded I should not live long, and gave this as the reason of their fear,—That on a certain night, naming it, after they were in bed, my father asleep, and my mother awake, she heard some one trying to open the front door, but finding it fast, he appeared to go to the back-door, which he opened, then entered, and came directly through the. rooms up stairs, and she perfectly knew it to be my step; that I came to her bed-side, and spoke to her these words: “Mother, I am going a long journey, and am come to bid you good bye:" upon which she answered me in a fright, “O, dear son, thou art dead!” which were the very circumstances and words of my dream, but she heard nothing more, and saw nothing; neither did I in
dream. Upon this she awoke and told my father what had passed; but he endeavoured to appease her, persuading her it was only a dream: she insisted it was no dream, for that she was as perfectly awake as ever she was, and had not the least inclination to sleep since she had been in bed. From these circumstances I am apt to think it was at the
very same instant when my dream happened, though the distance between us was about one hundred miles; but of this I cannot speak positively. This occurred while I was at the academy at Ottery, Devon, in the year 1754, and, at this moment, every circumstance is fresh in my mind. I have