The sixth Relation.
Giving an Account of the Raising the Devil by the •alconer, at Sir J F's near Shirbourn, in Dorset∣shire.
I Had an Account of this Passage from my worthy Friend, Dr. B. who had made good enquiry into the certainty of it; and though it carry along with it an Air, perhaps, of too much levity for this discourse; yet those who rightly consider it, will find cause to believe there is somewhat in it that deserves a more serious, and conside∣rate reflection.
There was in this Gentlemans House a Huntsman, and a Falconer, as is usual with Persons of such Quality; but it is pretty difficult to determine, whe∣ther the Elements, which nurst up their respective Game, or the complexi∣on, and humour of the Persons, was most different: One of them, viz. the Hunts∣man, was a Fellow much devoted to a Page 197 glass of Liquour, as is usual with men of his Function, and therefore when he once laid down his Head upon his Pillow, found himself very unfit for any other Contemplations, then what his sleep presented him withal. The Falconer, on the contrary, was of a Temper more Considerate, and very fond of a Book by night, because he seldom found the other, who was his Bedfellow, in a humour to discourse: and therefore would often mind him of the tendency of his drunken Courses, and to bethink himself sometimes of lying down soberly, lest it might hap∣pen he should never awake more in this world. The Morals wrought lit∣tle on the stupidity of the Huntsman; who answered him only with reflecti∣on, assuring him that Falconers used to look upwards, and blaspheme, when the Huntsman looked downwards, and therefore minded him to regard his own state. In some such sort of dis∣course they had passed the night, till the Huntsman composed himself to sleep; the Falconer betook himself to a certain Book he had got out of the Chaplains Chamber, who used to lend him one at times, to incourage him in reading: It happened to be of the Page 198 wrong sort for the poor Falconer; for he had not read much in it, before he saw something come to the side of the Bed, which he could have wisht far∣ther off: the frightful Goblin brought to his remembrance what the Huntsman had charged him withal, viz. looking up∣wards, and Blaspheming, so that he in∣deavoured to get some speech of the Huntsman in this extremity, and by much jogging, and importunity, at last prevailed with him to understand what troublesome company he had in the Room with him; but all he could get of his drousy Companion, was only this; Good Devil do not mistake, for that is the Falconer; and so turned him a∣bout to sleep again; which put the poor Falconer into a deeper Consternation; till at length he had the Courage to call to some of the Neighbour Lodg∣ers, amongst whom, the Chaplain, be∣ing awake, came to his relief; and it is thought in very good season, for the Company he had unadvisedly raised, began to be very Troublesome. In fine, the Chaplain discharged the un∣welcome Guest, and advised the Falco∣ner hereafter to peruse no Books, but what he did in part understand before.
SOme People, by perusing unlawful Studies, have put themselves in the power of Evil Spirits. And though some may look on this Relation but as a jest, upon inquiry it will be found a real Truth.