Innocent Amusement or the The Hierogylphical Fortuneteller

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[Two pages from a book of fortunes, the original of which was thought to be carried by Napolean Bonaparte. (Asa Ribelin Papers, Rowan Public Library, Edith M. Clark History Room).]

Innocent amusement or

U

You are love-sick,
of injuring your friends by talking too much,
You shall be visited by a gentleman,
You shall live chiefly by eating & drinking,
Your success is impossible, therefore relinquish the design,
If you use the proper means, it will,
An introduction to h**, would not be advantageous to you
By amiable deportment & sensible conversation,
Your censoriousness,
Of science and literature,
Ungoverned ill temper, & tyrannical & sanguinary disposition
To get someone to work for h**, that *he may be idle,
To try your temper by promising & then refusing you,
Yes, you know *he has told you so,
No, because *he does not desire it,
Misanthropy,
A printer,
A large portion of care and inquietude,
Young, handsome, accomplished, and rich,
When the virtuous shall be preferred before the vain,
Yes, to the person you are now in love with; do not blush
Regardless of fortune & her favors, pursue the path of rectitude
Forget not your final destination,
You have one true friend at least, & and that is one more than generally falls to the lot of kings,
It denotes a great & happy change of circumstances
That you want verry much to be married,

V

That you are very handsome, and very vain of it,
You are in love,
of success in a certain adventure,
You shall be silent half an hour,
You shall be the respected head of a numerous family
Success would prove misfortune to you, do not pursue it
Not unless you be more prudent,
Ask a friend to introduce you,
By dancing well,
Your reserve towards h**,
Of scandalizing others,
Mild & even temper, generous & noble,
To change courtship to partnership,
To try your constancy, & then act according to the result
No, it is all hypocrisy,
Yes, if you please, for *he is anxious for it,
Philanthropy,
A chimney sweeper,
As much gold as you can lift
When some towncrier shall want a partner,
Yes, if all promises be kept,
Regard the world with cautious eye, nor raise your expectations high
Renounce giddiness & be more thoughtful,
You have, like most other persons, many friends, but few true ones,
It was a warning to you to avoid...you know what,

Advertisement. An explanation of the text with a signature of the copier dated August 2, 1832.(Asa Ribelin Papers, Rowan County Public Library)

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The Manuscript of which these Books is translated was once in the possession of Bonaparte, and it is said was found in his carriage at the battle of Waterloo; it was considered by him a work of great ingenuity

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Ribelin, Asa

Date

Signed August 2, 1832

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