Good or Bad Spirits?
Saturday, 31.--A young man of good sense and an unblamable character gave me a strange account of what (he said) had happened
to himself and three other persons in the same house. As they all feared God, I thought the matter deserved a further examination.
So in the afternoon I talked largely with them all. The sum of their account was this: "Nearly two years ago, Martin S-- and
William J-- saw, in dream, two or three times repeated to each of them, a person who told them
there was a large treasure hid in such a spot, three miles from Norwich, consisting of money and plate, buried in a chest, between six and eight feet deep. They did not much regard this, till each of them, when they were broad awake, saw an elderly
man and woman standing by their bedside, who told them the same thing, and bade them go and dig it up, between eight and twelve
at night. Soon after, they went; but, being afraid, took a third man with them. They began digging at eight, and
after they had dug six feet, saw the top of a coffer, or chest. But presently it sank down into the earth; and there appeared
over the place a large globe of bright fire, which, after some time, rose higher and higher, till it was quite out of sight.
Not long after, the man and woman appeared again, and said, 'You spoiled all, by bringing that man with you.’ From this time,
both they and Sarah and Mary J--, who live in the same house with them, have heard, several times in a week
delightful music, for a quarter of an hour at a time. They often hear it before those persons appear; often when they
do not appear.” They asked me whether they were good or bad spirits; but I could not resolve them.