My LORD, after narrow Inquiition, hath delivered many true and remarkable oberves on this Subject; yet to encourage a further Scrutiny, I crave leave to ay,
THAT 1. But a few Women are endued with this Sight in repect of Men, and their Predictions not o certane.
2. This Sight is not criminal, ince a Man can come by it unawares, and without his Conent; but it is certaine he ie more fatall and fearfull Things than he do gladome.
3. THE Seers avouch, that everalls who go
to the Siths, (or People at Ret, and, in repect of us, in Peace,) before the natural Period of their Lyfe expyre, do frequently appear to them.
4. A VEHEMENT Deyre to attain this Airt is very helpfull to the Inquyrer; and the Species of ane Abent Friend, which appears to the Seers, as clearly as if he had ent his lively Picture to preent it elfe before him, is no phantatick Shaddow of a ick Apprehenion, but a reality, and a Meinger, coming for unknown Reaons, not from the originall Similitude of it elfe, but from a more wift and pragmantick People, which recreat them elves in offering ecret Intelligence to Men, tho generally they are unacquainted with that Kind of Correpondence, as if they had lived in a different element from them.
5. THO my Collections were written long before I aw My Lord of Tarbett's, yet I am glad that his decriptions and mine correpond o nearly. The Maid my Lord mentions, who aw her Image till before her, uteth with the CO-WALKER named in my Account; which tho
ome, at firt Thought, might conjecture to be by the Refraction of a Cloud or Mit, as in the Parelij, (the whole Air and every Drop of Water being a Mirrour to returne the Species of Things, were our viive Faculty harpe enough to apprehend them,) or a naturall Reflexion, from the ame Reaons that an Echo can be redoubled by Airt; yet it were more faable ((?) fafable in original--JBH) to impute this Second Sight to a Quality infued into the Eye by ane Unction: for Witchies have a leepie Oyntment, that, when applyed, troubles their Fantaies, advancing it to have unuuall Figures and Shapes repreented to it, as if it were a Fit of Fanaticim, Hypocondriack Melancholly, or Poeion of ome ininuating Spirit, raiing the Soul beyond its common Strain, if the palpable Intances and Realities een, and innocently objected to the Senes did not diprove it, make the Matter a palpable Verity, and no Deception; yet ince this Sight can be betowed without Oyntment, or dangerous Compact, the Qualification is not of o bad an Originall. Therefore,
6. By my Lord's good Leave, I preume to
ay, that this Sight can be no Quality of the Air nor of the Eyes; becaus, 1. such as live in the ame Air, and ie all other Things as farr off and as clearly, yet have not the SECOND SIGHT. 2. A SEER can give another Peron this Sight traniently, by putting his Hand and Foot in the Poture he requires of him. 3. The unullied Eyes of Infants can naturally perceave no new unaccutomed Objects, but what appear to other Men, unles exalted and clarified ome Way, as Ballaam's As for a Time; tho in a Witches Eye the Beholder cannot ie his own Image reflected, as in the Eyes of other People; o that Defect of Objects, as well as Diverities of the Subject, may appear differently on everall Tempers and Ages. 4. Tho alo ome are of o venemous a Contitution, by being radicated in Envy and Malice, that they pierce and kill (like a Cockatrice) whatever Creature they firt et their Eye on in the Morning; o was it with Walter Grahame, ome Time living in the Paroch wherein now I am, who killed his own Cow after commending its Fatnes, and
hot a Hair with his Eyes, having praied its wiftnes, (uch was the Infection of ane evill Eye;) albeit this was unuuall, yet he aw no Object but what was obvious to other Men as well as to himelfe. 5. If the being tranported to live in another Countrey did obcure the Second Sight, nather the Paron nor the Maid needed be much troubled for her Reflex-elfe; a little Peregrination, and going from her wonted Home, would have alved her Fear. Wherefore,
7. SINCE the Things een by the Seers are real Entities, the Preages and Predictions found true, but a few endued with this Sight, and thoe not of bad Lyves, or addicted to Malifices, the true Solution of the Phænomenon eems rather to be, the courteous Endeavours of our fellow Creatures in the Inviible World to convince us, (in Oppoition to Sadduce's, Socinians, and Atheits,) of a Deity; of Spirits; of a poible and harmles Method of Correpondence betwixt Men and them, even in this Lyfe; of their Operation for our Caution and Warning; of the Orders and Degrees
of Angells, whereof one Order, with Bodies of Air condened and curiouly hap't, may be nixt to Man, uperior to him in Undertanding, yet unconfirmed; and of their Region, Habitation, and Influences on Man, greater than that of Starrs on inanimat Bodies; a Knowledge (belike) reerved for thee lat atheitick Ages, wherein the Profanity of Mens Lives hath debauched and blinded their Undertanding, as to MOSES, JESUS, and the Prophets, (unles they get Convictions from Things formerly known,) as from the Regions of the Dead: nor doth the ceaing of the Viions, upon the Seers Tranmigration into forrein Kingdoms, make his Lordhip's Conjecture of the Quality of the Air and Eye a white (while (?)--JBH) the more probable; but, on the Contrary, it confirms greatly my Account of ane Inviible People, guardian over and care-full of Men, who have their different Offices and Abilities in ditinct Counterey's, as appears in Dan. 10. 13. viz. about Iraels, Grecia's, and Peria's aitant Princes, whereof who o prevaileth giveth Dominion and Acendant to his Pupills and Vaalls over
the oppoite Armies and Countreys; o that every Countrey and Kingdom having their topical Spirits, or Powers aiting and governing them, the SCOTTISH SEER banihed to America, being a Stranger there, as well to the inviible as to the viible Inhabitants, and wanting a Fimiliarity of his former Correpondents, he could not have the Favour and Warnings, by the everall Viions and Predictions which were wont to be granted him by thee Acquantances and Favourites in his own Countrey. For if what he wont to ie were Realities, (as I have made appear,) 'twere too great ane Honour for Scotland to have uch eldom-een Watchers and predominant Powers over it alone, acting in it o exprely, and all other Nations wholly detitute of the lyke; tho, without all peradventure, all other People wanted the right Key of their Cabinet, and the exact Method of Correpondence with them, except the agacious active Scots, as many of them have retained it of a long Time, and by Surpryes and Raptures do often foirtell what in Kyndnes is really repreented to them at
everall Occaions. To which Purpoe the learned lynx-ey'd Mr. Baxter, on Rev. 12. 7. writting of the Fight betwixt Michaell and the Dragon, gives a verie pertinent Note, viz. That he knows not but ere any great Action (epeciall tragicall) is don on Earth, that firt the Battell and Victory is acted and atchieved in the Air betwixt the good and evill Spirits: Thus he. It eems thee were the mens Guardians; and the lyke Battells are oft tymes perceav'd in a Loaft (sic--JBH) in the Nycht-time; the Event of which myght eaily be repreented by ome one of the Number to a Correpondent on Earth, as frequently the Report of great Actions have been more wiftly caried to other Countreys than all the Airt of us Mortals could poibly dipatch it. St. Autine, (Augustine?--JBH) on Mark, 9. 4. giveth no mall Intimation of this Truth, averring that Elias appeared with Jeus on the Mount in his proper Bodie, but Moes in ane aereall Bodie, aumed like the Angels who appeared, and had Ability to eat with Abraham, tho no Neceity on the Account of their Bodies. As lyke wife the late Doctrine of the Pre-exitence
of Souls, living into aereall Vehicles, gives a ingular Hint of the Poibility of the Thing, if not a direct Prooff of the whole Aertion; which yet moreover may be illuminated by divere other Intances of the lyke Nature, and as wonderfull, beides what is above aid. As,
8. THE inviible Wights which haunt Houes eem rather to be ome of our ubterranean Inhabitants, (which appear often to Men of the Second Sight,) than evill Spirits or Devills; becaue, tho they throw great Stones, Pieces of Earth and Wood, at the Inhabitants, they hurt them not at all, as if they acted not malitiouly, like Devills at all, but in Sport, lyke Buffoons and Drolls. All Ages have affoorded ome obcure Tetimonies of it, as Pythagoras his Doctrine of Tranmigration; Socrates's Dæmon that gave him [Warning] of future Dangers; Platoe's claing them into various vehiculated Speciees of Spirits; Dioniius Areopagita's marhalling nyne Orders of Spirits, uperiour and ubordinate; the Poets their borrowing of the Philoophers, and add-
ing their own Fancies of Fountain, River, and Sea Nymphs, Wood, Hill, and Montain Inhabitants, and that every Place and Thing, in Cities and Countreys, had peciall inviible regular Gods and Governours. Cardan peaks of his Father his eeing the Species of his Friend, in a moon-hyn Night, riding fiercely by his Window on a white Hore, the verie Night his Friend dy'd at a Vat Ditance from him; by which he undertood that ome Alteration would uddenly enue. Cornelius Aggrippa, and the learned Dr. Mor, have everall Paages tending that Way. The Noctambulo's themelves would appear to have ome forrein joquing Spirit poeing and upporting them, when they walk on deep Waters and Topes of Houes without Danger, when aleep and in the dark; for it was no way probable that their Apprehenion, and trong Imagination etting the Animal Spirits a work to move the Body, could preerve it from inking in the Deepth, or falling down head-long, when aleep, any more than when awake, the Body being then as ponderous as before; and it is hard
to attribute it to a Spirit flatelie evill and Enemy to Man, becaue the Noctambulo returns to his own Place afe. And the mot furious Tribe of the Dæmons are not permitted by Providence to attacke Men o frequently either by Night or by Day: For in our Highlands, as there may be many fair Ladies of this aereal Order, which do often tryt with lacivious young Men, in the quality of Succubi, or lightome Paramours and Strumpets, called Leannain Sith, or familiar Spirits (in Dewter. 18. 11.); o do many of our Hyghlanders, as if a trangling by the Night MARE, preed with a fearfull. Dream, or rather poeed by one of our aereall Neighbours, rie up fierce in the Night, and apprehending the neeret Weapons, do puh and thrut at all Perons in the ame Room with them, ometymes wounding their own Comerades to dead. The lyke whereof fell adly out within a few Miles of me at the writting, hereof I add but one Intance more, of a very young Maid, who lived neir to my lat Reidence, that in one Night learned a large Peice of Poey, by
the frequent Repetition of it, from one of our nimble and courteous Spirits, whereof a Part was pious, the ret upertitious, (for I have a Copy of it,) and no other Peron was ever heard to repeat it before, nor was the Maid capable to compoe it of herelf,
9. He demontrated and made evident to Sene this extraordinary Viion of our Tramontain Seers, and what is een by them, by what is aid above, many haveing een this ame Spectres and Apparitions at once, haveing their viive Faculties entire; for non et diputandum de gutu. Itt now remaines to hew that it is not unfutable to Reaon nor the Holy Scriptures.
FIRST, That it is not repugnant to Reaon, doeth appear from this, that it is no les trange for Immortal Sparks and Souls to come and be immered into gros terretrial elementary Bodies, and be o propagated, o nourihed, o fed, oe cloathed as they are, and breathe in uch ane Air and World prepared for them, then for Hollanders or Hollow-cavern Inhabitants to live and traffick among us, in another
State of Being, without our Knowledge. For Raymond de Subinde, in his 3d Booke, Chap. 12. argues quaintly, that all Sorts of Living Creatures have a happie rational Politie of there own, with great Contentment; which Government and mutual Convere of theirs they all pride and pluim themelves, becaue it is as unknown to Man, as Man is to them. Much more, that the Sone of the HIGHEST SPIRIT hould aume a Bodie like ours, convinces all the World that no other Thing that is poible needs be much wondered at.
2. The Manucodiata, or Bird of Paradie, living in the highet Region of the Air; common Birds in the econd Region; Flies and Inects in the lowet; Men and Beats on the Earth's Surface; Worms, Otters, Badgers, in Waters; lyke wie Hell is inhabited at the Centre, and Heaven in the Circumference: can we then think the middle Cavities of the Earth emptie? I have een in Weems, (a Place in the Countie of Fyfe, in Scotland,) divers Caves cut out as vat Temples under Ground; the lyke is a Countie of England;
in Malta is a Cave, wherein Stons of a curious Cut are thrown in great Numbers every Day; o I have had barbed Arrow-heads of yellow Flint, that could not be cut o mall and neat, of o brittle a Subtance, by all the Airt of Man. It would eem therefoir that thee mention'd Works were done by certaine Spirits of pure Organs, and not by Devills, whoe continual Torments could not allow them o much Leaure. Beides thee, I have found fyve Curioities in Scotland, not much oberv'd to be elewhere. 1. The Brounies, who in ome Families are Drudges, clean the Houes and Dihes after all go to Bed, taking with him his Portion of Food and removing befor Day-break. 2. The Maon Word, which tho ome make a Miterie of it, I will not conceal a little of what I know. It is lyke a Rabbinical Tradition, in way of Comment on Jachin and Boaz, the two Pillars erected in Solomon's Temple, (1 Kings, 7. 21.) with ane Addition of ome ecret Signe delyvered from Hand to Hand, by which they know and become familiar one with another. 3. This Second
Sight, o largely treated of before. 4. Charmes, and curing by them very many Dieaes, ometimes by transferring the Sicknes to another. 5. A being Proof of Lead, Iron, and Silver or a Brieve making Men invulnerable. Divers of our Scottih Commanders and Souldiers have been een with blue Markes only, after they were hot with leaden Balls; which eems to be an Italian Trick, for they eem to be a People too currious and magically inclyned. Finally Iris-men, our Northern-Scotih, and our Athole Men are o much addicted to and delighted with Harps and Muick, as if, like King Saul, they were poeed with a forrein Spirit, only with this Difference, that Muick did put Saul's Pley-fellow a leep, but roued and awaked our Men, vanquihing their own Spirits at Pleaure, as if they were impotent of its Powers, and unable to command it; for wee have een ome poor Beggers of them, chattering their Teeth for Cold, that how oon they aw the Fire, and heard the Harp, leapt thorow the Houe like Goats and Satyrs. As there paralell Stories in all Countries and Ages
reported of thee our obcure People, (which are no Dotages,) o is it no more of Neceitie to us fully to know their Beings and Manner of Life, then to undertand ditinctly the Politic of the nyne Orders of Angels; or with what Oyl the Lamp of the Sun is maintained o long and regularlie; or why the Moon is called a great Luminary in Scripture, while it only appears to be o; or if the Moon be truly inhabited, becaue Telecopes dicover Seas and Mountains in it, as well as flaming Furnihes in the Sun; or why the Dicovery of America was look't on as a Fairie Tale, and the Reporters hooted at as Inventors of ridiculous Utopias, or the firt probable Aerters punihed as Inventures of new Gods and Worlds; or why in England the King cures the Struma by troaking, and the Seventh Son in Scotland; whither his temperat Complexion conveys a Balome, and ucks out the corrupting Principles by a frequent warme anative Contact, or whither the Parents of the Seventh Child put furth a more eminent Virtue to his Production than to all the Ret, as being the
certain Meridian and hight to which their Vigour acends, and from that furth have a graduall declyning into a feeblenes of the Bodie and its Production. And then, 1. Why is not the 7th Son infected himelfe by that Contagion he extracts from another? 2. How can continual troaking with a cold Hand have oe trong a natural Operation, as to exhale all the Infections warming corroding Vapours. 3. Why may not a 7th Daughter have the ame Vertue? So that it appears, albeit, a happie natural Contitution concurre, yet omething in it above Nature. Therefore every Age hath left ome ecret for its Dicoverie; who knows but this Entercoure bewixt the two Kinds of rationall Inhabitants of the ame Earth may be not only beleived hortly, but as friely entertain'd, and as well known, as now the Airt of Navigation, Printing, Limning, riding on Saddles with Stirrups, and the Dicoveries of Microcopes, which were ometimes a great a Wonder, and as hard to be beleived.
10. THO I will not be o curious nor o peremptorie as he who will prove the Poi-
bility of the Philoopher's Stone from Scripture, Job, 28. 1. 2. Job, 22. 24. 25.; or the Pluralitie of Worlds, from John, 14. 2. and Hebrews ii. 3.; nor the Circulation of Blood from Eccles. 12. and 6.; nor the Tanimanical Airt, from the Blind and Lame mentioned in 2d of Samuel, 5. 6. yet I humblie propoe thee Paages which may give ome Light to our Subject at leat, and how that this Polity and Rank of People is not a Thing impoible, nor the modet and innocent Scrutiny of them impertinent or unafe. The Legion or Brigad of Spirits (mentioned Mark, 5. 10.) beought our Saviour not to end them away out of the Countrey; which hows they were DÆMONES LOCI, Topical Spirits, and peculiar Superintendents and Superviors aign'd to that Province. And the Power over the Nations granted (Rev. 2. 26.) to the Conquerors of Vice and Infidelitie, Sound omewhat to that Purpoe. Tobit had a Dæmon attending Marriage, Chap. 6. Vere, 15; and in Matth. 4. and 5. ane evill Spirit came in a Viible Shape to tempt our Saviour, who himelfe
denyed not the enible appearing of Ghots to our Sight, but aid, their Bodies were not compoed of Fleh and Bones, as ours, Luke, 24- 39. And in Philip. 2. 10. our verie Subterraneans are exprely aid to bow to the Name of JESUS. Eliha, not intellectually only, but enibly, aw Gehazi when out of the Reach of ane ordinary View. It wants not good Evidents that there are more managed by God's Spirits, good, evill, and intermediate Spirits, among Men in this World, then we are aware of; the good Spirits ingeting fair and heroick Apprehenions and Images of Vertue and the divyne Life, thereby animating us to act for a higher Happines, according to our Improvement; and relinquihing us as trangely upon our Neglect, or our embraceing the deceatfull yrene-like Pictures and Repreentations of Pleaures and Gain, preented to our Imaginations by evill and portfull Angells, to allure to ane unthinking, ungenerous, and enual Lyfe; non of them having power to compell us to any Midemeanour without our flat Conent. Moreover, this Life
of ours being called a Warfair, and God's aying that at lat there will be no Peace to the Wicked, our buie and ilent Companions alo being called Siths, or People at Ret and Quiet, in repect of us; and withall many Ghots appearing to Men that want this Second Sight, in the very Shapes, and peaking the ame Language, they did when incorporate and alive with us; a Matter that is of ane old imprecriptible Tradition, (our Highlanders making till a Ditinction betwixt Sluagh Saoghalta and Sluagh Sith, averring that the Souls goe to the Sith when dilodged;) many real Treaures and Murders being dicovered by Souls that pas from among our elves, or by the Kindnes of thee our airie Neighbours, non of which Spirits can be altogither inorganical. No les than the Coneits about Purgatory, or a State of Recue; the Limbus Patrum et Infantum, Inventions, [which] tho miapplyed, yet are not Chimæras, and altogither groundles. For ab origine, it is nothing but blanh and faint Dicoveries of this SECRET REPUBLICK Of ours here treated on, and additional Fictions
of Monks doting and crazied Heads, our Creed aying that our Saviour decended εἰς ᾅδου, to the inviible Place and People. And many Divines uppoing that the Deity appear'd in a viible Shape een by Adam in the Cooll of the Day, and peaking to him with ane audible voice. And Jeus, probably by the Minitery of inviible Attendants, conveying more meat of the ame Kind to the fyve Thowand that wes fed by him with a very few Loaves and Fihes, (for a new Creation it was not.) The Zijmjiim and Ochim, in Ia. 13. 21. 22. Thes Satyres, and doolfull unknown Creatures of Ilands and Deerts, eem to have a plain Propect that Way. Finally, the eternal Happines enjoyed in the 3d Heavens, being more myterious than mot of Men take it to be. It is not a ene whollie adduced to Scripture to ay, that this SIGHT, and the due Objects of it, hath ome Vetige in holy Write, but rather 'tis modetly deduced from it.
11. It only now remains to anear the obvious Objections againt the Reality and Lawfullnes of this Speculation.
QUESTION 1. How do you alve the Second Sight from Compact and Witchcraft?
ANSWER, Tho this Correpondence with the Intermediate Unconfirm'd People (betwixt Man and Angell) be not ordinary to all of us who are Superterraneans, yet this SIGHT falling ome Perons by Accident, and its being connatural to others from their Birth, the Derivation of it cannot always be wicked. A too great Curioitie, indeed, to acquyre any unneceary Airt, may be blameworthy; but divere of the SECRET COMMONWEALTH may, by Permiion, dicover themelves as innocently to us, who are in another State, as ome of us Men do to Fihes, which are in another Element, when we plunge and dive into the Bottom of the Seas, their native Region; and in Proces of Time we may come to convere as familiarly with thee nimble and agile Clans (but with greater Pleaure and Profit,) as we do now with the Chino's Antipodes.
QUESTION 2. Are they ubject to Vice, Lusts? Paion, and Injutice, as we who live on the Surface of the Earth?
ANSWER. The Seers tell us that thee wandering Aereal People have not uch an Impetus and fatall Tendency to any Vice as Men, as not being drenched into o gros and dregy Bodies as we, but yet are in ane imperfect State, and ome of them making better Eays for heroick Actions than others; having the ame Meaures of Vertue and Vice as wee, and till expecting advancement to a higher and more plendid State of Lyfe. One of them is tronger than many Men, yet do not incline to hurt Mankind, except by Commiion for a gros Midemeanour, as the detroying Angell of Ægypt, and the Ayrians, Exod. 12. 29. 2 Kings, 10. 35. They haunt mot where is mot Barbaritie; and therefoir our ignorant Ancetors, to prevent the Inults of that trange People, ued as rude and coure a Remedie; uch as Exorcims, Donations, and Vows: But how oon ever the true Piety prevailed in any Place, it did not put the Inhabitants beyond the Reach and Awthoritie of thee ubtile inferiour Co-inhabitants and Colleagues of ours: The FATHER OF ALL SPIRITS, and the Peron
himelfe, having the only Command of his Soul and Actions, a concurrance they may have to what is virtuously done; for upon committing of a foul Deed, one will find a Demure upon his Soul, as if his cheerfull Collegue had deerted him.
QUESTION 3. Do thee airie Tribes procreate? If o, how are they nourihed, and at what period of Time do they die?
ANSWER. Suppoing all Spirits to be created at once in the Beginning, Souls to pre-exist and to circle about into everal States of Probationhip; to make them either totally unexcuable, or perfectly happie againt the lat Day, olves all the Difficulties. But in very Deed, and peaking uteable to the Nature of Things, there is no more Aburditie for a Spirit to inform ane Infant in Bodie of Airs, than a Bodie compoed of dull and druie Earth; the bet of Spirits have alwayes delyghted more to appear into aereal, than into terretrial Bodyes. They feed mot what on Quinteences, and aetheriall Eences. The Pith and Spirits only of Women's Milk feed their Children, being arti-
ficially conveyed, (as Air and Oyl ink into our Bodies,) to make them vigorous and freh. And this horter Way of conveying a pure Aliment, (without the uuall Digetions,) by tranfuing it, and tranpyring thorow the Pores into the Veins, Arteries, and Veells that upplie the Bodie, is nothing more aburd, than ane Infant's being fed by the Navel before it is borne, or than a Plant, which groweth by attracting a livelie juice from the Earth thorow many mall Roots and Tendons, whose courer Pairts be adapted and made connatural to the Whole, doth quickly coalece by the ambient Cold; and o are conden'd and bak'd up into a confirm'd Wood in the one, and olid Bodie of the Fleh and Bone in the other. A Notion which, if intertained and approv'd, may hew that the late Invention of oaking and tranfuing (not Blood, but) athereal virtuall Spirits, may be uefull both for Nourihment and Health, whereof is a Vetige in the damnable Practie of evill Angells, their ucking of Blood and Spirits out of Witches Bodys (till they drew them into a deform'd and dry Leannes,) to eid their own
[paragraph continues] Vehicles withall, leaving what we call the Witches Mark behind; a Spot that I have een, as a mall Mole, horny, and brown-coloured; throw which Mark, when a large Bras Pin was thrut (both in Buttock, Noe, and Rooff of the Mouth,) till it bowed and become crooked, the Witches, both Men and Women, nather felt a Pain, nor did bleed, nor knew the precie Time when this was adoing to them, (there Eyes only being covered.) Now the Air being a Body as well as Earth, no Reaon can be given why there may not be Particles of more vivific Spirit form'd of it for Procreation, then is poible to be of Earth, which takes more Time and Pains to rarify and ripen it, ere it can come to have a prolific Virtue. And if our Aping Darlings did not thus procreate, there whole Number would be exhauted after a coniderable Space of Time. For tho they are of more refyned Bodies and Intellectualls than wee, and of far les heavy and corruptive Humours, (which caue a Diolution,) yet many of their Lives being dionant to right Reaon and their own Laws,
and their Vehicles not being wholly frie of Lut and Paion, epecially of the more pirituall and hautie Sins they pas (after a long healthy Lyfe) into one Orb and Receptacle fitted for their Degree, till they come under the general Cognizance of the lat Day.
QUESTION 4. Doth the acquiring of this Second Sight make any Change on the Acquirers Body, Mind, or Actions?
ANSWER. All uncouth SIGHTS enfeebles the SEER. Daniel, tho familiar with divyne Viions, yet fell frequently doun without Strength, when dazzled with a Power which had the Acendant of, and paed on him beyond his Comprehenion, Chap. 10. 8. 17. So our SEER is put in a Rapture, Tranport, and ort of Death, as diveted of his Body and all its Senes, when he is firt made participant of this curious Peice of Knowledge: But it maketh no Wramp or Strain in the Undertanding of any; only to the Fancy's of clownish or illiterate Men, it creates ome Affrightments and Diturbances, becaue of the Strongnes of the Showes, and their Unacquaintednes with them. And as for their
their Lyfe, the Perons endued with this Rarity are, for the mot Part, candid, honet, and ociable People. If any of them be ubject to Immoralities, this obtrue Skill is not to be blamed for it; for unles themelves be the Tempters, the Colonies of the Inviible Plantations, with which they intercommune, do provoke them by no Villainy or Malifice, nather at their firt Acquaintance nor after a long Familiarity.
QUESTION 5. Doth not Sathan interpoe in uch Caes by many ubtile unthought Ininuations, as to him who let the Fly, or Familiar, go out of the Box, and yet found the Fly of his own putting in, as erviceable as the other would have been?
ANSWER. The Goodnes of the Lyfe, and Deigns of the ancient Prophets and Seers, was one of the bet Prooffs of their Miion. 1
78:1 The original Transcriber has added:
"See the Rest in a little Manuscript belonging to Coline Kirk," probably the author's son of that name.--A. L.