This chapter comprises an introduction to the conversion narrative of Hannah Allen, A Narrative of God's Gracious Dealings (1683), selected reading, and several edited extracts from the work itself. The introduction includes contextual information about believed causes and cures for spiritual melancholy. This distemper led Allen to believe she was damned for eternity, and therefore experiencing temptations of the Devil, and experiment with a number of different methods to commit suicide (including opening her veins, hiding under floorboards, and smoking spiders, then believed poisonous). She visited a number of ministers and physicians, a combination of faith and physic, in order to find a cure, but then recovered from the illness on her remarriage.
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