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SAMUEL SPAVOLD'S MANUSCRIPT VISION
SPAVOLD, Simon . Manuscript " A Vision which Sam Spavold had when he was in London" [London 1754?] Folio Pp 4, approx 1600 words written in a tidy hand in ink, now bound in modern marbled paper covered boards. Simon Spavold (1708-1795) was a Yorkshire born Quaker Minister, who lived in later life in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, described as a Ship's Carpenter. He was described as "Tall in person, of a thin habit, and latterly of a genteel appearance, the figure of this fine prophetic Soul was familiar in Meetings far and wide." [Citation: Sinton Family Trees The History of Ballyhagan and Richhill Meetings 1654 - 1793 - 2004 The manuscript letter is in three sections, the first headed as above, the second part "To Friends of the Morning Meeting as likewise to my Brethren of the Meeting of Suffering. My Brethren....." dated at end "12th Month 28th 1754" and the third part which is not headed but contains Spavold's declaration of his vision. Apparently there exists a publication by Spavold together with Thomas Carrington entitled "An Epistle to Friends at the National Half-Year's Meeting in Ireland " ,Dublin 1779, and there is extensive information online about Spavold's Irish visits [ see citation above]. Spavold also visited America with Mary Kirby in 1757. Spavold's vision is an extraordinary piece of writing .This excerpt contains both visual and auditory hallucinations;"I awakening out of my sleep about the third hour in ye morning instantly was seized with great Darkness and my Soul fill'd with unutterable fear, and Dread, and Horror Whilst I thus lay, I beheld a little Cloud about as big as a man's hand, hovering over the City, and my mind being fix'd upon it, I heard a very awefull voice speak these words, "Both Church and State bear Rule by the Spirit of Error" and it was repeated several times, and as I beheld the Cloud it moved, and came down upon ye City...." A very emotive Quaker piece.
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