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Of Hell, as it is represented to us, and how the Devil is to be understood

as being personally in Hell, when, at the same time, we find him at

liberty, ranging over the world



Of the manner of Satan's acting and carrying on his affairs in this world,

and particularly of his ordinary workings in the dark, by possession and




Of Satan's agents or missionaries, and their actings upon and in the minds

of men in his naine



Of the Devil's management in the Pagan hierarchy by omens, entrails,

augurs, oracles, and such-like pageantry of hell; and how they went off

the stage, at last, by the introduction of true religion



Of the extraordinary appearances of the Devil, and particularly of the

cloven foot

• 478


Whether is most hurtful to the world, the Devil walking about without his

cloven foot, or the cloven foot walking about without the Devil 490


Of the cloven foot walking about the world without the Devil, viz., of witches

making bargains for the Devil, and particularly of selling the soul to

the Devil



Of the tools the Devil works with, viz., witches, wizards or warlocks, con-

jurers, magicians, diviners, astrologers, interpreters of dreams, tellers of

fortunes; and, above all the rest, his particular modern privy-councillors,

called wits and fools



Of the various methods the Devil takes to converse with mankind 540


Of divination, sorcery, the black art, pawawing, and such-like pretenders

to devilism, and how far the Devil is or is not concerned in them 558


Of the Devil's last scene of liberty, and what may be supposed to be his

end, with what we are to understand of his being tormented for ever and


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And during a Life of continu'd Variety for Three

score Years, besides her Childhood, Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother) Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv'd Honest, and died a Penitent.


Written from her own MEMORANDUMS.

The Third Edition Corrected.

LONDON: Printed for, and Sold by W. CHETWOOD, at Cato'sHead,

in Russel-street, Covent-Garden ; and T. EDLIN, at the Prince's-Arms, over-against EceterChange in the Strand; W. MEARS, at the Lamb without Temple-Bar ; J. BROTHERTON,

by the Royal Exchange ; C. KING, and

J. STAGS, in Westminster-Hall. MDCCXXII.

įThe following history is reprinted from the third edition, which seems to have been finally corrected for the press by the author; it has however been collated with the first edition, from which it only differs iu the omission of some redundant expressions. ]


The world is so taken up of late with Novels and Romances, that it will be hard for a private history to be taken for genuine, where the names and other circumstances of the person are concealed ; and on this account we must be content to leave the reader to pass his own opinion upon the ensuing sheets, and take it just as he pleases.

The author is here supposed to be writing her own history, and in the very beginning of her account she gives the reasons why she thinks fit to conceal her true name, after which there is no occasion to say any more about that.

It is true that the original of this story is put into new words, and the style of the famous lady we here speak of is a little altered, particnlarly she is made to tell her own tale in modester words than she told it at first; the copy which came first to hand, having been written in language more like one still in Newgate, than one grown penitent and humble, as she afterward pretends to be.

The pen employed in finishing her story, and making it what you now see it to be, has had no little difficulty to put it into a dress fit to be seen, and to make it speak language fit to be read. When a woman debauched from her youth, nay, even being the offspring of debauchery and vice, comes to give an account of all her vicious practices, and even to descend to the particular occasions and circumstances by which she first became wicked, and of all the progressions of crime which she run through in threescore years, an author must be hard put to it to wrap it up so clean as not to give room, especially for vicious readers, to turn it to his disadvantage.

All possible care, however, has been taken to give no lewd ideas, no immodest turns in the new dressing up this story, no, not to the worst part of her expressions; to this purpose some of the vicious part of her life, which could not be modestly told, is quite left out, and several other parts are very much shortened; what is left ’tis hoped will not offend the chastest reader, or the modestest hearer; and as the best use is to be made even of the worst story, the moral, 'tis hoped, will keep the reader serious, even where the story might incline him to be otherwise. To give the history of a wicked life repented of, necessarily requires that the wicked part should be made as wicked as the real history of it will bear, to illustrate and give a beauty to the penitent part, which is certainly the best and brightest, if related with equal spirit and life.

It is suggested there cani.ot be the same life, the same brightness and beauty in relating the penitent part, as is in the criminal part: if there is any truth in that suggestion, I must be allowed to say, 'tis because there is not the same taste and relish in the reading; and indeed it is too true that the difference lies not in the real worth of the subject so much as in the gust and palate of the reader.

But as this work is chiefly recommended to those who know how to read it, and how to make the good uses of it which the story all along recommends to them, so it is to be hoped that such readers will be much more pleased with the moral than the fable, with the application than with the relation, and with the end of the writer than with the life of the person written of.

There is in this story abundance of delightful incidents, and all of them usefully applied. There is an agreeable turn artfully given them in the relating, that naturally instructs the reader, either one way or another. The first part of her lewd life with the young gentleman at Colchester, has so many happy turns given it to expose the crime, and warn all whose circumstances are adapted to it, of the ruinous end of such things, and the foolish, thoughtless, and abhorred conduct of both the parties, that it abundantly atones for all the lively description she gives of her folly and wickedness.

The repentance of her lover at Bath, and how brought by the just alarm of his fit of sickness to abandon her; the just caution given there against even the lawful intimacies of the dearest friends, and how unable they are to preserve the most solemn resolutions of virtue without divine assistance; these are parts, which to a just discernment will appear to have more real beauty in them than all the amorous chain of story which introduces it.

In a word, as the whole relation is carefully garbled of all the levity and looseness that was in it, so it is applied, and with the utmost care, to virtuous and religious uses. None can, without being guilty of manifest injustice, cast any reproach upon it, or upon our design in publishing it.

The advocates for the stage, have, in all ages, made this the great argument to persuade people that their plays are useful, and that they ought to be allowed in the most civi). ized, and in the most religious goverument; namely, that

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