"to have kept the ghost of Mrs. Veale company"

The Grim Reaper
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Grim Reaper - Credit: Trish Steel
The ghost of Mrs Veale was immortalized by Daniel Defoe in a pamphlet titled A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal the Next Day after her Death to One Mrs. Bargrave at Canterbury the 8th of September, 1705.  The pamphlet deals with interaction between the spiritual realm and the physical realm. It was written in support of Charles Drelincourt’s The Christian Defense against the Fears of Death: with seasonable directions how to prepare ourselves to die well (1651).