CHAPTER VII. THE SEERESS OF PREVORST. — KERNER.— STILLING. “ I gaze aloof On tlie tissued roof, Where time and space are the warp and woof, Which the King of kings As a curtain flings O’er the dreadfulness of eternal things.*1—Rev. Thos. Whitehead* HE most remarkable of the phenomena we have recorded -*• had their counterpart in those known in the little village of Prevorst, amid the mountains of Northern Wurtemberg, twenty-two years before the Fox family first heard the rappings at Hydesville. Frederica Häufte, the seeress, was born in Prevorst, in the year 1801. She died in 1829. “ She lived,” writes the late Margaret Fuller, “but nine-and-twenty years; yet in that time had trav¬ ersed a larger portion of the field of thought than all her race before in their many and long lives.” The biography of the seeress, published in 1829, was from the pen of Justinus Kerner, chief physician at Weinsberg, a man of unquestionable ability and stainless integrity. His proclama¬ tion of the phenomena, and the spiritual facts developed in the life of his subject, brought upon him a storm of ridicule and denunciation, from which there are few men who would not have shrunk. He met it bravely, and maintained his ground with a steadiness which no sneers from the savcins and wits among his contemporaries could impair; and at last his veracity as a biographer, his philosophical sagacity, and his skill as a cool