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of the room they went to was lifted up before they touched it.
“It never came into my father's study till he talked to it sharply, calling it a deaf and dumb devil, and bid it cease to disturb the innocent children, and come to him in his study if it had anything to say to him.
“ From the time of my mother desiring it not to disturb her from five to six, it was never heard in her chamber from five till she came down-stairs, nor at any other time when she was employed in devotion.”
No satisfactory explanation of these remarkable circumstances has ever, so far as we can discover, been afforded.
Miss Anna MARIA PORTER, the authoress, and sister of the still better known writer, Jane Porter, authoress of The Scottish Chiefs, at one period of her life resided at Esher, in Surrey. An aged gentleman of her acquaintance, who lived in the same place, was accustomed to visit at her house almost daily, generally making his appearance in the evening, when he would take a cup of tea and read the paper.
One evening Miss Porter saw him enter the room as usual, and seat himself at the table, but without saying a word. She addressed some remark to him, but received no reply, and, after a few seconds, was surprised
to see him rise and leave the room without uttering a word.
Fearing that he might have been taken ill suddenly, Miss Porter sent a servant to his house to make inquiries. She sent at once, but the answer the servant brought back was that the old gentleman had died suddenly about an hour before.
Miss Anna Maria, it is avowed, believed that she had seen an apparition, and was herself the authority for this story.
SEVERAL writers of a past generation, including Joseph Glanvill, were fond of relating the story of Major Sydenham and his friend, Captain William Dyke, but it appears to have escaped the researches of modern commentators on the Supernatural. Shortly after the death of Major Sydenham, Dr. Thomas Dyke called on his cousin, Captain William Dyke, of Skilgate, in the county of Somersetshire, and agreed to pass the night with him. At the captain's request, Dr. Dyke agreed to sleep in the same bed with his cousin, but previous to composing himself to sleep, the Doctor was aroused by his companion calling up a servant and bidding the man bring him two of the largest candles he could obtain, and have them lighted.
The Doctor naturally inquired what these were
intended for, to which the Captain answered :-“You know, cousin, what disputes the Major and I have had touching the immortality of the soul, on which point we could never yet be resolved, though we so much desired it. And, therefore, it was at length fully agreed between us, that he who died first should, the third night after his funeral, between the hours of twelve and one, come to the little house which is here in the garden, and there give a full account touching these matters to the survivor, who should be sure to be present there at the set time, and so receive a full satisfaction. And this," says the Captain, “is the very night, and I am come on purpose to my present lodging to fulfil my promise."
The Doctor advised him not to follow strange counsels, for which he could have no warrant. The Captain replied, “ that he had solemnly engaged,” and that nothing should discourage him ; and added, “that if the Doctor should wake awhile with him, he would shake him, if not, he might compose himself to rest; but, for his own part, he was resolved to watch, that he might be sure to be present at the hour appointed.” To that purpose he set his watch by him, and as soon as he perceived that it was half an hour past eleven, he arose, and taking a candle in each hand, went out by a back door, of which he had before got the key, and walked into the garden house, where he continued two hours and a half. At his return he declared he had neither seen nor heard anything more than usual. “But I know," said he, “ that the Major would surely have come had he been able.”
About six weeks after, the Captain rode to Eton, to place his son a scholar there, when the Doctor went thither with him. They lodged at the sign of the “ Christopher," and tarried two or three nights, not lying together now, as before at Dulverton, but in two several chambers. The morning before they went away, the Captain stayed in his chamber longer than usual, before he called the Doctor. At length he came into the chamber, but with his body shaking and trembling. Whereat the Doctor, wondering, presently demanded, “ What is the matter ?" The Captain replied, “I have seen the Major.” The Doctor seeming to smile, the Captain said, “If ever I saw him in my life, I saw him but now," and then related to the Doctor what had passed. “This morning, after it was light,” said he, “one came to my bedside, and suddenly drawing back the curtains, called, ' Captain! Captain !' To whom I replied, “What, Major ?' To which he returned, 'I could not come at the time appointed, but I am now come to tell you, That there is a God, and a very just and terrible one, and if you do not turn over a new leaf (the very expression the Doctor punctually remembered) you shall find it so.'” The Captain proceeded :—“On the table there lay a sword which the Major had formerly given me, and after the apparition had walked a turn or two about the chamber, he took up the sword, drew it, and finding it not so bright as it ought to be, cried, ' Captain ! Captain ! this sword did not use to be kept after this manner when it was mine.' After which he presently disappeared.”
The Captain was not only thoroughly persuaded of the truth of what he had seen and heard, but was from that time observed to have become quite an altered man. And it was judged, by those who were well acquainted with his conversation, that the remembance of this passage stuck close to him; and that those words of his dead friend were frequently sounding in his ears during the remainder of his life ; which was something more than two years.
One of our ancient castles that has long had a reputation for the hauntings and the apparitions that trouble it is Glamis or Glammis Castle, in Forfarshire, the seat of Lord Strathmore. Although the whole pile of buildings appears to suffer under the ban, there is one particular chamber which is especially known as “the Haunted Room.” Access to this ominous chamber is said to be now cut off by a stone wall, and none are supposed to be acquainted with its locality save Lord Strathmore, his heir, and the factor of the estate. This wall is alleged to have been erected some few years ago by order of the late proprietor, in consequence of certain mysterious sights and sounds which he had both seen and heard.
“There is no doubt," writes a correspondent of Dr. Lee," about the reality of the noises at Glamis Castle. On one occasion, some years ago, the head of the family,