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the Weather, we never meddle with that, but leave it to the Printer, who takes it out of any Old Almanack as he thinks fit; the rest was my own Invention to make my Alınanack Sell, having a Wife to Maintain, and no other way to get my Bread, for mending of Old Shoes is a poor Livelihood: And (added he, fighing) I wish, I may not have done more Mis. chief by my Phyfick than my Astrology, tho' I had some good Receipts from iny Grandino ther, and my own Compositions were such, as I thought could at least do no Hurt.

I had some other Discourses with him, which now I cannot call to Mind; and I fear, I have already tired your Lord ship. I shall only add One Circumstance, that on his Death-bed he declar'd himself a Non confonmist, and had a Fanatick Preacher to be his Spiritual Guide, Afrer half an hour's Conversation I took my Leave, being half tifled by the Closeness of the Room. I imagined he could not hold out long, and therefore withdrew to a little Coffeehouse hard by, leaving a Servant at the House with Orders to come immediately, and tell me as néar as he could the Minute when Partridge Should expire, which was not above Two Hours after ; when looking upon my Wateh, I found it to be above Five Minutes after Seven, by which it is clear, that M. Bickerstaff was inistaken almost Four Hours in his Calculation. In the other Circumstances he was exact enough. But whether he has not been the Cause of this Poor Mans Death, as well as the Predictor, may be very reasonably disputed. However it must be con felo'd, the Matter is odd enough, whether we hould endeavour to account for it by Chance

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or the Effect of Imagination: For my own Part, though I believe no one has less Faith in these matters, yet I shall wait with some Impatience, and not without Expectation, the fulfilling of Mr. Bickerstaff's Second Prediction, that the Cardinal De Noailles is to die upon the 4th of April, and if that should be verified as exactly as this of Poor Partridge, I must own, I should be wholly furprized, and at a loss, and should infallibly expect the Accomplishment of all the rest.

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VINDICATION

OF

Ifaac Bickerstaff, Efq;

AGAINST

What is Objected to him by Mr. Partridge, in his

Almanack for the present Year, 1709.

By the said Isaac BICKERSTAFF, E89;

Writen in the Year, 1709.

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R. Partridge hath been lately pleased to

treat me after a very rough manner, in that whicb is called His Almanack for the present Year: Such usage is very undecent from one Gentleman to another, and does not, at all contribute to the Discovery of Truth, which ought to be the great End in all Disputes of the Learned to call a Man Eool and Villain, and impudent Fellow, only for differing from him in a Point meerly Speculative, is in my humble

Opinion

Opinion, a very improper Style for a Person of his Education. I appeal to the Learned World, whether in my last Years Predictions, I gave him the leaft Provocation for such unworthy Treatment. Philosophers have differed in all Ages, but the discreetest among them have always differed as became Philosophers. Scurrility and Paffion in a Controversy among Scholars, is just so much of nothing to the purpose; and best a tacit Conteffion of a weak Cause : My Concern is not so much for my own Reputation, as that of the Republick of Letters, which Mr. Par. tridge hath endeavoured to wound thro' my Sides. If Men of Publick Spirit must be fuperciliously treated for their ingenious Attempts, how will true useful Knowledge be ever advanc'd? I with Mr. Partridge knew the. Thoughts which Foreign Universities have conceived of his ungenerous Proceedings with me; but I am too tender of his Reputation to publish them to the World. That Spirit of Envy and Pride, which blast so many rising Genius's in our Nation, is yet unknown amongst Professors abroad; The Necessity of justifying my self, will excuse my Vanity, when I tell the Reader, that I have near an hundred honorary Letters from fe-.. veral Parts of Europe, ( fome as far as Muscovy) in Praise of my Performance. Besides several others which, as I have been credibly inform’d, were open'd'in the Post-Office, and never fent me. 'Tis true the Inquisition in Portugal was. pleased to burn my Predictions, and condemn the Author and Readers of them; but I hope at the same time, it will be confider'd in how deplorable a State Learning, lies at present in i that Kingdom: And with the profoundeft Ve...

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neration for Crown'd Heads, I will prefume to add, that it a little concerned His Majesty of Portugal, to interpose his Authority in behalf of a Scholar and a Gentleman, the Subject of a Nation with which he is now in fo ftri&t an Alliance. But the other Kingdoms and States of Europe bave treated me with more Candor and Generofity. If I had leave to print the Latin Letters transmitted to me from Foreign Parts, they would fill a Volume, and be a full Defence againft all that Mr. Partridge, or his Accomplices of the Portugal Inquisition, will be ever able to Obje&; who, by the Way, are the only Enemies my Preditions have ever met with at Home or Abroad. But I hope, I know better what is due to the Honour ofa: learned Correspondence, in fo tender a Point. Yet some of those illustrious Persons will perhaps excuse me from transcribing

a Paffage or two in my own Vindication. The moft Learned Monfieur Leibnitz thus addreffes to me his Third Letter: "Illuftrisimo. Bickerstaffio Astrologia Inftauratori, &c. __Monsieur le Clerc, quoting my Predictions in a Treatise he published last Year, is pleased to fay, Ità nuperrimè Bickerft affius mago num illud Anglia Sidus. Another great Profeffor . writing of me, has these Words: Bickerftaffius, Nobilis Anglus, Aftrologorum hujufce Seculi facilè Prin: ceps. Signior Magliabecchi, the Great Duke's famous Library:Keeper, spends almost his whole Letter in Compliments and Praises. 'Tis true, the renowned Professor of Astronomy at Utrecht, feems to differ from me in one Article; but it is after the modeft manner that becomes a Philofopher ; as, Pace tanti viri dixerim: And Page: 55. he feeins to lay the - Error - upon the Printer,

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