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BRITISH APOLLO .
Q: HETHER the advice of Gamaliel (Acts iii.)
in relation to the Apostles, and the religion they taugbi, be not a good argument in behalf of the Maliometan religion, which has made fo great a progress, and bad so long a duration in the world :
A. Gamaliel faw, that the christian religion was propagated by such unequal agents, such weak, such feeble instruments (who had unheard of disadvantages to struggle with, both with regard to the nature of the doctrine taught, and the powerful adverfaries that oppos'd it) that he prudently concluded, that a religion fo ftrangely circumftantiated, cou'd never gain credit in the world, unless miraculously fupported by a power divine. But this bears no mai ner of analogy to the Mahomet an imposture ; which spread so far by the power of the prevailing sword, and was of a nature politickly accommodated to flesis and blood.
Q. What is the reason and use of the column of figueres in the calenders of Common-Prayer-Books, before the days of the months ?
A. The columpn specified is compos'd out of the golden, number, or cycle of the moon, which is a revolution of nineteen years: And therefore you may observe, that there is no number in the column exVOL. III,
ceeding nineteen. As often as that revolution is perform'd, the new moons, the full moons, and all the other configurations of the moon return to the same solar day. If therefore you observe, what day of any month the moon changes, you may conclude, that upon the expiration of nineteen years, the moon will change on the very fame day of the month. And therefore by the column you may know, on what day in any month the moon changes. For when you have got the golden number for the year, look for that number in the column of the month, you den sign ; and the day of the month the said golden number is affix'd to, is the time of the moon's changing. And therefore, if any reserve this paper, they may know the changes of the moon, not only present, but for an hundred, or any number of years to come. For if you know the golden number (which, every almanack will tell you ) you may easily find out the faid number for any year to come by proceeding to nineteen, and from thence back to an unite, and so on till you come to the year you design. And when you have got the golden number for the
you muft apply it by the foremention'd rule.
Q. I observe you are of opinion, that the earth has a double motion, viz. One round its own axis in 24 hours, and the other, through the twelve signs in 365 days, or thereabouts.
The first I can easily conceive, but the latter perplexes me : For I cannot understand how the earth in it's annual motion should make such a corsiderable inclination to the fun, and (none that can be perceiv'd) to the fixed stars.
A. The objection will readily vanish, if you contider, the fix'd stars are so vastly distant from the earth, that they cannot exert so attractive an influence, as to determine the motion of the earth from that direct mocion, which che great Creator may at first be fupposid to have imparted to it. For the annual motion of the eartb is a mix'd motion, compos'd of a right linc motion, and a tendency towards the fun. Were it not for the former, the earth wou'd move
directly to the sun, and we shou'd be burnt up with heat. Were it not for the latter, it wou'd be conti. nually moving to a greater diftance from the sun, and we shou'd be frozen up with cold. But these two different motions so determine each other, chat we happily enjoy a delightful medium. Manifold are thy works, O Lord; in wisdom haft thou made them allo
Q. re fons of the British Apollo,
Pray tell me the reason,
Why against a wet season,
And that is the reason,
Why near a wet season,
Q. We sent y' a letter to other day,
A. Your ditty, merry fellows, know,
Highly conceiting there will follow
Q. Pardon, bright off pring of a fire fublime,
Theodor's unwary crime,
No mortal influence can his presence stay,
George OF DENMARK.
TA' indulgent master bore so mild a fway,