|Title:||Copy Letter In Scribal Hand I, John Beale To ?|
|Dating:||28 November 1659|
the dead. And Howe else shall wee knowe the Secrete transactions of Spirits, the intercourse that hath beene betweene the father of Spirits & or Spirits? This I will attest, That about 32 yeares agoe I was perfect in the way of Calvine. At that time my Spirite was first awakened to look into the abysse of Eternity. I studyed with all diligence to make my election sure, & my zeale was soe ferve nt that to strengthen my dependence vpon infallible Prædestination, I learnd Bradwardine Memeratively. From him I betooke to the reste of the Schooleman, & all other kinds of philology I leave it to my Contemporaries to say, whether they knewe any mans Industry, that for reading, & writing, repeating, recollecting & composeing, exceeded mine. This I can truely say, that my spirite could take noe reste neither at Table nor at Bed: all our discourses were literary & all my dreams advanced the same persuite. My complexion being firme & healthfull was inclinable to lust, & my resolutions beeing fully & stiffely against it, I betooke
name in any High esteeme. Soone after the Dr deceased, & by the helpe of William the stationer, I had the search of his study. There I found indeed greate variety of reserved learning, & the speciall bookes had some markes of his affection & industry. There I first met with sharpe disputations against the schoole notions of Trinity, & other points, that seeme to affront reasone, & the simplicity of Christianity. This spurd mee to bee at charges in Italy, Franckfort, & London for the lists of all stationary Marts. And when I travayled, I pursued all varietyes of literature with the same diligence. And then I began to observe, Howe my dreams were by very much more instructive then my studyes, more enlarged Conceites, more solid & soe truly divine, as to give mee many considerable touches of the future & to give mee an insight into the very thoughts & hearts of others. Within my owne breaste I retained this treasure, not fayling every morning to examine all the imployments & suggestions of my Spirite, whilest I slept. At Lions in Monsieur de Cordons shop, I did freqvently enqvire for strange bookes. At laste Monsieur Cordon told mee, that hee never heard of any [one? MS torn] of those bookes for which I had inqvired in many dayes visits: That it was strange to him, but Hee hoped, I was more noble, than to offer him collusion. I satisfyed him, That beeing a travaylor, I sought for none but rarityes. Soone after I left his shop, a man, or the devill seemd to overtake mee; Tempted mee with very subtile disguises to diabolicall Magic, enforct vpon mee (if I might beleeve my eyes) a specimen of Magicall Art. The Lord knowes that by his grace my heart did allwayes (& then especially) abhor those abominations. But I recovered my wits to en [catchword: trap]
trap the temptor to discover his fraud before English Witnesses, who are yet alive. And from hence wee are 3. Witnesses to the reality of those villanyes. When I came to Geneva, I had a dreame that discovered one Dr Paschal to have a full library of those bookes which I desird; Put words & directions of adresse in my hearte. As soone as I awaked I enqvired of Syndyke Sarasin, & hee directed mee to the man. My words & manner of Adresse procurd mee the very answere of my dreame. for 4lb sterlings himself offered mee a parcell of bookes, for which I should willingly given <1> [letters deleted] or 200lb. And after other conferences, gave mee all his MS some of his owne, very large, & ready for the presse. Thiese & a good part of the bookes are (or should bee) nowe in the custody of P or of somebody else for him. And to him, whilst all things were fresh & witnesses at hand, I discovered the Maine particulars. Howe many large overtures of fortunes by Matches, & other kinds of Promotions offerd by the late King & his Land, & others of the chiefe nobility by strange Providence & both very stiffe & vnusuall resolution I did refuse, at severall times even beyond credibility, I can name you good witnesses nowe, liveing in Westminster & part is knowne to in part in some others of good credite more fully.
Bukbury hill, & partly for this testimony I desird you should viewe what passeth betweene Mr Evelyne & my selfe.) In this time the Lord shewed mee, That there were in thiese dayes such as might justly bee called Holy (yea & prophetiqve) Inspirations. I may as iustly deny God, as deny it; My sight which never was cleere, but fit for endlesse reading, was disenabled to hold out a full periode: My hand used to perpetuall scribling, was unable to write 3. lines. Whilest I offerd to write pimples would visibly arise on the backe of my hand, & if I ceasd not presently, become a very sore teter. Beeing disenabled for a yeare to reade, or write, I betooke wholy to prayers, maditations fasting retirement. Then I observd my dreames more solemnely & devoutly & had qvite another viewe of all former Providences. I sawe the things that then seemed too hard for a mortall man to beleeve till their issue proved the truth of the premonishment. It [is? MS torn] fit to say what enlargement I had (without industry or inqvisition by free grace) caste vpon my vnderstanding. The disability of reading or writing any usuall portion continued 7 yeares.
kinds of impression vpon my Spirite (which is a phrase too much abusd & prophaned) of a wonderfull affluence of [symbol] metalline for publiqve uses. Night & day it was for some monethes, more than 40 times pressed vpon my spirite. I wonderd at that kind of importunity,