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the like hereafter. 6. That terrible Me 6. It is to be obteors are to come upon served, that the first of Mankind from the Air. our modern remarkable

Meteors, or Northern Lights, came in the Year 1715, (as did the great Eclipse of the Sun come the same Year,) the very

Year when the Peo riod of the outer Court of the Temple trodden down by the Gentiles firft ended; immediateBy after which Chris foretold these Tokens should come, as we have seen. 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 Eclipses also) as to
be at length little regard-
ed. Altho' they have
since been remarkably
revived; especially by
that red or bloody Cano-
py that encompass’d the
Sky almost round every
Way, Jan. 23, 1749-50,
at Night, which I saw
myself at Lyndon; and
by that large and bright
one, reaching almost
from the Horizon on
one Side, to the Hori.
zon on the other, which
I saw at London, Febru*
ary 16, following; and
both to the no small Ter.
ror of many that saw
them. To say nothing
of

many other Meteors common in our News, Papers of the same Kind afterwards, excepting a very remarkable one in the General Evening Polit, from Thursday, April 1?,

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to Saturday, April 14,
1750 ; where, in an Ex-
tract of a Letter from
Liverpool, concerning the
smart Earthquake felt
there, and at Manchesier,
April 2, about ten at
Night, reaching pretty
near forty Miles North
and South, and about
thirty Leagues East and
West, we have this ad-
ditional Clause : " I went
« out to observe the Air,
I and found a much
stranger Appearance
( than I ever before saw,
« Great Mifts of Blood-
• red Rays converged,
« from all parts of the
I Heavens, to one dark
« Point ; but no lumi- .

nous Body could be 6 seen. This uncom« mon Appearance dis

persed in about fif6 teen Minutes.' I except also another Phoe . nomenon, in some Degree remarkable also, in

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the same General Evening Post, from Tuesday April 24, to Thursday April 26, 1750, where we are told, That' the - last Letters from Genoa

add, that on April the

13th, at seven o'Clock ' in the Morning, there

appeared a very uncommon Phenome

non in the Clouds; 6 viz. there were three • Suns, very visible; and • those on each side

brighter than that in < the Middle. There

was a Bow likewise

very conspicuous, like <a Rainbow

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but it immediately vanished, 6 and then the Sun ap

peared again in its usual · Lustre;' Where this Note is added, That • the Inhabitants, who « are very superstitiously

inclined, imagine them " to portend some fatal s Disaster; because three

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. Days before the De¢ scent of the Germans upon

their Republick, the Sun was darkened . in a surprizing Nauno ner.' Yet was not there, that we know of, any remarkable' Northern Light in near one hun. dred Years before 1715, as my printed Account of that Meteor demonstrates. Nor do all our Histories furnish us with any whit near so many of them, in all the past Ages, as those twentyone Years afforded us; though the superstitious Regard to all such 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

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