Misfortune, which tho' I was not then capable of knowing, shall never be able to forget; for as he, poor Man, stood upon the Deck rejoycing at my Birth, a merciless Wave entered the Ship, and in one Moment carry'd him beyond Reprieve. Thus was the first Day which I saw, the last that was seen by my Father; and thus was my disconsolate Mother at once made both a Parent and a Widow.
When we arrived at Boston (which was not long after) I was put to Nurse in a Country Place, at a small Distrance from the Town, where I went to School, and past my infancy and Childhood in Vanity and Idleness, until I was bound out Apprentice, that I might no longer be a Charge to my Indigent Mother, who was put to hard shifts for a Living.
My Master was a Country Minister, a pious good-natur'd young Man, & a Batchelor: He labour'd with all his Might to instill vertuous and godly Principles into my tender Soul, well knowing that it was the most suitable Time to make deep and lasting Impressions on the Mind, while it was yet untainted with Vice, free and unbiass'd. He endeavour'd that I might be instructed in all that Knowledge and Learning which is necessary for our Sex, and deny'd me no Accomplishment that could Posssibly be attained in a Country Place; such as all Sorts of Needle-Work, Writing, Arithmetick, &c. and observing that I took a more than ordinary Delight in reading ingenious Books, he gave me the free Use of his Library, which tho' it was but small, yet it was well chose, to inform the Understanding, rightly, and enable the Mind to frame great and noble Ideas.
Before I had liv'd quite two Years with this Reverend Gentleman, my indulgent Mother departed this Life, leaving me as it were by my self, having no Relation on Earth within my Knowledge.
I will not abuse your Patience with a tedious Recital of all the frivolous Accidents of my Life, that happened from this Time until I arrived to Years of Discretion, only inform you that I liv'd a cheerful Country Life, spending my leisure Time either in some innocent Diversion with the neighboring Females, or in some shady Retirement, with the best of Company, books. Thus I past away the Time with a Mixture of Profit and Pleasure, having no Affliction but what was imaginary, and created in my own Fancy; as nothing, when we have nothing else to grieve for. As I would not engross too much of your Paper at once, I will defer the Remainer of my Story until my next Letter; in the mean time desiring your Readers to exercise their Patience, and bear with my Humours now and then, because I shall trouble them but seldom. I am not insensible of the impossibility of pleasing all, but I would not willingly displease any; and for those who will take Offence where none is intended, they are beneath the Notice of
Your Humble Servant,
As the Favour of Mrs. Dogood's Correspondence is acknowledged by the Publisher's of this Paper, lest any of her Letters should miscarry, he desires they may for the future be deliver'd at his Printing-House, or at the Blue Ball in Union Street, and no Questions shall be ask'd of the Bearer.
To the Author of the New-England Courant.
Seeing the chief Design and Intent of your Paper, is for the Admonition of such of either Sex, who by their Fol- lies and Extravagances render themselves ridiculous to others, I desire you will publish this in your next, in hopes it may have the desired Effect. My Grievance proceeds altogether from the Insolence of an incorrigible Virago of a Wife, who (tho' she denies herself nothing to put her upon a Par with the best in the Town, as to outward Apparel,) thinks what is ordinarily worn by Potters good enough for me, who take all the pains to support her Extravagance, which is such as causes Wonder and Amazement in all those who see her, particularly on those Days when she is disposed to attend the weekly Lectures, Her Companions (who are not a Jot better than her Self) are sure at every Visit not to miss of a Belly-full of Tea, whereas when I return from taking my Glass with my Friend (tho' not one bit beyond my Last,) my Ears are immediately fill'd with Sot and Drunkard, and other such like Opprobrous Expressions, which render my Life merely burdensome. Thus Does she insult me, having as well the Command of my Purse as Person: And as all our domestick Jars contribute only to make her worse and worse, I hope this publick Admonition will so sensibly touch her guilty Conscience, as to cause a Reformation, and consequently tend very much to the Quiet and Satisfaction of
Your Humble Servant,
Newport Rhode-Island, March 30. There has lately a surprizing Appearance been at Narraganset, which is the Occasion of much Discourse here, and is Variously represented, but for the Substance of it, it is Matter of Fact beyond Dispute, it having been seen by Abundance of People, and one Night by about two Persons at the same Time, who came together for that Purpose. The truth, as near as we can gather from the Relations of several Persons, is as follows.
This last Winter there was a Women dy'd at Narraganset of the smallpox, and since the was buried, there has appeared upon her Grave cheifly, and in various other Places, a bright Light, as the Appearance of Fire. This Appearance com- monly begins about 9 to 10 of Clock at Night, and sometimes as soon as it is dark. It appears variously as to Time, Place, Shape and Magnitude, but commonly on or about the Grave, and sometimes about and upon the harn and adjecement Trees; sometimes in several Parts, but commonly one entire Body. The first Appearance is commonly small, but increases to a great Higness and Brightness, so that in a Jark Night they can see the Grass and bark of the Trees very plainly; and When it at the Highth, they can see Sparks fly from the Appearance like Sparks of Fire, and the Likeness of a Person in the midst wrapt in a Sheer with its Arms folded. This Appearance moves with incredible Swiftness, Sometimes the Distance of half a Mile from one Place to another in the Twinkling of an Eye. It commonly appears every Night, and continues till Break of Day. A Women in That Neigh- bourhood says she has seen it every Night for there Six Weeks past.
Custom House, Newport, March 30. Entred Inwards. Clarles Whitfield from South Carolina, William Davis from St. Christophers.
John Brewer for Antigua, Joseph Wheeton, and James Straehah for Barbadoes, Philip Boiles for New York, Cornelius Dumham for Boston.
Cambridge, March 28. Yesterday the learned and ingenious Mr. Judah Monis, (sometime Rabbi of the Synagogue is Jamaita, and afterwards in New-York, who commenced Mash kil Venabon, the Jewish Academies of Leghorn and Amsterstam, &c.) made a Publick Profession of the Christian Religion, and was Baptised here by the Rev. Mr. Appleton. The Rev. Mr. Colman, before his Baptism, entertain'd the Audience with an excellent Discourse upon Joh. 5.46. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believe me; for he wrote of me. From which Words he shewed how exactly several notable Passages of Moses's Writings have been accomplished in our Savior Jesus Christ, concluding with a solemn Address to the Rabbi, who followed this with a learned Doscours, answering (from the holy Scriptures and their own approved Authors) Nine of the chief Aruments brought by the modern Jews to prove that the Messiah is not yet come. He introduced his Discourse with those Words, Pial. 116. 10. I believed, therefore have I spoken; I was greatly afficted; and concluded with a solemn Profession of his Faith in the Messiah already come. The Solemnity was attended in the Common-Hall at Harvard College, by a considerable part of the Church in this Town, and as numerous an Assembly as this place would admit.
Boston, April 2. On Monday Night last a Man Belonging to the Cattle, going board a ship at the Long Wharf, fell off the Plank,& was taken up dead the next Morning.
The next Day at Night a Fire Broke out at the Prison in Queen-Street, but was extinguish'd without much Damage.
On Thursday Night last the Hon. Samuel Sewall Esq; was married to Mrs. --- Gibbs of this Place.
Some Day last Week a Man's Bones were taken up in a Garden at the South End of the Town, by some Carpenters who were digging Post-Holes for a Fence.
They write from Philadelphia, that the General Assembly of that Province (for the Encouragement of the Undertakers in their godd Design of raising Hemp) have Pass'd the following vote. viz. that a bounty of One Penny per Pound shall be paid for all merchantable Hemp, made of the Growth of this Province; and that Hemp shall be current Pay in this Province, for all Debts and in all Cases, at a certain Price set upon it by them.
Custom-House Boston. Entered Inwards.
Zech. Stode, Ralf Ellingwood, and John Stevens from New Hampshire, Jeremiah Owen and William Beckman from New York, John Royal and john Snoad from North Carolina, Ri- chard Thomas and Nicholas George from Surranam, John Bulsinch from Barbadoes.
John Hedge for Rhode-Island and Connecticut, Jabez Gorham for Connecticut, Lemuel Bosworth and Nich. Rymeh for Canso, David Carmer for New York, John Burlet for Philadelphia, and John Barnard for West Indies.
-------Sloop Jolly for New York, Rich Shute for Canso.
--------Brig. William and Mary for West Indies, and William Winter for Newfoundland.
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