Hi there I'm brand new here. I have read most of Lovecraft's stuff at one time or another in my life, but I seem to recall a story which had the main character wandering through an old part of the city an into a sealed house, where he encounters some kind of Puritanical Evil Preacher type (this is not the Evil Clergyman story...I just read that) and as it turned out the man has somehow travelled back through time into the time of the Plague. The preacher is a totally malevolent psychopath that says to the protagonist "YE PULING LACKWIT!" at one point. The villain speaks in archaic English. Am I mistaken? Is this another author's work? I'm hoping a die-hard Lovecraft fanatic can come up with the name of this story. Thanks in advance!
This sounds like Lovecraft's story with the unassuming title "He".
The narrator has recently moved to New York and encounters a stranger in historic clothing. The stranger offers to show the city's "secrets" to the narrator and reveals that he has learned a magical means to travel through time from Native Americans that he poisoned afterwards. The narrator is horrified by this and the visions of other times the stranger shows him. When he cries out in fear, this awakens the spirits of the murdered natives who then appear and kill the wizard.