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“ Take it;" on which the apparition immediately disappeared, and left the church in a thick darkness for two or three minutes.
On examination before Colonel Broadrep, all these boys, between nine and twelve years of age, agreed in all their relations, even to the hinges of the coffin, and the description of the coffin agreed with that in which the deceased was buried. One of the boys, a sedate lad of twelve, had never seen John Daniels, having only come to the school about a fortnight before Daniels died; yet he described him accurately, and took notice of one thing which the others had not observed, namely, that the apparition had a white cloth bound about one of his hands. The woman who laid out the corpse declared on oath that she took such a white bandage from John Daniels' hand, which had been put on four days or a week before his death, the hand being lame. The body had been found in an obscure place in the fields, and buried without an inquest, on the mother saying that he was subject to fits. After the apparition, the body was disinterred, and on examination of it, the jury which sate upon it brought in a verdict of strangled. No further light, however, could be thrown on the subject.
VALENTINE GREATRAKES, THE HEALER. By an account of Greatrakes, in the Gentleman's Magazine, Vol. XLIX., p. 22, it is shown that he experienced the same incredulity, calumny, and persecution, as all other such benefactors. The Bishop of Lismore, when crowds flocked to him from all the country round, and scores and hundreds were cured by him, cited him into the Ecclesiastical Court, and forbade him to lay bands on any for the future. We
Ve suppose that Greatrakes said, as the apostles did before him, “Whether it is right to obey God or you, judge thou.” At least he did it practically, for he went on curing in spite of the so-called Christian bishop, but certainly not a follower of Christ, who forbade any one healing and doing miracles to be stopped., What a queer inversion of a Christian church, when a bishop of it stands forward and denies Christ himself in the face of the Saviour's most emphatic act and declaration. Such a church, take what name it will, is obviously Anti-Christ. The court of England but what a court ! that of the libidinous reptile Charles II.-was not wholly convinced of his power. How could such a den of filthy reprobates be convinced of anything decent, much more sacred and spiritual, yet it allowed him to go on, and he cured vast numbers in and around London. Still he was violently talked and written against, although the royal physicians, the celebrated Robert Boyle, the learned Cudworth, and Drs. Wilkins,
Whichcot, and Patrick, three bishops, Flamsteed, the royal astronomer, and many eminent lawyers and men of rank, bore full testimony to his cures. The writer of the article in the Gentleman's Magazine himself credits the report that his reputation was only built on the credulity of the public, as if the celebrated and acute men named were not capable of believing their own eyes. His reputation, he says, did not last much longer than that of James Aymor, 1692-3, in Dauphiny, who made so much noise with his divining rod. This writer says St. Evremond wrote a novel called The Irish Prophet, to ridicule Greatrakes' pretensions; and he also refers us to “A Humorous Account of Greatrakes' strokings," in King's Works, Vol. II., p. 46, and also The
Miraculous Conformist, by Henry Stubbs, M.D., Oxford, 1666. Yet Greatrakes' reputation survives and grows greater as further spiritual developments confirm the facts of his time; and this writer himself confesses that, on the closest inquiry, nothing but what was most honourable to Mr. Greatrakes could be discovered.
THE DEATH OF DR.
HARRIS, PREBEND OF ROCHESTER, AND AUTHOR OF
Dr. Harris was visiting at the house of Mr. Godfrey, of Norton Court, in Kent. On Monday Mr. Godfrey sent out his coachman and gardener to take some rabbits in their nets. They returned after their sport in great precipitation and alarm. They said that, at only a field's distance from the house, the dogs came suddenly running to them, and endeavoured to creep between their legs to hide themselves. Both the men declared that, looking about, they saw a coffin carried just by them on men's shoulders. Mr. Godfrey laughed at the occurrence, Dr. Harris and the rest of the family were gone to bed, and the men were desired not to say a word of this to any of them. Yet Mr. Godfrey, himself, to amuse Dr. Harris, who had often laughed at such things, went to his bedroom and woke him up to tell him of it. They had a hearty laugh, over the folly of the men, who, they said, had converted a black horse or cow in the dark into a coffin. 'The next day it was the subject of great mirth in the family. At the eating of the rabbits at dinner, Dr. Harris said, if the devil had a hand in catching them, they were very good for all that. The writer of the article, who had the account from relations staying in the house at the same time, adds, that one morning, as some one was relating a dream of the night before, Dr. Harris said, he thought they were always relating their dreams. For his part, he said, if ever he took notice of
a dream, it would be one he had last night. “I dreamed," he said, “ that the Bishop of , in Ireland, sent for me to come over to him, and I returned answer that I could not, for I was dead; when' methought I laid my hands along by my sides, and so died.". At this time the doctor was as well as usual, but after eating the rabbits he became unwell, a physician from Canterbury was sent for, but he grew steadily worse.
The rabbits, the source of so much jest on his part, were caught on the 31st of August, and he died on the 7th of September.
DREAM FULFILLED. In the Gentleman's Magazine, Vol. LVII., Part 2, p. 1062, there is a very striking fulfilment of a dream. One Adam Rogers, a man of good sense and repute, who kept a public house at Portlaw, a small hamlet nine or ten miles from Waterford, dreamed one night that he saw two men at a particular green spot on the adjoining mountain ; one of them was a small sickly-looking man, the other remarkably strong and large. He then saw the little man murder the other, and he awoke in great agitation. The circumstances of the dream were 80 distinct and forcible that he continued much affected by them. He related them to his wife, and also to several of bis neighbours next morning. Soon after he went out with a Mr. Browne, the catholic priest of the parish, and they came, accidentally as it seemed, to the very spot in the mountain where he saw the murder in his dream, and called the priest's attention to it. On the following morning he was extremely startled on seeing two strangers enter his house, about 11 o'clock in the forenoon, precisely like the two persons of his dream; he ran into an inner room and desired his wife to take particular notice of them. They both became very much alarmed for the little weakly man, though contrary to the appearance in the dream. So much concerned was Rogers, that he earnestly dissuaded the little man from going on, and promised to take him with him the next morning to Carrick. Hickey, the little man, seemed quiet and gentle in his demeanour. Caulfield, the large man, had a ferocious bad countenance. Rogers felt persuaded that something fatal would happen if they went on together, but did not like to tell Hickey his dream. When they were gone and the wife heard that Éickey had money about him, she blamed her husband greatly for not being resolute in detaining Hickey. They had not been long gone when the body of Hickey was discovered by some labourers-murdered and still warm—in the very place of Rogers's dream. The news quickly reached Portlaw, and Rogers and his wife hastened to the scene of the murder. They at once
recognized the body of Hickey, and declared their conviction that Caulfield was the murderer, whom they described. Caulfield was apprehended on his way to Waterford, where he intended to have embarked for Newfoundland. When taken he had spots of blood on his dress, and on his feet the shoes of Hickey, which were new, and his shoes, an old pair, he had put on the feet of the murdered man. Rogers had noticed the difference of the shoes of the two men. Rogers on the trial very minutely described the dress and appearance of the two men; and Caulfield, from the dock, shrewdly asked him whether it was not very extraordinary that he who kept a public house and saw so many people, should have so very nicely observed the dress of two strangers. Rogers replied that he had a particular reason for it, and on being questiond by the court on this reason, and urged by the prisoner to state it, then mentioned his dream, and called on Mr. Browne, the Catholic priest, then in court, to testify to his having stated the whole fact of his dream to him, and shown him the place of the murder before it took place; and added how much his wife had blamed him for not stopping Hickey, as the two men must pass by the spot on their way indicated in the dream.
After sentence, Caulfield confessed to the murder, and it came out that Hickey had been in the West Indies two-and-twenty years, and falling into bad health, was returning to Ireland, his native country, bringing with him the produce of his industry. Being driven by stress of weather into Minehead, he there became acquainted with Frederick Caulfield, an Irish sailor, much distressed for money. Hickey pitied and relieved him, and they agreed to go to Ireland together. It was remarked on their passage
that Caulfield had often said, it was a shame such a young fellow as Hickey should have money, and he himself be without a shilling. They first landed at Waterford, and together attended the trial of a shoemaker for murder ; but this had not produced any effect on the callous mind of Caulfield, though Hickey in Waterford bought Caulfield necessary clothes. Particulars of the life of Caulfield are added to that of his execution.
This account produced the usual crop of objections. It was argued that dreams were mere coincidences, and that even if true, were useless. In this instance, Rogers's dream did not prevent the murder, therefore it was not likely that it was preternaturally sent; the whole of the case showing, on the contrary, that the warning was given to Rogers, and had he done his duty, the murder would have been prevented. He himself was conscious of that, and his wife still more so. God may warn, but if man does not obey, the blame lies with him of frustrating the designs of Providence. The whole of this case is a great lesson on this head.
OTHER DREAMS. A correspondent falling into the reasoning used in the above case that is, “ of the extreme danger of the popular belief in dreams”-gives another case, which again proves the extreme danger of neglecting striking and impressive dreams. Some years before the erection of the well-known lighthouses off the Isle of Alderney, called the Caskets, an islander dreamed that a ship had been wrecked near those rocks, and that some part of the crew had escaped to the rocks. He related this dream to some sailors the next morning, but they treated it as an idle vision. Again, however, the next night the dream recurred, and the following morning he persuaded a friend to take a boat and accompany him to the rocks, where they found three poor fellows nearly dead with cold and hunger, and brought them away. This circumstance, and the supposed loss of the Victory on these rocks, occasioned the erection of the three lighthouses there.
These cases shew how at that time of day the materialistic views were advancing, and what a distortion of reason they produced in the very plainest circumstances.
KNOCKERS IN MINES. In Vol. LXV., Part 2, p. 559, of the Gentleman's Magazine, A.D., 1790, there is the following account in a letter from Lewis Morris, Esq., the antiquary, a native of Anglesea, to his brother William Morris, Esq.,
Comptroller of the Customs, Holyhead, dated Oct. 14, 1754. He introduces his remarks by an allusion to Hugh Lloyd, a famous necromancer of Carnarvonshire, of whom wonderful accounts are still alive amongst the Welsh, and whose so-called pulpit is seen in the midst of a wild mountain torrent, near Festiniog—that is, an insulated rock rising out of the boiling, roaring gulf of waters of the river in the deep and rifted glen through which it has forced its way. He declares himself not over-credulous about what are called supernatural things, but adds that scepticism is madness, and quotes Lord Bacon
in support of his views. He then proceeds :“People full of conceit of their own abilities and knowledge will laugh at the Cardiganshire miners, who maintain the existence of Knockers in mines, a kind of good-natured, impalpable people, but to be seen and heard, and who seem to us to work in the mines—that is to say, they are types or forerunners of working in mines, as dreams are of some accidents which happen to us.
The barometer falls before rain and storms. If we did not know the construction of it, we should call it a kind of dream that foretelleth rain; but we know it is natural, and produced by natural means comprehended by us. Now how are we or