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LETTER

TO

CHARLES EMPSON, ESQ.

DEAR SIR,

In one of your epistles, written during your late visit at Heworth Moor, you alluded to the winged globe, and stated that you had seen some account of it in a recent publication. I have seen an attempted explanation on the subject, which I by no means deem satisfactory. The fact is, it is liable to perversion, and may be explained consonantly with the Biblical records, or may be made subservient to the hypothesis of the solar system. Having not yet seen the publication spoken of by my correspondent, it is impossible to say whether speculative science or the Biblical

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records be defended by the author of the work in which the winged globe is depicted; but since we are free to choose, the latter supposition will be adopted, for the purpose of offering some remarks on the subject.

For this purpose we quote the fifth chapter of Zechariah, which is headed as follows: By the flying roll is showed the curse of thieves and swearers: By a woman pressed in an ephah, the final damnation of Babylon.Verse 1. “Then I turned, and lift up

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eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll. (2.) And he said unto me, (i.e. the angel or messenger,) What seest thou ? And I answered, I see a flying roll (winged globe); the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits. (3.) Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth : for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it. (4.) I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the

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THE FLYING ROLL, From the Section of the Tomb of Psammuthis in Thebes.

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