Apparitions; Or, The Mystery Of Ghosts, Hobgoblins, And Haunted Houses
An Essay On Ghosts And Apparitions
There is no folly more predominant, in the country at least, than a
ridiculous and superstitious fear of ghosts and apparitions. Servants,
nurses, old women, and others of the same standard of wisdom, to pass
away the tedi...
The Dominican Friar
An Extraordinary Event that happened lately at Aix-la-Chapelle.
As the following story, which is averred to be authentic, and to have
happened very lately, may serve to shew, that the stories of this kind,
with which the...
The Superstitious Couple
In the letters from a gentleman on his travels in Italy to his friend in
England, is the following curious account of an experiment tried with
the Bolognian stone, of which phosphorus is made.
There was an English maid-s...
The Haunted Bed-room
A young gentleman, going down from London to the west of England, to the
house of a very worthy gentleman, to whom he had the honour to be
related; it happened, that the gentleman's house was at that time full,
by season o...
Remarkable Instance Of The Power Of Imagination
It has been remarked, that when the royal vault is opened for the
interment of any of the royal family, Westminster Abbey is a place of
great resort: some flock thither out of curiosity, others to indulge
their solemn medi...
The Westminster Scholars
A few years since, some Westminster scholars received great insult from
a hackney-coachman, who treated them with the greatest scurrility,
because they would not comply with an overcharge in his fare. This
behaviour the yo...
The Ideot's Funeral
The following extraordinary affair happened about ten years since, at a
village in the north of England.
About midnight, the minister of the parish was not a little alarmed at
hearing the church bell tolling. He immediat...
The following anecdote is related by Adrianus Turnibis, the greatest
critic of the sixteenth century, and who was admired and respected by
all the learned in Europe.
"There was a crafty fellow," says he, "called Petrus B...
The Female Fanatic And Heavenly Visitor
The following curious affair happened a few years since at Paris, and is
well attested by a gentleman of the greatest respectability.
A widow-lady, aged about sixty-two, who lodged in a two-pair-of-stairs
floor, in the R...
The Female Sprites
In September 1764, the following extraordinary incident happened in the
family of a clergyman then living in Bartholomew Close.
The gentleman and his wife returning home about eleven o'clock from a
friend's house, where ...
The Prussian Dominoor Fatal Effects Of Jealousy
An officer of rank in the service of the late King of Prussia, having
lost an amiable wife whom he tenderly loved, became quite inconsolable.
Deeply wounded with his affliction, his mind was so absorbed in
The Dead Man And Anatomical Professor
Many, who were personally acquainted with Mr. Junker, have frequently
heard him relate the following anecdote.
Being Professor of Anatomy, he once procured, for dissection, the bodies
of two criminals who had been hanged...
The Drunken Bucks And Chimney-sweep
On March the 19th, 1765, four bucks assembled at an inn in Grantham, to
drink a glass, and play a game of cards. The glass circulating very
briskly, before midnight they became so intoxicated, that not one of
them was able...
The Cripplegate Ghost
The following story, well authenticated in the neighbourhood of
Cripplegate, will convince the reader, that vicious intentions are
sometimes productive of much good to the parties they intended to
A gentlewoman ...
The following anecdotes are related by the Abbe de la Chapelle, of the
This gentleman, having heard many surprising circumstances related
concerning one Monsieur St. Gille, a grocer, at St. Germain-en-Lay...
The School-boy Apparition
A few years since, the inhabitants of Dorking, in Surrey, entertained a
notion, that a ghost walked in a certain place in that neighbourhood;
and that she (for it was an ancient lady, lately dead) was seen hovering
The Credulous Peasants
No longer ago than the year 1788, when the husbandmen of Paris suffered
so severely by the devastation on the 13th of July in that year, many of
the farmers were positively so superstitious at their own created fears,
The Nocturnal Disturbers
The following authentic story is related by Dr. Plot, in his Natural
History of Oxfordshire.
Soon after the murder of King Charles the First, a commission was
appointed to survey the King's house at Woodstock, with the m...
Mareschal Saxe And The Haunted Castle
The following very remarkable adventure, which befel the Mareschal de
Saxe, whilst returning to his country-seat, near Dresden, in Saxony, has
often been related by him to his friends and acquaintance; and, as the
In the first volume of the Causes Celebres, a popular French work, is
the following extraordinary story, which occasioned a serious law-suit.
Two men in trade, who lived in the street St. Honore in Paris, nearly
The Credulous Bishop
A few years since, a memorable conference took place between Dr. Fowler
(then Bishop of Gloucester) and a Mr. Justice Powell: the former, a
zealous defender of ghosts; and the latter, somewhat sceptical about
them. They ha...
The Ghostly Adventurer
About thirty years ago, some labouring mechanics met one Saturday
evening, after receiving their wages, at a public-house, near Rippon, in
Yorkshire, for the purpose of enjoying themselves convivially, after the
cares and ...
The Heroic Midshipman Or Church-yard Encounter
At a respectable inn, in a market-town, in the west of England, some few
years since, a regular set of the inhabitants met every evening to smoke
their pipes, and pass a convivial hour. The conversation, as is usual at
The Cock-lane Ghost
About the middle of January 1762, a gentleman was sent for to the house
of one Parsons, the officiating parish clerk of St. Sepulchre's, in Cock
Lane, near West Smithfield, to be witness to the noises, and other
The Hypochondriac Gentleman And The Jack-ass
A sober gentleman of very great respectability, who was low-spirited and
hypochondriac to a degree, was at times so fanciful, that almost every
rustling noise he heard was taken for an apparition or hobgoblin.
The Castle Apparition
Translated by the Rev. Weeden Butler, Jun. from a Monkish Manuscript.
In the vicinity of Chamberry, a town in Savoy, stood the ancient mansion
of the Albertini: round it were several little buildings, in which were
The Twins Or Ghost Of The Field
Ye who delight in old traditions,
And love to talk of apparitions,
Whose chairs around are closely join'd,
While no one dares to look behind,
Thinking there's some hobgoblin near,
Ready to whisper...
The Double Mistake Or College Ghost
Mr. Samuel Foote, the celebrated comedian, played the following trick
upon Doctor Gower, who was then provost of his college, a man of
considerable learning, but rather of a grave pedantic turn of mind.
The church belong...
The Haunted Castle
The castle of Ardivillers, near Breteuil, was reported to be haunted by
evil spirits. Dreadful noises were heard; and flames were seen, by
night, to issue from various apertures. The farmer who was entrusted
with the care ...
The Hammersmith Ghost
In the year 1804, the inhabitants of Hammersmith were much alarmed by a
nocturnal appearance; which, for a considerable time, eluded detection
or discovery. In the course of this unfortunate affair, two innocent
The Frightened Carrier
In October 1813, a little before midnight, as one of the carriers
between Nottingham and Loughborough, was passing near the village of
Rempstone, he was extremely surprised at meeting what he thought was a
The Club-room Ghost
At a town in the west of England, was held a club of twenty-four
persons, which assembled once a week, to drink punch, smoke tobacco, and
talk politics. Like Rubens's Academy at Antwerp, each member had his
The Lunatic Apparition
The celebrated historian De Thou had a very singular adventure at
Saumer, in the year 1598. One night, having retired to rest, very much
fatigued, while he was enjoying a sound sleep, he felt a very
extraordinary weight up...
Supposed Supernatural Appearance
Some few years since, before ghosts and spectres were commonly
introduced among us by means of the pantomimes and novels of the day, a
gentleman of a philosophical turn of mind, who was hardy enough to deny
the existence o...
The Apparition Investigated
In a village in one of the midland counties of Scotland, lived a widow,
distinguished among her neighbours for decency of manners, integrity,
and respect for religion. She affirmed that, for several nights
together, she ha...
The Benighted Traveller And Haunted Room
A gentleman was benighted, while travelling alone, in a remote part of
the highlands of Scotland, and was compelled to ask shelter for the
evening at a small lonely hut. When he was conducted to his bed-room,
the landlady ...
The Haunted Beach Or Power Of Conscience On A Murderer
BY MRS. ROBINSON.
Upon a lonely desert beach,
Where the white foam was scatter'd,
A little shed uprear'd its head,
Though lofty barks were shatter'd.
The sea-weeds gath'ring near the door,
The Subterranean Traveller Or Ghost And No Ghost
The following record is copied verbatim from an old newspaper--The
Weekly Journal, or British Gazetteer.
"Bedlam, January 18, 1719.
"It is not long since one of the female inhabitant...
The Milkman And Church-yard Ghost
A man much addicted to the heinous sin of drunkenness, in coming home
late one winter's night, had to cross Stepney church-yard; where, close
to the foot path, a deep grave had been opened the day before. He, being
The Fakenham Ghost
The lawns were dry in Euston Park;
(Here truth inspires my tale)
The lonely footpath, still and dark,
Led over hill and dale.
Benighted was an ancient dame,
And fearful haste she made
The Unfortunate Priest And Dead Body
In a province of Prussia, a man being dead, was carried, as is
customary, into the church, the evening previous to the day of his
interment. It is usual to place the corpse in an open coffin; and a
priest, attended only by...
The Vigil Of Saint Mark Or Fatal Superstition
Rebecca was the fairest maid
That on the Danube's borders play'd;
And many a handsome nobleman
For her in tilt and tourney ran:
While she, in secret, wished to see
What youth her husband was to be...
The Floating Wonder Or Female Spectre
The bridge over the river Usk, near Caerleon, in Wales, is formed of
wood, and very curiously constructed, the tide rising occasionally to
the almost incredible height of fifty or sixty feet. The boards which
compose the f...
Poor Mary The Maid Of The Inn
Who is she, the poor maniac, whose wildly fix'd eyes
Seem a heart overcharg'd to express?
She weeps not, yet often and deeply she sighs;
She never complains, but her silence implies
Giles The Shepherd And Spectre
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Giles, ere he sleeps, his little flock must tell.
From the fire-side with many a shrug he hies,
Glad if the full-orb'd moon salute his eyes.
* * * * * ...
A Man With His Head On Fire And Covered With Blood
The following singular adventure is related by a military captain.
"I was coming home one night on horseback, from a visit I had been
making to a number of the neighbouring villages, where I had quartered
my recruits. It...
The Innocent Devil Or Agreeable Disappointment
The following story is extracted from a letter I received, some time
since, from a friend, on the subject of apparitions.
"Returning, one evening in the summer, to my apartments, at a short
distance from town, I was invi...
The Spectre Of The Broken
The following observations on that singular phenomenon called the
Spectre of the Broken, in Germany, is related by Monsieur J. L. Jordan,
in the following words.
"In the course of my repeated tours through the Harz (moun...
Sir Hugh Ackland
The following remarkable fact shews the necessity of minutely examining
people after death, prior to interment, and of not giving way to
ridiculous fears about supernatural appearances.
The late Sir Hugh Ackland, of Devo...
An Agreeable Explanation
A gentleman of undoubted veracity relates the following story.
"When I was a young man, I took up my residence at a lodging-house,
which was occupied by several families. On taking possession of my
apartments, I agreed w...
The Somersetshire Demoniac
On the 13th of June 1788, George Lukins, of Yatton, in Somersetshire,
was exorcised in the Temple Church at Bristol, and delivered from the
possession of seven devils by the efforts of seven clergymen.
Lukins was first a...
The Maniac Or Fatal Effects Of Wanton Mischief
Some years ago, a very intelligent, handsome, and promising youth, whose
names is Henry Pargeter Lewis, the son of a respectable attorney, in the
town of Dudley, was placed for a probationary time, previously to an
Extraordinary Double Dream Without Any Corresponding Event
The late Reverend Mr. Joseph Wilkins, a dissenting clergyman, at
Weymouth, in Dorsetshire, had the following remarkable dream, which is
copied verbatim from a short account of his life.
"One night, soon after I was in be...
Remarkable Instances Of The Power Of Vision
A shepherd upon one of the mountains in Cumberland, was suddenly
enveloped with a thick fog or mist, through which every object appeared
so greatly increased in magnitude, that he no longer knew where he was.
In this state...
The Philosopher Gassendi And The Haunted Bed-room
In one of the letters of this celebrated philosopher, he says, that he
was consulted by his friend and patron the Count d'Alais, governor of
Provence, on a phenomenon that haunted his bed-chamber while he was at
The Ghost On Ship-board
A gentleman of high respectability in the navy relates the following
"When on a voyage to New York, we had not been four days at sea, before
an occurrence of a very singular nature broke in upon our quiet. It was
A Remarkable Story Of A Ghost
Thrice called for, as an Evidence, in a Court of Justice.
A farmer, on his return from the market at Southam, in the county of
Warwick, was murdered. A man went the next morning to his house, and
inquired of the mistress...
The Lady Of The Black Tower
BY MRS. ROBINSON.
"Watch no more the twinkling stars;
Watch no more the chalky bourne;
Lady, from the holy wars
Never will thy love return!
Cease to watch, and cease to mourn;
Now the merry bugle-horn
Through the forest sounded far;
When on the lofty tow'r, forlorn,
The lady watch'd the evening star;
The evening star that seemed to be
Rising from the dark'...