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P.S. If I must be mad I desire the young lady may believe it is for her.'
• The humble Petition of JOHN A Nokes and
JOHN A STYLES,
WHAT your petitioners have causes des
I pending in Westminster-hall above five • hundred years, and that we despair of ever • seeing them brought to an issue: that your petitioners have not been involved in these lawsuits out of any litigious temper of their
own, but by the instigation of contentious • persons; that the young lawyers in our inns • of court are continually setting us together by • the ears, and think they do us no hurt, be
cause they plead for us without a fee; that • many of the gentlemen of the robe have no
other clients in the world besides us two; • that when they have nothing else to do they
make us plaintiffs and defendants, though • they were never retained by any of us; that • they traduce, condemn, or acquit us, without ' any manner of regard to our reputations and • good names in the world. Your petitioners
therefore, being thereunto encouraged by the • favourable reception which you lately gave to • our kinsman Blank, do humbly pray that • you will put an end to the controversies • which have been so long depending between • us your faid petitioners, and that our enmity • may not endure from generation to genera
• tion ;
• tion; it being our resolution to live hereafter 6 as it becometh men of peaceable dispositions.
And your petitioners, as in duty bound, shall ever pray, &c.'***
No 578. Monday, August 9, 1714.
éque feris humana in corpora transit, Inque feras nofter
Ovid. Met. xv. 167. Th’unbodied spirit flies• And lodges where it lights in man or beast.”
THERE has been very great reason, on
T several accounts, for the learned world to endeavour at settling what it was that might be said to compose personal identity.
Mr. Locke, after having premised that the word person properly signifies a thinking intelligent being that has reason and reflection, and can consider itself as itself, concludes, that it is consciousness alone, and not an identity of substance, which makes this personal identity of sameness. " Had I the fame consciousness," says that author, “ that I saw the ark and
*** A new method for discovery of the longitude by sea and land, by W.Whiston, A. M. some time professor of the mathematics in the university of Cambridge ; and H. Ditton, master of the new mathematic school in Christ's Hospital: which method has been so far improved by this present parliament, that they have ordered £20,000 reward for such a discovery: Price is. Spect. in folio,
66 Noah's “ Noah's flood, as that I saw an overflowing 66 of the Thames last winter; or as that I now
write; I could no more doubt that I who 66 write this now, that saw the Thames over“ flow last winter, and that viewed the flood “ at the general deluge, was the same self, “ place that self in what substance you please, “ than that I who write this am the same myself » “ now while I write, whether I consist of all
the same substance, material or immaterial or “ no, that I was yesterday; for as to this point 66 of being the same self, it matters not whe" ther this present self be made up of the same 66 or other substances."
I was mightily pleased with a story in some measure applicable to this piece of philosophy, which I read the other day in the Persian Tales, as they are lately very well translated by Mr. Philips I; and with an abridgment whereof I shall here present my readers.
I shall only premise that these stories are writ after the Eastern manner, but somewhat more correct.
" Fadlallah, a prince of great virtue, suc“ ceeded his father Bin Ortoc, in the kingdom “ of Mousel. He reigned over his faithful “ subjects for some time, and lived in great s happiness with his beauteous confort Queen “ Zemroude, when there appeared at his court “ a young Dervis of so lively and entertaining “ a turn of wit, as won upon the affections of for every one he conversed with. His reputation I See No. 576, Advertisement.
THE SPECTATOR. N° 578. “ grew so fast every day, that it at last raised “ a curiosity in the prince himself to see and 66 talk with him. He did so; and, far from “ finding that common fame had flattered him, “ he was soon convinced that every thing he " had heard of him fell short of the truth.
" Fadlallah immediately lost all manner of " relish for the conversation of other men; and, " as he was every day more and more satisfied " of the abilities of this stranger, offered him " the first posts in his kingdom. The young “ Dervis, after having thanked him with a “ very singular modesty, desired to be excused, us as having made a vow never to accept of any “ employment, and preferring a free and inde“ pendent state of life to all other conditions.
Is The king was infinitely charmed with so “ great an example of moderation; and, though “ he could not get him to engage in a life of “ business, made him however his chief com• panion and first favourite.
is As they were one day hunting together, “ and happened to be separated from the rest “ of the company, the Dervis entertained " Fadlallah with an account of his travels and • adventures. After having related to him • several curiosities which he had seen in the “ Indies, . It was in this place,' says he, that · I contracted an acquaintance with an old • Brachman, who was skilled in the most hid• den powers of nature : he died within my • arms, and with his parting breath communicated to me one of the most valuable secrets,
con condition I should never reveal it to any • man.' “ The king immediately, reflecting on “ his young favourite's having refused the late “ offers of greatness he had made him, told “ him he presumed it was the power of mak“ ing gold.” “No, Sir,' says the Dervis, it • is somewhat more wonderful than that; it is " the power of reanimating a dead body, by « flinging my own soul into it.'
" While he was yet speaking, a doe came “ bounding by them, and the king, who had “ his bow ready, shot her through the heart; “ telling the Dervis, that a fair opportunity “ now offered for him to shew his art. The "6 young man immediately left his own body “ breathless on the ground, while at the same - instant that of the doe was reanimated. She “ came to the king, fawned upon him, and, " after having played several wanton tricks, fell " again upon the grass; at the same instant the 66 body of the Dervis recovered its life. The 66 king was infinitely pleased at so uncommon “ an operation, and conjured his friend by every " thing that was sacred to communicate it to “ him. The Dervis at first made some fcruple “ of violating his promise to the dying Brach“man; but told him at last that he found he “ could conceal nothing from so excellent a “ prince; after having obliged him therefore " by an oath to secrecy, he taught him to re“ peat two cabalastic words, in pronouncing ss of which the whole secret consisted. The " king, impatient to try the experiment, im