At or near the City of Bristol, about the same month of October , several persons (to the number of about fifteen or sixteen) having been at a Wedding, did after Dinner walk abroad by the River side called Seavern, some of them walked upon the bank close by the River, others of them at a greater distance, but they all, as they have since reported, saw a Cloud rise up out of the Water, much resembling the Kites with which the Boyes are wont to recreate themselves in the fields: It rose higher and higher, till (as they conceived) it became a direct Cloud in its proper region; and as they stood looking up and gazing upon it, they plainly saw the Cloud open, and therein beheld (as they all apprehended) the form and proportion of a tall black Man, with a thin meager countenance, who seemed to move to and fro very swiftly, and then suddenly vanished; And after this the Cloud closed again, and within a very little while they saw it open the second time, and then there appeared a Man on horseback, who moved to and fro with great swiftness for a very short space of time, and soon disappeared: upon which, the Cloud immediately (as before) was shut up, but presently opening again the third time, there appeared the form of a very comely and beautiful Lady, who after she had for a while moved backwards and forwards (as the other two had done before) vanished also, and then the whole Cloud dispersed. None of the Spectators are in the lest suspected to have any inclination to Fanaticism (as upon enquiry will be found to be true) therefore we doubt not but upon that account the Relation will gain credit amongst those, who otherwise are too slow of heart to believe these things.
Reference for the above text is: Personal communication to me (CF) by Chris Aubeck dated February 04, 2005.
Original reference for the above text is: Mirabilis Annus Secundus, or The Second Year of Prodigies (anonymous, printed in the year 1662), p.10.
With thanks to Chris Aubeck of the Magonia group.
UFOCAT PRN – NONE – However, it possibly could be: PRN 10040
UFOCAT URN – 10040 Computerized Catalog (N=3076), #0024, by Jacques Vallee, no © date
UFOCAT URN – 79125 Flying Saucers Have Landed by Desmond Leslie, p. 23, © 1953
Both of these references have a date of only 1661 and the city’s name of Worcester. Worcester DOES lie on the Severn River. –CF–
UFOCAT PRN – NONE [DOS: 10-??-1661]
UFOCAT URN – NONE Wonders in the Sky, by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck, p. 214, © 2009.
Europe – United Kingdom, Wales
Bristol Latitude 51-27-00 N, Longitude 2-34-60 W (D-M-S)
Worcester Latitude 52-12-00 N, Longitude 2-12-00 W
“River side called Seavern” –This is either misspelled or it is an old name for the Severn. This body of water ends as the Bristol Channel, turns into the “Mouth of the Severn” and becomes the River Severn, north of Bristol. It should be noted here that Bristol is a few miles southeast of the river BUT is on the Avon River which flows into the Severn.-CF-
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