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“ of the tenant and his man, who is a smith by “ trade, and the farmer's men, as far as they
are concerned. Mr. Brereton, the Rector, « would have him fay nothing of the story, for “ that he can get no tenant, though he has "offered the house for ten pounds a year lefs. « Mr. P. the former incumbent, whom the “ apparition represented, was a man of a very “ill report, fupposed to have got children of “ his maid, and to have murthered them; but “ I advised the Curate to say nothing himself of « this last part of P. but leave that to the .“ parishioners, who knew him. Those who “ knew this P, fay he had exactly such a gown, and that he used to whistle,
“ J. CASWELL.
I desire you not to suffer any copy of this to be
taken, left fome Mercury news-teller should print it, till the Curate has sent up the testimony of others and self.
H. H. Dec, 15, 1695.
NARRATIVE. so At Warblington, near Havant in Hamp" thire, within fix miles of Portsmouth, in the -“ parsonage house dwelt Thomas Perce the & tenant, with his wife and a child, a man-fer
“vant Thomas and a maid servant. “ About the beginning of August, Anno 1695,
on a Monday, about nine or ten at night, all “ being gone to bed, except the maid with the « child, the maid being in the kitchen, and “having raked up the fire, took a candle in .66 one hand, and the child in the other arn, « and turning about saw one in a black gown -walking through the room, and thence out of the door into the orchard: Upon this the “maid, hasting up stairs, having recovered but “two steps, cried out; on which the master cand mistress ran down, found the candle in her hand, the grasping the child about its « neck with the other arm: She told them the « reafon of her crying out; the would not that " night tarry in the house, but removed to « another belonging to one Henry Salter, far" mer; where the cried out all the night from « the terror she was in, and she could not be « persuaded to go any more to the house upon any terms.
« On the morrow, (i. e. *Tuesday) the s tenant's wife came to me, lodging then at “ Havant, to defire my advice, and have con« fult with some friends about it, I told her I " thought it was a fain, and that they had a nuind to abuse Mr. Brereton the Rector,
“ whole house it was; she desired me to come
up; I told her I would come up and sit up or " lie there, as she pleased; for then as to all « stories of ghosts and apparitions I was an in« fidel : I went thither and fate up the Tuesday “ night with the tenant and his man-servant : 14 About twelve or one o'clock I searched all « the rooms in the house to see if any body
were hid there to impose upóni 'me: At last "we came into a lumber-room, there I smiling
tofd the "tenant that was with me, that I « would call for the apparition, if there was any, " and oblige him to come: The tenant then « seemed to be afraid, but I told him I would « defend him from harm! and then I repeated « Barbara, celarent Darii, &c. jestingly; on « this the tenant's countenance changed, so that u he was ready to drop down with fear: Then “ I told him I perceived he was afraid, and I « would prevent its coming, and repeated Ba« ralipton, &c. then he recovered his spirits
pretty well and we left the room and went « down into the kitchen, where we were before, « and fate up there the remaining part of the night and had no manner of disturbance. “ Thursday night the tenant and I lay together in one room and the man in another room, and he saw something walk along ini a
" black gown and place itself against a window, « and there stood for some time, and then “ walked off. Friday morning the man re“ lating this, I asked him why he did not call
me, and I told him I thought that was a trick or Aam ; he told me the reason why he did not call me was,
that he was not able to “ speak or move. Friday night we lay as be“ fore, and Saturday night, and had no disturb“ance either of the nights.
Sunday night I lay by myself in one roorn “ (not that where the man faw the apparition) « and the tenant and his man in one bed in 6 another room ; and betwixt twelve and two “ the man heard something walk in their room “ at the bed's foot, and whistling very well ; at “ laft it came to the bed's side, drew the cur« tain and looked on them; after some time it « moved off; then the man called to me, defir“ed me to come, for that there was some" thing in the room went about whistling : “I asked him whether he had any light or « could strike one, he told me no; then I leapt < out of bed, and, not staying to put on my “ clothes, went out of my room and along a “ gallery to the door, which I found locked or « bolted; I desired him to unlock the door, « for that I could not get in; then he got out
" of bed and opened the door, which was near, “ and went immediately to bed again; I went “in three or four steps, and, it being a moon“ shine night, I saw the apparition move from “the bed side, and clap up against the wall that “ divided their room and mine: I went and “stood directly against it within my arm's “ length of it, and asked it in the name of God “ what it was, that made it come disturbing " of us; I ftood some time expecting an answer, " and receiving none, and thinking it might be « fome fellow hid in the room to fright me, I “put out my arn to feel it, and my hand seemingly
went through the body of it, and felt no manner
of fubftancı, till it came to the wall; then I “ drew back my hand, and still it was in the
same place :: Till now I had not the least fear, “ and even now had very little; then I adjured 6 it to tell me what it was : When I had said “ those words, it, kecping its back against the “wall, moved gently along towards the door: “ I followed it, and it, going out at the door, “ turned its back toward me: It went a little “along the gallery; I followed it a little into “the gallery, and it disappeared, where there
was no corner for it to turn, and before it “came to the end of the gallery, where was “ the stairs. Then I found myself very cold