A Ghost Troubled by Wool

marleyCreepy History 26. It’s October, and that means Creepy History month on Windows into History again! Let’s start by looking at a quote from A Relation of Apparitions of Spirits in the County of Monmouth and the Principality of Wales, by Rev Edmund Jones, published in 1813. Jones saw no problem with being a Christian and believing in ghosts, asking “is it reasonable to think that God who is a Spirit should create matter, as we see he hath done, even the whole material visible Creation, and not create Spirits, creatures of similarity to his own nature, which matter hath not?”

About the latter end of the 16th century and the beginning of the 17th, there lived in the Valley of Ebwy Fawr one Walter John Harry, belonging to the people called the Quakers, a harmless honest man, and by occupation a Farrier; who went to live at Ty yn y Fid, in that Valley, where one Morgan Lewis, a Weaver, had lived before him, and after his death had appeared to some and troubled the house. One night Walter being in bed with his wife and awake, saw a light come up stairs, and expecting to see the spectre, and being somewhat afraid; though he was naturally a very fearless man, strove to awaken his wife by pinching her, but could not awake her; and seeing the spectre coming with a candle in his hand, and a white woolen cap upon his head, and the dress he always wore; resolved to speak to him, and did when he came near the bed, and said, “Morgan Lewis! Why dost thou walk this earth?” To which the Apparition gravely answered, like one in some distress, that it was because of some bottoms of wool which he had hid in the wall of the house, which he desired him to take away, and then he would trouble them no more. And then Walter said, I charge thee Morgan Lewis in the name of God, that thou trouble my house no more; at which, he vanished away and appeared no more. He was no profane man, nor openly vicious. It is likely the poor man had in an hour of temptation unjustly concealed these things of some value, and was now troubled for it ; and chose that these bottoms of wool should be of use to others rather than be of no use; though he neither requested they should be made use of, nor forbid their doing it, but left it to their choice. No doubt but they made use them.


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About Roger Pocock

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