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N the Reign of Queen Anne (which, notwith
standing those happy Times which succeeded,
every Englishman may remember) thou may'st poffibly, gentle Reader, have seen a certain venerable Person who frequented the outside of the Palace of St. James's, and who, by the Gravity of his Deportment and Habit, was generally taken for a decay'd Gentleman of Spain. His ftature was tall, his visage long, his complexion olive, his brows were black and even, his eyes hollow yet piercing, his nose inclined to aquiline, his beard neglected and mix'd with grey: All this contributed to spread a solemn Melancholy over his countenance. Pythagoras was not more filent, Pyrrho more motionless, nor Zeno more austere. His Wig was as black and smooth as the plumes of a Raven, and hung as strait as the hair of a River God rising from the water. His cloak so compleatly covered his whole person, that whether or no he had any other cloaths (much less any linnen) under it, I Shall not say; but his sword appeared a full yard
behind him, and his manner of wearing it was so ftiff, that it seemed grown to his Thigh. His whole: figure was so utterly unlike any thing of this world, that it was not natural for any man to ask him a question without blessing himself first. Those who never saw a Jefuit, took him for one, and others believed him fome High Priest of the Jews.
But under this macerated form was conceald a Mind replete with Science, burning with a zeal of benefiting his fellow-creatures, and filled with an honest conscious pride, mixt with a scorn of doing, or fuffering the least thing beneath the dignity of a Philosopher. Acoordingly he had a soul that would not let him accept of any offers of Charity, at the same time that his body seemed but too much to require it. His lodging was in a small chamber up four pair of stairs, where he regularly payed for what he had when he eat or drank; and he was often observed wholly to abstain from both, He declined speaking to any one, except the Queen, or her first Minister, to whom he attempted to make. some applications ; but his real business or inten-, tions were utterly unknown to all men. Thus much is certain, that he was obnoxious to the Queen's Ministry; who, either out of Jealousy or Envy, had him spirited away, and carried abroad as a dangerous person, without any regard to the known Laws of the Kingdom.