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a journey of three months, which in ordinary cases took as many years. The merchant presented the apostle to the king, who pointed out the site of his future palace, outside the town, and departed to another city till it should be finished. Coming one day to see it, he found no building whatever begun; and in his fury he bade the apostle shew it, or prepare for instant death. It is finished, said the apostle, but you cannot see it now; you will see it, and inhabit hereafter. The king in a rage ordered him to be cast into prison.
At this time the king's brother fell ill; some days after, he told the king that two men had led him to the palace which the apostle had built, and he was so charmed with it, that he requested it for himself. This struck the king (the legend says converted him); he went in person to the prison, asked the apostle's pardon, and declared his belief in the Deity he preached. Seven days after, St. Thomas baptised the king, his brother, and all his people. After this, he traversed the whole of India, preaching the gospel, healing the sick, raising the dead, and casting out devils. In the territory of King Mesdeus, he exhorted his female converts to quit their earthly spouses, being now united to a heavenly one. This, and the strict continence he enjoined, raised him inveterate enemies; they complained to the king, who sent some of his soldiers to dispatch him, which they did with their spears.
Syrian Christians of St. Thomas in India.
deeply impressed during sickness. The rapid acknowledgment of the gospel by king and people is no more extraordinary than the conversion of our Ethelbert of Kent. I can imagine, also, that St. Thomas exhorted Christian married women to separate from idolatrous husbands, when there was no hope of converting them. And this, by exasperating the men, might have been the cause of his cruel death.
I have omitted in this abstract some of the legendary tales, which only disfigure the story. There appears, however, to be a vein of truth running through it. Tradition leads us to believe that St. Thomas preached in India. That he should have gone thither with a merchant whom he met at Jerusalem, is quite probable; he may have preached the gospel to King Gundafer by the metaphor of a palace, as that monarch's thoughts were then employed on building one. Such is the language of Rev. xxi. and of many passages in the prophets; though of course I do not mean to imply that St. Thomas quoted his contemporary John. The king, far from understanding the apostle, may have been irritated, and have imprisoned him; while his brother's mind may have been more GENT. MAG. January, 1821.
There is an account of the Syrian Church, by Professor Lee, appended to the Seventeenth Report of the Church Missionary Society. It appears that John, Bishop of India, signed the acts of the Council of Nice, in 325. (Query, was he a titular Bishop, residing nearer home?) But Cosmas Indicopleustes, who flourished in the sixth century, mentions expressly a church of the faithful in Ceylon, and at Malabar. From this time downward, their history is clear. Particulars concerning them are to be found in all Histories and Dictionaries of Religions, in the Asiatic Researches, and in various recent works.
The wishes of many pious persons, to promote an union between this church and the English in India, have not yet been blest with any permanent effect.
The name of Menezes, Archbishop of Goa, is well known as the persecutor of these primitive protestants. The Dictionnaire Historique, 1827, gives a short notice of him. Alexis de M. was born at Lisbon, in 1559; entered into the Augustine order; was nominated Archbishop of Goa, on the union of the two Crowns of Spain and Portugal, and Viceroy of the Indies, in 1607. In 1608, he was appointed Archbishop of Braga, and returned home; in 1614, he was constituted Viceroy of Portugal, and in 1616, he fixed his residence at Madrid, as President of the Council for Portuguese Affairs. He died at Madrid, in 1617. A journal of his voyage to the Indies (Visitation, I presume), was published by Antonio de Gouveau, at Coimbra, in 1606. The Virorum illustrium ex ordine eremitarum div. Augustini elogia, contains a tribute to his memory, far different from the horror in which his memory is held at Malabar. M.
Trial by Combat temp. Richard II. Grimsby, Nov. 8. I SEND you a drawing,* taken from an illuminated Manuscript, which was made about the latter end of Richard the Second's reign, and is now preserved in the Cotton Collection of the British Museum, Nero, D. 17. It has been delineated as the representation of a combat which was fought between a gentleman of Grimsby, and a foreigner of some distinction; of which the following are the particulars.
In the reign of Richard II. (1384), the King of Navarre was in alliance with England, and a friendly intercommunity was preserved between the inhabitants of both nations. The town of Great Grimsby, ever distinguished by sentiments of loyalty towards the Sovereign, amidst every fluctuation of its fortunes, was, at this period, agitated with consternation and terror by a formal charge of High Treason, which had been preferred against one of its principal inhabitants. John Walsh, descended from the noble family of St. Walerie, a man of honourable principles and unblemished reputation, was the individual thus charged with infamy by Martileto de Vilenos, a gentleman of Navarre. This disgraceful imputation was urged with all the inveteracy that attends a disjointed friendship; for Vilenos conceived himself dishonoured, and hoped to dismiss his suspicions, and satiate his vengeance, by subjecting his opponent to an ignominious death. Walsh had been appointed to the office of Captain or Vice-Governor of Cherburg, where the Navarrois resided; and they lived for some time in perfect harmony and friendship; but at length his brain was fired with jealousy, and he suspected the English officer of an improper familiarity with his wife. Destitute of proof, however, he was incapable of charging Walsh with the fact, and adopted other means less honourable to remove his former friend.
Goaded by the foul and groundless accusation, Walsh laid himself at the foot of the throne, and demanded the privilege of Trial by Combat. His suit was granted, the day named, and "on a Wednesday at St. Andrew's tide," accompanied by his sponsor, he entered the lists completely armed, in the presence of the King and all his Court, at Westminster, and calling for his accuser, declared himself innocent of the crime alleged against him, and ready to prove its falsehood at the peril of his life. The challenge was accepted by his fierce accuser, who immediately appeared, caparisoned in a rich suit of armour, to answer the summons, and declared himself prepared to substantiate the charge in the utmost extremity of battle. The armour of both these champions is described, in reference to the illumination before-mentioned, as being "of silver, and the plates at their elbows and their girdles gilt. The first figure to the right is the same. The King is in light pink, with a blue robe lined with ermine. The figure next to the King is in silver armour, the body of which is purple. The back ground is red, flowered, the ground of the lists is green, and the rails are red. The figure of the King much resembles his portrait." Before the commencement of the battle, the usual oaths were administered to the combatants, that their cause was just, and that they did not bear about them any secret spell or charm which might interfere with the righteous decision of heaven, and interrupt the course of equal fight.‡
And now the trumpets sounded to the charge, and the battle began with great fury on both sides; but the Grimsby champion, having truth and justice on his side, pressed his antagonist so closely, that he soon gave way; and as he lay at length fainting under the conqueror's sword, he confessed that the charge was groundless, and emanated solely from feelings of jealousy. The King, indignant at his
*This illumination has been engraved in Strutt's "Regal and Ecclesiastical Antiquities," pl. lviii.; and also in Dr. Meyrick's "Critical Inquiry into Antient Armour," p. 56; and described by Dr. Meyrick, in p. 81.
Strutt's Regal and Eccies. Antiq. p. 115.
The Words of this Oath were as follows:-" This heare, you Justices, that I have this day neither eate, drunke, nor have upon me either bone, stone, nor glasse, or any enchantment, sorcerie, or witchcraft, where through the power of the Word of God might be inleased, or diminished, and the devil's power increased and that my appeale is true, so helpe me God, and his saintes, and by this booke."-Antiq. Repert. vol. i. p. 118.
Organic Remains at Blackdown Hills, Devon.
baseness, commanded that the vanquished Frenchman should be despoiled of his armour, and conveyed in disgrace to Tyburn, where he terminated his career by a death of infamy. The victor returned to Grimsby full of honour, amidst the universal acclamations of his townsmen, and having secured the esteem of King Richard, equally by his valour and loyalty, he was appointed High Sheriff of Lincolnshire; and the execution of various confidential trusts was committed to him in 1396. GEO. OLIVER.
MR. URBAN, Upper Southernhay, Exeter, Jan. 11. HAVING frequently received several interesting specimens of organic remains from the caves of Blackdown Hills, (Devon), I had long contemplated to visit them, more especially having also another object in view, of examining the curious variegated flints and siliceous substances, with which I knew the surface of those eminences was overspread; and lately, in a mineralogical excursion in that neighbourhood, I accomplished my design, and beg leave to submit to your notice a few cursory sketches and observations on the subject connected with my ramble.
The north-east side of Blackdown is situate within twenty miles of this city, and is plainly observed at no great distance on the road from Cullumpton to Wellington. I was informed that the estate where the greater number of these caves are situated, consist of three hundred acres of land, the property of a gentleman of Honiton, but that the strata containing the caves were let separately, for the purpose of excavating a sandstone of a peculiar quality for sharpening iron; these whetstones are manufactured on the spot, and considered the best of the kind in England; and a small trade is carried on of them at Cullumpton, and sent to different parts of the kingdom. On my arrival at a short distance from Blackdown, I ascended to the summit of the hill, the prospect from which is very extensive, grand, and imposing; towards the S.W. about sixteen miles distant, part of the English channel is seen; though this delightful picturesque scenery was so animating, I was still more gratified on looking beneath my feet, to behold the chequered, mossy coating
of the earth, strewed over with countless coloured flints of various hues, many of them magnificent, and of the brightest colours; I selected some of the choicest to deposit in my cabinet collection, as a precious addition, far surpassing any I possessed before; among them were some singularly fine, viz. one that the greater part had passed into a light transparent crystallization, bordered with a rich ruby-red; another that had turned into an orangered carnelian, but more diaphanous; one into a deep crimson jasper, and another of a light amber complexion, speckled with flowery golden spots, &c. These flints, which are so diffusely scattered over the Blackdown and Halsdown Hills, seemed to perplex Deluc how they could come there. I consider that they were an immense shower of large and small pebbles which were thrown from the coast at the deluge, and in process of time obtained their present siliceous quality; for the loose fossil shells found here near the surface are often of the same substance; as I have met with large fossil bivalve shells become black flints; also clumps of fossil univalves and bivalves from the same hills, that have passed into red jasper of a very fine
Proceeding on my route easterly, 1 stretched at too great a distance beyond the caves; I then turned to the left to a steep declivity, and with difficulty descended, it being almost perpendicular, and about half way down the hill alighted on a compact sandbank terrace, which extended the whole length and range of the entrances to the different caves, which were of a western aspect, and nearly similar to each other at the openings, from five to six feet in height, and four broad, but wider and higher internally, extending horizontally more or less from 200 to 300 feet, and some ancient ones, which are now closed, were 400 feet and upwards; but the length of time it required in conveying the sand-stones to the mouth of the cave, rendered it more convenient to cut new apertures, as it would be liable to imminent danger to widen the caves too near each other; for should the mass give way, the workmen must inevitably be crushed to death. The fine ruby complexion of the youths employed in excavating the earth excited my surprise, as it ex
Geology of Blackdown Hills and Dartmoor.
ceeded the usual flush of nature; also as I stood at the mouth of the cavern, I saw a tall, slender old man, coming out of the gloomy recesses, whose visage was a light carmine, the colour probably the effect of some peculiar essence arising from the bowels of the earth. The men behaved well, rationally replied to my interrogatories, and assisted me in procuring fossils, which consisted of several clumps and groups of univalves and bivalves, small white nodules of different sizes, round as marbles; trigonia aliformis, figformed alcyonite, poppi-formed alcyonite, and lemon-shaped alcyonite; this last so exactly resembled the lemon, that some fine specimens I possess, would, at a short distance, be mistaken for them. The sand-stone containing the fossils was so damp, that with little exertion I could break it asunder with my hands to sort out the shells, and applying them to my mouth, by the taste appeared to retain their original sca-salt quality. This vast mass and beds of marine substances were thrown up from the sea in the progress of the deluge, and is a totally distinct sea-deposit from that at Halsdown, at only a comparative short distance, the fossil species and variety are manifestly different; the spacious and lofty Woodbury Common lies between them, in which are no marine fossils, and clearly evinces was never the bottom of the sea, as I have examined more than ten times over, the greatest depths that have been penetrated in this common, and could never discover a relict of them. The Blackdown sand-stone deposit is very abrupt, and appears of greater length than breadth, and was lifted up from the ocean from a north-eastern direction.
On the Dartmoor mountainous country to the west of Blackdown, I passed several days amidst the rocks and the tors, which display a grand representation of the wreck of the Antediluvian world, exhibiting numberless rocks of all sizes scattered for many miles round, and the natural effects of causes produced by the Noachim deluge. This wild spot, composed of huge primitive granite rocks, the mighty diluvian storms powerfully assailed, shattered, and dispersed in every direction as the flood prevailed; and the returning waters passing over them, the sediments and
deposits of earth brought on a regular surface, but not of a sufficient thickness to cover all the fragments and detached pieces of rocks, so that the uppermost that remained are left in view at this present day; and some bulky pieces have been replaced by the ancient inhabitants into tors, illshaped, rude temples, pagan idols, and one of the most conspicuous is Bowman's Nose Tor. Deluc seemed quite puzzled respecting these rocks, and declared he could assign no other cause than that they were "catastrophes of the strata," whereas it is plain they were never stratified. Deluc passed rapidly by them, with little time for investigation; though he was assisted by the clergy, having a letter of recommendation from the Bishop of Exeter to all the rectors, vicars, and curates of his diocese, who received him courteously, and escorted him from place to place, and he expressed much delight that they all acquiesced in his opinions; he taught them geology in half an hour, and left them all philosophers. With reference to the above, it will be seen that I do not coincide with the modern philosophy, that the land which now appears was ever the bottom of the sea; for I reckon that, were the present watery ocean to recede and the bottom be left exposed, the shell animals would soon expire, and all be found on or near the surface, and not hundreds of feet below; and posterity would not receive from the parts deserted by the sea any complete and perfect bivalves; for all bivalves separate their valves immediately, or a very short time after the fish dies; whereas being thrown up alive inclosed in their shells, and deposited in their native sea-sand, they are confined in their natural state, and the congealed substance hardening, the shells are fixed and endure for ages. Mineral conchologists well know there are plenty of perfect bivalves, petrified with the fish in them, of which I possess many. The fossil gryphite, that singular animal of the old world, would soon have lost its operculum, had it not been thrown up and instantly deposited in earthy matter; whereas they are now met with in plenty, with the operculum and fish inclosed, perfect and in high preservation. Besides, the cructaceous tribe would have been entirely annihilated;
Geological Effects of the Deluge.
for even among the marine fossils we now collect, they are comparatively few to the testaceous, which are of a harder substance.
The operations of the mosaical deluge and its effects produced, were adequate to cause the formation and present appearance of all the strata and organic remains on every part of the globe, for the whole world remains as permanent now, and unaltered, as it was at that period, except the shifting of a few acres of land by earthquakes, or volcanic motions and eruptions. If the rivers run a hogshead of water into the ocean in one place, the clouds give another for it; or if the tempestuous surges remove a small portion of ground in one part, it equally accumulates in another part. The waters at the deluge, in coming on and retreating over deep valleys, would be repeatedly filled with earthy matter, shells, stones, &c.; these layers formed several distinct strata, one over the other, and in process of time internal essences and other causes would have produced different appearances between the higher strata and the lower; also the returning waters of the flood would have occasioned deposits of a various character from that which occurred at the first overflowing of the sea. The flux and reflux also of overwhelming tides would have brought large portions of marine substances, and produce various strata. As the waters increased the land gradually disappeared; at length so narrowed, that herds and flocks of beasts, savage and tame, affrighted and pursued by the rolling element, fled, as a last retreat, into the inmost recesses of solitary caverns, unconscious of their approaching and fatal destiny, with only a transient respite from the dashing waves which choaked them, leaving their bones in heaps, entombed in rocky sepulchres; which unrecorded ancient monuments of quadruped memory, remained silent and untouched from age to age, till recently explored and disturbed, they have afforded matter for curious investigation. With the mud and sand, pieces of rocks of various sizes were thrown up in masses from the sea, with the fossil shells attached to them. I have often met with, and now have by me, flat pieces of rocks with a number of fossil shells of the same family arranged on them, and to which a much higher anti
quity is assigned by some than they are entitled to. The foundations of the earth were shaken, and in this universal earthquake, stupendous masses of earth must have fallen on and squashed forests of vast extent, and the torrents of water pouring in at the same time caused an additional humidity to the vegetable quality; and perhaps also attended by internal essences, would ultimately be converted to coal, and be covered by successive deposits of earth. The Bradley_coal mine in Staffordshire, presents, I believe, upwards of twenty varieties of strata above the coal, which were certainly contemporary, and not the effect of eternal ages. The innumerable animals of all descriptions being dead, (those in the Ark excepted,) floating and tossing about with a profusion of marine creatures and substances, portions fell into cavities and fissures of the most elevated rocks and loftiest mountains; also on the plains, valleys, and deepest abysses, which are now perpetually discovered, and become objects of extravagant speculations to many who assume to ascribe preposterous and ancient periods from the strata and organic remains, which is not in the least to be depended on; for of the nature and principles of petrifaction we know little; on this subject philosophy is in the dark. Some fossils come before us that we suppose have been four thousand years in arriving to a silex quality; whilst we observe substances that have been petrified to an adamantine stone in less than twelve months. Alonso Barba records instances of waters that have produced petrifactions in a few days. I have examined fossils of the lizard species, that were perfect and not shrivelled by petrifaction; these must have been instantaneously excluded from the atmospherical air, fixed, and induration followed. I have in my possession a fossil tortoise; the outside shell has passed into an agate flint, and the internal part beautiful translucent chalcedony of a rose colour; this was found in a chalk and limestone stratum at Beer (Devon).
It is nothing surprising that we have found such quantities of organic remains, and are daily finding more, when it is considered that the occurrence of a few days destroyed such incalculable multitudes of living creatures, and enveloped them, together