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the Israelites), either going before him, or surrounding him (for I dare not be positive, through the defect of my memory), till he got safe to his own house. This hath been attested to me by his own son, an honest, sober man, now living at Graffam ; and one Mr. Cockrill, a near neighbour, who faith he heard Mr. Graffam, the Elder, often speak of it with wonder." (Chap, lxxx., 8),
Turner had doubts as to the lawfulness of astrology, and mentions a conversation with a preacher of that art in Shropshire, who defended its lawfulness, but admitted its uncertainty, whilst claiming to have "hit upon the truth," by means of "casting a figure," which led to the arrest of a horse thief. (Chap, xi., 12).
A Girl in a Trance.
Whilst at Shipley he was much impressed by the death of his servant girl, " Mary Holland, aged about 16 or 17 years, jolly and corpulent, honest, humble, and innocent, free from all pride and guile naturally, so far as I could judge," he says, "but of no sharp intellectuals." This girl fell into a deep sleep, which lasted till the third night, when she awoke. Turner and his wife joined the women who were nursing her, and