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“ I am come to renew our old Friendship again, and

beg your Pardon for my Breach of it, and if you

“ can forgive me, you are the best of Women.

O, says Mrs. Bargrave, do not mention such a

" thing; I have not had an uneasy Thought about it,

“ I can easily forgive it. What did you think of me,

is said Mrs. Veal? Says Mrs. Bargrave, I thought

“ you were like the rest of the World, and that Pro-

“ sperity had made you forget yourself and me.

Then Mrs. Veal reminded Mrs. Bargrave of the

many friendly Offices she did her in former Days,

and much of the Conversation they had with each

other in the Times of their Adversity ; what Books

they read, and what Comfort in particular they re-

ceived from Drelincourt's Book of Death, which

was the best, she said, on that Subject, ever wrote.

She also mentioned Dr. Sherlock; and two Dutch

Books which were translated, wrote upon Death,

and several others : But Drelincourt, she said, had the

clearest Notions of Death, and of the future State,


any who have handled that Subject. Then she

asked Mrs. Bargrave, Whether she had Drelincourt ?

She said, Yes. Says Mrs. Veal, fetch it? and so Mrs.

Bargrave goes up Stairs, and brings it down. Says

Mrs. Veal, “Dear Mrs. Bargrave, if the Eyes of

« our Faith were as open as the Eyes of our Bo-

dy, we should fee Numbers of Angels about us

" for our Guard. The Notions we have of Hea-

ven now, are nothing like what it is, as Dre-

66 lincourt says. Therefore be comforted under your

“Amictions, and believe that the Almighty has a

ça particular Regard to you; and that your Af-

6c Hictions are Marks of God's Favour; and when

“ they have done the Business they are sent for,

" they shall be removed from you. And believe

“ me, my dear Friend, believe what I say to

you, One Minute of future Happiness will infi-

nitely reward you for all your Sufferings. For

« I can never believe (and claps her Hand upon

" her

" her Knee with great Earnestness, which indeed " ran through most of her Discourse) that ever God “ will suffer you to spend all your Days in this af“ flicted State; But be assured, that your Afflictions “ Thall leave you, or you them in a short Time.” She spake in that pathetical and heavenly manner, that Mrs. Bargrave wept several times, she was so deeply affected with it.

Then Mrs. Veal mentioned Dr. Horneck's Afcetick, at the End of which he gives an Account of the Lives of the Primitive Chriftians. Their Pattern she recommended to our Imitation, and said, Their Conversation was not like this of our Age. For now (says she) there is nothing but frothy, vain Discourse, which is far different from theirs. Theirs was to Edification, and to build one another up in Faith; so that they were not as we are, nor are we as they were ; but, said she, we ought to do as they did. There was an bearty Friendfhip among them ; but were is it now to be found? Says Mrs.

Bargrave, It is hard indeed, to find a true Friends in these Days. Says Mrs. Veal, Mr. Norris has a fine Copy of Verses, called, Friendship in Perfection, which I wonderfully admire; have you seen the Book? says Mrs. Veal? No, says Mrs. Bargrave ; but I have the Verses of my own writing out. Have you, says Mrs. Veal, thenfetch them; which she did from above Stairs, and offered them to Mrs. Veal to read, who refused, and waved the thing, saying, holding down her Head would make it ake ; and then desired Mrs. Bargrave, to read them to her, which she did. As they were admiring Friendship, Mrs. Veal said, Dear Mrs Bargrave, I shall love you for ever. In these Verses there is cwice used the Word Elysian. Ab! says Mrs. L'eal, these Poets have such Names for Heaven. She would often draw her Hand cross her own Eyes, and say, Mrs. Bargrave, do not you think I am mightily impaired by my Fits? No, says Mrs. Bargrave, I think you look as well as ever I knew


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After all this Discourse, which the Apparition put in much finer Words than Mrs. Bargrave said The could pretend to, and as much more than she can remember; for it cannot be thought, that an Hour and three Quarters Conversation could all be retained, though the Main of it she thinks she does :) She said to Mrs. Bargrave, She would have ber write a Letter to her Brother, and tell him, he would have bim give Rings to such and such ; and that there was a Purse of Gold in her Cabinet, and that she would have two Broad Pieces given to her Cousin Watson.

Talking at this rate, Mrs. Bargrave thought that a Fit was coming upon her, and so placed herself in a Chair juft before her Knees, to keep her from falling to the Ground, if her Fits should occasion it : For the Elbow Chair, she thought, would keep her from falling on either Side. And to divert Mrs Veal, as she thought, took hold of her Gown-Sleeve feveral times, and commended it. Mrs. Veal told her, it was a scowered Silk, and newly made up. But for all this, Mrs. Veal perfifted in her Requeft, and told Mrs. Bargrave, she must not deny her: And The would have her tell her Brother all their Conversa. tion when she had Opportunity. Dear Mrs. Veal, says Mrs. Bargrave, This seems so impertinent, that I cannot tell how to comply with it ; and what a mortifying Story will our Conversation be to young

Genleman? Why, says Mrs. Bargrave, it is much better, methinks, to do it yourself. No, says Mrs. Veal, though it seeins impertinent to you now, you will see more Reaa fon for it hereafter. Mrs. Bargrave then, to satisfy her Importunity was going to fetch a Pen and Ink; but Mrs. Veal said, Let it alone now, but do it when I am gone ; but you must be sure to do it : Which was one of the last things she enjoined her at parting, and so the promised her.

Then Mrs. Veal asked for Mrs. Bargrave's Daughter ; she said, She was not at home; but if

you have a Mind to see her, says Mrs. Bargrave, I'll send


for her. Do, says Mrs. Veal. On which the left her, and went to a Neighbour's to see for her; and by the time Mrs. Bargrave was returning, Mrs. Veal was got without the Door in the Street, in the Face of the Beast-Market, on a Saturday (which is Market Day) and stood ready to part; as soon as Mrs. Bargrave came to her. She asked her, Why she was in fuch Hafte? She said, he must be going, tho' perhaps fe might not go ber Journey till Monday. And told Mrs. Bargrave, Be boped je should fee ber again at ber Cousin Watson's before she went whither he was going. Then she said, he would take her Leave of her, and walked from Mrs. Bargrave in her View, till a Turning interrupted the Sight of her, which was three Quarters after One in the Afternoon.

Mrs. Veal died the 7th of September at Twelve à Clock at Noon of her Fits, and had not above four Hours Senses before her Death, in which Time she received the Sacrament. The next Day after Mrs. Veal's Appearing, being Sunday, Mrs. Bargrave was mightily indisposed with a Cold and a fore Throat, that she could not go out that Day; but on Monday Morning she sends a Person to Captain Watson's to know if Mrs. Veal was there. They wondered at Mrs. Bart grave's Enquiry ; and sent her Word that she was not there, nor was expected. At this Answer Mrs. Bargrave told the Maid, she had certainly mistook the Name, or made fome Blunder. And though she was ill, she put on her Hood, and went herself to Captain Watson's, though she knew none of the Family, to see if Mrs. Veal was there or not. They said, they wondered at her asking, for that she had not been in Town; they were sure, if she had, she would have been there. Says Mrs. Bargrave; I am fure she was with me on Saturday almost two Hours. They said, it was impossible, for they must have feen her if she had. In comes Captain Watson, while they were in Dispute, and faid, that Mrs. Veal was certainly dead, and her Escutcheons were mak



ing. This strangely surprized Mrs. Bargrave, when she sent to the Person immediately who had the Care of them, and found it true. Then she related the whole Story to Captain Watson's Family, and what Gown she had on, and how striped ; and that Mrs. Veal told her it was scowered. Then Mrs. Watson cried out, You have seen her indeed; for none knew but Mrs. Veal and myself

, that the Gown was scowered. And Mrs. Watson owned, that she described the Gown exactly : For, said she, I helped ber to make it up. This Mrs. Watson blazed all about the Town, and avouched the Demonstration of the Truth of Mrs. Bargrave's seeing Mrs. Veals Apparition. And Captain Watson carried two Gentlemen immediately to Mrs. Bargrave's House, to hear the Relation from her own Mouth. And when it spread so faft, that Gentlemen and Persons of Quality, the Judicous and Sceptical Part of the World, Aocked in upon her, it, at best, became such a Task, that She was forced to go out of the Way. For they were, in general, extremely satisfied of the Truth of the Thing; and plainly saw, that Mrs. Bargrave was no Hypochondriack; for she always appears with such a chearful Air, and pleasing Mien, that she has gained the Favour and Esteem of all the Gentry : And it is thought a great Favour if they can but get the Relation from her own Mouth. I fhould have told you before, that Mrs. Veal told Mrs. Bargrave, that her Sister and Brother in law were just come down from London to fee her. Says Mrs. Bargrave, How came you to order Matters fo Strangely? It could not be helped, said Mrs. Veal. And her Brother and Sister did come to see her, and entered the Town of Dover just as Mrs. Veal was expiring. Mrs. Bargrave asked her, Whether the would drink some Tea ? Says Mrs. Veal, I do not care if I do ; but I'll warrant you this mad Fellow (meaning Mrs. Bargrave's Husband) bas broke all

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