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N. B. Upon the going of these laft Corrections of this 3d. Part of my Life to the Prefs, tho' I shall say nothing of an Earthquake at Northampton, before the first at London, but then not supposed to be fo ; nor of that in the Gentleman's Magazine for October, Pag. 456, 457, in the Fens of Lincolnthire, Aug. 23 laft ; yet is there in the General Evening Poft; from October 6, to the gth, fuch a dismal Accouật of another late Earthquake at Phia lippoli, or Philippopoli, in Romania, that I cannot forbear to transcribe it.

« From Conftantinople, by Yesterday's Mail, we have Confirmation of the dreadful Earthquake át Philippoli, mentioned in the former, with these additional Particulars, That almost the whole City, which is one of the best in Romania, has been fwalIowed up ; and they reckon about 4000 Persons perished there. The Damage was not less in the Towns, Villages, and Hamlets near that unhappy Spot, most of them having been either demolilhed by the violent and repeated Shocks of this Earthquake, or laid under Water by the overfowing of the River Mariza.

N. B. The Preface to the following Commouprayer-Book is here omitted, as having been already inserted, Part II. Page 422—427Which Common-prayer-Book is however hereby heartily recommended to the Publick, in Consequence of the most serious and Christian Proposals in the Disquisitiones Modeste, lately published. London, Nov. Sa

WILL. WHISTON,

1750."

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