15. AMONG other Intances of undoubted Verity, proving in thee the Being of uch aerial People, or Species of Creatures not vulgarly known, I add the ubequent Relations, ome whereof I have from my Acquaintance with the Actors and Patients, and the Ret from the Eye-witnees to the Matter of Fact. The firt whereof hall be of the Woman taken out of her Child-bed, and having a lingring Image of her ubtituted Bodie in her Roome, which Reemblance decay'd, dy'd, and was bur'd. But the Peron tollen returning to her Huband after two Years Space, he being convinced by many undenyable Tokens that he
was his former Wyfe, admitted her Home, and had divere Children by her. Among other Reports he gave her Huband, this was one: That he perceived litle what they did in the pacious Houe he lodg'd in, untill he anointed one of her Eyes with a certain Unction that was by her; which they perceaving to have acqainted her with their Actions, they fain'd her blind of that Eye with a Puff of their Breath. She found the Place full of Light, without any Fountain or Lamp from whence it did pring. This Peron lived in the Countrey nixt to that of my lat Reidence, and might furnih Matter of Dipute amongt Cauits, whither if her Huband had been mary'd in the Interim of her two Years Abence, he was oblidged to divore from the econd Spoue at the Return of the firt. There is ane Airt, appearingly without Supertition, for recovering of uch as are tolen, but think it uperfluous to inert it.
I SAW a Woman of fourtie Years of Age, and examined her (having another Clergie Man in my Companie) about a Report that pat of
her long fating, [her Name is not intyre.] 1 It was told by them of the Houe, as well as her elfe, that he tooke verie little or no Food for everall Years pat; that he tarried in the Fields over Night, aw and convered with a People he knew not, having wandered in eeking of her Sheep, and leep't upon a Hillock, and finding her elf tranported to another Place before Day. The Woman had a Child ince that Time, and is till prettie melanchollyous and ilent, hardly ever een to laugh. Her natural Heat and radical Moiture eem to be equally balanced, lyke ane unextinguihed Lamp, and going in a Circle, not unlike to the faint Lyfe of Bees, and ome Sort of Birds, that leep all the Winter over, and revive in the Spring.
IT is uuall in all magicall Airts to have the Candidates prepoeit with a Believe of their Tutor's Skill, and Ability to perform their Feats, and act their jugling Pranks and Legerdemain; but a Peron called Stewart, poeed with a prejudice at that was poken of the 2d Sight,
and living near to my Houe, was oe put to it by a Seer, before many Witnees, that he lot his Speech and Power of his Legs, and breathing exceively, as if expyring, becaue of the many fearfull Wights that appeared to him. The Companie were forced to carrie him into the Houe.
IT is notoriouly known what in Killin, within Perthhire, fell tragically out with a Yeoman that liv'd hard by, who coming into a Companie within ane Ale-houe, where a Seer at at Table, that at the Sight of the Intrant Neighbour, the Seer tarting, roe to go out of the Hous; and being aked the Reaon of his hat, told that the intrant Man hould die within two Days; at which News the named Intrant labb'd the Seer, and was himelf executed two Days after for the Fact.
A MINISTER, verie intelligent, but mibelieving all uch Sights as were not ordinar, chanceing to be in a narrow Lane with a Seer, who perceaving a Wight of a known Viage furiolie to encounter them, the Seer deired the Miniter to turn out of the Way; who corning his
[paragraph continues] Reaon, and holding him elfe in the Path with them, when the Seer was going hatily out of the Way, they were both violently cat a ide to a good Ditance, and the Fall made them lame for all their Lyfe. A little after the Miniter was carried Home, one came to tol the Bell for the Death of the Man whoe Repreentation met them in the narrow Path ome Halfe ane Hour before.
ANOTHER Example is: A Seer in Kintyre, in Scotland, itting at Table with divere others, uddenly did cat his Head aide. The Companie aking him why he did it, he anwered, that uch a Friend of his, by Name, then in Ireland, threatened immediately to cat a Dihfull of Butter in his Face. The Men wrote down the Day and Hour, and ent to the Gentleman to know the Truth; which Deed the Gentleman declared he did at that verie Time, for he knew that his Friend was a Seer, and would make port with it. The Men that were preent, and examined the Matter exactly, told me this Story; and with all, that a Seer would with all his Opticks perceive no other Object o readily as this, at uch a Ditance.
35:1 Thus in the manuscript, which is only a Transcript of Mr. Kirk's Original. Perhaps M'Intyre?