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Xaintoigne, the 25th of September 1680. Her parents were driven from their native country, by the heat of the persecution in France, a few years after her birth; and they fled to Lausanne, in Switzerland, and from thence passed through Germany, and, by way of Holland, came to England in the year 1689, and brought this child, being lame, along with them. They took a house near one Mrs. Laulan, a French gentlewoman, who also had fled upon account of her religion; and, the child going frequently to see her; this lady took such a fancy to the girl as to take her home to wait on her; and, living in an English family, this girl quickly learned the language, and became Mrs. Laulan's interpreter, and lived with her at the time of this cure ; and about seven years after was married to the Rev. Mr. Henry Briel, a French Minister, in Rose Alley, Bishopsgate Street.

“ Mrs. Briel's own relation is as follows:

A few days after I was born, my mother discovered a disorder in my left hip; upon which she applied to a surgeon, and he thought it to be a tumour which in time would abate, and as I grew up wear away. But, instead of abating, the disorder increased; and when I came to be set on my legs, my thigh-bone proved to be out of joint; which, because of my pain, was supposed to be occasioned by some accident in my birth. And as I grew up, my thigh-bone was so much out of its place as that at every step I took it came upwards several inches towards my short ribs, and a large hollow was forced to be cut in my stays to give the bone room to play. The left leg was several inches shorter than the other; and by the thigh-bones going outward, the knee turned inwards, and the anklebone supplied the place of the sole of the foot ; and my shoe for that foot was made, accordingly, much thicker in the sole and higher in the heel than the other. Notwithstanding this help, I went down so much on one side, that several persons who saw me were afraid I should tip quite down on that side.

“ This lameness continued, and was attended with a great deal of pain, more especially against change of weather, until I was upwards of thirteen years of age, notwithstanding my parents had applied to two eminent surgeons in London, without any hopes of relief: one of which, Mr. de Batt, in Leicester Fields, told them a cure was impossible; but, upon my mother's pressing him to know if nothing could be done to help me, he ordered something to bathe the part with, but it did me no service.

“On the 26th of November 1693, being Sunday, I went to the French Church in Leicester Fields; and in the street, as I came home in the afternoon, the boys called me opprobrious names, reflecting upon my lameness, and proceeded so far as to throw dirt upon me, which very much affected me, and pierced my heart with grief. I went crying home to Mrs. Laulan, with whom I then lived, and told her I was very unhappy, in that God had not only laid the affliction of lameness upon me, but also in that I underwent the continual uneasiness and fatigue of being thus insulted by the boys. My mistress told me it was too much for me thus to afflict myself; and I should not begin to afflict myself now, for I might live a great while, though I was so lame, and in all likelihood I must continue so the remaining part of my life. After she had thus endeavoured to quiet me, we went to supper; and after supper I took up the New Testament, which I read in course, and was come to the second chapter of St. Mark, where is related the cure of the man sick of the palsy, and his friends' remarkable faith, evidenced in their breaking up the roof to let him down into the house where our Lord Jesus Christ was: whereupon our Lord tells him his sins were forgiven him ; at which the Jews murmured, and said Christ blasphemed, in taking upon him to forgive sins. And so I read on to the twelfth verse, being very much affected with the Jews' infidelity and contradiction. While I was reading, I thought I would speak to my mistress, but was willing to come to the end

st. As soon as I had made an end of the history of this miracle, I laid the book down, and looked upon the gentlewoman, my

mis. tress, who, being indisposed with the head-ache, sat by the fire over against me, leaning her head against the chimney-piece, and said, Madam, these unbelieving Jews were very naught to blaspheme against Christ, and not to believe, when they saw such things evidently before their eyes; for my part, if our Lord were here on earth nour, I would not do like them ; I would run immediately to him, and I would firmly believe.' Upon which my thigh-bone gave one snap, just as the words were out of my mouth, and I said,

Madam, I am cured.' Says my mistress, “You are mad, child ; you have lost your senses. "No,' says I, “I have not; I am not mad, I am cured: did not you hear a snap?' 'Yes,' says my mistress; 'I heard something; it may be in the fire.' 'No,' says I; “it is nothing in the fire; it is my thigh: I am cured; I feel no more pain : methinks I hear something telling me I am cured.'

I could read no more that night; but ran about the room in the greatest surprise, leaping and jumping about; looking and wondering at my shadow, which was before that of a deformed, but now of a perfect upright body. My mistress was very much surprised to see me run about in this manner, but she could not believe me that I was cured, for I still hobbled (with my old shoe). At last I took a run to her, and, laying hold of her two knees as she sat, pressed them hard together, and said, “I will not let you go until you have felt my hips; for they are both alike; they are even.' My mistress bid me get up, and she would; and when upon examination she found it to be really so, she was as much surprised

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“While I was thus transported with joy, jumping about the room, the maid of the house where my mistress lodged came up to know the reason of my making such a noise ; which was the greater because of the thick heavy shoe I had on the foot that was lame. The maid first knocked at the door, and I went and opened it: she looked in, and said, “ Alack, madam, what is the matter?' I called out to her, · Bridget, God Almighty has cured me just now:' and so I took two or three rounds about the room ; the maid standing in the greatest surprise to see me. She ran down and told it in the house, and it was noised about the neighbourhood that evening. I went to bed with my mistress as usual ; but my joy and surprise was so great that I could get no sleep the whole night, but was frequently shoving my mistress, saying, ' Madam, I feel no pain, I am easy, I am well.' 'Well,' said she, “thank God for it, and


to sleep.' But still my thoughts were too much taken up with my cure to be diverted, and in this surprise of joy I spent the night. The next morning there was great inquiry made about me before I could get out, and even before I was up. The Lady Margaret Hayes, a Scotch lady, in Germain Street, sent her chamber-maid to inquire after me, having heard of the cure ; but though she did not see me, she carried her lady the report she heard in the house.

“Mrs. Laulan went with me that morning home to my father's house, who then.lived at the corner of Newport Alley, near Leicester Fields, being a sword-cutler. As soon as she came into the shop, where my mother was, she said, 'I bring you your daughter here, and she is cured.' My mother smiled, and said, 'Of what?' supposing I had some slight hurt which she had known nothing of. My mistress replied, Nay, it is no laughing matter : look on her ; see how she goes.' My mother, in a great surprise, made some bustle, which brought in a few neighbours : and my brother, about seven years old, ran for my father, who was at a tavern at the corner of Gerard Street, with some gentlemen, about business, and told him two gentlewomen wanted to speak with him, thinking he would not come if he knew it was only my mistress and I: and coming home, and seeing people about the door and in the shop, he was surprised, and thought something extraordinary was the matter; but when he came up toward the door, one and another among the neighbours, who were got about, met him, and wished him joy of his daughter's miraculous cure : and upon his coming into the shop, and seeing me go upright, he was so overcome with surprise as to burst into an excessive weeping, which was so loud as to be heard out into the street. This still increased the number of people about the house. Mrs. Laulan carried me home again with her that day, and kept me a fortnight; but crowds came so thick to see me, that she was desirous I should be at my

father's house; where multitudes of all ages and both sexes came to see me, and the house was so crowded that I had hardly time to eat.

“A few weeks before I was cured, as I was crossing St. James's Square, I was overtaken by a butcher's girl carrying a joint of meat in a tray, who walked just before me, and mocked me by endeavouring to go lame as I did ; which very much affected and grieved me; and though I crossed the way to avoid her, she crossed again, and went before me, mocking me, on purpose that I might see her; which very much shocked me: at last I called out, “ You, girl, come hither;' and said to her, ' If it pleases God, he can make me whole, and make you as I am.' This gave her a little check, and she seemed dashed at it, and went away. Among the crowds who came to see

me were several butchers' wives, and this girl along with them, who, as she came up the stairs to go into the chamber where I was, saw me before I saw her, and cried out, before she came into the room, “That is she I met in St. James's Square.' Upon this I looked to see who spoke, and immediately I said, “That is she that derided me a while ago in St. James's Square;' upon which the girl was struck with the greatest surprize at the remembrance of her folly. And several boys, who came with their parents to see me acknowledged they had followed me with their reproaches during my lameness.

“Dr. Burnet Bishop of Salisbury, and the Bishop of Worcester both saw me and examined mein one day. Among many other persons of distinction who saw me was the Bishop of London, who ordered me and several of my friends to attend him at Doctors' Commons; and there (after his asking me if I knew the nature of an oath, being so young : to which I replied, I apprehended that swearing falsely was calling God Almighty to witness a lie, and was a damnable sin) examined me before many witnesses, upon my oath, as well as several other persons, who knew me during my lameness; and laid up our original testimonies respecting the same.

“A few days after my cure, the Lady Sunderland was speaking of me, not thinking any of the family knew me; and several of them said I was frequently at the house, upon the occasion of a French gentlewoman who was there. Upon which the lady sent for me ; and when I came she desired the relation of my cure : after which, the chaplain being called in, we went to prayer; and then the lady discoursed a little more with me, and made me walk several times about the room; and, perceiving I had a little limp in my gait, she thought that - side was a little weak, and offered me a plaster, and told me it was such as she used in her own family to strengthen weak parts. But, being young and ashamed, I durst not refuse her offer : she bid me go home, and she would send her woman with a plaster, who should put it on for me. As soon as the plaster was applied, and my lady's woman gone, I pulled it off again; for it was a great uneasiness to me, whereas before I was perfectly free and easy. That same morning, the Bishop of Lincoln came to see the Lady Sunderland; and she asked, 'What news, my lord ?'

•Great news, madam,' said he; 'for God is still among us.

Has not your ladyship heard of the little French girl that was cured in reading the Scriptures?' She said, “Yes ; the girl was here just now, my lord; and I have sent my woman to apply a strengthening plaster to the part,' The Bishop was surprised, and said, 'What, madam, will you help God ?' for which he reproved her. And, after his talking with her, she sent her woman back to take the plaster off again, but she found I had pulled it off before she came.

I was sent for by Sir William Ashurst, who was then Lord Mayor, and examined by him upon oath : and several persons who knew me gave their affidavits, both of my lameness before November 26th, and of my cure being complete and perfect.

“Queen Mary sent four of her doctors to examine me; who, VOL. IV.NO. II.


having put every body but my father and mother out of the room, placed me in several postures, to observe the motion of my joints, and saw nothing but what was perfectly in its proper and right place. The last posture was setting me on the ground; and then they measured my legs, and perceived one leg to be about the thickness of a crown-piece shorter than the other, which was the occasion of the limping before mentioned ; and, being asked the reason of it, they said, It might be necessary to remind me of my former condition, and of the great goodness of God in my miraculous cure ; which was so perfect that I was able to walk several miles in a day without any pain or weakness; particularly, having a child at nurse at Highgate, four or five miles from London, I walked thither, played about with the child some hours there, and returned home on foot the same day; and that more than once, without the least pain or disorder in that hip which was cured.”

“ This relation was taken from Mrs. Briel's own mouth, January 2d, 1729–30, and afterwards carefully revised by herself. S


The joint Affidavits of the Father and Mother of the Child.

We, John Maillard and Charlotte du Dognon, of the town of Cognac in Xaintoigne, now living at the corner of Newport Court in Westminster, do certify, that Mary Maillard, our daughter, was born at Cognac, the 25th of September, 1680 ; and that, about twelve or thirteen months after she was born, we observed that she was very lame, having a hollowness in the place where one usually finds a knitting of the thigh-bone in the hip. The surgeon to whom we shewed her at that time found there was no remedy for her : so our daughter always continued in that condition, and became more and more lame; insomuch that since we have lived in this city, that is to say, since within these four years and a half or thereabouts, the bone of her thigh was not only higher than it used to be, but her knee also was turned inward, and the anclebone of her left foot turned likewise in such a manner that it touched the ground; and that leg was shorter than the other by four inches, or thereabouts; and which made her go very deformedly, feeling great pain. About two years since we shewed her to M. de Batt, surgeon to the French refugees ; who, having examined her, judged her disease incurable, the bone having been so long out of its place: and therefore he advised us to chafe it with certain oils, to try if we could alleviate her pains; which we did, but without any success. About that time a gentlewoman, whose name was Laulan, desired us to let her have her, to be an interpreter to her in English; which we did, and she has lived with her ever since till now ;-continuing always lame, and so deformed that the little children were used to follow her in the streets, and to give her many nick-names, such as struck at her deformity. She went to the French church, behind Leicester Fields, on Sunday, the 26th of November last;

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