A Lecture on Popular Superstitions

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Bowles & Dearborn, 1829 - Superstition - 61 pages
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Page 29 - ... me that I took my petition as granted, and that I had the sign I demanded, whereupon also I resolved to print my book. This, how strange soever it may seem, I protest before the eternal God is true, neither am I any way superstitiously deceived herein, since I did not only clearly hear the noise, but in the serenest sky that ever I saw, being without all cloud, did to my thinking see the place from whence it came.
Page 4 - Co. of the said district, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit : " Tadeuskund, the Last King of the Lenape. An Historical Tale." In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States...
Page 26 - Though at this time I enjoyed rather" a good state of health, both in body and mind, and had become so very familiar with these phantasms, that at last they did not excite the least disagreeable emotion, but, on the contrary, afforded me frequent subjects for amusement and mirth; yet as the disorder...
Page 29 - O thou eternal God, author of this light which now shines upon me, and giver of all inward illuminations ; I do beseech Thee, of thine infinite goodness, to pardon a greater request than a sinner ought to make. I am not satisfied enough whether I shall publish this book ; if it be for Thy glory, I beseech thee give me some sign from heaven : if not, I shall suppress it.
Page 27 - Sabbath) in some gay company, and had an unhappy assignation with a married woman, whom he was to attend exactly at twelve. The company broke up about eleven ; and not judging it convenient to anticipate the time appointed, he went into his chamber to kill the tedious hour, perhaps with some amusing book, or some other way. But it very accidentally happened, that he took up a religious book, which his good mother or aunt had, without his knowledge, slipped into his portmanteau.
Page 25 - The figure of the deceased person never appeared to me after the first dreadful day; but several other figures showed themselves afterwards very distinctly ; sometimes such as I knew, mostly, however, of persons I did not know...
Page 28 - ... in it ; and yet while this book was in his hand, an impression was made upon his mind (perhaps God only knows how) which drew after it a train of the most important and happy consequences.
Page 28 - He thought he saw an unusual blaze of light fall upon the book while he was reading, which he at first imagined might happen by some accident in the candle ; but, lifting up his eyes, he apprehended, to his extreme amazement, that there was before him, as it were suspended in the air, a visible representation of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross, surrounded on all sides with a glory ; and was impressed, as if a voice or something equivalent to a voice had come to him, to this effect, (for he was...
Page 26 - I began to hear them speak : sometimes the phantasms spoke with one another ; but for the most part they addressed themselves to me : these speeches were in general short, and never contained any thing disagreeable.
Page 25 - ... house ; yet when I was at another person's house, they were less frequent; and when I walked the public street they very seldom appeared. When I shut my eyes, sometimes the figures disappeared, sometimes they remained even after I had closed them. If they vanished in the former case, on opening my eyes again nearly the same figures appeared which I had seen before. I sometimes conversed with my physician...

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