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6. That terrible Meteors are to come upon Mankind from the Air.


Noab at the Deluge; of Lot in the Destruction of Sodom, and of the Chriftians at Pella, when Jerufalem was destroyed by Titus Vefpafian, are comfortable Examples, to good Men to expect the like hereafter.

6. It is to be obferved, that the first of our modern remarkable Meteors, or Northern Lights, came in the Year 1715, (as did the great Eclipfe of the Sun come the fame Year,) the very Year when the Period of the outer Court of the Temple trodden down by the Gentiles firft ended; immediateby ly after which Chrift foretold these Tokens fhould come, as we have feen. Which Sort of Meteors were so common after 1715, for about twenty-one Years, till

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the second of those Years

1736 (the great Year

for Eclipfes alfo) as to
be at length little regard-
ed. Altho' they have
fince been remarkably
revived; especially by
that red or bloody Cano-
py that encompass'd the
Sky almoft round every
Way, Jan. 23, 1749-50,
at Night, which I faw
myself at Lyndon; and
by that large and bright
one, reaching almoft
from the Horizon on
one Side, to the Hori-
zon on the other, which
I faw at London, Febru
ary 16, following; and
both to the no fmall Ter
ror of many that faw
them. To fay nothing
of many other Meteors
common in our News-
Papers of the fame Kind
afterwards, excepting a
very remarkable one in
the General Evening Post,
from Thursday, April 13,

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to Saturday, April 14, 1750; where, in an Extract of a Letter from Liverpool, concerning the fmart Earthquake felt there, and at Manchester, April 2, about ten at Night, reaching pretty near forty Miles North and South, and about thirty Leagues Eaft and Weft, we have this additional Claufe: I went • out to obferve the Air, ⚫ and found a much ftranger Appearance than I ever before faw. • Great Mifts of Bloodred Rays converged, from all Parts of the 'Heavens, to one dark Point; but no lumi

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Days before the Defcent of the Germans their Republick,


the Sun was darkened

in a furprizing Man'ner.' Yet was not there, that we know of, any remarkable Northern Light in near one hundred Years before 1715, as my printed Account of that Meteor demonftrates. Nor do all our Hiftories furnish us with any whit near so many of them, in all the past Ages, as thofe twentyone Years afforded us; though the fuperftitious Regard to all fuch Meteors, as ominous, in ancient Times fecures us, that those Appearances, had theybeen as common as they have often been of late, would not have been omitted by the Hiftorians of those Ages. It is also highly worthy our Observation, that the

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