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the first remarkable Me.
teor of the second Sort,
or the Ball of Fire, 1718-
19, came but three Years
after the other. This
Ball, this amazing Ball
of Fire, began to be vi-
fible over Radnor in
Wales, at the Top of our
Atmosphere, or fifty.
five Miles high, and in-
creasing, like a Snowa
ball, threw itself almoft
directly South, about
seven Miles East of Ex-
eter, of the Brightness of
the Sun, and of a Mile
in Diameter: And, af
ter it had passed in half a
Quarter of a Minute's
Time, as far as Guernsey,

the neighbouring
Coast of Britain in
France, or about two
hundred and fifty Miles,
descending a little all the
Way ; it burst at about
the Height of thirty-six
Miles, with such a migh-
ty Noise, as amazed the

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People of Exeter to a prodigious Degree, and was heard back as far as Radnor ten Minutes afterwards ; being perhaps greater than if 100,000 Barrels of Gunpowder had been fired so high at once,

Nor was it, I suppose, any other than such a Ball of Fire, or rather Fire and Brimstone, which was the Inftrument of Providence in the Destruction of sodom and Gomorrab. Now such an one, had it fallen upon the Cities of London and Westminster, including Southwark also ; and which we know no mechanical or philosophical Reason why it may not do; all their Inhabitants would be dead in much less than a Minute's Time. These terrible Meteors may well be here insisted on by me particularly ; be

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cause I had Lectures upon them both, at the sea veral Times they happened, at London ; as I had these upon occasion of the later Meteors and Earthquakes ; which I then also printed and published, in the like Manner as I now print and publish these before

me. (7.) That many, and (7.) As to the Earthsome of them terrible quakes, which, by the Earthquakes, are to come Prophecies, will not be upon Mankind, either' few, they have been very from the Air above, or lately at Rome in Italy, the Ground below, or and particularly at Lefrom both together.

gborn, at Naples, but chiefly atCerige, an INand South of the Morea, where our News says 2000 perished in it; at the South of France, and especially near Pau, under the Pirenees, which the News allures us it was prodigious also, as also another at Munich in Bavaria in the very

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last News-Paper, besides the two at London. They have also been lately felt at Taunton, at Bath, at Portsmouth, and at Eastwell in Kent; and principally at Chester and Li. verpool. The two Earthquakes at London I felt myself, as I had felt onc at Norton in Leicester foire, when I was, ten Years old, 1677; and another much more plainly at Clare- Hall, Cambridge, Sept. 8,; 1692. These two at London have already greatly and juftly alarmed the whole City. On which Occasion we had immediately published, by an unknown Author, A sober and serious Address to the Inhabitants of that City; as also soon after, a fomewhat larger Address to them by Bishop Sberlock; and both highly worthy the Perusal of all the Citizens, And may

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all such sober and see rious Applications, be accompanied with the divine Blessing, and produce such a thorough Repentance and Amendment, as may avert the divine Wrath from that City, and the whole Nation. As to the Number of our British Earthquakes, we have, in the Gentleman's Magazine for February 1750, Page 56, a Catalogue of those the Author had met with in our Historians, being only twentyfour in seven Centuries, since 1. D. 1047, of which fourteen have happened in my Life-time, and of which, as has been said already, I have now felt tour, viz. that in 1677, and that Sept. 8, 1692, and these two last at London, Feb. 8, and March 8, 1749-50. 'The last of which greatly fur

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