The first Relation.
An Account of the Troubles that hap∣pened in the house of Peter Pain, a Shoe-maker, living in Mary Poel Street, in the City of Bristol, ex∣tracted out of a Letter sent me from Mr. J. R. a Gentleman of good Ingenuity, and Reputation, an Inhabitant of the City aforesaid. Dated, June 25. 1683.
ACcording to your desire in a Letter I received from you on Saturday last, I have here sent you the true, and Page 165 real Account of the passages you desi∣red. That which was related by our late Dean, was thus; That about 45 years since, the house of Peter Pain, then a Shoe-maker in St. Mary Poel Street in this City, was extreamly disturbed with most surprizing, and unaccountable noises for some time; and one night above the rest, about 12 of the Clock, the usual noise was ac∣companied with so great a light through the whole House, as if every Room had been full of burning Tapers, or Torches; These repeated scenes of Horrour so amused the whole Family, that they applied themselves to Mr. Toogood, the then Minister of St. Ni∣cholas, who was easily prevailed with∣al to visit the House; which he had no sooner entred, but he became an Ear-witness of the most dreadful, and ac∣customed noises; so, together with the whole Family, he repaired into a Cham∣ber at one end of a Gallery, at the other end of which, was a large bulky Trunk, full of old lumber, and so hea∣vy, that four or five men were not able to lift it: Having shut the door to them, the Minister went to Prayers, during part of which time, the noise continued, and on a sudden something Page 166 was flung against the Chamber door, with extraordinary violence, upon which the noise immediately ceased. When Prayer was ended, they went to go forth of the Chamber door, but could by no means force it open, until they had called for the assistance of some of the Neighbours, who running in to their relief, found the door barr'd close with the great Trunk aforesaid; upon which they all concluded that it was cast there in that violent manner, when they heard that mighty shock against the door, just before the ceasing of the noise. This is a true account of that passage, which the Gentleman aforesaid had from the Son of the late Dean above mentioned, who was then an Apprentice in the house; and the whole Transaction is still recent in the memories of the Neighbours, who were Witnesses of the amazing Trou∣bles, which at that time disturbed that house. Divers other stupendious cir∣cumstances accompanied these noises, which by reason of the great distance of time, and place, we can have no par∣ticular account of.