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1670: A Very Strange and Prodigious Wonder

A letter from John Winthrop, Jr. to Lord Brereton, October 11, 1670: Boston Oct. 11, 1670. My Lord: The relation which I am now presenting to your Lordship is of a very strange and prodigious wonder this last Summer in … Continue reading

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1635: A Kind of Speech They Could Not Understand

In 1635 at Brampton near Gainsborough an Ash Tree shook both in the Body and Boughs, and there proceeded from thence Sighs and Groans, like those of a Man troubled in his Sleep, as if he felt some sensible Torments. … Continue reading

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1864: Glory be to God

Georgiana Houghton: Glory be to God (1864) Georgiana Houghton was a Victorian spiritualist and medium whose many paintings include descriptions on the reverse detailing the various spirits and angels that influenced her in producing them. Houghton called these works “spirit … Continue reading

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1812: I Awoke in the Greatest Agitation

On May 11, 1812, John Bellingham, a disgruntled Liverpool merchant, assassinated British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval in the lobby of the House of Commons in London. In his autobiography, the civil engineer Sir John Rennie (whose company built the London … Continue reading

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1666: Too Stars Fighting

In the same moneth [September, 1666] was seen a strange prodigy near us, Grace Butler my near neighbour that saw it told me of it, togather with several of James Brookesbankes family, it was too stars fighting, they struck violently … Continue reading

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1865: Dream

May 3, 1869 Rev. and Dear Sir, After many delays I send you a short account of the dream which excited your interest last summer. In the fall of 1865, I think it was in the month of November, while … Continue reading

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1911: Autumn Leaves

From the December 9, 1911 issue of The Outlook: A number of years ago I was invited to visit a friend who lived at a large and beautiful country-seat on the Hudson. Shortly after my arrival I started, with a … Continue reading

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