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Coventry, and Bristol; as our News-Letters tell us. But it more particularly was seen at about 15 or 20 Degrees Elevation, at Normanton, and Weston, in Rutland; and was very frightful there, to those who saw it, and particularly to Sir John Heathcote himself. It also passed almost perpendicularly over Ramsey, in Huntingdonsbire ; as my Nephew Mr. Thomas Whifton, who is the Incumbent there, informs me ; according to which Direction it must have passed over Cambridgeshire, Elex and Kent also ; tho' the Time of Night it passed by, which was before Twylight was down, or the Stars vifible, with which its Course might have been compared, and the Suddenness and Swiftness of its Passage, have prevented I fear, such good Observations as are necessary to the Determination both of its Altitude and Magnitude. However, I doubt not, but it ought to be esteemed one of the remarkable Signals of those terrible Judgments of God, which are now begun, and more are approaching.
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We have also had two more Earthquakes in England very lately, both of considerable Extent ; the former has been already mentioned, Pag. 216, of this 3d Part, from the Daily Advertiser of Aug. 29. It was about 6 o'Clock in the Morning, and reached to a Circle of about 40 Miles in Dia* meter, The other Earthquake was much more considerable; it happened on Sunday, Sept. 30, and extended also about a Circle of 40 Miles Diameter, from near Nottingham, and Lincoln, Northward,
to Northampton, and near Huntingdon Southward. Whether it extended any Way farther, I have not yet heard. It was very remarkable at Bourn in Lincolnshire, as the News informs us. 'Tis however certain, that at Okebam in Rutland, while Dr. Newton, of Oxford, was in his Sermon there, the People in the Gallery were so fearful of the Church's falling upon them in the Earthquake, that they ran out of the Church, and obliged the Preacher to come out of the Pulpit. I was at that Time at our Baptist Meeting, at Morcote, in the same County, when Mr. Pennay, the Baptist Minister at Lincoln, was in the Pulpit ; but I cannot say, that I either felt the Shake, or heard the Noise ; which yet, I afterward heard some others of the Congregation did ; tho' I was informed of it as a great Earthquake, by almost every Body else out of that Meeting immediately.
N. B. Altho' I have felt so little of the late Earthquakes myself, I shall take this opportunity of describing that known one Sept. 8, 1692. which I felt most distinctly. I was then Fellow of ClareHall, in Cambridge, and in my own Chamber two Stories high, in the Soutb-West Corner of that College, and at my Studies. It was about two o'Clock in the Afternoon; I do not remember to have heard any Noise, but felt the Shake so plainly, that I directly perceived it to be an Earthquake ; whereupon I ran down onc Pair of Stairs, into the combination or common Room, where the Master and some Fellows were sitting at a Table. I said hastily, “ Mafter, there is an Earth
quake;" He said, he thought that some Dog was under the Table ; but he did not think of an Earthquake. However, I made no Stay there, but ran down the lower Stairs into the Court, and as 1
ran, I distinctly saw the College move backward, and forward, in the Way of Vibration. But by that Time I got into the Middle of the Court, which was not large, I perceived the Shake to be
Yer could the whole Duration be hardly less than a Minute, and an half, which is the Time Mr. Ray allots for its Duration also.
· N. B. Dr. Stukeley, in his late most excellent Paper of the Philosophy of Earthquakes, takes Notice of one Thing, as most highly remarkable, as it most certainly is, viz. that in the late London Earthquakes 'a proper Providence appeared distinctly and directly miraculous. I shall give the Reader his own Words. Pag. 33, 34.
“ But whether our Conjectures upon this impor56 tant Subject be well founded or no, it certainly “ becomes a Christian Philofopher, whilft he is “ investigating material Causes, to look up “ gard the moral Use of them. For in Reality, « every Thing, the whole World, was ultimately " for that Purpose made. When we see such a "s kind of Spirituality impress'd on mere Matter, 66 as this amazing Property of Electricity, it “ hould kindle in us a high Ambition of assert
ing, and exerting the infinitely superior Value, " and Powers, and Excellency of the spiritual · Part of us, destin'd to an immortal Duration.
“ And, of all the great and publick Calamities, “ which affect us Mortals, Earthquakes claim “the first Title to the Name of Warnings " and Judgments. None so proper to threaten,
or to execute Vengeance upon a guilty People. “ Nor has any other, those annexed Terrors, so s much of the unusual, the unavoidable, the sud“ den and the horrible Apprehension of being « crush'd to Death, or buried alive. And when “ in our own Sight, these rare and extraordinary " Phenomena appear, it cannot but be a Lesson
to us, to do our Duty towards that great Being,
who, by a Drop of Water, can produce Effects “ so prodigious.
“ That Earthquakes proclaim themselves to “ Mankind in this Light, is further deducible “ from this Observation, the ninth in our Reca
pitulation of Circumstances ; that they are peculiarly directed to great Cities, and Maritime
Towns, those Nurseries of Wealth, Luxury, and “ of all the Evils naturally flowing therefrom. Ic “ would be 'childish to rehearse from old History, " or modern, a Proof of it; we have no other « Notices of them. Look upon these two Shocks
we have here felt; we own that Hampsted-Heath, " and Finchley-Forest, and Kennington-Common were " affected with it ; yet it is notorious that London “ was the Center, the Place to which the Finger of “ God was pointed.
" And this leads us, in the third Place, to con“ sider the Use and Purpose of these magnalia
naturæ, and Prodigics of the Agency of mate
“ rial Causes. For nothing sure, but an electrical « Shock, and that from a divine Hand, could have “ been so well adjusted, as twice, nay four Times, " to shake every House in London, and not throw 66 one down."
Pag. 41, 42, 43. “ The greater the Terror [says “ Dr. Stukeley) accompanying Earthquakes, the
greater a Bleffing is our Deliverance from the “ Danger of it! What can equal God's Power « and Judgment, but his Mercy ? Consider the “ wonderful Consequence, that the whole City of
London should fo fenfibly be shaken, and yet no one inhabited House to fall, nor one Person « kill'd. Amazing Instance of Power and Good« ness in our Preservation! And this not only “ once, but the second Time also, though evi“ dently stronger was the Concussion ; so strong, “ that almost every Person was thoroughly per66 suaded, that some Part, at least, of their Houses " was falling down.
“ Can we help admiring, that Judgment should “ be so tempered with Mercy! Do we look only
at the second Causes with our Unbelievers, and
fport away the Divine Presence, as if it was an “ ordinary Occurrence of every Day? They want " to see a Miracle. Nought can affect them but • a direct supernatural Agency.
“ I answer, behold a visible and notorious Mi“ racle, plainly obvious, and before all their Senses. s For can there be a greater Miracle ? Can any “ Thing be more directly the Finger of God than so this, which we ourselves faw with our Eyes, that " befell the whole City of London?