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quest, do you afford me your assist
Ex.-No, no; proceed both to the Camera. It is not to excel each other, but to obtain improvement, that you honour my scenes with your attention ; have the goodness to express your opinion spontaneously, without waiting for each other.
Mrs. Ponsonby added, but, Henry, you have not quite concluded the history of Saul. What happened to him after he left the cave?
Henry.—He joined his army, was wounded, overcome by the Philistines, and so extremely distressed on account of his situation, that he requested his armour-bearer to slay him. On his refusing, Saul fell on his own sword and died. When the Philistines came to strip the slain, they found his corpse, cut off his head, stripped off bis armour, put it into the house of their idol, and fastened his body to a wall.
Ex.—Now, Madan, I think your son has completed his account of Saul with great accuracy. Mrs. P.-I think he has. Will
you oblige me, Sir, with your opinion concerning the apparition which Saul saw in the cave.
Ex.-We have no certainty that Saul saw any apparition ; some think there might be no appearance at all, but merely a voice, and the form only
a pretence of the witch. We cannot . believe there was any thing here, but Satan in the likeness of Samuel. This likeness, and a pretence to be Samuel, was the reason of his being so called. Samuel had not to ascend out of the earth, as this spectre did, but to come down from heaven. It is absurd to imagine that God would raise one from the dead to answer Saul, when he refused to answer him by more common methods ; absurd to suppose a glorified saint subject to infernal enchantments; or that God would do any thing tending to honour diabolic arts. Nothing in the history evinces the spectre to be a prophet. He pretends, that Samuel, in his glo
rified state, had been disquieted by Saul. He pretends, that Saul, and his sons in general, should on the morrow be with him ; whereas two of his sons, Armoni and Mephibosheth, lived long after, and were hanged by the Gibeonites ; .and Ishbosheth lived several years. Nor can we believe, that wicked Saul and godly Jonathan could be ever together with this spectre in a future state. Now, Madam, I shall proceed with trying the recollection of my young visitors concerning some circumstances in the life of a very different character.
Miss P.-Do you mean David, Sir? I expected you would. Henry.--And I suppose, Sister, you
thought that you should be asked some questions about it, and are prepared accordingly. I hope, Sir, you will not disappoint her.
Ex.-I certainly shall not, Sir; bùt, from the proof of attention which you have already given, I imagine you can inform me, who was the father of David ; where, and by whom, he was anointed king?
Henry.-But where is the scene, Sir? May I not be favoured with a view of that, before I reply to so many questions?
Er.-Oblige me, Sir, by answering my inquiries without any of my assistance.
Henry.-0, Sir, I had no expecta