The Night-Side of Nature

The Night-Side of Nature

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ... of her body; notwithstanding, the lady would needs have her let blood, which was done accordingly: and when the young woman had patiently let them do what they would with her, she desired that the chaplain might be called to read prayers; and when the prayers were ended, she took her guitar and psalm-book, and sat down upon a chair without arms, and played and sung so melodiously and admirably, that her music-master, who was then there, admired at it. And near the stroke of twelve, she rose and sat herself down in a great chair with arms, and presently fetching a strong breathing or two, she immediately expired, and was so suddenly cold as was much wondered at by the physician and surgeon. She died at Waltham, in Essex, three miles from Chelmsford, and the letter was sent to Sir Charles, at his house in Warwickshire; but he was so afflicted at the death of his daughter, that he came not till she was buried: but when he came, he caused her to be taken up, and to be buried with her mother, at Edmonton, as she desired in her letter." This circumstance occurred in the year 1662, and is, as Dr. Hibbert observes, " one of the most interesting ghost-stories on record: " yet he insists on placing it under the category of spectral illusions, upon the plea that, let the physician (whose skill he arraigns) say what he would, her death within so short a period proves that she must have been indisposed at the time she saw the vision, and that probably "the languishing female herself might have unintentionally contributed to the more strict verification of the ghost's prediction," concluding with these words: "All that can be said of it is, that the coincidence was a fortunate one; for, without it, the story would probably more

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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236574885
  • 9781236574886