Excerpt from The Works of Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Vol. 3 of 3: With a Memoir
I have often reﬂected, since I left you, on the wonder ful powers of magic exhibited by you and your sister. The dim obscurity of that grotto hollowed out by your hands under the laurel hedge, where you used to mix the ingredients of your incantations, struck us with awe and terror; and the broom which you so often brandished in your hands made you look very like witches indeed. I must confess, however, that some doubts have now and then arisen in my mind, whether or no you were truly initiated in the secrets of your art; and these suspicions gathered strength after you had suffered us and yourself to be so drenched as we all were on that rainy Tuesday; which, to say the least, was a very odd circumstance, considering you had the command of the weather. - As I was pondering these matters alone in the chaise be tween Epsom and London, I fell asleep and had the. Following dream.
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