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[Vol. XIX.

Original Letters from the Baxter Manuscripts in Dr. Williams's Library.

From Bates to Buxter; Story of a Diabolićul Possession. [This letter is without date ; it was the Mallei Maleficorum, Danæus and probably written before Baxter print- others, we had many score of them deed his « Unreasonableness of Infide- tected, and many executed in one year lity.” In his second edition of “ The in Suffolk and Éssex (for the truth of Saints' Everlasting Rest,” published this read Mr. Fairclough's Life) about 1651, as well as in the former work, 1644. And I have at this present a published 1655, he refers to some of Alint-stone, which was one of about the authors pointed out by his learned 160, which was voided by the urinary correspondent. From those and others passage by a bewitched child in Evesof his works, Baxter appears to have ham, yet living, some of near an ounce been quite prepared to receive the mar- weight; which was fully proved, the vellous tale that Bates relates. He witch executed, and the child, upon expresses hiinself as follows, in “The her imprisonment, freed : to pass by Saints' Everlasting Rest :" " I know many others. And I have had conmany are very incredulous herein, and vincing testimony of apparitions, bewill hardly believe that there have side that famous one, The Devil of been such apparitions. For my own Mascon, and that in the shape of part, though I am as suspicious as most Lieutenant-Colonel Bowen in Wales, in such reports, and do believe that mentioned elsewhere : and besides, most of them are conceits or delusions, many testimonies of haunted houses; yet having been very diligently inqui- however many, or most şuch reports sitive in all such cases, I have received are but deceits.” Id. p. 870.-" Deundoubted testimony of the truth of ceits,” indeed, all such “ reports” are such apparitions, some from the now known to have been, but with mouths of men of undoubted honesty such deceits were filled the minds of and godliness, and some from the those divines to whom the religious report of multitudes of persons who world has looked up for a century and heard or saw.

Were it fit here to a half as authorities in matters of name the

persons, I could send them faith! Ed.] to you yet living, by whom you would be as fully satisfied as I: houses that “ DEARE SIR, have been so frequently haunted with OURS I received, and am hearsuch terrors, that the inhabitants suc

tily sorry for the spreading of cessively have been witnesses of it.” infidelity wh you mention. Concerning (Practical Works, Folio, Vol. III. p. the authors who have writ de spectris, 103.) Again he says, “ The history I made inquiry. There are Lavaterus of the Dispossession of the Devil out de Spectris. Remigius-Demonolatria. of many persons together in a room Thyræus de Obsessis. Boissardus de in Lancashire, at the prayer of some Divinatione Pererius-Disquisitiones godly ministers, is very famous." Ib. Magicæ. But, above all, I esteem a p. 104. Once more, in his “Dying late Collection printed in Holland, Thoughts,” he says, “ Satan himself, entitled Magica---de Apparitionibus. though unwillingly, hath many ways Upon this occasion I will relate helped my belief of our immortality you a story of a maid in Canterbury, and future hopes. I have had many who about 9 years since was an eininent convincing proofs of witches, the con- instance of God's displeasure, &c. She

tracts they have made with Devils, had promised marriage to one of a · and the power which they have re- mean calling, whom she cast off upon ceived from them. Besides the vo- an offer made by another who was lumes of Remigius and Bodin, and better provided in estate. The first,

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cause.

" I am,

after several endeavours to recover truth of this story, know that I reher affections, comes to her at the ceived it from one of ye ministers who last, and tells her he was going from then lived in Canterbury, who was her, so as she should never see him with her, and put his hand into her more ; to wb she answered she was side where her ribbs were broken. It glad of it. He then took her by the is most worthy to be communicated apron-strings, and shaking them said, to ye world in this unbelieving age.

Bess! God will shake thee. He, • I have lately lookt upon your upon this, went froin Canterbury to booke in answer to Mr. Pierce: it Dover, and was seen once to go to- very much pleases me to read your wards ye sea, but never returned. vindication of the Synod of Dort, and This maid, living in a little roome by of the Puritans, who are certainly the herself, had spun some flax, wh she best men in ye world, although by carried to a neighbour's, intending to Mr. Pierce and others of his faction go sell it in the market. While she they are blasted as not worthy to live. was in ye house, there being a very But of Pierce and Grotius more heresmall fire, suddenly there was a noi. after. some smell of brimstone which they “The good Lord direct and prosper marvelled at, but found not apparent you in that work wh he gives you to The maid takes her basket

doe, and

express myself in the wherein her flax was, and, opening it, verse of an excellent man, found the flax burned to a coal! This

Goe you to heav'n, but yet do make no gave so strong a smell that for the

hast, space of 4 hours the whole street was

Goe slowly, slowly, but yet goe at oppressed with it. The next night as last.' this maid lay alone in her bed appears to her the man whom she bad pro

"Yours, in the truest bond, mised, with something about his head

" WM. BATES. as if he were going to drown himself, and asked her whether she would have London, 5th August. him. She shrinking into the bed, he “ Direct your letters for mee to takes hold of her fingers and disjoints bee left at Mr. Titon's, yt I may not all the parts of her fingers, wrist and misse them. arme to ye shoulder, and takes hold of her toe and plucks all out of joint

“ For the Reverend and bis most from thence to her hip. The maid worthily respected friend Mr. Richard discovers nothing as yet. Another

Baxter, minister of the Gospel at Kidnight there appears to her the forme derminster, theise.” of a bul, and with one blow breakes her ribbs to pieces. Another time, From Baxter to Mr. Wm. Thomas, the forme of a dogg and tore her

Minister of Ulley, Somersetshire, throat. Another time, a ball was

on the Case of his Son, who had forct downe into her stomack, w" soe

been under Baxter's care for the inflamed her that she could no more

cure of an Heretical Disposition. be toucht than burning coales. Soe “ REVEREND SIR, that with anguish one of her eyes dropt I forbore long to write to you, out. The Divel told her that her case because I had nothing of moinent to was desperate, and bid her seeke for acquaint you with. At last I wrote no helpe by ministers. But the Lord by London way, engaging Mr. Underin his rich' mercy prevailed upon her hill to send it to you ; but by, your to open her condition to them, who son I understand you received it not, by fasting and prayer obtained mercy Having found that your son did differ for her. She was eminently broken froin me in some points, (most philoin heart, freed from those dreadful sophicall about the very being or naeffects of God's anger, and became an ture of all habits and inclinations ; humble holy Christian. She is still and the possibility of God's effectually alive, for these 8 years not able to causing a free act, &c.,) I was forced move out of her bed, only as lifted in to dispute these with him first; bea sheete.

cause they being supposed in the dis“ That you may be assured of the pute of originall sin and special grace,

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