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AMBER WITCH. INTRODUCTION. The descent of our biographer cannot, on
account of the beginning of his work being lost, be any longer
determined with accuracy. At all events, he appears not to have
been a Pomeranian; for at one time he speaks of Silesia, where he
had been in his youth; then he mentions far-dispersed relatives,
not only in Hamburg and Cologne, but even in Antwerp, and betrays
principally by his Southern German language his foreign origin. I
have remarked especially the expressions, such as eim for etnem;
and the peculiar derivation of many adjectives, viz.: tanein from
Tanne; seidin from Seide; a kind of dialect, which, as far as I
know, has never been used in Pome- rania, but rather in Swabia. Yet
at the period of the composition of his work, he must have already
lived a long time in Pomerania, because he still more frequently
intermixes low German expressions, (plait deutsche) in every
respect, just as native Pomeranian writers of that time were also
wont to do. As, according to his own statements on various
occasions, he is of ancient and noble descent, it is probable that
some further particulars may be found in the records of the nobles
of the seventeenth century, respecting the family of the
Schweidlers, and conse- jg quently also respecting his probable
fatherland; but I have searched in vain among all the sources
accessible to me. for that name, and should therefore conjecture
that our author, as has so frequently been done, has put off his
title and changed his name on his becoming a pastor. But enough, I
will not here venture on further conjectures. Our manuscript, in
which the large number of six chapters are wanting, and which on
the immediate foregoing leaves indisputably extended over the
outbreak of the thirty years' war on the isla...
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