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fagacity will point out the person whom you will address, by asking his company to take a turn or two with you. You will not fail, on enquiry, to be acquainted with the name and place of abode. According to which direction you will please to send two or three hundred pound bank-notes the next day by the penny-post. Exert not your curiosity too early: it is in your power to make me grateful on certain terms. I have friends who are faithful, but they do not bark before they bite.

I am, &c.-F.

The Duke, determining, if possible, to unveil this mystery, repaired to the abbey at the time prescribed; and, after having walked up and down for five or fix minutes, saw the very fame person whom he had spoke to in Hyde-Park enter the Abbey, with another man of creditable appearance. This last, after the bad viewed some of the monuments, went into the choir, and the other turning back advanced towards the Duke, who accosting him, asked him if he had any thing to say to him, or any commands for him? He Teplied, “ No, my Lord, I have not.”—“ Sure you have," said the Duke; but he persisted in his denial. Then the Duke leaving him, took several turns in the aisle, while the stranger walked on the other side. But nothing further paffed between them, and although the Duke had provided several persons in disguise to apprehend the delinquent, he forbore giving the signal, that notwithstanding appearances, he might run no risque of injuring an innocent person. Not long after this second disappointment he received a third letter to the following cifect:

« My Lord,

“ I am fully convinced you had a companion on Sunday, I interpret it as owing to the weakness of human nature ; but such proceeding is far from being ingenuous, and may

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prodace bad effects, whilft it is impossible to answer the end proposed. You will see me again soon, as it were by accident; and may easily find where I go to; in consequence of which, by being sent to, I shall wait on your Grace, but expect to be quite alone, and to converse in whispers ; you will likewise give your honour, upon meeting, that no part of the conversation shall transpire. These and the former terms complied with ensure your safety; my revenge, in case of non-compliance, (or any scheme to expose me) will be flower, but not less sure; and strong suspicion the utmoft that can possibly ensue upon it, while the chances would be ten-fold against you. You will possibly be in doubt after the meeting, but it is quite necessary the outside should be a mask for the in. The family of the Bloods is not extinct, though they are not in my scheme.”

The expression, “you will see me again soon, as it were by accident,” plainly pointed at the person to whom he had spoke in the Park, and in the Abbey ; nevertheless, he saw him not again, nor did he hear any thing further of the affair for two months, at the expiration of which, the post brought him the following letter :

« May it please your Grace,

“ I have reason to believe, that the son of one Barnard, a furveyor, in Abingdon-buildings, Westminster, is acquainted with some secrets that nearly concern your safety: his father is now out of town, which will give you an opportunity of questioning him more privately; it would be useless to your Grace, as well as dangerous to me, to appear more publicly in this affair,

Your sincere friend,

ANONYMOUS. “ He frequently goes to Storey’s-Gate Coffee-house.”

VOL. I. No. 8.

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In about a week after this intimation was received, the Duke sent a person to the coffee-house to enquire for Mr. Barnard, and tell him he would be glad to speak with him. The message was delivered, and Barnard declared he would wait upon his Grace next Thursday, at half an hour after ten in the morning. He was punctual to his appointment, and no sooner appeared than the Duke recognized him to be the person to whom he had spoke in the Park and the Abbey. Having conducted him into an apartment, and Thut the door, he asked, as before, if he had any thing to communicate ? and was answered as formerly, in the nega. tive. Then the Duke repeated every circumstance of this strange transaction; to which Barnard listened with attes, tion and furprise, yet without exhibiting any marks of conscious guilt or confusion. The Duke, observing that it was matter of astonishment to see letters of such impa.7 written with the correctness of a scholar, the other repler, that a man might be very poor and very learned at the same time. When he saw the fourth letter, in which his name was mentioned, with the circumstance of his father's absence, he said, “ It is very odd, my father was then Qu" of town.” An expression the more remarkable, as the ke. ter was without date, and he could not as an innocen? man, be supposed to know at what time it was written The Duke having made him acquainted with the parties. lars, told him, that if he was innocent he ought to use by endeavours to detect the writer of the letters, especially of the last, in which he was expressly named. To this admonition he returned no other answer but a smile, and ther withdrew. · He was afterwards taken into custody, and tried at the Old Bailey, for sending a threatening letter, contra to the statute; but no evidence could be found to prove the letters were of his hand-writing; nor did any prefump

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ed in the first two letters. On the other hand, Mr. Barnard proved, that on the Sunday, when he saw the Duke

in Hyde Park, he was on his way to Kensington, on parti. cular business, by his father's order, fignified to him that : very morning; that he accordingly went thither, and dined

with his uncle, in company with several other persons, to whom he related what had passed between the Duke of Marlborough and him in the park: that his being afterwards in Westminster Abbey was the effect of mere acci. dent; that Mr. James Greenwood, his kinsman, who had lain the preceding night at his father's house, desired him to dress himself, that they might walk together in the Park; and he did not comply with his request till after much solicitation : that he proposed to enter the Park without passing through the Abbey, but was prevailed upon by Mr. Greenwood, who expressed a desire of seeing the newly-erected monument of General Hargrave; that as he had formerly communicated to his friend the strange circumstance of the Duke’s speaking to him in Hyde-Park, Mr. Greenwood no sooner saw that Nobleman in the Abbey, than he gave notice to Mr. Barnard, who was very short-lighted, and that from his passing them several times, concluded he wanted to speak with Mr. Barnard alone, he quitted him, and retired into the choir, that they might commune together without interruption. It likewise appeared, from undoubted evidence, that Barnard had often mentioned openly to his friends and acquaintance, the circumstances of what paffed between him and the Duke in the Park arrd in the Abbey; that his father was a man of unblemished reputation, and in affluent circumstances; that he himself was never reduced to any want, or such exigence as might impel him to any desperate methods of obtaining money; that his fidelity had been often tried, and his life always irreproachable. - For these reasons he was acquitted of the Z z 2

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crime laid to his charge, and the mystery remains to this day undiscovered. After all, the author of these letters. does not seem to have had any real design to extort money, because the scheme was very ill calculated for that purpose, and indeed could not possibly take effect, without the most imminent risk of detection. Perhaps his aim was nothing more than to gratify a petulance and peculiarity of humour, by alarming the Duke, exciting the curiosity of the public, puzzling the multitude, and giving rise to a thousand ridiculous conje&tures. If any thing more was intended, and the Duke earnestly defired to know the extent of the scheme, he might, when he closetted the person fufpected, have encouraged him to a declaration, by promising inviolable fecrecy on his word and honour, in which any man would have confided as a sacred obligation. On the whole, it is surprising that the death of the Duke, which happened in the course of this year, was never attributed to the secret practices of this incendiary correspondent, who had given him to understand, that his vengeance, though flow, would not be the less certain.

Particulars of the famous Valentine GREATRAKES, of

AFFANE, Esq. in the County of Waterford, in Ireland, who was accounted famous for curing feveral Distempers by the

Touch or Stroke of his Hands. This extraordinary character was son of William Greatrakes, Esq. of Affane, in the County of Waterford, by a daughter of Sir Edward Harris, Knt. one of the justices of the King's-Bench, in Ireland, in the reign of King Charles. He was born at the above-mentioned place, Feb. 14, 1628, and received a classical education at the free school at Lifmore, where he continued till he was thirteen years of age, when he returned home, in order to prepare himself

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