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Preface

A N

AUTHENTIC NARRATIVE

OF SOME

Remarkable and Interesting Particulars

IN THE

LIFE Of ########.

COMMUNICATED

In aSERIES of LETTERS,

T O

The Reverend Mr. H A w E i s,

Rector of Aldwinckle, Northamptonshire j
And by him (at the Request of Friends) now made public.

J 10UI irbig the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them
in paths that they have not known; / will make darkness light be-
fore them, and crooked things strait. These things will I do unto
them, and not forsake them. Isaiah xlii. 16.

I am as a wonder unto many. Psalm lxxi. 7.

Tht; Fourth Edition.

LONDON:
Printed for J. Johnson, No. 72, St. Paul's Church.yard.
MDCCLXXV.

The first of the following letters is so well adapted an introduction to the rest, that to trouble the reader with a long preface would be quite needless and impertinent. I will, therefore, detain him from entering upon the delightful and instructive relation which the following sheets present him with, little longer, than while I assure him that the narrative is quite genuine, and that the following letters were written to me at my request. Some verbal relations of the facts awakened my curiosity to fee a more connected account of them, which the author very obligingly consented to, having, at that time, no intention of its being made public— But the repeated solicitations of friends have at last prevailed; and,* .indeed, the publication is the more needful, as several imperfect copies have been handed about, and there has been cause to think some surreptitious edition might steal thro' the press into the hands of the public.

I have, therefore, with consent of the author, now sent these letters abroad in their original form. They were written in haste, as letters of friendship, to gratify my curiosity; but (1/03SIV the