Huddersfield Ghost Reference
Date 20/11/2003 | Topic: Equipment
| "The appearance of an Apparition to James Sympson of Huddersfield in Yorkshire, an elderly Broad-cloth Weaver, commanding him to do strange things in Pall Mall, and what he did. A wonderful narrative in two parts."|
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Initially found in the Internet Library of Journals by the creators of the Huddersfield One - Information Site
Original Reference can be found midway down this page
Notes and Queries Vol. 3 2nd S. (74) May 30th 1857 Page 434
(I've tried to link to the original Internet Library of Journals site but the page containing this story is missing)
Story as transcribed on Huddersfield One below:
Ghost Stories Wanted ( 2nd S. iii. 389.) - "The appearance of an Apparition to James Sympson of Huddersfield in Yorkshire, an elderly Broad-cloth Weaver, commanding him to do strange things in Pall Mall, and what he did. A wonderful narrative in two parts."
The above is the heading of a broad-sheet published by Hone, without date, but probably about forty years ago, as James Sympson saw in the Regent's closet " a pair of stays, and a bottle of noyeau, dragons with tails, and the heads of a divorce, a French clock, and some Russian fiddlestrings." The narrative is a clever political squib, and perhaps a parody on some more serious story of a ghost which expounded the spots on the sun, for the apparition says:
"Observe what I say, James, and register it in your memory; for you will have to repeat it in high places. There are seventeen flea-bites between your wrist and your elbow, and there are an equal number of spots on the sun, and the bites and the spots have an equal effect on the state of the weather."
"Personal Recollections of the Little Jew Ghost, reviewed in connection with the Lancashire Bogie and the Table Talking and Spirit Rapping. By Edgar Hewlett, Minister of the Gospel, Wigan, Lancashire. London 1854."
A very ordinary case of rapping and talking.
Hopkins, Jun. Garrick Club.