The Manifestation of Jason Potter



Self-portrait of the artist, oil on canvas.

An animal of a human form is buried under earth; and upon being dug up emits a very powerful and disagreeable scent, which, according to the variation of the seasons, is an admirable specific against bats and mice. The skin being white with streakings of the heavenly light and transparency of the atmosphere in a fine autumnal morning surpasses that which is slightly tainted by frost: and the body being divided and measured does locally move and stir the ground up and down: it is seen to move in a most exact and regular order, so that in another place it may be touched by the hands to still the spirit, and in a fine manner descend once again into the earth. It is this that induces sleep. No substance of any other creature will so thoroughly pervade the whole. Dangerous influences will be anticipated, and will ensure the death of the animal.