Wonderful Works of God. A Narrative of the Wonderful Facts in the Case of Ansel Bourne, of West Shelby, Orleans Co., N.Y., who, in the Midst of Opposition to the Christian Religion, was Suddenly Struck Blind, Dumb and Deaf; and After Eighteen Days Was Suddenly and Complete Restored, in the Presence of Hundreds of Persons, in the Christian Chapel, at Westerly . . . Written Under His Direction.

Fall River, Mass. Wm. S. Robertson, Steam Printer, 1877. Second edition; the 47-page first edition appeared in Irvinton, N.J., in 1848. 8vo, unbound, 40 pages. Title page chipped, browned and rather crudely reattached to the text block; some rodent gnawing to the lower margin of the first 11 leaves; evidently lacks wrappers; a reading copy only. Item #11873

On October 28, 1858, Bourne was asked to attend Christian Chapel in Westerly, R.I., and to this request evidently "said within himself, 'I would rather be struck deaf and dumb forever than go there.'" Within minutes, "it seemed as though some powerful hand drew something down over his head, and then over his face, and finally over his whole body; depriving him of his sight, his hearing, and his speech." This affliction was cured on November 15, during a prayer meeting at that very chapel. Bourne became something of a religious and psychological wonder; several earlier instances of amnesia for Bourne are here noted in passing, and in 1887 he would again become a celebrated figure for passing two months in a multiple-personality fugue state. He was subsequently treated under hypnosis by William James. Cf. Sabin 6909.

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