HIS GRACE The Duke of Monmouth Honoured in His PROGRESS In the WEST of ENGLAND IN AN ACCOUNT Of a most Extraordinary CƲRE OF The Kings Evil: Given in a Letter from Crookhorn in the County of Somerset from the MINISTER of the Parish and many others.

VVE whose Names are under-witten, do certifie the truth of a Miraculous Cure of a Girl of this Town of about Twenty years Age by Name E­lizabeth Parcet, a poor Widows Daughter, who hath anguished under the sad affli­cted Distemper of the Kings Evil, Termed the Joint Evil, being said to be the worst Evil for about Ten or Eleven years time, she had in her right hand Four runing wounds, viz. One in the inside, and three on the Back of her hand, and two more in the same arm, one above her handwrest, the other above the bending of her Arm, She had betwixt her Arm-pit and Brest, (a bunch) which the Docters said fed those six several Runing Wounds; the said Distemper was likewise on her Left eye, inso­much she was almost blind; her Mother despairing for the preserving her sight, and being not of ability to send her to London, to be touched by the King, being mi­serable Poor having many small Children, and this Girl not being able to work, her Mother desirous to have her Daughter cured, saught to the Chirurgions for help who tamper'd with it for a time, but could do no good; went likewise 10 or 11 Miles, to a Seventh Son, but all in vain; no visible hopes of a Cure remained, and expected nothing but the Grave.

[Page] But now, in this the Girls great extremity. God the great Physitian Dictates unto her, thus Languishing in her miserable, hopeless con­dition; what course to take, and what to do for a Cure, which was to go and touch the Duke of Monmouth; which the Girl told her Mo­ther that if she could but touch the Duke she should be well, her Mo­ther reproved her for her foolish conceit, but the Girl did often per­swade her Mother that she might go to Lackinton to the Duke, who then lay at Mr. Speaks, for certainly said she I should be well if I could but touch him; her Mother slighted the pressing requests of her Daugh­ter, and the more her Mother slighted it and reproved her, the more earnest was the Girl for it; in few days after the Girl having notice that Sir John Syd [...]nham intended to Treat the Duke at white Lodg in Henton-Park, which this Girl with many of her Neighbours went to the said Park; she being there timely waited the Dukes coming: First, she observed the Person of the D. to have knowledg of him as he was passing into the said Lodg, she prest in among a Crowd of People, and caught him by the hand, his Glove being on, and she had a Glove likewise to cover her wounds, she not being herewith satisfied with this first attempt of touching his Glove only, but her mind was, she must touch some part of his bare skin; she weighting his coming forth, intended a second attempt: the poor Girl, thus betwixt hope and fear waited his motion, on a sudden was news of the D. com­ing on, which she to be prepared, rent off her Glove that was clung to the Sores in such hast, that broke her Glove, and brought a way not only the sores, but the skin: the Dukes Glove, as providence would have it, the upper part hung down so that his hand-wrest was bare; she prest one and caught him by the bare hand-wrest with her running hand; (saying, God bless your Greatness; and the Duke said God bless you) the Girl was not a little transported with her good success, came and told her friends that now she should be well, she came home to her Mother with great joy, and told her she had that touched by the Dukes bare hand (and that she should now be well) her Mother hearing what she had done, reproved her very sharply for her boldness, and asked her how she durst do such a thing, and threatned to beat her for it, she cryed out O Mother I shall be well again, and be cured of my wounds; and as God Almighty the great Phy­sitian would have it, to the admiration of all that know of it, or heard of it. Her six running wounds in her hand and arm, in four or five days were dried up, the bunch in her brest was dissolved in eight or ten days, of which now is no sign: her eye that was given for lost, is now perfect­ly well, and the Girl in good health; the marks of her several wounds are yet visible in her hand and arm, all which has been discovered to us both by Mother and Daughter, and Neighbours that know her.

  • Henry Clark Minister of the Parish,
  • Captain James Bale,
  • Captain Richard Sherlock,
  • John Stacky Clerk,
  • William Pike,
  • Samuel Daubeney,
  • G [...]orge Strong,
  • John Greenway,
  • Robert Chislet.

Whoever doubts the truth of this relation, may be satisfied thereof by sight of the Original under the hands of the Persons before mentioned, at the Amsterdam Coffe-House in Bartholomew Lane near the Royal Exchange.

LONDON; Printed for Benjamin Harris at the Stationers Arms in the Piazza under the Royal Exchange in Cornhil. 1680.

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