New PDF release: A Mad People’s History of Madness

By Dale Peterson

ISBN-10: 0822934442

ISBN-13: 9780822934448

A guy desperately attempts to maintain his pact with the satan, a girl is imprisoned in an insane asylum through her husband due to spiritual alterations, and, at the testimony of a trifling stranger, “a London citizen” is sentenced to a personal madhouse. This anthology of writings by means of mad and allegedly mad humans is a entire evaluation of the heritage of psychological ailment for the earlier years-from the point of view of the sufferers themselves.

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She would not hear or believe that it was God who shewed her such things, and put it out of her mind as much as she might. " She would give no credence to the counsel of God, but rather believed it was some evil spirit deceiving her. Then for her frowardness and her unbelief, Our Lord withdrew from her all good thoughts and all good remembrance of holy speeches and dalliance, and the high contemplation which she had been used to before, and suffered her to have as many evil thoughts as she before had good ones.

I fancy'd that the Devil The Life of the Reverend Mr. George Trosse 33 was about to take her, and carry her away, to make her his Prey; but she cry'd to me, and ask'd me whether I would suffer it. I also wickedly fancy'd, that I was able, by my bare willing it, to make God miserable; yea, that I could torment Him in devouring Flames: And as it was in my blasphemous Mind to fancy it, so it was in my malicious Will to resolve it; and this I took delight in. Thus having liv'd without any due and serious Apprehensions of God, and his Divine Perfections, in my Sinful State, I was dispos'd to entertain any the most unreasonable and most dishonourable Conceptions of Him; and so degraded Him beneath every other Being, accounting Him weaker than the weakest of Creatures: For tho' by bare Willing I could not hurt a Gnat or a Flea, yet was I fully perswaded that by this Way I could extreamly torment the Almighty and Unchangable God.

It was then hinted, that a Knife would do it; but I answer'd, I have none. Had I had one, I verily believe, this Voice would have gone from my Hair to my Throat, and have commanded me to cut it: For I have all Reason to conclude, that the Voice was the Voice of Satan, and that his Design was, to humble me as low as Hell: But the Absence of a proper Instrument prevented it. Thus, pretending the Worship of God, I fell, in effect, to the Worshipping of the Devil; and my Falling on my Knees before God issu'd in a Prostration at the proud Usurper's Feet.

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