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piness of others ^ or with a criminal disregard to their claims upon us . Christianity ( which is the perfection of moral vv ^ dom ) does not forbid us to love ourselves , but commands us to love our neighbour as ourselves . Self-love , therefore , is only to be blamed when it is inconsistent with the love of our neighbour . LUCIUS .
on our behalf , that the deceased may be restored to us , and the late Dame Eleanor Pryce be raised from the dead . If your personal attendance appears to you to be necessary , I will send my coach and six , with proper
servants , to wait on ydu hither , when * ever you please to appoint . Recompense of any kind , that you conld propose , would be made with the utmost gratitude , but I wish the bare mention of it is not offensive to both
God and you . —I am , Madam ; your most obedient and very much afflicted humble servant « , JOHN PRYCE . "
Gleanings . 679
No . CCCCXX , The Last of the Alcliymi&ts + Dr . Prick , a physician , and a Member of the Royal Society , cultivated alchymy and astrology as late
as the latter half of the last century . In 1784 , he publicly proclaimed that he could make gold , and had made it in the presence of several persons ; he even presented some of it to the
King . The Royal Society , however * empowered the celebrated chemist , Mr . ^ KiRWAN , and the alchymist , Woolfe , to examine into the pretensions of the Doctor , and he was obliged to submit to the trial . He first of
all excused himself by saying , he had employed all the powder in the first attempt * but was compelled by reproaches to begin the task . In this state his art forsook him ; with
anxiety he endeavoured to convert mercury , by means of phosphoric acid * into silver ; he performed experiments , which consisted in treating arsenic with volatile alkali , and what
is called the Constantme experiments All failed 3 and lie was called on to make some more of his powdfer . After an uninterrupted labour of six weeks , he made his will , distilled for himself a pint of laurel water , drank it , and died in half an hour , at the
age of twenty-six , a martyr to a delusion that , even were it to be realized , would have no vahie , nor bfe of any utility . He was a roan of great talents , but of greater ambition , and
aimed at the reputation of the greateat genius of the age . He was possessed of considerable pr ^ perty ^ but wrecked ! his happiness i&d lost his life by being so credulous as to believe the aaacrtions of the afchynaiste *
No . CCCCXIX . Remarkable Instance of Human Credulity . During the season of miracles worked by Bridget Bostock of Che * shirei who healed all diseases by prayer , faith and an embrocation of
fasting spittle , multitudes resorted to her from all parts and kept her salival glands in full employ . Sir John Pryce , with a high spirit of enthusiasm , wrote to this wonderful woman
to make him a visit at Newton Hall , in order to restore to him his third and favourite wife . His letter will best tell the foundation on which lie built his strange hope and very uncommon request .
Eurydices oro properata retexite fila . Sir John Pryce's Letter to Mrs . Bridget Bostock , 1748 . " Madam , " Having received information by repeated advices , both public and
private , that you have of late performed luany wonderful cures even where the best physicians have failed , and that the means used appear to be very inadequate to the effects produced ; I cannot but look upon you as an extraordinary and highly favoured person .
And why may not the same most merciful God , who enables you to restore sight to the blind , hearing to the deaf , and strength to the lame , also enable you to raise the dead to life ? Now , having lately lost a wife whom I most tenderly loved , my childre
n an excellent step-mother , and our acquaintances a very dear and valuable friend , you will lay us , all under the highest obligations P and 1 earnestl y entreat you , for God Al-^ ghty ' s sake , that you will put up y ° w petitions to the throne of grace
mm GLEANINGS ; OR , SELECTIONS AND REFLECTIONS MADE IN A COURSE OF GENERAL READING ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1826, page 679, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2554/page/43/