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ple in that respect greatly rejoice, and “ think themselves to be in good case.”
As the 5th chapter begins the prophetic part of Esdras, every degree of attention must be given both to that, and the remainder of the “wonderfully sublime and beautiful; but dreadfully terrific" prophecy,
In the first Supplement, I have mentioned “ the awful and tremendous Comet," with va. rious other alarming circumstances. I have now to remark, upon the very peculiar information inserted in the public prints, in a letter from the Rabbis' of Jerusalem to the Portugueze Rabbi in London, saying, “that there bad been no darkness in the sacred city for three days and three nights, in consequence of a cloud of fire which rested on a tree in the vicinity, and that the third day it vanished, to the general consternation of all the inhabitants. The trec it was observed, was not damaged by this miraculous and awful event." Granville Sharpe, the virtuous philanthropist, informs us, that the letter which contained this account was sent froin Damascus to Dr. Meldoli, which letter he shewed to another learned Rabbi, Dr. Strasburg.
Granville Sharpe, says, that he has been acquainted with Doctor Strasburgh many years, and has not the least doubt of his veracity : le, he says infornied me of this circumstance very soon after he received the letter from Rabbi Meldoli, and the friend of the Sable Race seems not to have any doubt of its truth; we therefore at this very awful period, cannot have a strong
ser sign of the near approach to the thousand years of happiness : for which see the two last chapters of Revelations and various parts of former propliecies respecting the restoration of the Jews.
Was the "Astonishing Natural Phenomenon" seen in the eastern horizon by Captain Hayes of the Majestic and his ships crew, of about 200 men on the 20th of August 1811, a representation of A-bad-on ? as it assumed the perfect appearance of a man, dressed in a short jacket and halt boots, with a staff'in his hand, at the top of which was a colour hanging over his head marked with two lines perpendicularly drawn at equal distances, and strongly resembling the French Flag. The figure continued visible as long as the rays of the sun would permit it to be looked at. On the 28th the figure displayed itself in the same posture, but rather broken. On the following morning it seemed disjointed, and faded into shadow, until at last nothing more could be seen than three marks on the sun's disk.” The account goes on to say, “In super
” stitious times, such a phenomenon would have been construed into a providential warning, or ominous tokenof some unexpected event.” Jesus says there shall be signs in the sun, &c. The above appeared in the public newspapers in the middle of June 1815, immediately prior to the bloody contest.
Note. The storms and lamentable shipwrecks experienced by the last homeward-bound West India Fleet, with the subsequeut shipwrecks upon our own coast, both of them causing immense loss
of property, have greatly added to" commercial distress," (see the first Supplement) which is, alas ! too abundantly verified by the Gazette for the last month of November, and the present one of De. cewler, 1815.
NOTE. The Rev. Pye Smitli's Letters to the Rev T. Belsham, being cast into my hands when superintending the Press at Sheffield
I give in a nole at the conclusion of the Supplement, two very iltiieral and crusty queiations. “Where shall we findthe Socinian or Ünitari in that has devoted either his personal labours or a large portion of his property, to these works (preceding enumerated ones) of noblest benevolence? Alas! a gloomy negative must be the answer." “ Unitarians, on the other hand, with all their boast of the suparior purity and efficacy of their opivions, with the fairest opporumities of making the experiment, without excuse for neg. lect, and with every inducement from their principles, their profes. sions, and their honour, have done NOTHING, NOTHING AT ALL." My Readers must now judge.
Note. Present events have induced me to get four sheets of the Supplement struck off, as the remainder must have a quick dispatch in consequence of a peculiar circumstance being likely soon to occur; there will likewise probably require a few Notes as references to former parts of the elucidation. This being going to the Press I must remark, that the present winter has set in with high winds, snow, and keen frost, and remarkable for the season ; with repeated thunder and lightning. “ The lightning was uncommonly vivid. The beautiful Steeple of the PARISH CHURCH OF DRONFIELD, was struck by it, and about 3 yards of the Spire was carried away! The Tower was otherwise greatly damaged.”. Sheffield Iris, for Dec. 19, 1815.
"READ-THINK, AND UNDERSTAND."
I repeat the hope that the Reader will excuse some typographin!
« Then Samuel took a STONE, and set it between Mispel and Shen, and called the name of it (the stone) Eben--ezer, saying Witherto (to this time) hath the Lord helped us." I Samuel, 7 12. “ We cooked for peace, but no good came, and for a time of
a health, and behold trouble.” Jeremiah, 8c.
I think it proper to go on with the book prior to the "quick dispatch," or a short addenda (which must be then given, in consequence of a very particular event), and shall not have notes as references, but print the whole in the same letter as the body of the work, and proceed with it as an “Eventful Recapitulation," not in a regular series, as the former part, entering upon the introduction, and proceeding with the book ; but in the different places, and added to, “as circumstances arose or my mind was influenced;" and I am fully persuaded, that as commentators arrive at a closer, and more literal interpretation (explainers of prophecy have been too figurative, even to the laying down a luw of symbols, as if adherence was to be had to opinions), there must be a greater probability of the true meaning being found out; and truth is what I have all along sought for, under the guidance of a Supreme Being.
În a note page 51, Second Supplement, I have refered my reader to the "Agricultural report for the month of October 1815, and its concatenating cause." I have now to quote
them the latter part of the one for the December following. Both cash and its substitute seems to have vanished: and these real calamities, accompanied by the most awful forebodings, have place in a year of peace, and in one of the greatest plenty that has ever been experienced in Britain (see page 89). Real Patriots
will propose dies." Can remedies be found to counteract the decrees of an Omnipotent, Being? There certainly was never known in this island a time of greater and more general “PERPLEXITY;" for the government respecting the finances, the agricultural concerns, (see the latter part of a note page 51 Second Supplement,) and the vario is manufacturing interests are in the greatest possible difficulty to know how to act. “The seas and the waves are roaring (in dreadful storms,) and men's hearts are failing thein for fear.” The “signs of the times" are awful beyond any former period ; but human beings have hearts of unbelief; let them but have their present temporal desires, and their appeurances of religion, and they are regardless for eternity. See note 31st page Little Book, and read with care the concluding italic quotation, “for the powers of heaven, shall be shaken.” What may the awful shaking of heaven portend, “when they heard very distinctly the roar of cannon, the march of an army, the clanking of aras, the sound of the dram, and military