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Take courage, then, good reader, and knock at the portal of my enchanted castle, which will be opened to you, not by a grinning demon, but by a very civil person, in a black velvet
with whom you may pass an hour not disagreeably.
Observe, however, that the following treatise is applicable, in its principles, to profane history, and to the delusions of individuals only. If any thing contained in the ensuing pages could be construed into the most indirect reference to theological discussions, the manuscript would have been committed, without mercy, to the flames.
What methods may have been employed by Providence, on extraordinary
occasions, to communicate with men, I do not presume to investigate; nor could I hope to display them in language equal to the numbers of our sweetest poet, with which I shall conclude these remarks:
And is there care in heaven? and is there love
How oft do they their silver bowers leave,
Faerie Queene, Cant. viii.
THEORY OF APPARITIONS.
Reality of spectral impressions General
laro of the system, to which they may be referred-Division of the subject-Spectral illusions eremplified.
I shall begin this discussion, by admiting, as an undeniable fact, that the forms of dead, or absent persons have been seen, and their voices have been heard, by witnesses whose testimony is entitled to belief,