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PREF A CE.
HIS Relation is Matter of fact,
and attended with such CircumT stances, as may induce any reason
able Man to believe it. It was sent by a Gentleman, a Justice of
Peace at Maidstone in Kent, and a very intelligent Person, to his friend in London, as it is here worded: Which Discourse is attested by a very sober and understanding Gentlewoman, a Kinswoman of the said Gentleman's, who lives in Canterbury, within a few Doors of the House in which the within named Mrs. Bar
grave lives; who believes his Kinswoman to be of jo discerning a Spirit, as not to be put upon by any Fallacy; and who positively assured him, that the whole Matter, as it is related and laid down, is really true; and what she herself had in the same Words (as near as may be) from Mrs. Bargrave's own Mouth, who, five knows, bad no Rea- . Jon to invent and publish such a Story, or any Defign to forge and tell a Lye,being a Woman of much
Honesty and Virtue, aud her whole Life a Course, as it were, of Piety. The Use which we ought to make of it, is
, to confider, That there is a Life to come after this, and a just GOD, who will retribute to every one according to the Deeds done in-the Body; and therefore to reflect upon our past Course of Life we have led in the World; that our Time is mort and uncertain; and that if we would escape the Punishment of the Ungodly, and receive the Reward of the Righteous, which is the laying hold of Eternal Life, we ought for the Time to come, to turn to God by a speedy Repentance, ceasing to do Evil, and learning to do Well: to seek after God early, if haply be may be found of us, and lead fuch Lives for the future, as may be well pleafing in his Sight.
REL A TION
Mrs. V E A L.
HIS Thing is so rare in all its Circum
stances, and on sogood Authority, that T
my Reading and Conversation has pot given me any Thing like it : It is fit to gratify the most ingenious and serious
Inquirer. Mrs. Bargrave is the Person to whom Mrs. Veal appeared after her Death; she is my intimate Friend, and I can avouch for her Reputation, for these last fifteen or fixteen Years, : on my own Knowledge; and I can confirm the good Character she had from her Youth, to the Time of my Acquaintance. Tho' since this Relation, she is calumniated by some people, that are Friends to the Brother of Mrs. Veal who appeared; who think the Relation
of this Appearance to be a Reflection, and endeavour what they can to blast Mrs. Bargrave's Reputation ; and to laugh the Story out of Countenance. But by the Circumstances thereof, and the chearful Dispofition of Mrs. Bargrave, notwithstanding the ill Usage of a very wicked Husband, there is not yet the least Sign of Dejection in her Face; nor did I ever hear her let fall a desponding or murmuring Expresfion ; nay, not when actually under her Husband's Barbarity; which I have been Witness to, and several other Persons of undoubted Reputation.
Now you must know, Mrs. Veal was a Maiden Gentlewoman of about Thirty Years of Age, and for some Years last past, had been troubled with Fits ; which were perceived coming on her, by her going off from her Discourse very abruptly, to some Impertinence : She was maintained by an only Brother, and kept his House in Dover. She was a very pious Woman, and her Brother a very sober Man to all Appearance : But now he does all he can to null or quash the Story: Mrs. Veal was intimately acquainted with Mrs. Bargrave from her Childhood. Mrs. Veal's Circumstances was then mean; her Father did not take Care of his Children as he ought, so that they were exposed to Hardships: And Mrs. Bargrave in those Days had as unkind a Father, though she wanted neither for Food nor Cloathing, whilft Mrs. Veal, want ed for both : In so much that she would offen fay, Mrs. Bargrave, You are not only the best, but the only Friend I have in the World; and no Circumstance of Life shall ever dissolve my Friendship. They would of ten condole each other's adverse Fortunes, and read together Drelincourt upon Death; _ and other good Books: And so like two Christian Friends, they comforted each other under their Sorrow.
Some Time after, Mr. Veal's Friends got him a Place in the Custom-House at Dover, which occafioned Mrs. Veal, by little and little, to fall off from her Intimacy with Mrs. Bargrave, though there was
never any such thing as a Quarrel ; but an Indifferency came on by Degrees, till at last Mrs. Bargrave had not seen her in two Years and a half; though above a Twelve-month of the Time, Mrs. Bargrave hath been absent from Dover, and this last half Year, has been in Canterbury about two Months of the Time, dwelling in a House of her own.
In this House on the eighth of September, One thoufand seven hundred and five, she was sitting alone in the Forenoon, thinking over her unfortunate Life, and arguing herself into a due Resignation to Providence, though her Condition seemed hard. And, said she, I have been provided for bitherto, and doubt not but I fall be ftill; and am well satisfied, that my Afflitions mall end, when it is most fit for me : And then took up her Sewing-work, which the had no sooner done, but the hears a Knocking at the Door; she went to see who was there, and this proved to be Mrs. Veal, her old Friend, who was in a riding Habit : At that Moment of Time the Clock ftruck Twelve at Noon.
Madam, says Mrs. Bargrave, I am surprized to see you, you have been so long a Stranger; but told her, she was glad to see her, and offered
to salute her, which Mrs. Veal complied with, till their Lips almost touched, and then Mrs. Veal drew her Hand cross her own Eyes, and said, I am not very well, and so waved it. She told Mrs. Bargrave she was going a Journey, and had a great Mind to see her firft: But, says Mrs. Bargrave, “ How came you us to take a Journey alone? I am amazed at it, he “ cause I know you have a fond Brother." Oh! says Mrs. Veal, I gave my Brother the Slip, and came away, because I bad so great a Desire to see you before I took my Journey. So Mrs. Bargrave went in with her, into another Room within the first, and Mrs. Veal fate her down in 'an Elbow-Chair, in which Mrs. Bargrave was fitting when she heard Mrs. Veel knock. Then fays Mrs. Veal“
My dear Friend,