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following Sheets containing a Hi-ftory of Magick, Sorcery, Witchcraft, Apparitions, Spe&res, &c. we think it requifite to give the Reader a brief Account of the Nature and Ufefulnefs of our Defign in the firft place ; and ( fince they may fail into the Hand< both of the Learned and Unlearned, fome of which are apt to queftion Truths, though moft i'acred and never fo well attefted,) having reptelented the Deiign and Ufefulnefs of this Treatife, we lhall in the next Place offer fomething to confirm the Belief and Credit of s

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Hiftories fo well attefted. And Firft to repreient the Nature of our Defigti we lhall briefly lay down the Method we have taken in this Hiftory, and give the Reader a fherc Account of what he may expeft to find in the

enfuing Sheets. Firft then, we have given the Reader a compendious Account of the Onginand Kife of the Art of Magick and Witchcraft, as an *** %

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Tracts have been feveral of winch publifced upon thefe Subjects, intermix d with long and are too prolix, and arelefs worthy oui\Nowhich tedious Relations, and not lo well authemick tiee as they arelefs Difputes, tedious with Intermix'd attehed, andart Truths which prove to which are fcarce neceiTary taken Nohave we Work in this are fo apparent undoubted of be to tice only of fuch as appear Credit and Authority, and may be entertaining

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and diverting as well as ufeful. As for theUfefulnefs of tlmTreatife,theHifto. ries contained in it, being collected from thebeft Authors who have wiote upon thofe Subject!} they net only ferve to put us in Mind of the De. lufionsof Satan, and the ill Confequences that attend fuch who ferve fo bad a Mafter as the Devil

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butalfo, fince from thefe Hiftories it appears that the Devil hath not equal Power to execute his ill Purpofes on all Perfons indifferently, but only on fuch as God Almighty pleafes to permit ; they may put us in Mind to arm our ielves both againft the Temptations of the Devil, and to im-

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of thefe Hiftories may increafe our Horror of fo great an Enemy of our Salvation, in by Examples, how he conftantly endeavours to difturb our Quiet, and ruin our Souls ; and may who is our Saviour alfo incline us to ferve God, with the Adyerfery, grand and Protector from this greater Courage and Zeal. Having thus briefly reprefented the Dehgn and Ufefulnefs of this Work, we fhall in the next

who

are lefs apt to never- lo believe Truths of this Kind, though the Beconfirm to fomething offer well attefted, fo well are which Hiftories lief and Credit of we Hiftories, following the And as in

Thre,- for the Sake of thofe

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approved the Authority of the moft ot Notice take and Writers, Ancient and Modern, very and Credit, but thofe of undoubted

makeufeof

-none, fliall recite well attefted; fo in this Matter we Men of and the Opinions of the beft Authors Probaand moft Repute to ftrengthen the Belief bility of thefe Hiftories.

Re?.{hew then what may be fuggefted by and their fon, concerning the Exiftence of Spirits m his .Kircher what Operations, we fhall firft offer

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prefixed to his Obelifcvs Pamph-.hus know, a writes on this Occailon j fays he, u.ea always ' been threefold Demonftration hath the in 4 Philosophers by the unanimous Confent of hyii1 ' Acquifition of Science; Mathematical,

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the falfe Reprefentatlofts of Part Is expofed to not void of Deception, nor fhe SenS, it is Certainty of the Former. does it arrive at the as it depends on the ExMoral Deoionftration, begets indeed Actions, Human

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void, and annihilate 'rely, unlefs we will make Things. I freak not * the Hiftories of all paft 4 Hiftories of lulpefthere of the Authority and have the clear 1 which thofe of ed Credit, but their Authofor ' Ages many Prefcription of

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not pretend to a Methematical or Phyfical Demcnftration of the Exiftence of Spirits ; for their Exiftence can not be demonftrated from their ElTence, or the Effects afcribed to them ; not from the Firft, becaufe it's not from the Nature of Spirits, nor from that of any other Creatures that they exift : for God fo freely created all Beings, that he might have left them uncreated ; Nor from their Effects, becaufe the

or other Caufes Concourfe of God alone might be conceived to fuffice for fuch Effefts j but Chriftian Divines build chiefly on Divine ,

Revelation, which is fuperior to all Science, and on the conftant Tradition of all Chriftian Divines, from the firft Ages of Chriftianity ; and all they pretend to , as Phyiiologers, in what they fay concerning Spirits, is, that there is nothing in it which implies a Contradiction, 'or


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or is inconfiftent with Rcafon And as there have been, and are many Phenomena in the World, which it hath concerned Philofophers to account for, the Do&rine of the Exigence of Spirits hath been Hypothetically introduced into the World, and backed by as great Men among the Gentiles as the World hath had j and though other Philofophers have fet up other Hypothecs to explain thofe Phenomena ; yet I think it would be a ftrange Raflmefs in any Perfon, owning the Law of Mofes or Chrift, to Jay afide an Hypothecs, backed by Divine Revelation or rather introduced by the moll: Learned of the Gent/lex, confonant to it ; and to adhere to any other Hypothecs* contrived only by the Wit of Man ; and which does not fo fairly account for Phenomena, as the other does, or ftamefully to deny Fafts which are to be ac:

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The Vreface to the Reader. having found the Tye which conjoyns and holds together, as it were, our Society and Commu. whether this Opinion came nicarion with them from the ancient Magi and Zoroaftres, or from Thra. cia and Orpheus, or from Mgpyt is doubtful, we ra* ther conjecture from Phrygia, considering the Sa. crificesthac are made in thole Countries. Father le Brun having let forth many odd Dif. courfes of hidden Things,^ made by the Conjuring Wand examines the Caules of its Turning, n and having validly refuted order to Difcovenes all natural Caufes, which others have pretended to affign for it, he concludes it is done by the Agency of Evil Spirits the Exiftence of which ;

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amongft thtfe prodigious Effects, there are ibme do not carry Men to God, and make them fall into Error and Ulufion ; it's a further invincible Argument, that we muft acknowledge other Beings, than the Being abfolutely perfeft, and Bodies So thole extraordinary Effefts which can neither be called in Doubt, nor be attributed to God nor Bodies, are an inconteftable Proof that we muft admit created Spirits capable of amufing Men, and feducing that

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Though therefore the Scripnot clearly taught us the Exiftence of Spirits feparated from" Bodies, I dare fay, that extraordinary Effefts, fuch as the Difcovery of many hidden Things, by the Turning ^ onJ urln£ Wand, would give a ftrong r p there are wi ^ked Spirits. But their V°-a ce is ijXllten clear enough in the Scriptures ; and ce ^amly it is the beft eftablifhed of any Arnele of our Faith, the lea ft contefted, and the moil unif erfally fpread through the World. M0i* tures had

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in his More tHevochim proves, with that before \ ALgyptians and Sabaans, Chaldeans the Mofes all Spirits evil the and ancient Poets good ; knew

Ma-iwomdes,

much Learning and Judgment ,

and Philofophers owned this Truth. And we find in the Hiftory of the Conversion of the People, that it hath always been found eftablifhed amongft the remote Nations ; nor can it be laid that this is a Stupidnefs of fome Nations, for the mcft polite People differ not in this from thole they call- Barbarians : And we may fee in the Works of Prophyrius, Jamblicus, and

Clemens Alexandrinus, how much the Doctrine of the Greeks was like that of the /Egyptians) concerning the Exigence of Spirits. ' The new converted Chriftians of the Primitive Times, who, being difabufed of the FolPaganifm, were watchful over the lies of

difcover their Praaices, owned were wrought Prodigies fometimes

Gentiles,

that

to

by the Damons. Mlnutius Falix, who lived in the lecond Century, hath very well fet forth what the Senfe of the Chriftians of thole Tunes of was, concerning the Nature and Operations

whom

thole Damons, Temtllian and Origen,

the

Gentilts

worked.

and almoft all the Writers Centuries, have delivered the

of the three fir ft may lame, with ail the Affurance that Truth is laid, have Men great give: And what thel'e obiometimes is a very good Anfwer to what Kingdom or jected, that Chrift deftroyed the is now World Satan, and that the Prince of this bf. and .Paul judged: Job xvi. ii. St. Peter, St. of Words the John, Men well inftiu$e<L in given be Chnft, and in the Senfe that ought to roaring i.ion them, tell us, that the Devil as a ought to goes about to deceive us ; that we us firman have Recourfe to Prayer, to keep Artifices, Faith, to preferve us from his -

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The Devil therefore is Snares he lays for us. as to aft no longer, fo World, the not out of Places where he many great a from but is driven our Faith, that God of Truth a had Rule. It's he perand Devils to Power ; hath left fome to put in Exeit Occafions mits them on many in the PofTefiions firft The frequent cution. Ages of the Church are authentick Teftimonies of it, and the bell: averred Hiflories fince Chrift and a Thoufand fuperftltious Pra&ices, ;

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producing extraordinary Effe&s, furnifh us with inconteftjble Proofs of the Operation of Deemens And is there any Ecclefiaftical Writer, who hath not either proved or fuppofed this Truth ? The learned Gerfon tells us what we ought to believe in this Cafe ; and whence it is that this Truth makes fo little ImprelTion on the Spirits of many Perfons, faying, certainly contrary it is an Impiety and Error, dire&ly :

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Divines for alcribing Efdeferve a fevere Correction. Sometimes even the Learned fall into this Error, becaufe they let their Faith be weakened, and their natural Light be darkened. Their Souls fefts to

being

a

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all poflefled

with fenfible Things,

refer

Bodies, and cannot raife themlelves to Spirits detach'd from Matter. It's what Plata hath feid, that nothing fo much hinders the finding of Truth, as to refer all Things to what the Senfes prefent us with ; Cicero, St. Au* all to

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the Book of Wtfdom, who have fo far, that they cannot own Folly puftied their and Effe&s that cannot be Soul, fhey have a I wifti there were no Spirits. ' produced but by more Perfons of that Mind ; but we ftiall always find fome, who will tell us in cold Blood, Prodigies nor Miracles, < that they cannot believe nothing extraordinary. ' leen have becaufe they Perfons When a Man fuch with Difpute not be in the midft will fo he will be incredulous, there are always of Prodigies and Miracles; found People tempered like Celfus and Lucian, who will have all Things to be Fable, Illufion, and ' Many Perfons meafure all Things Impofture. « by what they ordinarily fee, and hold all for They fslfe that furpafs the Bounds of Nature. natuial appear con; believe Fafts while they ' vince them that they cannot fo be, and you ' lhall fee them prelently conclude them Impofides,

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to fay, That there i s no muft not be afraid thole Truths, which w of made e Syftcms to be by Faith, becaufew e diftinftly ouoht to learn but what we receive muft advance nothing here make Syftems to muft We from the Oracle. Ebbing the and Flowing explain the Loadftone, of the Planets Motion the of the Sea, the Caufe of thefe Effefts being not evidently G g! £ fiedto us, and many being to be conceived by us; and to determine us we have Need of a Obfervations, which an ex. gre'at Number of ;

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a fpiritual Subftance, have as corporeal Subftance, Matter they have of any is as much Reafon for there that Body ; and or

the one as of the other ; don't admit the Latter, it is but fo that if they He ReaHumour in them to deny the Former himfelf, conexamin If a Man will fonsthus pure Subftance in genecerning his Notion of no other Ideas of it, hath he find he°will ral he knows not what of Suppofition but by a which are capable Qualities, Support of luch us, which Quain Ideas of producing fimple thus, if Accidents called lities are commonly corporeal particular we talk or think of any &c. though the Stone, Horfe, as Subftance, either of them, be but the Idea we have of thofe feveral Complication, or Collection of which we Qualities, fimple Ideas, or fenfible Horfe called Thing ufeYo find united in the how conceive yet becaufe we cannot or Stone another in nor one they mould iubfift alone, and to be fupporteJ in, fuppofethemtoexift Exiftence

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without ; and the other fuppofed (with a like Ignoranceof what it is) to be the Subfiratum of thofe Operations which we experiment i n our felves within It's plain then, that the Idea 1^ of corporeal Subftancc in Matter, is as remote 1^ from our Conceptions and Apprehenfions as that of fpiritual Subftance ; and therefore from ft* our not having any Notion of the Subftance of Spirit, we can no more conclude its Non-exlftcnce than we can for the fame Reafon deny the Exit being as rational to affirm igence of Body there is no Body, becaufe we cannot know it's Effence as it's called, or have the Idea of the Subftance of Matter; as to fay there is no Spirit, becaufe we know not it's Elfence, or have no Idea of a fpiritual Subftance. Mr Lock alio comparing our Idea of Spirit with our Idea of Body, thinks there may feem rather lefs Obfcurity in the Former, than in the Our Idea of Body he takes to be an Latter. extended folid Subftance, capable of Communicating Motion by Impulfe ; and our Idea of Soul is a Subftance that thinks, and hath a Power of exciting Motion in Body, by Will or Thought. Now fome perhaps will fay, they cannot comprehend a thinking Thing, which perhaps is true; but he fays, if they confiderit well, they^canno more comprehend an extended Thing And if they fay, they know not what it is that thinks in them, they mean, they know not what the Subfiance is of that thinking Thing; no more, fays d they know " what the <?% Subftance is of that iolid rhing: And if they fay they know not how they think, he fays, neither do they know how they are extended, how the folid Parts of iody are united to make Extenfion, &c. iH

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Le Chrc, in his Coronis, rhus argues ; Lock, Monfieur we contemplate the corporeal When fays' he, nothing in it but Extenfion, fee can we Nature, and various DeterminaMobility, Divifibilityj which being lb, or Figures ; tions of Quantity Thing, and contrary to the Laws it were a rafli to affirm other Things of Reafoning, right of Bodies; and consequently from meer Body, nothing can be deduced by us, which is not joined in a necefTary Connection with the faid Therefore thole who have thought Properties the Properties of perceiving by Senfe, of Underftanding, of Willing, Imagining, Remembring, and others the like, which have no Affinity with corporeal Things, to have rifcn from the Body, have greatly tranfgrelTed in the Method of right Reafoning and Philofophizmg, which hath been done by Epicurus, and thole who have thought as he did, having affirmed our Minds to be compofed of corporeal Atoms. But whence fhall we fay they have had their Rife ? Truly, they do not owe their Rife to Matter, which is wholly deftitute of Senfe '

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to

the Reader.

of the greateft Moment^' fupreme Deity, andth/" Creation of a Man's Seal, by God, whence alib is deduced it's Immortality^ To which we maO^ add, that though the Authority of divine Reve lation, be worthy of Credit by it ft? if ; yet it r'fa not a Jittle confirmed in our Minds, when we {t(u Revelation and Reafon both confpire to confirm our Faith. The above-mentioned Monfieur Le Clerc hat^. delivered, feveral Things concerning Spirits anc'^' their Operations, of which we ihali fubjeyn the' following Heads, being of Ufe to dirett ou^ Judgment in the Consideration of their NV ture& Ffrjt, Thofe who affirm, or deny that Spirit^* can be, without any corporeal Property, go him ther than they ought fcr we cannot gather from the Nature of Spirits, whether they arcist without all corporeal Property, or have a fubtle/: the

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of

Spirits,

we cannot by any Rtafon, fhew

ht>

:

from- the

Nature of the IJiing it felf, that it isnotpofiiblefor Spirits to be joyned with a fubtle BoÂť dy ; nor is it likely that fo many Nations, and.'. fo remote in Places and Opinions agreed in Lye, as to all they have laid concerning the:

m

Apparitions of Spirits, It's much more likely, I that the Ground of the Lyes invented about this Matter, was fome true Apparition, torn whieff, as it is ufual, a World of other Rel^l tjons of the like Kind have been feigned. Thirdly, are fo far from determining what I 15 the Nature of an AngePs Intelle&ion, that*

We

t

we do

\

our

n ot

comprehend what

is

the Nature of

own .Intelleftion. 1

Fourthly*


'

The Preface to the Reader. Fourthly, In what the Gentiles fay of

ÂŤ

Damon's,

Angels, there is nothing and the Hebrews, of contrary to any certain Knowledge we have'; therefore what they fay may be true, if the Thing be conlidered in

it felf.

doubted but there Fifthly, As it cannot be what is related conmay be many Errors in cerning the ftrange Performances of Witches, upon a Contract with Daemons; fo it would Fallhood, be Ralhnei's to charge them all with fome relate Scriptures the iince efpecially it felf Thing the truly and Things like them '

;

we may gather of Daemons, which may not with many Things that are re-

not fo known from the Nature is

confift at leaft

us, that

to

of them ; if any Man, ( becaufe both be thinking good and evil Angels are believed to have no they that S'iMances, ) mould contend hath Thought Power on Bodies, becaufe naked were graced Before this no Power on Bodies that evidently, Hrit, and* (hew, he ought to

lated

:

nothing in Angels befides inlhThought Secondly, That there is no Tye fome and Wills, tuted by God betwixt their thele of either for if Changes of Bodies may may be admitted without Abfurdity, they without be aifo thought able to aa on Bodies That

there

is

:

;

Abfurdity. '

Sixthly,

'

,

,

Some

fay

no

.

Miracles, but Demons but to uii-

true

Cheats are performed by define the derftand what this nieans, we muft Miracle, Words that are here ufed ; a Portent a Things;; and or a Prodigy, are here the fame Above human Firft, they denote an Effeft Courie or Power ; Secondly, Befides the conltant aat Man s Pie â&#x20AC;˘

;

Nature fure,

;

Thirdly,

or at the

That

it's

Moment

done

he will.

Nowwho

%h* no make out by certain Arguments, e aboV thing can be done by evil Demons, ^ can

,


S

^ The Vreface J

1

man Power,

to the

Reader. if

the ufual Concourfe of Nature, at the Moment the Magician pleafes yi fince the Bounds of Angelick Power are un« known? can here afl'ert nothing but from > Experience. befides

:

We

;

1

deny fome wonderful contend they are Pr&if\ ftigia \ but befides that they affirm what they ^ know not ; this Word may betaken In a two. fold Senfe Prafiigia, by fome, are 'o under- ft flood, as though Daemons prefent to the Senfes a Thing thing that is not, as if it were; as that aa Houfe, lor inftance, may item to be there where there is none; but to do this .ft either they move <he Brain of the Spectator, as ^ Seventhly, Thcfe that Fails, for the moll Part

;

:<*

it is

wont

to b$ affe&ed

when

a

Houfe

is

1

efore

^

them, or they prefent a certain Sort of aAyj Appearance of a Hcufe in the Air, which ltrikes the Eyes of the Spectators; but chute either of thefe, it muft be fhewn how th is is no L.i Miracle, for loth are done above human Power, L, and befides the Order of Nature, and at the Time the Magician pleafes. Elghtly, Thofe Opinions or Difeafes of the .'r

H

Brain which Witches have, who think they go toleafts and Dancings, upon their Talking

of '"f to otheus that are of a timorous Difpofinon s and weak Brains, bring others into the fame Fits /? and like a Conragion fpread far *" and near, infefting many Heads; though it is ff oolervable, thofe Difeafes are more frequent jmongft the Inhabitants of Mountains and foJ? Jitary Places, than amongft thofe that live in -H W«es, or amongft a Concourfe of People, it

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C

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3

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eafej

"»,^ 0whi chhe adds whoever weighs ngJ ' will not wonder if Opinions are accounted melancholly Dif-

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ft,

H n

Si


The

"Preface to the Reader.

Yet though thefe Things may be fo, I will that thofe Things which Witches refl0t affirm have never happened, &c? ] ate From whence it iufhciently appears, that acOpinion of the nioft learned and cording ro the as well as the Teftimony of Philofophers, gieateft maybe fuch Things as there Revelation, pivine produce Effetts above the may which Spirits, Nature. Power of Hutran what Definition we give If it Ibould be asked this Occaflon what of Spirits, we may offer on Preface to his Pneumahis in fays Clcrc Le Monfieur with an endowed Things all call nlo&ia, viz,. as we Spirits; Will, a and lii demanding fays, he Subftinces, fpiritual confider rhem as *

t

i

,

'

We

'

ÂŤ

he hath frewn in his I cgick, that the inward Nature of any Subftances whatever, as well as wherefore that of Spirit is unknown to us ; Men ought not to expect an abfolute compleat ' Defcription of Spirits. From what we have offered, we doubt not but to confirm fufficient Arguments may be be drawn well as as Spirits, of the Belief and Exigence 1

'

*

'

from the Teftimony of Holy Writ, which

may

recited in the fol-

be confirmed by the Examples lowing Hiftories Tor as Reafon and Revelation Way for ferve to confirm our Belief, and make Hiour Credit and afTent to Hiftorical Truths; fo Foundaa lay as weil as ftcricd Truths confirm, tion lor Moral Demonlfrarion, norh.ng prefummg ata ftronger Pretence to Truth, than Hiftories :

tefted

by good Authority

and

fufficient

Wit-

nelTes.

We

might add

a

great

many Arguments

to

demon-

prove the Exiftence of Spirits, and to producing fuch bttetts ftrate the PoffibilitV of have and Operations ; but as in this Hiftory we authenbe to taken Notice of none but what feem â&#x201E;˘e tic^ fo we have rather chofe to produce


The Treface to the Reader. Opinions and Arguments of approved and Writers to prove their any of our own which lei's Authority, though rity foever, ought to be 7

noted fSv

Pcliibmty, than to oStv might be lels valid as of Reafon, of what Autho.

W '

prevalent, as far as it car. ruth along with it. add on this Occafion, by we Way of Preface, is, That fince the Defign of \{ is to fhew what Power the Devil ) this Work, well as deceive as torment, Mankind, to hath ries the Probability of ftall All that

when God Almighty

1

pleafes to

permit him

,

and ;

,

what evil inftruments he often makes ufe of to their own Deftiuftion, as well as the Difadvan^p' if it tage of thofe that are tormented by them anfwersthe Defign propoied, and may contribute \ <: to put us in Mind, how much we owe our Safety to an Almighty Providence, and how much weJNj ought to reverence and adore our Great Proteftor, as well as to deteft and abominate the Works ofp'* we lhall be not a little fatisfied, that, the Devil thefe Ends may render our Endeavours both ac* ceptable ajid ufeful to the Publick. ;

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Diabolical Arts of Witchother Magical Practices, &c.

Brief Account

cf the

craft, Sorcery,

and

Page 5 by Night, &C. walking 23 Spirits and Of Three the Difcovery admirable of and pange The -mejl 49 Witches of Warboyfe, &c. in The Examination of Alice Samuel of Warboyfe, 9s the County of Huntington, &c. Warboyfe, The Examination of Alice Samuel of December, taken at Buckden the 29th Day of Ghojls

.

99

1592, &c. The Report of Dr.

Dorrington

of what happened at

101

Warboyfe, &c. Old Woman Alice Samuel,

The Confeffion of the certain Qucflions that were

unto

demanded of her by Dr. Chamberhn, at the Time and Place of Execution,

An Account of

n

the

Difpcftfon,

and Ripofef*52

of William Sommers, cvc. without further Account of the Works of the Devil, Sorcery the MJlance of Man ; alfo by Witchcraft,

fion

A

Poffejfion,

i6S

ike.

The wonderful Difcovery of the Witchcrafts of

Marga-

and Philip Flower, &c. The Examination of Anne Baker of Bottesford ret

*77 in the

182

County of Leicefter, Spinjler, &c. The Examination of Joan Willimot, taken the ztthof

February, &c.

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1

CONTENTS. Willim J * J theUcondDayofU^&CThe

^Examination

of

Jom W ilhmor of

Ellen Tfc Examination of County of

ottl

the ("'

The Examination

°t> taken

l8f

Goodby, & e>

Green 0/ Stathorne

,*„

U\cfcx &c

jbi Examination

of.

Me

of

Examination

Phil.p

the.

i88 I

lower,

Margaret Flower,

?hihp Flower The Extminatim of ry ,618, &c.

^

^25^'/

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,

9,

ACo«

Febru a. j

192

Margaret Flower, at the fan, The Examination of J Time, Sec 93 Margaret aid Flower, the J jnothr Examination if &c.

Of

OF

'94

Hijtoriet, Vifions.

O/ffo

D«»£<?r>

Apparitions, Spirits,

bcc.

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Mifvy and Ruine of Juch as have fa.

&c

2 0 woured and eonfulted Mugic'avs Confejjions of three the Relation impartial of true and .A

Witches

&c

JWl

223

her

,

The Information of William Heibin. <&c. The Information a/ John Barney &c. The Information of. Grace B a n e s &c The Information of William lidwa'ds, &c. The Information of Joan Jones &c. The Information of Anthony Jones, ire. The Examination of Mary Trembles, &c. The Examination of'-Sufanna tdwanis, &c. The Subfiance of the Idfl Words and Con ffjions of i

fanna Edwards/ Tempei

a

;

.

ce Lloyd. &c.

of the Tryals of feveral Witches,

-very ({range

Conclufion.

dftwhim.

ilwof

A

p

i

224

Examination &c. 7 he Information of'Thomas Eaftchurdh, &c.

Temperance Lloyd

217

219 210

W

An Account

icalPc

216

The Information of Thomas Hremincom, The Inform'ation of John German, &c. The Information of Grace 1 ho mas, &c. The Information of Elizabeth Laftchi-ich. akcl V , &c The Information of A n n e

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Diabolical Art of Witchcraft, Sorcery, and other Magical Perforf§ mances, have been pracliled thro fo m.*~..j Countries,, fo many Ages, and •in .v/ many ilg\,J,UHU 4$ many .•ftSVj St&Q with luch dreadful and furpnzmg Efand have been attefted by the Authority ;

§S3gSi9gHE

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COM'

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and Teftimony of fo

many Writers of undoubted Repute B


the

HISTORY

a r^it ednvthat n Repute and Ci

it

of

would be

as

abfurd

R£y ft**

of

Bis left indifp^ preternatural Appearances, tcftify d by are iuch ot nnce the Truth t ble great many a of Teftimony he Vnq ueftionable who have Verity, Probity and

and oth

Fve^itnelTes of

Cck

B be^n

with Terror and

Amazement

at the

well as by the Pei fons as have wicked Examples ol Iuch Spirits wicked by the Intuits of thole is md.fhings I pf iuch Since then the Truth Teftimony of the by ourable being confirmed Authority of Ktneffes, and the undoubted Authors, we mall not both ancient and modern a tedious Recital of with h,re trouble the Reader Poffibil.ty or fuch Arguments, to prove the appears from thj Things, fuice that fufficiently Practices, attefted both Hiftory of thole wicked and is alfo confirmed by Sacred and other Writers ; on fuch as bv the fevere Punifhments innifted the dreadand Arts, nave praftisM fuch unlawful lrounwarrantable ful Effeas produced by their ftrongeror of ceedings: Nor need we make ufe oimore convincing Arguments, to prove the 1 than the ocufibility of Speftres and Apparitions, the Senfes ot of Teftimony lar Demonftration and have been and Things, have feen fuch

Wa"

nee of iuch Spectacles

)

mrd

thofe

Firft;

r

as

tho1

io

pfSS-

'

who

with fuch unwelcome Appearances. unlawSince then Hiftorical Proofs of thefe ful Practices, and fuch preternatural Appearances, Truth are the moft convincing Arguments of the in the (hall we of, of what we are about to treat and authentick following Sheets confult the moft who learned Eiiftorians, both ancient and modern, have

ki»

^tkeinoil

L

Spirits,

S'

!lTb

of '

flgS

tor

tve

^vocrNotiCC, ^

;

k^*

h'.d .and

favttk In

wens,

Spc&t<

attWIktt,

and

'fitioQjvkkarefo

m

we procttd to

i

terrify'd

^•mention

J,

mi

tc

?Voiliiillratet„,U

unlaw!

with

d


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&C.

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thefe Subjects, making ufe of W rote Authority to prove the Practice of 1'uch h beft and mall, as briefly as we can, Diabolical Arts ; mod attefted Relations of thofe Aufeolleft the Truth of Apparitions, Spirits, to prove the

upon

,

thors

'

Appearances. may be the more compleat Hiftory this And rhat make ufe of the followfnall we and methodical, we Ihall begin with the Firft viz. ing Method, of this kind, Hiftonans noted moft ancient and to the Modown that Hiftory and fhall continue collecting the moft remarkable Relations

and preternatural

derns

in thofe Writers, accordand PafiVes contained were wrote in, whether they ing to the Time

Witchcraft, Sorcery, Magick, &c. tics relate to remarkable Relations of Apor contain the moft preternatural Appearances, paritions, Spirits, or have been deliver d, comprifing all Things that

Hundred Years. worthy our Notice, for above a and the But tho' the Teftimony of Hiftorians, or Matters of Relations e undoubted and indil'putab' to Arguments, beft the Fad, may be fufficient, and Arts and Practices prove the Truth offuch wicked by Witches, Sorcerers, is have been made ufe of prove the Necromancers, Magicians, &c. and to

Appearances Truth offuch frightful and amazing other Appaof Dx-mcns, Speftres, Spirits, and a clearer have may ritions ; yet, that the Reader of uch Method and Apprehenfion of the Manner thole Nature 01 unlawful Practices, and of the furprizing* Apparitions which are fo frightful and Relations before we proceed to fueh Hiftoncal Method proabove-mention'd, and to purfue the pos'd, to illuftrate this Hiftory,

we

jhal

hi

.tcon-

â&#x201E;˘ em LeIV *ÂŁ

what thofe unlawful Arts Men to he the Devil comes to delude makes Devil what Contract the Praftice of them Gods with them, with the Difference between We mail alio piove Miracles and the Devil's are in

frder

and

how

:

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B

2

ticni


the

HISTORY

of

the Poffbiliry of fuch wicked torn Scripture, pS,V« and fcew after what Manner wicked Me n r^thcmfelves in fuch Prices We fcalla,f! Witches Aftions, and the the Nature ot ing together, ana what Ado^f Manner of their com their Maiier die Devil. W^j f nn rhevuav to y Me.hcds he of Notice Witches ft U a!* t*U to tranfport themfelves from Places,

fc®^^% fiBgfr W

Sder

.

makeufeof from one another.

We

iha re,, in particularly fider their Actions,

far diftant

1

to the

Men

or

Women, and

i P, l

B >

alfo con-

a

of thofe Women why and frequentupon, Peifonsthey a6fc Art more than Men ; v. hat is the ]y praftife that and what is the propereft Extent of their Power, Method to remedy the Mifchicf done by them; what fort of Pet Ions are more fvbject to be damaged by Witchcraft ; and for what Keafons, and to what End, the Devil often appears to them, and afTumes different Shapes and Forms. We ftall alfo confider the different kinds of Spirits which troubles either

n

n

„ C

then proceed

Method above-propos'd.

urn*

ftm

of

Wte

together,

Meetwg

i

»

^tbtDtvilthtffA irmfftrt

wkt

m

thmftkts their

Attiim

Imlkjworkufiin,

i

Mi

(f?flf«M ore wojr/«

vlj tk Devi

i

tfwt Skips,

is

i

ityitstktiifturl

the

'

CHAR

*or y

Art of

=

For «h,


Witchcraft,

CHAP.

&c.

I.

Containing a brief Account of the Diabolical Arts of Witchcraft, Sorcery , and other. Ma-

and how

Devil comes to delude Men to the Praftice of them ; what Contract the Devil makes with them, with the Difference betwixt God's Miracles and the

gical Practices

Devil's

;

,

the

with the Marnier how

thewfelves in fuch Practices

:

Men As

engage

alfo

the

Actions of Witches, and their Manmr of Meeting together, and what Adoration they

how they fay the Devil their Mafier } as alfo tranfport tbtmfelves from Place to Place ; what are their Actions in refpcB of the Perwork upon, with the Extent of their Power, and what Methods are proper to remedy the Mifchief done by them : What fort

fons they

by of Perfons are moft fubjett to be affetled them why the Devil appears to them in ;

different

Shapes, as al/o the

of Spirits that difturb

"THAT

the

Âť practifed in facred Hiftory :

Men

or

different

Kinds

Women.

Art of Witchcraft hath been former Ages plainly appears trom in For when Saul was troubled

B

5

S P inc Âť


7&HISTORY,/

6 Spirif

icience

vho

Offences troubled his Conand his heinous himielf to a Woman applied he prefently

i Sam. 28. ; ^h 0 Spirit, which, unclean Defire raifed up an to the Text, Saul knew to be Samuel, i t

dealt

ar his

with

a

familiar Spirit

according fo exaftly, that Saul appearing in his Likenefs Samuel of : the Devil be. Spirit took it to be the to appear n and himfelf, ing able to transform v, laid to Satan *i. 14different Shapes, as 2 Cor. an Angel of Light and transform himfelf into upon thus, lome Devil the Ocpermits that God Spirits of Men, and to cafions, to reprefent the^ not only apparent in is come, foretel things to from M'.ehaiahh plain is this Cafe, but the like Prophetick Difcourfe to King Ahab ; 1 King 23. And that there is fuch an evil Practice as Witchcraft, and Witches, is apparant from feveral other Places in Scripture, it being plainly prohibited by the Law of God ; Exod. 22. and the Truth of this appears further from the Power of Pharaoh's Wifemen, Exod. 5 & 8. who imitated a great mai

6*

u re ate

t

three

;

ny of the Miracles performed by

TheUe hisRudiments.

wiert,

Gofes, felves

Proficients

ful

the molt heinous Impieties moft pleafant and delightful to fuch ,

Wing that rations

added to them, v

Effeftsto

the

the Circles,

who

[Ni kls

of

forfakenGod, and are given over into the Hands of

lame;ime

and kit p a)

forbife f ri arefuch

um^^make f

:

^

V

tlx

Mafters, and cai

Slaves,

VlI

E

inr

and feveral

at the

*J

the

have

Power

wrapped together,

they are

is the

S

feveral kind

to refolve their

Spirits

allures

being

t

f;

unlawful

and

black

he he is induftrous to prompt them to fuch Vices as are moft agreeable to their Tempers and Difpofi.

tions,

t

tc kftion, they are apt

ly

Men to thefe wicked Practices, fince common Enemy of Man's Salvation,

m

Arts and Sciences

,

by which the Devil

M

iorr.<

apt to advance

iky are

hardened that wicked Tyrant's Heart. And further, 1 Sam. 15. Samuel laid to Saul, that Difobedience is as the Sin of Witchcraft. And that there were others of the fame Craft, ismanifeft from the Story of Simon Mains, Acls 8. and the Woman that had the Spirit of Python, ABs 16, not to mention feveral other Places in Scripture which mention the Praftice of Witchcraft and fuch Diabolical Arts. As for the Means

°{,

wien

for feveral can account

which

Mofes,

od P«*» l

dm

naturaJ

Caufes

^ u feof •

u<


Witchcraft, of the Devil,

whom

'

&c,

j

he endeavours to lead fo far

that it is impoftible for them to into his Snares, chief and principle Motives The again. get wit led into thefe Snares, often are by which who to pleafe their Men, â&#x201A;Źuriofity in fome

Men

arc

Souls and Bodies to the Devi] ; to it, by an inordinate Thirft Injuries they have fuftVrafter Revenge, for fome greedy an Appetite cf too or through ed

Faniie

fell their

,

others are

moved

,

Gain.

there are three Inducements to allure fuch unwarrantable Practices, fo there are two Sort of Perfons that may be enticed to the Purfuit of this Art, viz. learned and unlearned ; and two Methods alio of exciting third to this forbidden Ciiriofity, viz the Devil's School and his Rudiments. The Devil's School is a too eager Defire and Purfuit of Knowledge and natural

And Men ro

as

Caufes, where, when Men begin to find themfelves Proficients in fome Meaiure, and that they can account for fevera! things by natural Caufes,

and where lawthey are apt to advance too high them Satift giving' oif fail fill Arts and Sciences to the themfelves facfion, they are apt to apply and black and unlawful Science of Magick ;

;

finding that feveral kinds of Circles, and Conjurations added to them, will raife feveral kinds of Spirits to refolve their Doubts, attributing thefe Effe&s ro the Power inherently infeparable from the Circles,

and Teveral Words of God, confufed-

wrapped together, they flatter themfelves that they are Matters, and can command the Devil ; though at the lame .time they enter themfelves as his Slaves and lofe Paradife, as Mam did, by The Rudiments of eating of forbidden Fruits the Dev-1 are inch unlawful Charms, which old Women often make ufe of to produce Effects without natural Caufes as Charms to prevent evtl Eyes, &c. by knatting round Trees feveral kinds of B 4. ly

;


;

.

^HISTORY./

g.

of Worms, or flopping of c H.rbs aJfo curing crooks, or turning the HorfeSi !!f hv healing of without the Ap. Words, P 5 nr mecrly by /or though by fuc h do what they pretend to , y et f raaicesthey often inherent Virtue in the thing not through any ft Power of the Devil, by which done, but by the and thus he allures them to he deceives Men j this deceitful Art, or entice* feck Reputation by Ambition, or the hope, of them to it through firm Contraft with them Gain; and makes a upon 'that Account. Of this kind of unlawful and unwarrantable Aftrology which preProceedings, is that Part of the Stars, to foretel of tends, by the Influence decay ; what Perwhat Kingdoms will flouriih or what Side unfortunate ; fons will be fortunate or Battle ; who mall overlhall gain the Victory in' how, or at what Age Combats come in fingle fhall win the Race, Horfe what Men lhall die; have written Jgritfa Cornelius which Cardanus and thole other Arts are Of the fame kind at large. of Chynmnutie, Pfy/iognmte ; and Fortune-telling, &( which are unfit to be pra&ifed amongft Chrithe Prophet Jeremy plainly forbidding us ftians to believe or give ear to Prophefies, and fuch as foretel by the Courfe of the Planets and Stars â&#x20AC;˘

SnVSlf

:

"

withtbetn

;

;

Jerem. 10.

?/otonlyto^<

or ^.om< kweofDtfeafes,

xcMiges

tr himfelf to

<

icstottkmtoanfwer

the iBK Events, is

r tats

But the Art of Magick is not only unlawful but dangerous, which foon makes the Magicians weary of that Art which they at firft Pra&ife, and willing to agree with the Devil at an eafie Kate, and lefs Hazard for as in praftifing the Magical Art, not only certain Seafons, Days and Hours, are to be made ufe of, but likewife Circles are to be made triangular, quadrangular, round, double or fingle. according to the Form of the Apparition that is defired So befides the

:i cr

in tefpeSt o

Comraonweikhs

alskeniinceto in

sflMskfufohitnl Marmot

a

Tablet ot

1

;

3*him;fomeli

Am -fa

will

be

conjured in

i

t

:

different

Forms of the

Circles, the

innumerable Cha-

^m.

and


Wl T

C H CR A

F

Tj C^C

9

both within and without, Characters anc* Croffes, and the divers Forms of the lame and through Apparitions that the Devil deceives them with, once the conjured Spirit appears, if the Maâ&#x20AC;˘

when

one of the leaft of all the or if frighrned with the Rights and Ceremonies, Apparition, he Aides over the Circle, he forfeits and is prefently carried away both Soul and Body, the Devil dire&ly pays himand Spirit, with that otherwife he muft have which that Debt gician Hath

miffed

felf

flayed longer for. But to proceed to the

Manner

of the Contract confifts either in

makes with them, it by Forms I mean in what Forms or Effects to them in, when they call appear Shape he is to by Effects I mean what Services he for him which to them in obliges himfelf to be fubjeft Forms and Effefts are greater, according to the Some he obliges Skill and Art of the Magician of a Dog, a Cat, Form the himfelf to appear to in by a Voice them an Ape, &c or only to anfwer them in and obliges himfelf to be lerviceable to rething bale the Cure of Difeafes, or fome other To oblige the moft Curiom, le quired of him. the Devil

;

;

;

:

;

obliges himfelf to enter into dead bodies, relation and out of them to anfwer Quefhons, in or Battles, of to future Events, as the Succeis Kingof Affairs other Matters in refpea of the he conitantly fome doms or Commonwealths; of a . age : Form the pays his Attendance to in into conjured be to himfelf

often

Sometimes he fuifers the 1 erio.i the Form of a Tablet or Ring, which carry ahe hath contra&ed with may conitantly fome he empowers to Jell iucti bout with him cheap, as Goods, which will be dearer or better peak mall or the Spirit conjured in them Lyes, to according Truth. And though all Devils are their yet they deceive their Nature, Lyars believe, mar wretched Slaves, and make them ;

i

;


rfoHisTORvy when LU

t M\ fome Spirirs fell into the Air, t Wa«r fome in the Fire, and fome oa

and con tinue hat ucn conclude

T t^^

ftill

2±Wmh

are ar

Elements; and

^w falling

^

8

Executors of

nd when thole 'them their Work upon Earth, finimed have God" be enclofed in Hell ato they are at the laft Day d ; yet they en. deceiv have long with thofe they are Princes, there that deavour to perfwade Men which com. them, Cukes, and Kings amongft Empire have and greater Legions and

mand lefs Power in

or feveral Arts,

to

Part of the World ; to reveal to them any Perfons Secrets, if once fpoken : Nay, further he Jeaches his Scholars how to infinuare themfelvej into the Favour of Princes, by informing them

fome of which

prove to be true, and fome falfe. He can alio enable them to pleafe Princes with dainty Entertainments, fupplying them with fuch in a little time from the remoteft Parts of all the World. Sometimes he pretends to guard his Scholars with the Appearance only of Armies of Horfe and Foot, as well as with Caftles and Forts, which are only fuch in Appearance, formed by a Spirit making fuch Impreflions on fome Subftances in the Air. He likewife teaches them feveral jugling Tricks with Cards or Dice, to enable them to deceive Mens Senfes, and other fuch like falfe Practifes,

of

feveral great

things

,

rt*P*

it

and dirferent Quarters of

proceed ; as the Forms which the Devil melt curious obliges himfeJf to appear in to the ate proEffects the Mag.cians, are wonderful, fo them teach to portionable ; he obliging himfelf from any Arts and Sciences ; to carry them News

But

f>

itb ,

from the Grace Quality, and fame aH°of the ai

And th^«h by

^roftkv of Goa, they

in thole

as

M intk^« rf

****

0

{\V\tcktaft>«

facias

tonfultwio

vkrs, Enchanters, the

that

vasa

Woman »

Witch feems

kr Tongue isthofe

;

(

c

kr Body by her Ike

Demoniack;

id within evilS But to proceed undeniable

i

from

tkt they' are

of

:

xVi<

t

W%orpooiar

*« anfwers

H

by

t(

which!

"'^ifuchas


1

Witchcraft, &c

;

1

.

inform' d by thofe who are acquainted called Scoto. Thus the Devil enaItalian w ; t h the Mens Senfes, as the Magideceive to bles them their falfe Miracles, which with Pharaoh did

-s

we

are

â&#x20AC;˘

ans

K

thofe wrought by Mofes. Thus the the Miracles wrought by God, difference betwixt perform'd by the Devil, 'is, that God, and thofe Creator, makes his Miracles appear in Efas the s Rod was turn d into a real Serpent fect, as Mofes Wands were only counterMagicians the whereas appear'd fo only to deand Devil., the feited by One which we are here thing Senfes. ceive Mens when the Devil triages that is, to obfeive further with Magicians, it is either writhis Agreement Magician's own Blood, or elfe the with ten he touches them in fome Parr, elfe or Touches; Mark remaining, which are visible without any counterfeited

always perceivable in

Thus

far

we have

Witches confider'd the Nature and

Praftice of Magicians chiefly ; we to fliew, that the fliali in the next place proceed the evil Pra&ices proves plainly as God, Law of and prohibits all 'condemns it fince of Witchcraft, Magicians, Dias Devils, fuch as confult with

dangerous

And Enchanters, Sorcerers and Witches Pythan of Spirit that the Woman who had the was a Witch feems evident, fince he entered into her Body by her own Confent, and fpoke with being tormented with him, flie her Tongue rp be pcfas thole Demoniacks are, who are laid Will. their fefled with an evil Spirit againft As the Being of Witches is But to proceed undeniable from their ill Practices, and the Milviners,

:

;

:

chief they do,

fo

it

is

nor amifs,

we

it

cbierve

W

of two kinds, niiz. either rich which Dewealthy, or poor and of low Degree of the Paflions ference anfwers to the different ivca follow Mind, by which he entices them to Be brattices ; fuch as are in Mifery and Poverty

that they' are

;

ft**


:

history./ 12

of > bv fair Promifes b> t^r

it

allures to

u ^V'*

great Riches and

'

revcngeful he the Ends .obtaining of Jsfaftion j promiles tfte a fhat hg craf {o u yet ™* u they defire ; Body thoug h polfefs'd S n PatTions, except enPr above-me« °hove the with s r fma^ g couraged by t e Care]effnefs ,

afe

:|

M^jJ ^M

§TS

Ti

^

Seaffl

1C ° U

rnf God for

-

and

^

when he

finds

»*U?S

or in their Bed!,

in

fatfiLl*-

{^

what

that

ce5

^$ oW^ J

>

and

G

^\fL ^feSeiv^

either by a Voice only, I hoit Company, he Man, enquires of them, a of or in the Shape promifes them it is

b

K^lcl

r/LtStheTt/thtfs 'Fields,

,

A<

then he thinks any of theft Caufes,

Srac

I

»

i

^

them

:

.

troubles them, and

'

to

Numbers

Remedy, provided they follow bs Adreqmres of them ; to wh.ch vice, and what he comply with, their Mind* they are too ready to to admit of his Tempbeing before-hand prepared Having thus gamed his End he prerations. Meeting and before he fently appoints another

ier«a

TecL:

^t^J" &H*»

fa

t

<

Ul manner

^ a J^rf^A toa

;

perlwade* makes any further Propofals, he firft Service , and them to give themlelves up to his .

obliges them then difcovers to them what he is, diredrly, and Baptiim and God their to renounce Part of their fecret fome upon fixes his Mark

which continues foar and unhealM 'till and ever after unfenfiblej their next Meeting though never fo much nipped or pricked, which Trials, to let them know,. is proved by daily

Body

y gJJ^p, ""1^ fj

^^""f km

UM« WW

'

,

ikipng of Fowls,

and

,

that as he could" both hurt

their future Evils or

him.

And

which they

them, ferves to

from

retting

'till

Happinefs muft depend on

the in that Place

befides, felt

and heal them,

fo all

that

intolerable

Pain

where he marked make them, and hinders themMeeting, left in the forget him, being not as

their next

meantime they ftould

yet confirmed fufficiently

in their

new

Folly

;.

God by Vifion

tnfaliktrato iijo-k wan

Devil ufcd

b Slaves of

?W

Qoanefs, til

^Ifl^ty, 5

*ae

th'v

fo the

ind

inl

Devil di fl^

^ttemujL,,

^ifo^'


Witchcraft,

i ,

remembering the horrid Promife they made their laft Meeting, they fhould repent of h im at and endeavour to call it back. At their Bargain, he endeavours to make them Meeting their third or

left

-

fenfible,

how

careful he

is

to obferve his Promife,

eirher by teaching them how to revenge themor how by unlawful ways felvesof any Injury and worldly Wealth. Riches obtain they may they are of two kinds, Attions As for their of themfelves or other Perviz. either in refpc& their own Attions, that they of reipect In sons. as the Devil employs Services luch perform may ;

he counterfeits in his Servants the like Service that God requires of thofe that ferve him : For as the Servants of God meet together to ferve him, fo thefe Servants of the Devil meet together in great Numbers to ferve him, though not publicity; and as the Minifters of God teach his Servants how to ferve him in Verity and Truth, at thefe Meetings teaches his Serlb the Devil all manner of Mifchief, and deaft to how vants of all their horrible ProceedAccount mands an of his Service. Advancement ings paft for the And as God formerly had Churches fan&ify'd to his Service, with Altars, Priefts, Sacrifices and Prayers, the Devil had the like polluted to his Service And as God gave anfwers by Vrim and Thummim, fo did the Devil by the Intrails of Beafts, the Singing of Fowls, and their Aftions in the Air ; and as God by Vifions, Dreams and Extawas to come, and what was fies, revealed what

them

in,

:

Will, fo the Devil ufed the like Methods to forewarn his Slaves of things to come. And as God loved Cleannefs, exprefled his Hatred to Vice and Impurity, and infiifted Punifhments for the fame ; fo the Devil diflembled with his Priefts, his

and appointing them to keep their Bodies clean him of ; undefikd before they asked Queftions that by fceming to avoid lefs Crimes, he imight


HISTO RY

fhe .

of

And even the Witches Joro greater in defiance of God, often the L,e v that the! and himchurches, Meenngs , :

.

^tVt

confefs,

,ppoin« h i

,

^^

s

obligd to kifchi, l^ldtatfon^hey ridiculous, ieems though And this,

6

Kr

a?e

Parts

:

m

read in Calicute, appearing he had tins Homage Ukeiefi of a He-Goat, his Ambition being fo great, publickly paid him K god in this ; it being imitate [hat he coveted to only fee the hinder could tWtM/if fince

we

£

"id, Exod 33

Bnghtnefs of ms Glory. Paris of God, for the their Meeting together As to the Manner of feveral Methods, either to thus they fay they have execute any of his Comadore their Mafter, or to by ndeing, going, or tailing, whith

mands,

)ttS

as

Ways, which they do upon their firft Nonce from their Mafter. Another Way is, by being carried through the Air, either over Land or Water, very fwiftly, by the Force of the Thus the Devil imitates God, Habbakkuk Spirit. being carried by the Angel to the Den where And one thing worthy our Notice is, Daniel lay. that when they are thus tranlported, they are invifible to every Body, except themfelves, which is very probable, fince the Devil hath Power to make fuch Impreffions on the Air, fo as to form are natural

Anothe Reprefentarions of Caftles, Forts, grc. way which they fay they come together, is,

ther

by being transformed into the Likenefs of a Beaft or Fowl, in which Form they can pafs through any Houfe or Church, or any Place where the Air hath free Palfage. Some lay that when their Bodies lienill, and are in an Extafy, their %irits may be raviftied out of their Bodies, and carried to fuch Places,

which appears both from the Te-

ftimony of thoie fenflels in the

who have

feen their

mean time, and

hgas they have formed

at

Bodies

i

tbin&s

other

jto^

,

f

by their

Vocafiond

afeto

Subjeft

sty to the

hpoceed

mn

deceive

i toe to ti\

h

makeP'v

rfmg

•tkj

of the

bear,

may b

*Uy Sicknefs. ten,

n

alio

this

,

this I concerned in

lie

from the Defuch Meetings j and in

*

;

'

or to c\

to &ive

^tfl]

un

remedied


Witchcraft,

&

c.

x

when

^

they are tranfported another. to Country from one Thus much being faid in refpeft of their themfelves, we fhall next take Aftions towards Actions in refpeft of others, in Notice of their

Ms Form they

pafs,

_

we are to confider, Firft, The Manner of Secondly, What is done on Confutations their Inftruments; and what the Devil as their Part, things in Execution. fuch does who puts Confutations thofe are molt As for their commonly made in Churches when they meet towhich

;

,

gether to adore of

;

when

their Matter asking each

them what they would be doing, every one

miichievous^ Purpofe they are inclined to, either for obtaining Riches, or to revenue themfelves for fome Jn jury, or on any Peragainft, who fen they are malicioufly inclin'd accomplifli way any to the in them puts piefently fome accomplilh fmall To evil. Dcfism that is Defigns which they aim at, he teaches them how todif-joynt dead Bodies, and powdering them to mix fome other things with them -which he furni flies them with. propofes the

As

for the

Reafon why

Women

are

more

fre-

quently concerned in this Craft than Men ; it is partly occaiiond by their Frailty, as Eve was thought the fitter Subjeft for the Devil to work

upon, and partly becaufe they are more inclined to revenge.

.

But to proceed to the Arts which the Devil He contrives to deceive his Scholars with. Clay or Wax ; teaches fome to make Pictures of whofe that by roafting of them, the Perfons Names they bear, may be continually waited and Some he furmfhes with

coniumed by Sickneis. fuch Sronts or Powders,

as will affift

them

to

oc-

Others he mcafibn Difeafes, or to cure them. which ftrufts how to give uncommon Poylons, are not eaiily

remedied by Medicines

;

the

wvÂťi


\

7^ HIS TORY

of

^^x^i^^ ^

6

better dicines than

Men, and com

P0W

th

f

Thus,

rnd

"f^X

^

,

Eyes of the Blind with not have that Efcould which d

:

tL&Jl&L] 'fyf<&

K

by making ufe of his Servants vours to delude which have no V .rtue to perform external Means, but is brought about ome other is propos'd. And bv fuch like Means, theft Servants of

h&*"&f* *

^7

pt*^ *

5E

W X

wetend to make Men and Women Dev difpofing the cor. the Devil himfelf o Hbie -

of thofe God permits h,m to Thus, by Gods will. work upon which wav he upon Job ; for as he infixed Sicknefs

Anions

ed

Pcrmiiin,

fubtle Spirit, and knows what Hualter the Temper prevails in us, fo he can and make them of a vicious Temper,

the Devil

mows

^

is a

of them,

when God

will permit him.

further,

of VV ax hath fc* though the Inftrument likely the Devil yet Effefts no Vertue to produce fuch ot the Form the diffolve being a fubtle Spirit can Spiof Concurrence Spirits, and thus prevent the Body the rits to promote Digeftion, and fupply w.th frefh Nourilhment , whilft the other is

*

^

jp«**

if***

^r*C»

,%W^^ I

J

&9*£ fefefc

That they can take away the Life of Pictures, is very of Men or Women, by roaft.ng

And

^

°f

^

,.. t

wt o

Jffl^Jr * »™ ,eft

;

difperfed and confumed. But further, they can raife Storms or Tempefts in the Air, either bv Sea or Land, if God permits them, though not univerfal, but only in fome particular Places, which are different from others, being fudden and violent, but not fo laiting as

thofe

which naturally happen

;

which

very pomble for the Devil to do, fince he is a Spirit, and of near Affinity with the Air, which may eafily be moved by a Spirit ; and we read that the Scripture it t'elf gives the Devil the Title of Prince of the Air, is

.

tk OcvU

*

%^y

t

|

V'^ttanfe

sLamlW,

to-

*rtotofta,\x :

aoutof -^acd,

his

Hands

and like to be

"^s, the

Devil

dity flatter

is ftUl

n

thsmlel

—aft


Witchcraft,

&

c.

i

Another thing which isfaidto be in their make People phrenfical and mad â&#x20AC;˘ er is, to

j

Pow-

which

being but natural SicknefTes, the Devil may as mil occafidn as any other Sicknefs. They can Jikcwife occafion Spirits to follow and trouble Perfons, or to haunt certain Houfes, and frightea the Inhabitants! which we have often They likewife can caufe Witches do. poflefled

with Spirits,

as

fomc

the

to

be

D&moniacks.

whom God

for the Perfons fliftcd thus, and to be

As

known

permits to be

af-

under the Power of Witch-

they are of three kinds, viz. either fuch as God thinks fit fhould be puniflied for their horrid Sins j or lbmetimes the Godly, to awaken them out of fome great Sins or Infirmities, or to try their Patience as Job's was, it being in God's Power to fuffer any Punifhments to be inAnd as God may permit fli&ed as he pleafes. fome Perfons to be more under their Power than others, fo thole often are moft fubjeel to the Power of Witchcraft, that are of a weak and infirm Mind, being weak in Faith, whereas thofe who through Faith in God defie their Power, he. will not fuffer the Devil their Matter to hurt craft,

them that truft in him. But though Witches have the Power we have obferved to tranfport themfelves from one Place ,

and to bring about fuch things as the yet Devil their Matter can help them out in when God Almighty thinks fit to bring them to Juftice, and they are imprifoned and confined by the Laws of God, the Devil hath no Power any farther to help them, being not able to wreft them out of his Hands Yet when they are imprifoned, and like to be puniflied for their Offences, the Devil is ftill ready to deceive themj and if they flatter themfelves with vain Hopes, he is ready to promote their vain Expectations; or of he find them in Defpair, he is as ready to augto another,

;

:


Tk

l8

HISTORY

of

them to ufe fome extraoraugment it, and urges to refcue themendeavour t0

ÂŁJ m^ fd

5

As

to the

Forms the Devil appears in

Occaficns, it ment or the

oft

fuch

to their Agreeis either accordir g and ConjuCircles Nature of their

to fome he appears as he rations they make ; yet it will fuit with their Hupleafes, or as he thinks he makes himielf mours : fo that at the fame time feveral Perfons , as in different Forms to

appear

Lnds. And though he he thinks will beft fuit his fometimes fo delude will he yet be an an y Bcdy, like a Subftance j them to appear the Senfes, as to makes ufe of as he which Body, or affumes a dead long as he thinks fit. Thus much being faid of Magick and Witchwe fhall , in the next place , proceed to craft confider the Nature of thofe Spirits which appear and trouble both Men and Women, frequently afFrightening them with their dreadful Appearances. Thefe Spirits then which fright and difturb Men frequently by their amazing Effefts they proor by their difmal and aftonifhing Apduce pearances, may be divided into four different kinds ; the Firft are thofe which trouble Houfes and lblkary Places ; the Second are fuch as haunt and follow feveral Perfons, and are often troublefome to them ; the Third are fuch as enter into Perfons and poffels them ; the fourth Sort are fuch as are commonly called Fayries. ,

,

s

How

thefe Spirits

Perfons by the

have

been troublefome to

Power of Witchcraft, foth been

jhewn already. We fhall in the next place fay fomerhing of their natural Appearance, without the Power of Witchcraft though no doubt but ; they are one kind of Spirits, which only differ in their

Form of Appearance, and the Manner of

their Actions.

Ai


Witchcraft, As for the haunt

^

i

9

kind of thefe Spirits, which and appear in feveral horrible

firft

Houies,

Forms, making a great Noife, they are called I0urc$ or Speftr*, *vhich lometimes appear in the form of dead Perfons, and are called by different Names, according to the Difference of their

AniThat there are fuch Appearances of Spirits, w e are allured by the Holy Scriptures, where the Prophet Efsj, 13. and 34. threarning the Deftruftionof Jerufalem, declares, That it fhall not on*

ons.

Jy be

lacked, but

become

fo great a Solitude, that

the Habitation of Howlets, and of Zlim ic fhall be and Jim, which are Hebrew Names for thefe Spirits. They haunt folitary Places, that they may the better terrify and ihake the Faith of fuch Perfons as and when they frequent Places of that kind lliews it either a great deal of Ignohaunt Houfes, rance, or they are fuffered to difturb the Neighbours for their grofs and ilanderous Sins. As for the Manner of their entering fuch Houfes, it is different) according to the Form they are in If they have a {Fumed a dead Body, at that Time. they can eafily open a Door or a Window without any Noife ; and if they enter as a Spirit only, ;

any Place where the Air can pafs thro', is fufficient If it be asked whether the Devil harh equal Power to enter the Bodies of juft,as well for their Paffage

I anfv/er, That his Enof wicked Men trance into their Bodies when the Soul is abfent, cannot defile them, and therefore in that there can be no Inconveniency in refpetl of the Perfon that the Body belonged to nor can it be any greater Difhonour to them than the hanging, heading, or other Shameful Deaths good Men frequently fuffer,the Bodies of both the Faithful and Unfaithful being equally free from Corruption, and worthy of Honour, till the laft Day, when thof* of as

thole

;

;

thejuft fhall

be purged and purified. But


the Dc :1 dead, or ,s to die, as d t0 amu fe the Gentiles, the Death of a foretelling leat4et by

otareuoi a Perfon who

rm

is

Dead, or the Manner of Perfon, the Will of the

appears to fome ignorant their Death, fo he now them fince it is to delude and miflead Chriftians

the Defunft Ihould renot poflible the Souls of put on fuch forms. turn, or that Angels Ihould

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ou

,^ £

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v

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eral

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0IT

two kmds of Spirits, which Perfons or «foaded HJ outwardly haunt and trouble feme thefe, for the km otherwife inwardly poiTenes them may hen to WWi m Aaions, and Appearance their Likelinefs of

As

for the other

^ l,

;

be both efreemed of one kind, as well as the Perfons they are permitted to trouble. As for the Perfons that are ufually troubled with thefe kind of Spirits they are of two kinds, Offences, viz. either fuch as are guilty of great a Trial for tempted or fuch as God permits to be the Beof of their Patience, or the admonilhing praife holders, or that others may have Reafon to God that they are not corrected in the fame dreadful Manner. The Intent and Defign of the Devil

tormenting Perfons after this Manner is , either to provoke them to miftruft and blafpheme

of their Torments, as he endeavour' d to do with Job, or that they might make him fome Promifes, to perfwade him to leave off troubling of them. And though thefe fort of Spirits not only moleft and torment fome Perfons, but fometimes forewarn them of what Dangers may happen to them; yet this is God, either

for the Intolerablenefs

only to deceive Men, that they might think themfelves fafe, and confide in him who appear'd willing to do them what Service he could, though all the while he was outwardly feeming to do good,

to taw 0t be amiK Jiraw. i called

,

»

kind, ttu from this

&DMw ofuie

ffi

Asfotttafevjto 0 f Spirits,

to

be

fick

tho

tk)

of a

Fhic

tbfe who ire

ijet

Maguik'i from efpecially

is

their

raging at I

fa Croft, the

ti

which fie Pa

Signs

fa,

fl

incredible Stren

ang kn ;

lix

who

mv

times

are not th

violent lifting

Mlywith viofe ItSnenrc ;

L D

aslrnn

*

v

^

d£ Cll '""flwges :

i '

flave leai


Witchcraft, good, his Intentions

were

evil,

c.

2l

he endeavouring *

EnCmy Was

Friend

.'

&

thei

There were other forts of Spirits, called Incubi mdSuccuk, according to the Difference of the Sexes they converled with. Sometimes he made ul'e of the Semen taken out of a dead Body, which he deceived feveral with, who were not able to feel any thing, but that which was lb contrary to Nature in that Part And fometimes he made ufe of a dead Body to abufe Men, though the Deceit might be difcovered by the CoJdnefs of the Semen perceived eafity by the Perfon abufed. This hath been confcffed by fome Witches who have been perlwaded by the Devil to fuffer him to abule them after this Manner, that he might fecure :

them the

fa Her in his Snares. And here it may not be amifs to take Notice, that the Mare, which

is

called Incubus, ab incumbcndo,

is

much

different

from this kind, that depending on a Diftemper and Diforder of the Body. Asforthpfe who are pofiefs'd with thefe kind of Spirits; the' they may be thought by fome only to be fick of a Pin en, y or fome other Diftemper, yet thofe

win

'ire

truly pofTefs'd,

may

eafily

be

from fuch Perfons, by feveral Symptoms, efpecially three ; not to mention ^he vain Signs which die Papffts affigri for the Diirerence, as their raging at Holy Water, Hying back from the Oofs, &c. The firfr of the true Signs, is

dirting-. -.ifh'd

the incredible Strength of the polTclVd Creature, being fix times greater than the Strength of other Men who are not thus poflefs'd. The iecond is, the violent lifting up of the Perfon's Bieaft and Belly with violent Motions and Agitations within,

Sinews being extended and ftretched out as hard as Iron it lelf. The third is, their fpeaking of divers Languages, fuch as the Perfon is known never to have learned, and that too with a ftrange

the


«

HISTORY

jt.,

22

hollow ftrange and

As

^ «r

t

9™****

Perlons are S^our gave kis Drfc.p*

W hen

evident from Scrips. : nuv not true D-fcipl"

,

>

aic ^Tft'th? ot the reit,

J& ««m

Time

the

all

tT"n^ BrcM

Manner of caft

for the

cf

i^v.re-

WS^iM »P%l)C \Ao

than

^^

thefe Devils

n

;

p ower

to

do

?

,U cfi*

T

faft,

,

i

s

4\,

evi-

rj

,

a

Mectd oTdoing ra Ilin2

'

is

ir,

thofe f

D*? * **j

ho are

Power

;avejl

r

it

being by

J***

upon the Name

V

were „4 freThfhere an

of Papiftry

CH

was a King and Queen that they had who had a noble Court and Train ; Goods alfo how they naa Duty of all forts of went about, eat and arank, ana

fr^Mi

Time

in the

tTe

that there

Kid

^dhmu

;

Sd WS£\

turally rede and

Men and other Aftions natural to People of Senfes the the Devil deluding them to appeared fo much' that thefe Spirits all

aftually to

do fuch Things.

with But tho' the Devil deludes his Scholars appears the Appearance of fnch Things, yet it with from thofe that have been carried along Appearance thefe Fairies, that they never faw the weie of any in that Court, except of thole who Brothers and Sifters of the Art ot Witchcratc. This hath been proved by the Relation of a young who was troubled with Spirits, thro

Woman,

TAv^ m tk

forego

ll*t.*l

]*mjih "* Sfty « 0

.icmidwf

«!

Jii^, »Wj ^iotk

:;t!

i

ff CCJ1C(f|.

:

mt

^faCty^ ja

HiflorkaJ

Accm "

^W^gy

jjjft^frjjj


Witchcraft,^, the

the

Power of Witchcraft ; who, though Shapes of feveral Men and Women

her

,

Ihe

,

faw

Si£w£

and could name the

Shadow* represented

a

Perfons whom theff yet inoft 0 f rho fe have

ken try o and found guilty, and confeffed the

fame.

To conclude

The

fureft way to difcover fuch odious Craft, befides their evil Lives and Conversions, is, firft, by their Mark which is infenfible ; and, fecondly, by their' fwimming upon the Water, God having crdained that fuch as had calf off the Water of Baptifm {hould net be received into Water, but fwim upon it. as

praftife

:

this

CHAP.

II

OfGhofis and Spirits walking by Night, an J of ftrange Noifcs, Crack<, and things that hap-

fen before the Death of Men, great Slaughters, and Alterations of Kingdoms.

TTAving

in the foregoing Chapter given the Render a general Notion or Scheme of the •A?t of Magick and Witchcraft, and a!fo of the Actions of Magicians and Witches* borh in rejpe& of themselves and others; and having alfo Ihewn briefly the Nature of Spirits, and their Difference, which are concerned in Spettres, Apparitions, and orher pu tetnatural Appearances, we lhall in this Chapter proceed to Particulars, and give an Hiftorical Account cf Witchcraft, Ma-

I

X

&c according to the Places they occur in, in the Method above-propos'd. * And, gick, Apparitions, Ghofts,

Time and


;

HISTORY

jbe

24

h

,

tno

a

great

of

many

^ weak

melancholy -

s enl ej frequently quently And, are not, tea really a| fliad '. be that 'ThinfiV h,n8 to 1 brute or Beaft Men imagine s ve u by decgve , oftentimes fc Things which are firft,

,*

;

,

.

g» ™™"

and Ibmetime ceed from

l

ft

t0 be Uugbears and

and beyond Dif. appear to Men SpiritS Things which ;hIt thofe proceed from M . pU always ft -iff them, do not often appear, do and Spirits that 1 (tf s bit » tural Lauies, ^ wonderful Effects, ft et

cer tain,

Hiftorians ^"JSSedby w ^ ancient ve delivered their

producing being ? fuch Things Cienit, good of very

tte

f

fuch Perfons

„ notlMng, cculdhear

MO***

AndP/start^""'

tkntheCitixcnsc

M 3

Captain

D»w<

Wlt

the while, and conftdering with foiled from flaying there a taken had he m J Jhd committed, how great an Enterpnze

whether he mould pafs Slid and being doubtful him there fudden;y appeared to

kbatouftv to »

S

River or not! and well Oiaped who of excellent Stature, a This drew upon a Reed fathard by him, piping from Soldiers and together .great many Shepherds who trumpeters, many thS Camp, and alfo a great this by Having him. flocked together to hear fud. he Means collected a great Number together, one of them, denly matched a Trumpet from a {trong and leaped into the River, and, with over to the Breath blowing up the Alarum, went

Man

other Side.

Upon which,

fays

C^,

ood <f

^

p En-

where the Gods gi ve t eocouragement, and avhere the Iniquity of the upon and, ple calls us. The Dice are thrown ; this, he immediately paffed over the River. attends us, let us go

this

i'een

in

1

melt grievous Gr after

riey were 0

Doors.

He

1 fame

alfo tells 1

Dim being

not fubjeft to derful,

as

ilone in

%

fe

well

the

En

and medita

^^ngs with hu

^

a

'great

*ard$ the 1

the

we wall add wh it Plutarch relates in tW UfcofThefeus, viz. That many who were in

To

Si|ks

No,

other S

citrous

g re

1?*IN I

ma ™J, luteping t


Witchcraft^

&c.

2

5-

Battle of Marathon}* againft the Medians, affirmM that they law the Soul of Thejeta armed, (who

Jong time before by a Fail) before the Vanguard of the Grecians, running before and encouraging the barbarous Medians; which cauied the Athenians afterwards to honour him as a Demidied

a

God. Paufanias writeth in Atticis>

Mar at ho Four hundred Years â&#x20AC;˘>

That

in the Field of after the battle was

fought, they diftinctly heard the neighing of Horfes, and the encountering of Sbldiers, as if they were -engaged in Battle every Night. And what was very remarkable was, that thofe that came there on purpofe to hear chefe Things, could hear nothing ; whereas thofe that came that Way by Chance, heard thefe Things very fenfibly^ And Plutarch writes, in the Life of Cimon, That when the Citizens of Cheronefus had entiejced their Captain Damon with fair Words to return home, who fled from the City for feveral Muuhers he had committed, and had afterwards killed hira barbaroufly in a hot Houfe, as he was bathing himfelf ; after that Time there weiefeveral Icnm^e Sights feen in the lame Place, and otiÂŤ. nrimes mcft grievous Groanings were heard, fo th.ir ever after they were obliged to fhut up the Hor-houfe

Doors.

He alfo tells us, in the Life of'Dion, Thar the fame Dion being a flout and courageous Man. and not fubjeft to Fear, faw a very ftrange and wonderful, as well as horrible Sight For fitting alone in the Entry of his Houfe, in the Evening, and meditating and difcourfing of ft vera 1 :

Things with himfelf, being fuddenly furprized with a great Noife, he rofe and looked back towards the other Side of the Gallery, where he faw a monftrous great Woman, whole Countenance and Apparel made her appear like a Tragical Fury, f weeping the Houfe with a Broom. iTeing very C


HISTORY./

71,

,6

frighten d with this after Acto he declaring

and much amazed 1

very

rfiJAg

SWS ^

and ^3%- fiends them what Company 3ifr�� App amazed reamly

'u ,n

all

at

beino Night j forrbein °, ^ he parmon, 1

appear to

fW^fiVh ne Jj

r

did

:

that

the

a.

him

again

But

a

tew

died: and he of the Boufe, and

hi*, Body, ended his the through being nabbed

h?Top felf,

in the Life of i>gm "tK fimV Author »*p determm d to traniport tells

Brut,

That when

^

^ing

in

his inff out of burning Candle the and Tent about Midnight, Army being quiet and whole the dimly, and with bmfelf, he fanfllent/as he was confidering entering into his lent and, cy'd he heard one Door, he law the Form looking back towards the .much exceeding of a terrible and monftrous Body, which flood _ c cie the common Stature of Men Word ; whioh Frightby him. without fpeaking a

h,s

Army

ful Apparition, tho'

it

made him

ventured to afraid, he even What art thou? a God., or a

To

not a

little

ask tins Queftion Man? And for what the Apparition an-

which ctmefl thou to me? Brutus, thy evil Ghoft, at 0 am, / fwerd ;

Pmlippus

Then fays Brutus, recovering his thou (halt fee we. When this Sight was Surprize, / ml! fee thee. him, his Servants, who told

vanifled, he called Thing, neither that they neither law any fuch Night Brum heard any Voice at all. All that went could not fleep at all, but in the Morning of this told him the whole Story Cr.f.ws, and Grange Vifion

to

tiebut Cajpus contemned and to nafoiled all fuch Things, attributing them oveibeing tural Caufe>: But afterwaid Brutus, Anthony come in the Field by Augitpts and deliver d mltppt\ ilew hunfelf, rather than to be

to the

;

Hands of his Enemies.

0


W

I

T

C

H C R

T

A F

5

&C.

2.J

add, that Valerius Maximus tells the Battle Cafar us, X^X>6aiurCaJJhis faw more much in Majeftick appearing at PhWfpii any to Man letting , Shape than could belong

To

this

Spurs

to

we

fliall

m

and running on with a Horfe threatning Countenance; upon the Sight

terrible

his

,

of wh ch Gaffius turned his fi&ck/to the Enemy, and lied, and foon after murther'd himfelf. :

Dio

Gfifltus

Nic<eus,

in his

Roman Hiftory,

tells

us of Drifts, that having ravaged and over-run he came to the Rtfffer Germany on every Side Abbis, which being not able to get over, he there erefted Memories'of his Victories, and returned for he there met a Woman exceeding back again Creatures in Majefty, who faid mortal reft of the Drufus, who canfet no Limits to thy boundto him ,

\

;

Ambition, whither goefi thou? It is not lawful for thee to go any further, therefore get thee hence, for the the End both of thy Life and worthy Actions are nnv at hand. Drufus hearing this, presently altered his

lefs

Courfe and, as he was on his Journey, before he came to rhe River of Rein, fell fick and died. The lame Author mentions feveral other Things which foretold his Death, tho' he did not regard them for two young Men appeared upon the Ramparts on Horfe-back ; and the Shrieking of Women were alio heard, with feveral luch-like ;

;

Omens. rlinius SecundiiSj a Citizen

of

Novocome?iJis>

writ

Epiftle of the Appearance of Spirits to his Friend Sura, which we lhall in the next Place Me tells us, That Curt i us Rufus. take Notice of. who was then Companion to the Pro-conful of

an

and of fmall Reputation, walking one Day in a Gallery, towards the Evening, he met with an Apparition in the Shape of a Woman, greater and more beautiful than any living Creature. He being amaz'd at the Sight, ihe told him that Ihe w as Africa and was come Africa, being both poor

r

>

C

2

TO


«

rte

28

HISTORY

of

the News-of i^fore-fcanJ with fhould go he that ° Firft, to great Bofutuie S CC promoted k~re be F. and roc to Rome, he ^ould return into . . and that \ ower and Autho.

,

'^^Fortune

ro'

V

'

»«

pour t p Vince An which came the lame rro ^ hi" d enu with him again rity, and there rhe-fonj pais cf a Ship, and out t0 ^landed lan he s the Sea-fM by > towards Recovery, conmr.no. Of *.^ B \" fMir ed of his

^^

Cr^

wo&e

"

-2 v hat v,o lecturing what

to pals for the future,

M

an d comparing Profperity, he utth his former w«i Advenity lus so f Recovei y

V

,

IS

^

hid aiide a 11 hope a>«ore But what is muo:

.

terly

isthe a

waS

in

reported to la goccily and jeiy about Midfor f of Iron, Noife %ange. eard "the

i±r^trgTHaufe,

but

SaStefwS

me, there gptw ctt who, to Sight, was

ti

ti

»n»

*, d oatWbme, with

n"^d f

a

pn ,. wjich

Beard and flaring Hair o his Hands Chains his Lees and carry'd that lived in Thole he always rattled together. being terrify'd with thefe e watching aft ent many a d.imal Night and n Sickneis with W hich they were affiled in ended it encreTmg, a little time, their Fear Apparition *>' the Death ; for in the Day-time, of * vet the Remembrance

kn«

Hue

W a$

j

m

1

,

Thug

m

v nifb.ed, their before their Eyes, To that Upon tins he Caufe. the nU ed longer than fol»ta,y, being Houfe ftocd empty, defarr, and 1 that haunted 1, only pofiefied by the Monfler be iold. nctwithilanding it was .propoled to

ftill "


Witchcraft,

29

(^c

ignorant of its being haunted, Jtbemb* would have bought it or lived in it. Writing read the Jtheni, to rw, by Chance coming Pace, the unaerftcod he over the Door, and when farther, enquired he thinking it a good Bargain, the Matter he was the and hearing the Truth of When Night more forwards to hue the Houfe. to make his came on, he commanded his Servants Houfe; and, ha, Bed in the outward Part of the other Things, and Writing-Table, vin" fixed his the inner into Servants in Order, he fent all his he comthis, done Having Part of the Houfe. what upon Eyes his poled his Mind, and fixing his upon was before him, he was very intent unemploy d feouW writing, left his Mind, being /whach might Things, ftrange be apt to imagine ot the Beginning the In create groundkfs Fears. i -aces, other all as in Night there was Silence, ring, and the but not long after the Iron began to ail that, he Chains to move ; but notwithftanding writing, would not look up-, but continued his Upon that the Nod* flopped both his Ears.

any Body

who was

and

teeming encreafed, and drew nearer, fometimes within j fometimes to be without the Porch, and fame the law upon which he looked back, and Things which he had been told of before. Uie flood

Apparition

ftill

and beckon'd

with

his

The Philofopher, Fingers, as if he called him to fignity that Hand, on the other fide, moved his again writing he fhould ftay a while, and fell to :

:

Upon that the Image Ihook his Chains over his Head, as he was writing. He looked about, and faw him beckoning, as before; therefore he role

up directly and, taking the Candle in his Hand, followed the Apparition, who walked fofcly bebut fore, as if he was heavy loaden with Chains the of as foon as he had turned a fide into the Court Houfe, he fuddenly vani&ed away, leaving the and Philofopher alone; who gathering Herbs Leaves C 3 ,

;


7k H Jeft leaves together

TORY

of

J-J^ ^ ^ I S

'gaihc^dWhcr were ^fetnKig they were Houie. and

fo-

;

kmnW Uy'd;

Ikcentlv laid in the

the

Ground,

'Thefnfe^thor who livers the

afte.

wu eser

aher

clear

rentes this Story, de-

following upon his

own Knowledge,

have one with ÂŤn*j after this manner. but now at Liberty Slave my who was iome time unlearned, who altogether not and free, a Man brother younger my with lav in the lame Bed on Perfon fitting certain a He imagined he faw nis to Knives putting theBed-fide where he lay, In oil his Hair. Head, and by that Means pulling the upon found the Cay-time the Hairs were d Ground, and the Lofs of them was plainly if. little a In cerrable about the Crown of his Head. again, which happen'd Thing fame the after Time the confirmed the firft Report: The Boy, among in fleep to happen'd School-Fellows, reft of his coming fome alleep, was he when the School ; and in at the Windows, cloathed in white Garments, and fliaving the Hair off his Head as he lay, they went out again the fame Way they came The Hair that was fliaved off his Head in. as well asthofe fcatter'd Hairs before-mention'd, were found when it was Day-light. No remarkable Accident happened afcer thefe Things, except that I was not accus'd of Treafon, as I ftiould have

Sayshe,

1

;

,

been, if Domitianus had lived longer, who dy'd about thisTime, there being a Libel found amongft his Writings againft me, given him by Matter Car-is. Whence it may be conje&ured, fince thofe that

were

â&#x20AC;˘isnoii

to

hid.

hint


Witchcraft,

&c.

%

t

their Hair Jong, rfiat were accufed ufed to wear Friend's Hair was art emment the cutting off my great Danger which of my efcaping- that

Token

hung over my Head.

The

like Hiftorv

of

may be found

lAwta* common

Places

in

a

Collection

who

tells

us,

Lojdflnp or Manour

bavirg 5 P°P« or by him given In tefefffli fjg a Coftm up d.gged one or the Farmers hav-ng M that MancraY, In \% Pones with dead Mens a

That iftfi**

WWW*

to him, commanding otherwise his Sou again, him to burv the Coffin -Inch the Kr Tmycaher: flrould die in a little after fltfn; icon was mer refuting to do, his Son Spin apthe In a few Days after •in the Night thrrttnwg , peared again to the Husbanotran, he Bones jforehnd the bury ff he did not

a Spirit

fuddenW speared

mm

t*ha

Un-

I he Man being other Son. other Son nek rehis prized at this, and finding Theidorm Wnrfh lated the whole Matter to Matter wen talon- wm> the as foon as he had heard, he the; PUoe Man, and, digging a Crave juft by bury d rHe where the Coffin was dug up, they which the HiisoanuCoffin and Bones in it upon his HeaUn. man's Son immediately recovered 7V.r>»«/ Dion tells us, That the Emperor where had taken up lead out of the Houre Earthquake, into a his Inn, in the Time of an And Julius CafttoUnus, writing of the fafer Place. tor ttoee Roman Emperors, reports, That Pert max, law a Stao, a Days Space before he was killed by

would

kill h;s

;

;

wM

with a

Shadow in one of his Tim-Ponds, which, which Sword ready drawn, threatened to kill him ofUneafme.s was no fmall Trouble and Occahon to him. _ ^ Father s Grave Flavins rorfcuf fays, That Tacitus ;

,

,

own the Sides falling down of their both Accord" ; and that his Mother's Soul appear d if ihe had to him and Fbrhius Day and Night, as open d

it felf,

C A

been


7fcHlSTORY?f I teen

living

ioonafter. the Signs

St wKes Author

fnThe'

W

ftme d ™d

£

Sign that he mould die

was a which * ignttS uarceUlnus, writing of *"V™uications of Cmftntiutt and 1 regno •

,

«

affirms, that

a little

And

the

before

in the Tents, after the he was writing

£ pte?S

of

Horn ^W'J more

with departing from him

S8i5*S?p3S3 Hand

j

and Figures.

in his

deformed and

^t^^ l^n,

and a learned tore- warnings fuch of Poet reckons up as many winch hapPharfalia, Book of the Battle of

in his Conflift between Juli* ened before the great J CaCar and the great Pompcy. the Ecclefiaftical Hiftones, if we read over we mall find many of thele Examples. Hiftory, tells us Sozomnus, in his Ecclefialhcal ( whofe Name was Blackfmith of one pellet a .

%nd

/Egypt for the very famous at that Time through was endowed be which Gift of working Miracles, at work, hard was he Night as ,

with) who, one a V ikon, was furprized with the Appearance ot Attire and Likenefs which was the Devil in the to endeavouring of a very beautiful Woman Lechery of move and entice him to the Vice Whereupon he fuddenly fnatched the Iron which the Fire, he worked with, glowing hot, out of (corched and thruft it in the Devil's Face, and which being done, he fretted, and his Vizard ,

:

;

ciy'dour, and fled away. In another place, writing of the Sedition

rais

d

and at Antiteb, upon the immoderate Exa&ion the in City the Tribute, which Theodofius laid on being People Time of the Wars, in which the Emperor ©IFended, overthrew the Images of the


Wl TCHCRAFTj &c. and his Wife, and dragged them

in

% }

Ropes abouc

the City, ufittg all the villanous Fxpreflions they could, and fhewing what Spite they could againft them, fays, that the Night before, as foon as the

Rebellion begun, immediately at break of Day, there was a ftrange Sight feen, a Woman of a huge Stature appearing, with mo ft horribleLooks, running up and down the City through the Streets in the Air, whisking and beating the Air with a So that as Whip, and making a fearful Noife Men ufually provoke wild Beads to Anger, which ferve for publick Spectacles, fo it appeared, that fome evil Angel, by the Craft of the Devi], ftirred up that Commotion amongft the People. Theodoras Lector in his Colle&ions of the Fcelethat as Germ ad! us, Pafiaftical Hiftory, writes, triarch of Conflantimphy came down to the hieh Altar to pray, a certain Vifion or Spirit appeared to him, in a moft horrible Shape and Figure ; which as foon as he had fharply rebuked, he heard a Voice crying out aloud, that as Jong as he. lived he would withdraw and ceafe ; but as foon as he was dead, he would certainly ranfack and fpoil the Church ; which the good Father hearing, he earneftly prayed for the Preservation of the Church, and loon after departed this :

,

Life.

Ambrofe, in his 90th Sermon, tells us of a named AtntSy who was crowned with Martyrdom for profefling the Chriftian Religion who w-hen fhe was buried, her Parents watching one Night by her Grave, they faw, about Midnight, a great Company of Virgins, cloathed in Golden Vails amongft whom was St.

noble Virgin, ,

,

Daughter adorn'd like the reft, who desiring the other Virgins to ftay a while, and turning their

towards her Parents, fhe defired them tint they would by no means bewail her as if fhe were dead,

C

5

bur


.

but rather

God eternal

Life

;

becaufe Are had obtained of had ipoke, as foon as Ihe I" Inch h * n aS And St fight; t of of was Jtjn tL aiy/ ,

*U

^tcn

ihe immediately jinguftin reports that

^

befieged by the. appe an n the Martyr plainly

Life of

Cma*

rinder ( the Pneft of Antioch* rov) X,I

F fort

m

them And

in the

.

.

B Marty r with Lactonus Mai Janus the Empe-

when he W3S in of good Combe th e7? obn, a together. But be we fhall °r to Morrow for"?n Church, and at f t h Pnelt if p rieft o0 f

W^f/%^

%

M ™^

he appeared to the

^tl^^'wTUiy

Appearance of

of the

ries

credible Authors.

born

& come

at Naples,

^

hither

:

Which

^ev-l

HiftoSpirits from very

r,

m

Friend of writes, that a certain

celebrated the Funeof goodCredir, having as he returned ral of one of his Acquaintance, went to an Inn he being benighted, towards down to himtelf by the Way, and there layed broad aand where as he lay there alone, reft Fnend lately wake, fuddenlv the image of his pale and Jean, fcttart came 'before him, very When juftashefawhimlaft on his Death-bed. out of his he beheld this Spectacle, being almoft his,

;

who Wits with the bright, he demanded of him lhpd Anfwer, no he was? But the Gholl making fame Bed, off his Cloaths, andlafd down in the have emwould drawing rearer to him, as if he and him, The other gave way to braced him by him, endeavouring to keep him dff from exbe chance touched his Face, which feemed to Wheretremely cold, and much colder than Ice upon the other looking upon him very lownng:

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iy»


)

Witchcraft,

&c.

,

%

took up his Cloaths again, and role out of the Bed, and was n^ver afterwards fcen. Baptijia Fulgofus^ Duke of Genoa In a Book of the worthy Sayings and Anions of Princes, Emperors, &c concerning flrange and nionftrous things, writes, that in the Court of Matthcu:, Great Sheriff of the City, in the Evening, after Sumfet, there was feen a Man far exceeding the common Stature, fitting on a Horfe, in compleat Armour; who, when he had continued there, and was feen by many, for the Space of an Hour, vaniihed away to the great Terrour of thofe that About three Days after, two Men beheld him. on Horleback, of the lame Stature, were feen in the lame Place, about three Hours after it was Night, fighting together a long time, and No: at laft vanifhed as the other did before. departed long after Henry the Seventh, Emperor, this Life, which proved the utter Ruin of ail ly,

,

Sheriffs.

To which

Hiftory he adds the following : Father T.udovicu:, to rflodifuts Ruler of Imtnola, not long after he died, appeared to a Secretary, whom Litdcvicus hrd fent to Ferrarla, as he was on his Journey, riding upon a Horfe with a Hawk on his Han'tp as he ufed to do when he was living, and defiied the Secretary, who was much afraid to bid his Son come to the fame Place the next Day, having Matters of great Importance to declare to him. When he heafid this, partly becaufe he could nou believe If, and partly left lbme Body fhouid lie in wait for him, he lent another to

aniwer for him in his Room with whom the fame Soul mee;. vg, as it end before, much lamented th. t his Son was not come thjth^r ; for if he had, he faid he would h?ve difcovered feveiat other things to him Ho v.- ever he deured theMellenger to tell him, that after twenty-two Years, one Month and one Day, he fiiould lofe the ftfele ;

:

:


7UH IS TOR Yd/

now poMed As foon a s and Government he the Ghoft was expired, by the time foretold and careful yet circumtpcft though he was very to PhU!? belonging Soldiers he fame Night the was in League, he whom Duke of JiffiM, with came him of oyer fear no and therefore Hood in the to Ice Walls With the Ditches hard frozen both the City and and raifmg up Ladders, took Prince together. himfelf, that he hath PA///> MalanBhon writes hath known many feen four Spirits, and that he they had Men of <>ood Credit, who vouched, that with them a feen Ghofts themfelves, and talked he reTheologicum And in his Examen ,

,

f reat while.

which was that he following Hiftory had an Aunt, who fitting very forrowfully by the Men came Fire, after her Husband was dead, two like, faid very being which one of into her Houfe, otherbeing the and deceafed, Husband he was her fates the

;

very tall, appeared like a FrtncifcdnFryar. That which feemed to be the Husband came near the Chimney, faluting his forrowful Wife, and bidding her not to be afraid, for he came to command her to do Then he bid the long Monk to feveral things go afide a while into the Stove hard by, and then began his Difcourfe and after many Words, at and defired her laff he earncftly befeeched her, and to have a Prieft to fay Mafs for his Soul him give then being ready to depart, he bid her her right Hand, which {he was very unwilling to do ; but upon his Promife that Ihe fliould come by no Harm, flie gave it him ; which, notwithftanding it had no hurt, it feemed to be fo fcorched, that ever after it remained black. Ludovicus Fives fays, that in that Part of the World which was then lately found out, that nothing is more common than for Spirits, not on' Jy in the Night-time but at Noon-day, to appear, both ia the City and in the Fields, which fpeak, :

;

;

com->


.

"Witch craft, forbid,

command, as make them

a {fault

&c. and ftrike Men,

37 as

well

And Olaus Magnus tells us, in the Figure and Likeappear that in ifetand Spirits with, whom acquainted are Men ne'fs of fuch as inftead Hand cf their the the Inhabitants take by a Word heard of Acquaintance, before they have Spirits take thofe Likenefs whofe their Death, upon them ; nor do they underftand that they are away deceived before they fhrink and vanilh their Houfes, in alone walking Sometimes men Appearance difmal the with have been furprized even the of Spirits in our own Country, which Matheir at Dogs have perceived, and fell down depart from means tters Feet, and would by no their Beds to reft, in down lying them Others Cloaths pulled off the had or have been pinched, hath fat upon Spirit the them and fometimes or would Bed, fame them,' or lain down in the have They Chamber. walk up and down in the ndeing or ofcen alfo appeared, walking on Foot, afraid.

:

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and on Horfe-back with a fierce Countenance, to Men, and of in fuch Shapes as were known who have been Others before. fuch as died not long in their Beds, died have or who flain in the Wars, have have appeared to their Acquaintance, and been known by their Voice. And very frequently in the Night-time Spirits either going fofdy, fpitting or have been heard and being asked what they were, angroaning fwered °that they were the Souls of particular Men, and that thev fuffered extreme Torments. Sometimes the People of the Houfe have thought, Pots, that fome Body in the Houfe had over-fet trumbied and Trenchers, Platters, Tables and them down the Stairs, though when Day-light their appeared, they have found things fet in thrown have Places again. Sometimes Spirits own Doors off the Hooks, and fet all things in he Houfe out of order, and never fee them .

.

,

;

m


The

„.

HIS TO RY

of

and h*»e fhangely difturbed mmbiing and making a great Noiie. hcaid m Abgreat Noiie hath been Wrimesa " as if Coopers were Places nd other IbHtary b° up Wine-casks, or other hooping and flopping their Labour, whilft a J Tradeimen were about Houfes and at reft. their in the People have been hkewile the building WhenHoufes have been and Maions Carpenters heard the Neighbours have at work been had their Tools, as if they

SfS

i frPl.fi* again,

handling

Alfo Pioneers,

in the Day-time that die for Metals, affirm, :

or thofe that

times in the Shapes, or ftrange in appeared have Mines, Spirits wandering which up Labourers, dreffed like orher themfelves id all employ and down in Mines Vein, to carafter the dig loirs of Work, as to Baskets, and ry together the Oar, to put it into yet they i'eldom up it ; to turn the Wheel to draw laughing by provoked hurt the Labourers, except feveral

,

or railing at them very godly and learned Man gives an Account, that in a Silver Mine at Dmfat* in the who sibs, th'eie was a Devil of the Mountain every Friday, when the Labourers were filling their Baskets, would be very bufie putting the Mettal out of cue Ba.'ket into another, which alio would go down into the Pit, and come up

A

,

But any Body any harm eveonce, whilft this Spirit was very bufie about ry thing, one of the Miners being much offended, began to rail and curie at him, and bid him begone in the Devil's Name upon which the Spirit caught him by the Head, and twifttd his Neck till his Face ftcod behind his Back, yet he lived a long time after, being well known to his familiar again, without doing

:

;

Friends. It

when

Perions are fick of is heard to walk the lick Tenon ufed to do

often happens, that

any mortal Difeafe, fomething abour the

Room,

as

when


Witchcraft, when hears

&d.

39

in Health, which the Tick Perfon often himfelf, which puts him in mind of his

End. And fometimes juft before they die, or ibmetime after, fomething is feen much like the fame Perfon in Shape, or in the Fafhion of other Men. And fometimes when their Acquaintance lie a dying, or their Friends, though feveral Miles And fomeoff, fome ftrange Noifes are heard likely feems to fall, or Houfe whole times the weighty fome if as heard, fubis a great noife fhnce fell quite through the Houfe, which, as it appears afterwards, happened at the fame time that our Friends departed this Life. And in fome Fabefore any of them dies, there are partimilies cular Signs and Tokens, either the Doors and Windows opening and (hutting or fomething runs up Stairs, or walketh up and down the Houfe. Cardanus tells us of a noble Family of Parma in as often as one died an old Italy, out of which, :

,

;

Once Chimney-Corner lay Family fame fne appeared when a Maid of the lick, which made them defpair of her^ Life, but

Woman was

fhe

feen in the

:

afterwards recovered, but another in the Fa-

and died. Pnefl, a very honeft Parifh There was a certain and godly Man, who in the Plague-time could tell when any of his Parilh ihould die ; for in the Night-time he heard a great Noife over his Bed, mily prefently

fell fick

one had thrown down a Sack of Corn from upon which he would fay, now his Shoulders another bids me farewell; and the next Day he ufed to enquire who died that Night, or who was taken with the Plague, that he might comfort them. it hath been often obferved in Guildhalls, where Aldermen fit, that when one of them hath been near Death, either a Rattling hath been heard about his Seat, or feme other Sign of Death And the fame thing happens about Pews or Stalls as if

;

:


^HISTORY

of where Men have rushes or in other Places In Country Labour their gen iftd o follow fomePerfons, either of Death Villages, before the hear a they Grave Night, ? Fvenine or in the next the and ^otg n ^e'Ghurch^ard diged. LikewifeDay w have found the Grave

v6

ti c

Moon hath foone, they have [he Night, when the going with a Corps, according feen fome folemnly the People, or ftandwg before to the Cuftom of Body was to be carried to the Doors as if fome Oftentimes in Pnfons, Church o be buried. under the Sentence when Pnfoners lie in Chains heard a great Noife is there if Dea-h, in theNight

fome Body was breaking inrefcue them; which the Pnto the PrifoS to nothing of nor can any Signs of and Rumbling,

as if

foners knew be perceived : And fuch things, being offered, Hangmen fay, that moft fome Executioners or

when any they can tell before-hand Hands to fuffer, to be delivered into their will move of their own accord ;

commonly

Man

is

for their

Swords

before-hand what and others fay, they can tell us in the Books Deaths they fhall die. Plato tells thole that are of Souls the of his Laws, that and moleft the Souls {lain, often cruelly trouble of them that flew them. ot KingBefote the Alterations and Changes and Seditions, Wars, doms, and in the Time of very commonly moft other dangerous Times, Earth, and ftran^e things happen in the Air, the to the contrary amongft living Creatures, quite

Wonders, Conrfe of Nature, which are called things to of Signs, Monfters, and Forewarnings Swords come. There are often feen in the Air, encounand Spears, and whole Armies of Men in the tering with one another, or feen or heard obliged Air, or upon the Land, where one Part is and then there are heard moft horrid to fly Launces Cries, and Clattering of Armour, Guns, ;


Witchcraft,^.

41

and other kind of Weapons alio, Ic Armories of their own accord often move in heaand lad very ? be will that Horfes c ,1fo faid and Halberts,

their Matters to fie on tnd will rcarce fulfer they go to a Battle where they their Backs before overcome; but when they are couare like to be Viftory It hoftile, it often betokens r gi'ous and the Holies which reported by Suetonius, that i to be put to never Liberty run at

vy

JuliJc4*r 1^ I

-ibour a<*ain,

wept when C*fa was 11am.

When "Wltiaiti addrefled Per(ians

Battle

% :

his

People agamft the

were heard before the overbefore the Lacedemonians were

terrible Noifes

And

Armour

the thrown in the Battle of LeuBris Temple of the in Noile great â&#x20AC;&#x17E; oved and made a Hercules s At the fame time the Doors of Hithr. ^opened Ban with Temple at Thebes, being faft fhut Weapons the and f.ddinly of their own accord on t he \Vail, were and Armour which hung faft is the fecond found lying on the Ground. In Battaof thefirft oi Carthage the Standard-bearer his Enfign out remove not lia of Pikemen, could a great mawhen do it or its Place, nor could he Flamnn* Cains though ny came to help him ; and yet toon after the Conful did not regard it, In the Army was routed, and he himfelf flam. with the People Beginning of the Wars waged were heard there Places failed Marfh out of fecret which Harnefs, of certain Voices, and the Noile And come. Wars to foretold the Danger of the Dan*. the War with Pliny tells us, that in the there was heard the and many times before Sound of Tnimpets Clafhing of Armour, and the out of Heaven. And planus the Civil Wars at and Wonders happened before Men, Clam ng of Rome whatmiferable Cries of heard, Armour, and Running of Horfes were though Men could fee no;-.lung. ,

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W

;

Valerius


The

4>

HISTORY

of

Maximus writing of ftrange Wonders, forewarned GnaPus Pompefks was us not to fight with Julius Cafar ; for as he Jaunced off at Dirrachinm his Should iers were feifcfcd with a fudden Fear, and in the Night before the Battle, they were feized with Fear, and And Citjaf himfelf, their Hearts failed them. in his Book of Civil War fays, that the fame Day that he fought the fortunate Battle, the Crying of the Army, and the Sound of Trumpets, was Valerius

how

tells

heard at Antioch in Syria fo plainly, that the whole City ran in Armour to defend their Walls And :

the lame happened in ?tole?yiais. JofephKs, in his Hiftory of the Wars in Jury, reports whatftrange Signs happened before the Deftruttion of Jerusalem, which were, that a Brazen Gate, made fa ft with Iron Bars, opened in the Night-time of its own accord and that before the Sun fet, there were feen Charriots in the Air, and Armies of Men round the City ; and that at IVhitfontide, as the Priefts went into the Temple to celebrate Divine Service, they heard a great Noife, ;

by and by

a Voice, crying, Let us depart the fame Night that Leo of Conftantivople was flain in the Temple, Travellers by the Sea-fide heard the Voice of Leo at that Difhnce.

-and

hence.

And

Felix Malleolus Doctor of Law, Mafter of Sclodor, and Canon of Tigttrum a Man of great Reading, tells us, that in the Hiftory of Rodolphus King of the Romans the fa id Rodolphus, having vanquifhed Othotarus King of Bohemia continuing in the Place all Night where the Battle was fought, about Midnight certain Spirits or Devils, making a horrible Noife and Tumult, troubled and difordered Ins whole Army And that rhofe were Spirits walking by Night was certain, fince they fuddenlv ,

t

;

}

:

vanifhed away like Smoak.

And the fame Author tells us, that in the Year of our Lord 1280, as one of the Plebans belonging to the


Witchcraft,

&c.

45

of Tigurtim, preached

to the People, rhe Church the Grave-ftone of the Sepulchre of the two Martyrs fdix and Regula, Patrons of the lame Place, violently broke alunder, no Man moving or touching it, making a horrible Noife like Thunlb chat the People were as much aftoniihed der and 'afraid, as if the Roof of the Church had broken down. And he fays, that the fame Year, of the the third Day of Othher, the greater Parr â&#x20AC;˘

City of Tigurum was burnt down ; and moreover, People, that Sedition was moved amongft the DilciEcclefiaftical certain of upon the Account Year the And in Bann. niines, and the Imperial December, of Day of our Lord 1440, the Twelfth Church, at the Dedication of the above-mentioned about Midnight, the like Noile was heard, and

immediately after followed Civil Wars, which againit the Tigurivs made with uncertain Succefs Years icven of Space the other Helvetians, for the and more. â&#x20AC;˘

likewife alTerts, that in the Year of our Lord 1444, before that valiant Battle, which a fmall Number of the Helvetians fought to againft an innumerable Company, belonging Baof Wall Lewis Dauphin of France, under the the Time of the General Council, there fii, in were heard feveral Nights about thole Places, the Alarms of Souldiers clattering of Harneffes, and the Noife of Men encountering together.

The fame Author

grave and wife Man, who was a Magiftrate in the Territories of Tigurum, who affirmed, that as he and his Servants went

We are told

alfo

of

a

Morning through the Pafture _UaO> wickedly he eVpied one whom he knew very well, at amazed difiling himfelf with a Mare ; being

early in the

MS which, he returned back again and knocked it he where Houle, whom he fuppofed he had feen, his was allured that he went not one Step out ot not Chamber that Morning : So that if he had

dm-


75*

44

HISTORY

of

the Matter the hon c ft> diligently enquired into Man had certainly been caft into Pnfon, and been put upon the Rack. the fecond EmpeChunegunda, Wife to Henry, much fa peered of rcur of that Name, was very >

fpread about that Adultery, and Rumours were certain young Man fte was too familiar with a feen to come the Court ; for the Devil was often Likenefs of the out of the Emprefs's Chamber in afterwards difcovered this young Man; but fhe hot glowing her Innocency, by treading upon ot thofe Plowfliares, according to the Cuftom Times, without burning her Feet, as Hebbertu:

m

Cranzius witneffeth. Sz.Hlcrom tells us, that St, Anthony being in a ftony Valley, a Spirit appeared to him in the Form of a Dwarf of a f'mall Stature, having a

crooked Nofe, and his Forehead rough with Morns, the hinder Part of his Body and his Feet like a Goat. Anthony not at all amazed at the Sight, but being aimed with Faith, this Creature prehis fented him with Dates, to refrcfh him Friendlhip and Peace ; Journey, as Tokens of he what him of upon which Anthony enquired was; who anfwertd, I am a Mortal Creature, and one of the Inhabitants of this Defert, whom the Gaulle:, deceived with many Errors, worftup; calling us Finns, Satyrs, and Night-Marcs ; and I

m

fent as Ambaflador from our Company, who earnelrly befeech thee, that thou wilt pray unto we acthe God of all Creatures for us, orld to fave the knowledge to be come into the

am

W

whom

fame. Story, related to him by ÂŁ/>/Father to Mmlllanus , which was , that once defigning to fail into Italy, and carrying along with him, not only good Store of Paifengers, but alfo of Merchants Goods; in the Evening, when they were about thelflands Plu'arch tells

thcrccs

his

a

Country-man

,

Echi-


WlTC H C R A F T, Wind

quite ceafed

-&c.

4

and whilft the at Sea, 'till at laft they weFe driving was Ship feverai being awake, and others drinkr**t Pax*> they iuddenly heard the Voice Supper, in^ after to the great Wonder and Thamus, cfonc calling all. them lhamus was a Pilot of Aftonifhment

tchinadt, the

;

unknown to a great many that Ship, who though twice called held but the third Time he anfwered

lam

in ./Egypt*

weie

in the

his Peace,

.;

vven which the other, with a loud Voice, commantled him that when he came to Patades, he (hould tell them that the great God Pan was deUpon this every one was ftruck with parted. fear and Amazement, as Efithcrces told us, and confulting whether they lhould comply with thefe Commands or not. Upon which Thamus gave his Opinion, that if the Wind bio wed, they muft but if it w as calm, he muft depals by filent When therefore they clare what he had heard. came to Paladz?, it being calm, and neither Wind nor Waves 1ki*%mg r *Tb*mui looking towards the Land, cried out, as he was told by the Voice, Pan was dead He had the great God that before a great GroanWords, fcarce laid thefe mixed with Admiration, ing of a Multitude was heard. The Fame of which being fpread abroad, Thamus was presently fent for by Tiberius the Emperour, to give him an Account of this ,

T

;

,

Relation.

To

thefe

feveral others of the the Chafing or Hunting of

we might add

like kind, as

of Dancing of dead Men. fometimes flop the Way

alio

Devils, and the

walking Spirits

and

Thefe

Men

as

leading

them

Journies put them in fo much fear, that fome have become Gray-headed in one Night, Of this an Acquaintance of Lewes Lvnteru> one John Welling was an Example ; who not many Years ago meeting with a walking Spirit indie are

upon

out of

their

their

,

Way,

y


46

The

HISTORY that

of

when he came

altered Night, was fo much not know h,m. did home his Daughters th e to, Sowing Potion add To thefe we Hull w*Hin the Libert.es of A certain cura n Mafiiftr«e p" jeve.ai at Bieakfaft, r, *»~ frveral iFriends Taurine, entertaining were whjlft thev bifore ne took a Journey ; heard a fapptffetf they at rcrding him, they ;

.

.

'

.

'

S

Part ot the Room, yet Knife fal from the upper we, e talking tohilftthey could fee nothing. beard it again; they «°thtrofit, they thought whom ft rate, Magi at which time in came but happened had what thev acquamted with hear lit they Story the before they had fin ifted beicarce could who fall again, the Magiftrate, bimielf; upon Ste it being aWtneis of it that hnce a great Which he began to exhort them, in a few Days Marriage was to be celebrated to pvelerve endeavour the fame Place, they mould left by lober the Peace and keep themlelves it a make and Ouznell.ng Murder mould happen, journey, his took bloody Marriage. After this he

U

,

m

,

,

few Days,

as he

and difpatching his Bufinefs in a falling inreturned towards his Cattle, his Ilorie increafed with to a River, which was fuddenly get out of the Rain, after he had long ftrove to Water he died miferab )'. Matter From hence it appears, that it is no hard not only for the Devil to appear in divers Shapes, Men, or dead of alio but of thofe who are alive, he iometimes in the Form of Krafts and Birds, a Horie, Dog, black appearing in theLikeneis of a Methods Other an Owl ; and by thefe and feveral fince he, by long brings feveral things to pafs and and great Experience, underftands the t beets brings means Force of natural things, and by that And as he is a lubtle wonderful things to pafs and quick Spirit, and can readily take, things 1

;

:

Hand,

fo

by

his

natural things, he

m m

Quicknefs and Knowledge may eafily deceive the EyeSignt,


WlTCHCRA P T

y

&c.

47

Mens

Senfes, and hide thofe things befoie our Faces, and convey other which are their Room. Thus Simo?i Magus bethings into Samaritans with his unlawful Arts % witch'd the writing of the Deitruftion of Jerufalem

Sight, and

EgifiBP** fays, that

he came to Rome, and there jfet himfclf % boafting that he could flie up into coming at the Day appointed to and Heaven and leaping from the Rock, Capitollve, the Mount againft Peter, ;

he flew a great while to the Wonder and Admiration of the People, who began to give Credit to his

but fuddenly fell down and broke his ; and being afterwards carried into Aritia,

Words

Leg,

there died.

us, that one of the ruled over die Bulgawas Balanus, was fern to exer-

Johannes Tritenhemius tells

Sons of Simon rians,

whofe

a

Monk, who

Name

the Art of Necromancy, transforming himfelf into a Wolf as often as he pleafed, or into the Likenefs of another Beaft, or could make him* And the fame Author felf inyifibJc to any Man. tells us, that in the Year 876 a certain Jew named cife

fometime Phyhcian and Phyloibpher to Lewes the Emperour, was to skilful in Sorcery, that he could vifibJy devour an armed Man and his Horfe with all his Harnefs, or a Cart loaden with Hay, together with the Horfe and Carter. He likewife cutoff Men Heads, with their Hands and Feet, which he fet in a Bafon before the Spectators, with the Blood manifeftly running about the Bafon, which he would presently fix upon their proper Places again, without any Hurt to the Perfons. He would like Exercife, Hunting, and Running in the Air and Clouds, as Men are ufed to do upon Earth. In the Year 13 13 when Frederick Duke of JuJirick was chofen Emperour, and was overcome in a great Battle againft Lew//, between Ottinga and Sedechlas,

Moindorfits,

and delivered into the Hands of Lew si

t

who


HISTORY

The -„m

4 it

chanced,

»««

,

f^*o«o*

promife him

a

,

ti.a f

Duke anfweied, Ccn

j-

.f

have Promife he fcould

whicn the

& r M>

rd

u }>

] ;

him, that in an Hour's Spirit he would deliver Captivity, if he would

f* e W« m ^A» ^ Helper

t„p time, by the his Brother 0

of

Caftle to be fecured a ftrange

Pains

The

:

e W ould perform

Reward.

^

^g

his

Upon

an Hour f Conjuration in lllS .^'" CJ mto that was acing cal]ed the Spirit c convenient ft appearin who mc nds> g cuftomed to obey commanded him, '

,

in the

_

L^enefs.of

«

^

ons that he ftculd l by Virtue of hn him intoJ Efekeftafrufirkke, nt J nntc fpcedily bring ^

"\^

&

,

]

:

'

lately deliver

the Spirit^nfwered,

Duke wi n come uu

the

Wl y the tak m P v°^n and d taking away, r the intt Pilgrim, he entered loner, * Duke was kept Cipt ivitv O out Wilt be Slivered

T' flew

Wm

1

mount upon

[his

^ ™

d

Jf

^

^^

J

ft fi

fa

t

whom the Spirit anto am, that being nothing ,

^

Hor

oi the WOW, hJmftlf with the Sign aw^ay vanifced SS Spirk immediately empty to h.m that bhek Horfe, and returned why he and told him the R-ion

Me (Ted

^

htm,

*Wt

,

1 his Uiitoiy they mentioned Helvetians. the Chronicles of the

*J

lent

**

at the

being

bring h.m. Duke Frederick confcffcd livered out of Prifon :

a

prefently

,

-

7^;^°^ uno

7akrotwho'l ask not fwered, '

of

[ft**^*^

toft,

an and leund without

?'

with

fc

,

Duke

^ Form

is

,

"i-

^ c

H A P.


W *

*

*

\

*

3,

^'•v- •v

T C H C RAFT, &C. -*1

~#r>

-ti~

I

-, r

.

<fr

»»T*C*

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^

W"!

-

^ ^ ^^^^^^

i

~*'r

'

49

chap.

*^ »»

•*>•*+

in.

Containing the moft firarge and admirable Discovery of the Three Witches of Warboyfe,

arraigned, convitted ,

and executed

at

an

Huntington, for Bewitching of Five Daughters of Robert Throckmorton, JJJiz.es at

Efj; and divers other Verfons > with fundry dtvilijh and grievous Toy went s ; and aljo the

Bewitching

we-Si

;

the like

to

Death

the

Lady

Crom-

hath not been heard of in

that Age.

HAVING

in the former Chapter given the Reader an Account, according to the Method propofed of the Appearance of Ghofts, Spirits, and Apparitions ; we fhall in the next Place give an Hiftorical Account of true and particular Obferyations of a notable Piece of Witchcraft*, p rafti fed by John Samuel the Father, Alice Samuel the Mother, and Agnes Samuel the Daughter, of Warboyfe in the County of Huntington, upon five Daughters of Robert Throckmorton of the fame Town and County, LTq; and other Maid-Servants, amounting ro the Number of Twelve, all belonging to one Houfe, in November 1589. \bout the Tenth of November, in the Year -58$, Miftrifs Jane, one of the Daughters of Mr. Throckmorton being near ten Years of Age, ,

>

D

was


*

HIST ORY

The

c0

!

of

ftrange fort of Sickr «u«,lv feized with a

*

neis,

S

loud and often, for the together, and prefently fpate ot h he quietly Tr.nce would iwcon and ,kC begin to would ^er fte !, down all along 10 °" Body no that 7 was Bell) up, fo iVell and lift her jble to tend an d no other Part

*°M*l€€*fV«TV H<L

fte

.

,

J^^f*

of her, as if the times the ^ther

P gUgJJg ;

td\ S%^'irfte Mead, as n

SS? Day*

0t

h

a

een

a4aedwith

n. tf33tf3 tU Unld, who ^

i Srufc Louie intothe the by Arms

.

M

v|l.t ;d

,

running

a

Condition two

IT^AWAmor-b"

*

£

->

in F efent y

or three

in, the

Throckwortcn

Door on i " d next

to

the North

oW

another was v jS held in

Town,

Houfe

s

Woman*

1

-

J

.

f

fce

went

into the Child,

byy the

(Jhiinney-CoineiandU.edcA.nn of the Ch 0 lhe Grandmother h P e nS b worfe than at ^ Child Ch S firew fomething p0int n to the e d the oetoie g d l

i

lr

'The Mother cf

ing the Child little fufpeS

J*

ir^-\ightnels ;n the

and wanting Violef Sneezing ao* took her ana laid her Reft and therefore Curtains agamft JM and hanged means fte m gnt that Windows, hopeing, by was not without „ inclined to reft; but it Cmid. fte could pacme the

feized with luch a

^Ta

difficulty

^

/


WlCTKCRAFT, The

&C.

CI

Woman

hearing this fate ftill, withyet looked very difmally, as thoie that law her remembered very well. The Ch id continuing ftill after the fame manner, rather worfe than better, the Parents within two Days after lent the Child's Urine to Ca?nbridge to Dr. Barrow, a very skilful Phyfician, who rerunfd this Anfwer, viz. That he could perceive only he thought fhe might ÂŁe no Diftemper troubled with Worms, and lent Medicines accordingly, but the Child was no better. In two Days time they lent to the fame Man again, deferring her Skkncfs more at higv ; he then told them, that the Urine they then brought fhewed no fuch kind of Difquiet to be in her Body, and that he would warrant her clear of the falling Sickneis which her Parents fufpected upon which he fent other Medicines proper to purge her, which had not the expe&ed Effects upon which they fent to him a third Time, and told him, that the Medicines had no Effect, and that the Child was no tetter. The Doctor then looking again upon the Urine, and perceiving the Child's Body to be in good Temper, which appeared for anything he law ro the contrary, asked if theie was no Sorcery or Witchcraft fufpefted in the Child, to which they aniwered, No. Upon which he declared it was impofilbie it fliould be occasioned by any natural Caufe, without any Signs appearing in the Urine Neverthelefs he delired they would fend to any other skilful Man in the Town old

out fay ing

a

Word,

,

,

;

;

s

for their Satisfaction.

Upon which the Meilenwent to Mr. Euth r, who confidering the Unne, and hearing the manner of the Child's ger

Uiitemper,

fa;d

,

he thought

it

m^ght be the

worms, which neverthelefs he did not perceive

by the Urine, and thought it ftrange they fhouid occaiion fuch Symptoms, ordering the

fame Meaicmes before defcribed, which were not ufed ; D z Dr.


HISTORY

Tie

" ^ ^ m*DiOemper

win* p r B^rwofhaving

l^

God

truft to

peaed any

Month

£<*^

after,

Yet rQ

fe

Mr^jW«JJJ» .*rwfl

fho'

them not to fretting that

by Witchcraft.

u-as occahr

the

a

before advifed

of

^

they neither fuftill about Wi'chcrafc, as about Daughters, his of O^ri mt0 the lame Extrei

other, to j mities with the a* ay, 1c her Jake

g

fl>e

c us in a b eth there before ^ 0n?n y (which ard fre will kill us if you ;S?J us, uT and bewitched hath that ther

.

i

m

tV

1

?ftw2K W ^

abn

couW

Witchcraft y to fufpert why it ftcu be wr c before,

^

^er.youn^

a

.

^^1^^ W,

SlVcf M^ d

T'n Soon

,frer after,

no Occalton of Mah after, another Moiir » bout nine l.ke Malady, and

aV,

any Body^

lice to

Mrs ™ rs

;

'

flie

being

others had

the

Daughter, .

a „e A*e,

<^^f4TS for

as

the eldeft

J0

oif about Fifteen Years Hfft.

or their

^»{*^^ "y^

Children,

w„

imagine

^

i

!

net

them

ftronfetr

han n Sf

the fame

han the the others,

^

have been her Bed, fte muft in pit * fte had h And feveral times, when heaving, Ihe r w and Chair, with ftartmg the Ihe fate in Jet moft break the Chair

a

^

and to roptttem they ftrove to help them d handled, being *j were they the more violently


WiTCHCR A F T,

T ?

prived of the Ufe of their Senfes during the Fit, being neither able to fee, hear, or fee] any Body, her to only cry'd out of Mother Samuel, dcfinng after be taken away from them ; who never came to be fufpefted. felf her perceived fhe Thefe Fits would hold tfyejn fome-lmes lonwhile; fometimes an ger, and fometiines a lefs half a Day, or^a fometimes and Hour or two, they would have fix foraetimes and whole Day rn y were when Yet Hour: an or feven Fits in they had what knew neither cut of them, they had fufferecfc laid, nor what they When Mrs. Joan had been thus handled a. while, Ear, the Spirit would found fomething in her which (he could declare in her Fit y and once par*, ticularly it ihewed her, that twelve of them fhould ;

be bewitched in that Houie, naming them to her, being all Women and Servants in the Bqyic, h<?r \S Fucli ielf and Sillers being five of the Number had tor all them of very true, afterwards proved wiui manner fame their leveral Affii&ions, in the :

thofe rive Sifters.

The Servants when they firft Fell into Fits, all cry'd out cf Mother Samuel, as the Children did, faying, Take her away, Miftxefs ; far Gocis $ake y rain her away, and burn her, for jhe will kill us all if yo t lei her alone, undergoing the fame Mifefies and ExAnd when t he y were tremities the others did :

out of their Fits, they knew no more what they faid or did than the Children ; and, as ibon as they left Mrs. Throckmorton s Houfe, they were all presently well, as before, and lb continued, without any further Sufpicion of fuch Vexations: And thofe Servants which came in their Places, were affli&ed much after the fame Manner foe near two Years. On Friday the Thirteenth of February , being St. Valentines Eve, Gilbert Pickering, of Tickmerch Grove in the County of Northampton) Eiquire, ,

D

3

Uncle


f4 Uncle

^HISTORY

cf

hearing how fVangely to the faid Children, Warboyfe, as well to to went troubled,

rhev were

and com.ng to them as to vifit their Parents them as well found lived, they the Houfe where half an Hour about and be could as any Children informed, that Mrs. Hadafter Mr. Pickering was Ives, and others were St. of Whittle and Mr. to perfwade her Houle Sonnets /one to Mother But flie Children the vifit and to come and fee ;

tee

;

H

M

:

Pickering concluded that flaying long, fhe had promifcd that though xvould not come, whenever then Pathem fee and fhe would come and that fhe would rents ihouJd fend for her ; the Water, and lofe venture up to her Chin Service: But tome of her beft Blood, to do them becaufe altered was fcemed, it Mind,

Mr

m

now

her

Children cry d out of as fhe faid, that all the bewitched them ; and her, and faid that fhe had Practice of Scratchthe fhealfo feared that

.

common

her ; which, indeed was Mr. Ptckmng for both the Parents and the Unlaw* of Divines good of Advice

ing would be ufed upon

intended ; hid taken Pickering went to fulnefs of it: Wherefore Mr. her, and to Mother Semuefs Houfe, both to fee Cau:e of the nerfwade her, that if fhe was any When he came Children's Trouble, to amend it. Mr. Whittle, Mrs. to the Houfe, he found there :

PÂŤlwade others, endeavouring to Pickering Mr. whereupon her, but fhe refufed it ; her, and bring to Authority told her that he had

Audhy, and

compel would not go willingly, he would her with along did, he which accordingly

if fhe

her,

who weie Daughter Agnes, and one Clclly Burder, Confederacy or in are all fufpected to be Witches, with Mcther Samuel u.,â&#x20AC;&#x17E;re s riouic, As they were going to Mr. Throckmorton others, gtrtjj Mr.' Whittle and Mrs. Avdiey, and and licuj Samuel, before ; Mother Samuel, Agnes behind Pickering Burder, in the middle ; and Mr. ->

;


;

Witchcraft,

o"^

SS Mother Samuel would

Pickering perceived that if he fain have talked with her Daughter Agnes, no have could they that dole fo had not followed TbrockMr. to came they when Opportunity and

Mr.

;

Door, Mother Samuel made a Curtefy to Mr. Pickering, offering him to go in before her, confer that Ihe might have had an Opportunity to refus'd he ; with her Daughter in the Entry, but where Ihe thruft her Head as near as Die could to and faid rkdtt Words her Daughter's Head 7/tortons

,

/

do not confefs any thing.

charge thee,

Mr.

Pickering

being behind them, and perceiving it, thruft his Head as near as he could betwixt theirs, whilft the Words were fpeaking, and hearing them prelently, reply'd to old Mother Samuel, Doft thou charge thy Daughter not

to

confefs?

To which

{he

but charged her to haften anfwer'd, I faid not fo Home to get her Father his Dinner. Whilft thefe Words were fpeaking, Mr. Whittle, Mrs. JfydUy*. y

and the reft, went into the Houfe, and three of the Children ftcod in the Hall by the Fire, perbut no fooner Mother Samuil enfectly well ter'd the Hall, but thefe three Children fell down, at one Moment, on the Ground, ftrangely tormented, fo that if they had been let alone, they would have Jeap'd and fpru'ng about like a Fife newly taken out of the Water their Bellies lifting up, and their Head and Heels ftill remaining on the Ground ; and would have drawn their Head and their Heels backwards, throwing out their Arms, with great Groans, which were terrible and troublefome to thofe that beheld them. But Mr. Whittle foon took up one of the Children, which v/ns Jane Throck?norto?i, and carry \i her to an inward Chamber, and laid ir upon a Bed, and though as ftrong a Man as mott in England, and the Child but nine Years old, yec he could not hold her down to the Bed, but fhe wou'd lift^up her Belly as high as a Woman big With Child, and D 4 ;


^HISTORY

,6

of

delivered, and very hard; and and reidy to be and fall an hundred thus it would rife being clofed, and her Arms an Hour, her Eyes and ftrong that a Man fpread abroad fo ftiff Strength, bring them Ins could not, with all went into the Pickering Mr. Then to her Body. going on the and was, Child Chamber where the that fee pre. perceived he of the Bed,

other-Side her Righc-Hand tha \V ay, lentTy ftretched out the Belaid, o Covering and, hatching the hich ^Mr. for had I that ! O that I had her I O Scratching that thinking he P chring wonder'd at, unlawful: Yet he put his own s altogether was Ipeakmg flie Hand to the Child's, whilft feeling h. Hand, Child 4 thole Words; but the and congo. it let but would not fcratch it, turned being Face her Bed, tinned to fcratch the Pickering her Eyes flmt, the other way from Mr. almoft his whole and Mr. Whittle lying with her Belly, being down hold Weight upon her, to her back. broke have would afraid otherwife fhe by the made being Oifer Notwithstanding this lome difcover to her within Child, or the Spirit d, difcover be might Witches =

:

>

W

<

w

W

by which

Hall, and took Mo. Mr! Pickling went into the againft

mtSMh

the

H " nd

'

who went much

the further Side of her Will, and brought her to ftill by, fcraping who the Bed from the Child, O that I crying, upon the Bed-Cloaths, and that he rohly, very for! Then Mr. Pickering, 0 Samuel Mother defired Child fcould not hear, flie refusd^ put her. Hand to the Child's, wivch to ttfc Hand his put upon which Ur. Pickering but otners, and Child's, and fo did Mrs. Dudley, J

M

of them ; upon that ths Child would fcratch none Hand, ana Mr. Pickering took Mother Samuel s as ihe foon as thruft it to the Child's Hand, and Vehemence, much felt it, me fcrarched with fo that

me

eager \Xr fpHnter'd her Nails, with her


Witchcraft,

&c.

$j

Whilft the Child was thus of Revenge. Scratching, Mr. Pickering cover'd Mother Samucfs Hand with his own, to try what the Child would but it would not do in this extream PafLon felt too but and fro his, for that which Scratch if it and could but come with one Finir milled, fire

;

Mother Samuel's Hand, fhe would Scratch nay. Sometimes when That Hand and no^ other Mr Pickering cover' d Mother Samuel's Hand, the Chi ld would put one of her Fingers between his, and Scratch Mother SamieVs Hand with that Finger to

;

ger, the reft

of her Fingers lying upon his

Hand

unmov'd.

And if at any time Mother Sarnie? s Hand was moved from the Child, fhe would mourn, and Ihew evident Tokens of Diflike. And this is a Truth to be noted as moll certain, Mr. Pickering giving it in Evidence at the Aflizes at Huntington, the Child's Eyes being Shut that ftie could Sec nothing; and had her Eyes been open, her Face was turned the other way, and covered fo much by Mr. Whittle, that it was impoiTible for her to lee any Body on the other Side of the Bed.

When

this

was done, Mr. Pickering went out where a Woman

of this into another Parlour, was holding one of the other

Children

;

which

Child, as Mr. Pichriig p?iTed by v as Scraping the Woman's Aprort that held fr< \ crying our, 0/ that I had her! O! that I fad her \ Then Mr.

went to the Hall, and brought Clclly Bur. and Served her as he did Mother ianinU with the other ; and as the fifcft Child afted ill idpcc* of Mother Samuel, So did this to Clclly Etirdrr in ev^ry Refpgft The thi'id Child being in the Hall, Spoke the l^^Words ; but the Father of the Children; :nd Dr. Dorrtngton, Parfon of the Parifh, would not admit the Same to be prattiStd upon the r Pickering dcr,

other,

The


rbeUlSTOKYof

8 5

^v^Uf

^

Supner, the Children be* well, Dr. DoM»gtm

ufrer

The fame-Njfc^JSS it

ingthen out-ofAe**

,

c

de _

n,0Ve t0 Com? ny kneeling down, he beA the heCompany partedf ; and .as i gan to pray, but fuch n Children f

^

^

^

^

'

and fo 0 f 'V Sn ezmgs, Shrieks been torn have ^^f^^f^ld ir tormented, Dorringto » flopped as

p ie ce S mid

;

ftrangely

ur

in the

7

**<%

upon

f ,W?

%

beft go praying, Sooner left off

M

8

li he Fi ? \7me" time the fame

And

Ihern'

STeft

off

this

Wing

oWn Houfe

at

returned

s

hm

d as

foon

as

qujjt.^nd whenever

W

^

^t

nftg s liouie, wire

J

n thdr and at thft the fame Vio-

^

f out fo continued iV !nd

^IkAt

U

ftm

.

was'ofren try'd, for

Tu^bG

r*V .5? baC

Had we

fai

But^he no any furtherJ But _wc 4 but the Chi Idien itS

J

in

till

^

Town, {he

came

^

but {he was to

Mr.

Me-

come, but lhe no fooner was ^. d taken

^kinj h very ftrong anc heav, y Head, bu ;. el P e Limbs, and oftentimes her befo e convulfive chore that are

?g.™ W»g h

r

A^J,

like

I

M

S"

"d^M^

Death, being both dumb, held tier n Eyes being clofed up. This Fit » Hour before (with a Gaft J *aa a Quarter of an lhe as if came to her felf, ftroaking her Eyes

been

afleep.

Some-


Wl TC11CR Sometimes

in

the Fit

A ?

&C.

flie is

only deaf

^9 }

when

fhe can fpeak, bur rather, as we think, the Spirit in her, yet it is very vainly; and though fhe can fee, yet it is but with a Glimmering, fo that if you were to look upon her, you would think fhe could

not fee at

all.

Sometimes fhe can hear only

yet not every ; that one fhe but likes beft. Sometimes Body, fhe can fee only, but as plainly as any Body, and can neither hear nor fpeak, her Teeth being fet in Sometimes fhe can both hear and fee, her -Head. but cannot fpeak at all. Above all Things, fhe delights in Play, chufing fome particular Perfon to play at Cards with her, yet but one only, neither hearing, feeing, or fpcaking to any other ; and when awake, fhe remembers not what fhe did heard, or fpoke, affirming that he was not fick, but adeep. She continued well till Night, and before Sup* per, at Thanksgiving, was ftrangely troubled at the very Word of Grace, which held her no longer than Grace was faying. She fat well at Table, but had no fooner put up her Knife, but it pitched her backwards ; and then being taken from the Table, fhe was well till Thankfgiving, at which Time fhe was very much tormenred, and no lonAfter fhe was very quiet, till they moved ger. to go to Prayers ; all which Time fhe feemed as if fhe would be torn in Pieces, with fuch Shrieking and Outcries, and violent Sneezing, that fhe terrify'd the whole Company ; but when Prayers ;

was ended fhe continued quiet. Mr. Pickering, and others, obferving

this, fa id,

that if they fhould read

the Bible, or any other Godly Book, it would put her in a Rage as before, as long as they read to try which one took a Bible and read the firft Chapter of St. John, and the firft Verfe At the reading of which, fhe was as one diiba&ed in Mind, but was quiet ;

:

when


a. ott nff-, left 1

,

they

when

was again tormented, ceafed to h

when they N.Y.

read again, and wben they tim fed h

r

V/!tfsZ

btr, or Pray God blejs named that tended to

?r

"vhen

or

as G»rf,

any. thing was

God linefs,

fhe raged

d b ber aad was Fit. continuing in her down into came ^ Morning »ihe

.

3,1 OI

od Word,

"f'

S

un1 d ftU lied, carry d to n

.

On

Sabbath-Day Frayer-t the Hall about won whether fhe won

^

^yray er-time they

"or .nor,

do

^ ^

as

would

^^

fhe Ihe anfwer'd that f askvtt being have her : And whether fhe read, fhe anfwered, A " a ° c "r* askedIt would not almoft forgot now r d

^""^

:

'

^ ™

^

whether had prayed that Day, fi^hcr, fa th And being ask ed fuffir? her :

e

.

.

™^\

fhe

ufed to pray at home, w hich one much Time v P ^ net give her fo ; n° c your laid, Since it will in tecretlv to ther for you, pray tell her/that n begmn Groans 0 f Heart and Spirit; and S*ns • of God underftood the as the jo more the Heart, as well being Fit fcl ever Mouth, (he fuddenly ; and n firangel and en. and violently Yher * away, d carry f being and C ° n" creafld all re Cr.es vehement fuch wit h a^ tha. lev the tinual Sneezing, o Pra>ersj off, leave to obliged ^ p '

^

J^Lf

V^^Vto

mwa£

^

^^^tmued

^

f

^

^•^^Sc.^SeK^B'

S £e came was faying, better tear

her fclf

,

cown it

to

ie.zed

D.nner and, * he,

any Body but no Body

,

c

to He Jg«J

well.

J

>

y

At "

^

^ ^

r

.

han tlI»e ihe


Witchcraft,

&c.

61

was tolerably well j and fometimes fhe hath mcrrry Fits, putting her Hands befide her Meat, and her Meat befide of her Mouth, mocking her, and making her mifs her Mouth at which fhe would fometimes fmile, and fometimes laugh exAnd, what was remarkable was, that ceedingly looked much more fweetly and fhe Fit her in when awake ; and, tho' violently than cheerfully tormented, yet out of her Fit fhe was as well as At lafl: Mr. Pickering remembring any Body. what was done at Warboyfe viz. That if a Child, in the Time of the Fit, was carry'd into the Church-yard, it would prefently be out of it ; but as foon as they were brought into the Houfe bur, upon again, the Fit would prefently return fhe

;

:

}

;

their being brought out again, they prefently re-

To

try the fame with this Child, he carry *d her out of the Houfe, and fhe prefently recovered ; but upon her Return into the Houfe, the Fit returned as before. But the Succefs of this Experiment lafted not above three Days. rejoyc'd however at thefe welcome Intervals, and concluded, that as the Devil was but a VafTal for the wicked Purpofe of her that detain'd him, fo the wicked Spirit had no Power to torment her abroad ; for as the Angel of God faid to Lot, I can do nothing till thou com* hither, much lefs

covered

;

We

can the Devils go beyond their Commiflion.

But

after that

this Experiment prefently failed, for Time, when fhe was carry'd abroad, you would

would have^ been torn in Pieces, to the Surprize and Amazement of thofe that favv her. From the Sixteenth Day of February, to the 26th Day, flie was taken moft commonly five or fix

have thought that fhe

times a Day fomerimes ten times and fometimes but once or twice, and not till Night. On the fhe could not refrain Seventeenth of February from gafping and gaping ; and being asked the ;

,

Reafon,


rte

6z

HISTORY./ that it would nor let her to ftrive againff it and it, .yet it was (erne flop or overcome it, and not before

„«<Vvered

I

f\ £?

S C'

7"&ded

in

Mouth,

he

Time"before (he could La7d tlnec Standers-by 14 ibe neaia a '

it

was

Spirit of the it a Breath fince

the

ing by

fay, that they thought entering r B and depart-

AU

,

^ ^^ of

:

and long, with a little rubbing Gaping and then this contmual

S'frenuWtly " ? ff her Eyes

read and fung

""nn'rhe 26th of February, fhe Evening when .11 the Day till oein 0 PfSms bein?well „ liaJms, f Mother the Fit k,z n h ^' would put a fhe that e cJ y \L g |s a Cat or a Sometimes Mourh 53o'»fc into 'h '

;

Toad, clapping her Hand, Fro" and fometimes a Being foddcnljrfeized before her Mouth. out of the Hands ot fhe would ftart this Fear run away out of Doc s that held her, and L 'where fudden »Y h into another Rcom toimat one by was catched

w*

tL

«

,

Ailed her and fhe

fowed ther

her,

which Time Be

The

crying, have .one of your

ft, 11

Samuel,

A»*J *th

/ */// fhe

»7th

imagined

of February

flie

had

fhe

a

^

Mufi. After

Moule

was pretty

in her well,

and yeTin he^Fit all the Oay long, as it lhe were ord, nodded at every iecond V. or whatMouth ; dVowfy, of.en with Meat in her very Head, her with ever fhe did. flie gave a Nod conFit Drowfy low, and eve, y Minute. This

L

,

tinued near two Days.

The

28th.

Whereas before

fhe

^. n A*A baekback bended

covetid| to wards, fhe now bended forwards d have ft_J touch the Ground, as if flie Jpu backwards upon her Head, turning her Hands he* bendi , and if any moved her contrary to while, being ifrdtoiger lhe would cry out all the I


"Witchcraft, of tearing her Limbs bend her ftraight.

;

&c.

6;

nor was any Body able to

Day of

March, afrer Dinner foe was Sneezing forty times toviolent feized with fuch a gether, and fatter than one could well count them, fo that Blood ifTued out of her Nofe and Mouth; but all Nighr, being in lied, fhe fell into the mofl forrowful Fit of all, weeping with moil forrowful Sobs and Sighs, crying out fo that no Body could appeaie her, that now the Witches would kill her Father, and deflroy her and all her

The

Fiift

AfSifters; which continued above two Hours lofing Bleeding, a fad ter, in a Sleep, {he fell into :

at leafl a

Pint at both Noftrils and

Mouth

but in remember'd nothing of her Fit, or ;

the Morning bleedin". The ^ecor j of March, all her Fits were merry, ing Laughter, ÂŤid fo hearty and exfull of exc. ceffive,

have

Toys, which

tl

b ar

c

they had been awake they would ..foamed of being fo full of trifling fome merry Jefts of her own making, if

ould occafion her felf, as well as the bv, to laugh at them. In this Fit, foe Stande 'of her Uncles to go to Cards with one chofe and, defiling to fee the End of it, they her Soon after, there was a Book play'd together. brought and lay'd before her; upon which fhe threw her felf backwards but that being taken away, fhe pefently recover'd, and play'd again often try'd, and found true. As fhe thus play'd at Cards, her Eyes were almofl four, knew fo that fhe law the Cards, and nothing elle and anheard fhe elfe ; her Uncle, and no Body perceived foe Perfon ; fwlr'd him, and no other

Which was

;

or ftole from her, either Ileal or Cards, but another might Counters them out of her Hands, without her feeing or Sometimes foe would chuie feel'ng of them. fomeanother whom fhe did fee and hear j

when he play'd

foul

times

w


The

64

little

times a Fl

W

HISTORY

Child

;

of but never above one

m

a

foe fell into a Fit in the Fif'h of March go home to her Father's. to Morning and loafed s Men came over to Father her S xth, one of whom flie had often call d rn her to Warboyfe, to her Father s, fay. Fir to carry her

T^Xorovc,

t tt^A « H^back

;

and

beL

a Pond-fide, fhe awaked, fcarce gone a Bcw-fhot,by knowing any thing; not was, {lie Avnnderin" where was turned back, Head HortVs but no Soncr the and for three again Fit her but flie fell into as fhe was often « longer, Day. after, cmd no was well and awaked, fhe cariy'd to ihe Pond, her Fit reagain, back turned as foon as flie ;

but tU

& March

Ihe had a newa'ntick enough t o Steps, well go Trick for Ihe could giving a Beck halted, down-right but the third fhe a, as fhe Knees her as with her Head as lew frart iuddenly would fhe was fitting by the 1 ire, Ihe but Warboyfe to go ; faying fhe would

The Ei"hth Day •

3

;

up,

was flopped at the Coor, where gomg cut, againft the Larch, a Nod, flie hit her Forehead Walnut and bea as which raifed a Lump as big awaking, Ire there and ing carrv'd to the Pond, flie conThere hurt. asked how fl:e came to be Children other with tinued all Day well, playing the toolilner at Bowls, or feme orher Sport, for tormented was Sport fhe made ufe of, rhs lefs flie was Motion with the Spirit; but as foon as any Fit pffthe nude Of cdjhing into the Houfe, me Days lb that for Twelve fent'.y took her 'vith

;

{

was never out of her hit within Door.?, eating and drinking in it, but neither feeing, hearing, nor undemanding; and \ without Memory or Speaking.

^


Witchcraft,

&c.

6$

The Ninth cf March fhe could not go, but hop, the one Leg being drawn up, fo^that it would not touch the Ground by a Foot ; and then being carry'd to the Pond, fhe did not awake, This continued thrte yet her Leg was reftored. could go but upon one Leg in fhe yet Days, other the Houfe.

The Tenth,

after earing

feme Milk,

fhe liften

d

fhe us d to do, asking if no and hearken in her Belly lapping the the Spirit Body heard fhe began to diilike all Then Milk fhe had earen. bad Things, and delighted in leading, faying, the Spirit loved no Goorineis â&#x20AC;˘ therefore fhe burned d,

as

fhe could come at, and fhe would when you would net have thought that fhe but fometimes her could have feen the Book her Tongue fometimes up cWd quite were Eyes fomewere let Teeth her fometimes was ty'd efpecially Book, the away times fhe would fling all

the Cards

read

;

;

;

;

any good Word If fhe could catch the Book, and hold it, with ftriving to do fo, Che would fhe could fee; for clap it to her Face till fometimes, as fhe was reading, it would fling her backwards, and fweil her Belly after fo Grange a manner, that two ftrong Men were not able to at

:

hold her down. On the Eleventh, one asked her if fhe loved the Word of God ; whereupon fhe was much troubled and tormented. When they asked, Love you Witchcraft ? lhe was content. Love you the Bible? it fliaked her. Love you Papiflry? the

Devil within her was quiet. it raged. Love you the Mafs

?

Love you Prayer? Lcve it w\ss ftill

Gofpel ? it heaved up her Belly So that every good thing it difliked ; but^ whatever concerned Popifh Idolatry, it was p!eafed with. yotf the

The Twelfth Day

:

lhe

was carry'd

to the

Pond,

The Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and ftill. Fifteenth Days, lhe was troubled with a fevere yet halted


HISTORY

The

66

of

in the Afternoon fhe and on the Sixteenth out of the Place ran and Sirred up fuddenly, but Way the in fhe was in, and awaked next Lay at Three til again, aClockitieizedher a Clock it took her again, a Clock ; and at Five

Fit

:

jtVm

j

Yet as fhe far at Supkto one laid, whereupon, per fhe awaked; into backwards her tell flie God; at which Word and fo

it

did the third Day

:

7W,

Fl

all the while are to obferve that ztTtdmerch-Grove, d ftay this Elizabeth Tbrockmortm fhe was troubled every Month, fiom March to July, of Body, called Fits, being

And'here we

with feme Diforder rho in feme never free from he fn lt Vifiration Tit. one Months fhe had only Noon till The : 9rh of July fte had a Fit from I he 30th Time. the of Nieht, fleeping mofl Afternoon going fte"had three leveral hits irt the yet all of them were mild, and to bed each Fir ; â&#x20AC;˘

;

Sneezing,

as

without violent P.unges, ov exceflxve , in her former Fits. t , we fell very fuddenly, The Second of Fits, bav.rt| not fo after Dinner, into her vfual ,

much Time

as to fay,

It

comes,

wkhWorfs

the Approach fhe ufed toexprefs fuddenly before troublefome and ftrong of a Fit, which was vera t ell into a fte End the at this Time; yet towards Supper-time, when Sleep, and continued in it fill d that awaking, fhe was very fick, and complain but Belly and fhe was grip'd ar her Stomach ana cealed, Pain her the next Lay Morning all and was then fhe fell ta eat her Meat chearfully, fame the But very well, as at any other Time. grietwo had fhe Night, before fhe went to bed, ;

vous

Fits,

which brought

a

great

many

rears

fiom her Eyes, as well as thofe of the SrandersMornby, and fhe was brought to Bed. The next conwhich ing fte was found to be in her Fit, in as Bed, tinued the whole Dav, flic lying in her a drow-


WlTCHCUAFT

3

&c.

6j

eating and drinking in her Fir, a drowfy Sleep, little ; bur fotnetimes fhe would very (peaking and would go to Warboyfe, for there her Sifce fay rhac named ibme of them ; wherewell, and fters were Fit, flic was loth to go to any Place as ; our of her from Tichmerch-Grove. The next Day, being the Thirteenth of jfUguft, fhe was taken up in her Fit, and made ready ; but when fhe came to move her felf, one of her Legs was drawn ciofe to her Body, almoft a Foot from the Ground ; fo fhe fat in a Chair all the Day,

and eat her Meat, at due Times when it was brought her ; yet fhe never moved her Countenance, appearing like one in a Trance, void of Senfe and Motion, and no other Signs of Life yet would life up her Hand, in but breathing ;

Token of Thankfgiving,

afcer Beholders. the to comfortable

Mear, which was

was carryM abroad into the open Air, but it made no Alteration her: But now flie began to complain of that Side and if any on which the Leg was drawn up Body touch' d her on that Side, fhe would whimper and groan as if it were fore, without any Appearance of outward Hurt. If you touched her on the other Side, flie would laugh after a jetting manner, and look of a merry Countenance, yet without fpeaking a Word all the Day, from this Time till the Eiglrh of September, this drowfy Several Things Fit continuing a whole Month. happt uM worthy Notice for fotnetimes fhe would low all the Day long, and mourn if her Work weie taken away from her fotnetimes fhe would wind Yarn or knit, but never caft up her Eyes or Countenance Some Days fhe would be merry and iightfome, finding many 'Things wherein fhe would"take Delight, as playing wich her Coufins at light and childilh Sports, like Children.

The Fourreenh of

Augufi,

flie

s

;

;

;

:

Some-


HISTORY fo

of heavy and drooping, but woul([ Caft

gtt her fclf on the Ground, &™n Cufcion under her He*

Sometimes

The

68

c Sometime

*oui be would

fte tflw s

that Ihe could not

fi t

* ^wS^u conned

her,

it

y,°r

b much, read*

Ch J prers

fee

When

.,,

,

fhe

came

it

to

back, and true^ and

Word

the

.*

fay,

would often

„,: t

Spirit

cSlt oJof

ceive

it

mes

Word,

^

would rum

anlwer 1 mil fa freauent and vehement Re-

1X^4^ ^ t

a

he IP

Sign

that (he

or Pray-

d

To which meK would

,

,

all

reading over a gun, lbmetimes

.

1

p

utnet; <he mif

Jough

rave'^ctht fead r

in n

her

Hands

-d ;

Violence the

yet would foe re-

to her, and many again when brought at fetch it her fc& and, toe would read quietly

l^'^f^

Contention and ftriving, when Ihe And thus (he was ufed nioft commonly went to bed, and in Time of Prayer if Satan o the Further, for two or three Days, it would have Devil had been named to her, troubled her; and

as

often as thofe

Names

had

many Twitches; Beholders And at

been ufed, {he would have which was very ftrange to the would ftiake he the naming of Mother Samuel, it it would lhiver if by the Shoulders and Arms, as Difgult at it great her in Pieces, giving Tokens of fo

:

into

her fometimes her very Name would calt lay. would her Fir, in the midft of which fhe enough well Could not you have held your Tongue ? I was

And

hforeyou named her.

^

e


WlTC H C R A F T

&c.

3

69

She continued long in this drowfy Condition' but fometimes {peaking very little a]J the Time fhe could lay not be would well til] fhe came fhe a Mile upon the Wjty. or Once fee to tfarfyfc* asked if any Brdy in the Houfe had flept fo Jong done faying- it had been a ]ong Night as fhe had ;

with her, having then continued fo Five Days ; and if every Body had flept fo long as (he had dene, fays fte, I wonder how all the Work could be done.

The

of

hod

very fudden and crying out very grievoufly, rhat Mother Samuel ftood before her in a white Sheet, with a black Child fitting upon her Shoulders, faying. Look where fa h, look where jfa is ; away with your Child, Mother Samuel ; none of your Child 6nd tj tabling every ]f wtS have Joint of her, ai d fweating extfeamlyi calling upon her Uncle Pickering, and oiH&r$, to five her from Mother Santuef i CHildj with very lamentable Expreffions, becaufe ho Body would relieve her. When this Fit was ended, her Teeth were fct in after which, her Head, fo that flie loft her Speech she mourned inwardly, and shed a treat many Teais, often puting her Hand to her Mouth, and The clofing of her Mourh shaking her Head. very much frightened us ill; it hindering her foci taking her Food ; which, by ptlttiflg her Hands to hti Mouth, and lifting up her Head, she endeavoured to let us khow ihe ftood in need of, having a hungry Defire for Meat and Drink. Towards Night we oblerved that the Child wanted a Tooth, fo that by the Help of a Quill, she fucked up fome Milk, and the fame Way received her Drink. Upon which she hew ed great outward S>gns of rejoycing, tho she could not fpeak, but clapping her Hands en hei Breaft J

a ft

violent Fit

Jtuguft,

prefently

flie

a

after Dinner,

;

;

r

1

and Belly, for Joy ceive her Enemy.

she, had found a Way Ito deFor though the Children were

foifd


HISTORY

2*,

.

time

foyl'd for

of

pleafed God to give vet when it y wou ld greatly triumph

u'

do them a little h(JU WK ked Spirit as » d *he «. Words, hurt thou in ft do me no what thou cantt, tllte thou hadft as good feeftCodisftrong«th»nt -,

™°V

alone ; l over ' 0

me

^

n

am 5

^^^ j

.

fame t me the them for it, torment »^ f h e ck and Knemy fee Jf 4 ? " their Bodies, checking their ekher by notfpeak, and then they Speech, as it incv ance and outward Signs; triumphed rfcer ,hc F* IS of .ten

let

e

^

,canft

at t | ie

^

j

fe^gB

%ffigg§ ever. v

.

as

Ut

.

.

q

wjv0

was

carried to

the time of her Prayers, ? in her Fit, and in u d Bed mourned fiie inwardly ft

? Tt

mhaj

»-

mented, jet ended them

*

^ ^

Torments

*^°£f*"

;

Wlnemy,

of

^

:

At.er Dinnt >Xf"f

SS «a ^ ;

°e

the

g*H?SiS

'

i

w,v

&\u ly

little

Quill

a ft

^"J.*? ^^nLinf J*™ N

againft another

1

by

let

»

fo malicious, ourifliment

!fii

tot^l what

werefolved to try

on Hodeback

«

it

4* in,

«

a

to go forwards.

j

Mile

thvs would

J^^Jg

with her nanu rejoyced, making Signs

them

as

Ogling

Teeth were got one J they wcre but one

,

fa

Fit, in other, over the

with her

"hada

as

itlipg faft t0 .

Ihe lay

ff T before

on

fame manner

taken

flic

me went

them

T^J^g^pTtlS op was down, J^^jSk

tembcr,

increafing

foon aslhe had

yet as

Sjgtf«3 flTehad ^ed

as

* or

^s


Witchcraft,

&c.

7i

as fht was got about a Mile on the not the direct Road to Warboyfe, yet though Way, flie came to TUhmerch Grove, as it Way the fame began to be more chearful, and her &c happened and fhe prefently fpoke, and untied, were Teeth a Mile, 1 fhall ibon, and gone yet not laid, I Prefently after fhe rubbed well. be then I {hall

Asfoon

;

and came to her felf, yet wondered how {he came thither, and why as alfo at the Company and the Strangers that were there Afterwards alighting from the Horfe her Leg was reftored to her, which {he had had noufeof for three Weeks before, and defired her Aunt to pray God to blefs her. Thus {he walked on perfe&ly, and Meat being brought to her, {he eat and drank Then {he took a Prayer-Book and chearfully read a good while, but when flie came to the Word Satan, it fliaked and wrung her Shoulders ; and the Devil was fo malicious, that no fooner Mention was made of their going home, but flie was prefently taken with a fliakeing of her Shoulder^ Arms and )3ody, as if it would have fliuffied her Eyes,

;

:

:

her together; a little after {he arofe, and as foon as {he turned her Face homewards, her Eyes were

her Legs taken from her, and her Teeth her Head, and her Belly began to heave faff fet and fwelJ, as vvhen flie was fir ft ieized with the fr.ut,

m

But as long as flie was going towards fffah mentioning going back, flie was without boyfe but if you ftand ftill and talk well chearfU and of going home, fhe prefently finks in your Arms as in a Swoon, ftruggling betwixt Life and Death ; but as loon as you turn her Face the other way, recovers, and is reftored to her {lie prefently Health. This was feveral times proved, both on fo that at laft we were Foot and on Horfeback obliged to bring her back the fame way flie came ; a (dead Child to look upon for Senfe or Motion, but of a very lovely and amiable Complexion, I irs.

,

j

j


72 Li-

WÂŤ

The

HiSOTRY

nor

all

at

of

At Night

altered.

It

received Milk by the help of a pi fed GSd ftc yet net without feme D,fas before j l cfcfer fhut than at the Sfiry, the Place being Doors fhe was fed with Milk

bS

:

'to that within fir'ft if Meat was brought her, like- Suckling; and the Place where lh e towards Ihe pointed to go

was

tiled to sfcafce

.

n

.

n

afrer Dinner, fhewas next Day, therefore, fhe came to the fame when and carried out again ; and was awake Eyes, he; rub to Place, fhe Began twice, Ihe ft retched aaafo; and gafping once or Meat with a good her eat and forth her Arms, But when Ihe was aoout to Appetite as before appeared again in his Devil the return Thanks^ to hinder tnat good endeavoured Likenefs, and fpeaking, t wiling fr< her by hinderir.-

The

:

Offce, Are could not and winding her Body alfb, fo that better the the and Word ; good bring out one

it. the more difficult if was to exprefs put a to convenient thought was After this it leeth her keep to Mouth, he. little Stick into when fhe was open, which Was tried, ; fo that in her Mouth, faft Stick the held turned about fhe. her felt was fte but open ; which kept her Teeth or Lite Strength of Signs in a dead Sleep, fmall till ihe continued ihe io appearing in. her, and was time that at which was turned about again, ot Event the fee to willing nctfoon done, being Elands her with ftrove time after fhe

Word,

it

A

to pull

little

the

Stick out

of her Mouth, lamenting

great Trouble to her ; but not Ihe held it fo faft with her Teeth, that it could apwhich Eorce, be pulled out without great it in made had peared by the Dents her Teeth venture not when fhe recovered ; Tins we du. ft her to do a fecond time, becaufe fhe complained open. it Mouth was very cold, the Stick keeping And now we told her of the Quill me made ule

inwardly

as if it

was

a

or


1

Wi tchcraft &c. 3

s

7

of at home ; Ihe asking whether ftie did not eat Meat at other any Place, which fhe much wondered at, not believing that fiie could do it. After this fhe was carried back out of the Fie'ds in the fame State into the Grove, and continued asufual, taking aJl her Nourifliment through the Quill; only fometimes fhe would rake fome buttered 'm&P, minced fmall, and rubbed againft the Outfide of her Teeth, and fo luck i a the *

Juice and Moifture.

which was the Tmrd of which was the Eighth, September, 'till Tiicfday fne was carried every Day abroad into the Fields* to eat her Meat, flie always awaking at the fame and though file was carried a Mile or two Place another way towards Warhoyfe, yet it had no fuch EfFeft, fhe notwith (landing continuing in the fame

From

this

Day

,

,

;

Condition

as before.

This Tuefday fi e was carried from Tlckmarch Grove to her Father's lloufe at V/trboyfe, and at the Corner of a Hedge fhe made the ufual Signs; and it being the fame Place we ufed to carry her too, fhe awaked and came to her felf, being very her only Grief being tint fhe hearty and well had left Tichmarch Grove "though fne was glad tqj ;

;

go

to IVarboyfe.

related of this, you may what might happen to the reft of the Sifters, who were no kfs tormented than her, and fome but to relate the in a more grievous Manner Particulars of all their Misfortunes would be too

By what hath been

guefs

;

long and tedious. a Month after Mr. Pickering had carried Child to his Houfe, the Lady Crcwv;//, Wife of Sir He?iry Cromwell^ Kt. ( who rhen lay in Ram-

About

this

Town

two Miles from Warbcyfe, came to fey % a Aiafter Tkrochmortous Houfe, with her Daughrerin-Law, Mifiriis Cromwell, to vifit the Children, and to comfort their Parents j but before flie had been E


o

TfcHlSTORY./ all fell into their the Children 1 betn long theie, tne ^ hat it mo _ e fo Fits, and we « £.i to Tee thtm. Pity with y vco the good Lad ""'j; and cauled Xe not torD fo that fce could durft ,

S

b

old Mother

Husband was n g ^'J? her deny to come, becauie toS\tHe*vCrm*eB i^ f ^ were

Tenant

er •

Mother ook M g«V itrook Then my Lady 0rw»«

Children

<

'^^SS^W^lS. m

uringthieatening vv that n,ed all and faid, Wife did her a great «i without Caufe, to Whicn

^neK

before

but fee

ftifly del

Throc yn0 rton

and

^%^^i ^ nMnAt

Mrs. Spirit wirhin them.

;

SMM/afide,

his

that

fd h

7^,who

was then

in

hearin-the old Woman nor any Body heard not the Lady, felf thou-hTe that caufcd all this, it was fee bei ties, iaiu, that and asked her 10 J ft fa and that feme thing told ^ bu ne ,f no Body heaid it dered won r Ear, fqneaked fo loud n thus clearing her

ler^

VcmTS

^^ ,

J

22 SSL"S ^couid t^eny

not hear

ftill

conunu^

£

^

^jgjg 1 b» *jjgy

mean but fte would by no v ne beTng ptefent to go Lxcuies feveral ro with them, but made ««her ;„° m:' Wl,en Ae Udy found thai ;

:

:

thus to the Lady, Madam, me thus ? 1 never did you any

Why

do

harm

as yet

you .

ut


Witchcraft,

&c.

afterwards remembred, though not: taken notice of at that time ; towards Night the Lady went away, leaving the Children much as

Words were

Ihe found them.

That Night

my Lady Cromwell

was mightily troubled in

a

MtWarboyfe, foe

Dream about Mother

Samuel ; and as fhe imagined was mightily disturbed in her Sleep by a Cat which Mother Samuel had fenther, which offered to pluck off the Skin

and Flefh off her Bones and Arms. The Strugs ling betwixt the Cat and the Lady was fo great in her Bed that Night, and Ihe made fo terrible a Noife, that Ihe waked her Bed-fellow Mrs. Cromwell, Wife to the Worlhipful Mr. Oliver Cromwell, Son and Heir to Sir Henry Cromwell, who that Nighr was from Home.

Mrs.C^wjp^perceivingthel^dy thus difquiteed f her, whom the Lady thanked for fo doing, android her how much Ihe had been troubled with Mother Samuel and her Cat, with many other Circumstances which made her fo uneaiy, that fine could not reft all that Night for fear of the fame. Soon after the Lady fell very fick, and continued fo 'till her dying Day, which Was four Years and awaked

â&#x20AC;˘

Quarter after her being at Wartyfe. The Manner of her Firts was much like thofe of the Children, only Ihe retained her perfect Senfes all the while ; fometimes Pain would be in one Arm,

a

and

fometimes in another, fometimes in onei^ and wou;d thence remove into the other, and was oftentimes in her Head. Sometimes it would leize only one Finger or two, and always make the Part affecled, as if it had been the Palfie. And that oaymg of Mother Samnefs at Warboyfe, Madam, I never hurt you yet, would never be out of lur Mind-: And thus leaving this good Lady dl

inHea-

Ue ^all

to<hÂŤ Children. a^ Chriftmas after return About J590, Mr. Henry Pickering Peing then a Scholar in Cambridge, went to Mr. W*0ckmtm s Houff, and ftald there three or four 1

E

ft

Days,


The

74

HISTORY

of

all fell into their the Children 1 u cr there been long en ted, thai it motonr fl e f Fits, and wer ? with Pity to fee theft, ,^ s Hea r vcu the good Lad} Tears, and cauied ,

°^

^^^

!

not torn fo that (he could

Mother 7/ter Husband was Tenant became deny to come, wm comC) thg Qnnt»tU *™ wefe before to Sir Henry ™° ne i afide, Children grew Mother Witchcraft Then my Lady this 1 and charged her but Are ftifly deold

^

,

.

f^£°*ith

^^J^

vv ufing threatening that n faid, nied all, and dealLof Wife did her a great without Caufe, to

Throckmorton and

his

b]ame

her

^rong^ w

^ther

^^^^ifc

^ ^

^JSSSSfiS in- -theirho wasorthen m

the Spirit ^«h.n the old her Fit, hearing Laay n the Lad not heaid though flie

f

felf,

befides, faid, that " fo h told hei and that fomethmg

S

no Body heaid

it

tut

tier

l

rather

Fits,

tnemici but the Childien

if

accufed her,

ckanng

^ ^

asked Sft - * ihen, and ff ,

*™

*

bo

w Wo

:

any Body

me

thus

elfe

?

1

could prevail, and

never did

.

y

«

* vine being prefrnt ^v«5^ made lcv«f' Excift, but them, go with ne ither tha neither found When the Lady

home

wonde red

her fqueaked fo loud in j and deiired the it, hear they could not D it could not hear wan to liften if to deny it. 1 ft^/ ftiH continued -ould have taken he up more ^icrl) u ber to cammed her ;

her

norany , Body j

i

to go nor fhe 1

"ff^.^

you any harm

as >


$

Witchcraft, Words were

&c.

y

remembred, though not: that time towards Night the

afterwards

taken notice of

at

;

Lady went away, leaving the Children much

as

fhe found them.

That Night

my Lady Cromwell

left

War fayfe,

fhe

was mightily troubled in a Dream about Mother and as fhe imagined was mightily diSamuel fturbed In her Sleep by a Cat which Mother Samuel had fent her, which offered to pluck off the Skin and Flefb off her Bones and Arms. The Strug* ling betwixt the Cat and the Lady was fo great in her Bed that Night, and fhe made fo terrible a No ife that fhe waked her Bed-fellow Mrs. Cromwell, Wife to the Worfhipful Mr. Oliver Cromwell, Son and Heir to $\t Henry Cromwell, who that Nighr ;

7

was from Home. MrsXr<wza?*7/perceiving the I^d.y thus difquiteed, her, whom the Lady thanked for fo doing, and told her how much fhe had been troubled with Mother Samuel and her Cat, with many other Circumstances; which made her fo uneaiy, that fhe could not reft all that Night for fear of the fame. Soon after the Lady fell very lick, and continued fo 'till her dying Day, which was four Years and a Quarter after her being at Warboyf?. The Man* ttcr of her Firts was much like thofe of the Children, only fhe retained her perfect Senfes all the w>hi]e; fometimes Pain would be in one Arm, and fometimes in another, fometimes in one Leg, and would thence remove into the other, and was oftentimes in her Head. Sometimes it would feize only one Finger or two, and always fhake the Part affected, as if it had been the Bajfie. And that Saying of Mother Samuefs at Warboyfe, Madam, I never hurt you yet, would never be out of htr Mind And thus leaving this good Lady ii Heaven with God, we {hall return to the Children. About Chrifimas after j 590, Mr. Henry Pickering being then a Scholar in Cambridge, went to Mr. Ehmkmmons Home, and ftaid there three or four

awaked

:

E

t

Days,


The

.

l6 Days

STORY./

HI

to fneak to

feeing defirdus

Mother

5W,

time,, he denied two or and taking a convenient his Acquaintance to ,g 0 ot th.ee other Scholars

who consenting, they went along with him, ox any nelcnging to Ma. without the Knowledge As they *er Thmkmortms Hcufe. and crohed the Hcufe, own fo e c\ms cut of her c. o.e to folrather io they Street before them ; ror her Reftay to than low her where foe went, Man and crols was a turn, becaule her Husband becy, if he any nociufier her to talk w.vh

^

vcuic Vnewi"

s houie for She went to a Neighbour immediately Scholars the foimor'Yefo where propoied feme Queftions followed her. where they impatient and loath to to her, but Hie was very fpeak but her fclf, they {lav, not Offering any to but Ihe anlwered, deiired her to be mere fiient, begot in a Kiln and muft foe v as born in a-*IilJ, The foftilet have her Will, and could fpeakno was Railing agaujft Ktcateft Raft of her Difeouife laying, he Children, his and Mr Throckmorton to accuie Children his Wifufed her, in fuffermg and that Queftion* in her, and bring her Name Wantonnefs, their from their Diftcmper proceeded Children foe would and that if they we.e her â&#x20AC;˘

:

they asked her about to which ifce her Service of Cod, and her Hitn, her, defend anlwered, thftt her God would deliver Ihen her Enemies. her, and itvenge her cf lame God one of them asked her if foe ferved the Yen Ml that others did, to which foe anlwered, Phrale of the from had much adoe to bring her and Heaven of

them

puifofo

for

it

:

Then

i

her God,

to

name

the

GOD

flayed

At laft foe told them, that if foe Earth Pickering her Husband wouiu heather. Then Mr. lurely wait told her, the Vongence of God would World on her, however foe might deceive the :

to prevent and her fclf, and that the only way Repentance^ Ged's Vengence was Confeffion and


Witchcraft,

&c.

77

.

had worked that Wtckednefs upon the Children ; and that if lhe did not, he hoped, one to fee her burn at a Stake, and that he f)ay would bring Wood and Faggots, and the Chil-

if

{he

Ihe anfwertd, ike dren Ibould blow the Coals-; Head in the over domed h had rather fee away. Pond, and fo went Cut to proceed, the Eldeft of Mr Throckmorton s Daughters wis then in her Fit, fitting at home in Father and Grandmother, and feme a Parlour, her her, who of her Sifters in their Fits along with ;

now my Uncle and two

fuddenly laid,

whom we

ike

fhall

m

named,

News

hear

others,

going to Mother Samush by and by. See, lays me,

are

where Mother Samuel goes trotting in the Streets her before them, with her wooden Tankard, and Apron tucked up before her,, naming the Uouie where they went, and all the Parages mentioned above which palfed betwixt them. Mr. Throckmorton hearing this, and further, that his Daughnow Mr. Pickering and Mother Samuel ter faid, and are parted; he enquired after Mr. Pickering, finding he was gone out, fuppofed he was at Motherefore going out of Doors to ther Samuel's look for him, he met him in the Church- Vard, Mr. Pickering upon and told him what had pafled that coming into the Parlour where they were, difcourfed with them, they being able to hearni) Body but him and found that they could repeat every Word and Paflage exaeYiy that pafled betwixt him and Mother Samuel, but that there was fo much Wind, that they had much adoe CO hear what was faid, though at the fame time there was no Wind at all. 5

:

,

After this the Spirit would feveral times appear to them in the Form of a Dun Chicken, and would talk familiarly

it came from Dame, and was

with them, faying,

Mother Samuel, whom it called lent by her to the Children to torment and vex them ÂŁ 3


78 them

7**

HIS

TOR Y

of

manner. It would likewife declare Mother Samuel io much, concerning to the Children do nothing ar heme, could fhe that for a long lime ir, if the Children difdoft but the Spirit would what fhe was then doas defired it, in their Fits 5 the Houfe or the of ing at home in what Pan was: Which was Spirit would reli where fhe on fent purpofe to Meilenger a by tiue proved after that

;

;

difcoverit.

And now

the Spirit began to accuie

Mother

ft*

muel to the Children in their Fits, telling them it was fee that had bewitched them, and all the Serand alio that whenever they vant*; in the Houfe were in their Fits, and carried to Mother j*. muffs Houfe, or Hie was caufed to come to them, they fhould be well. This was often proved, and never once failed; for if the Children, in their Fits, were carry'd to Mother Samuefs Houfe, as icon as they came to the Door, they would rub their Eyes, and fay they were well, Why do you carry rne ? fet me down ; as if they were afliamed to be carried in the Streets, not knowing in what Condition they had been in. As long as they continued in the Houfe they were well, but once thinking of going away, and offering to go cut of the Doors, they fell down on the Ground, and were brought away in the fame Condition ;

they were carried thither ; and when Mother S*muel went to Mr Throckmorton* Houfe, though in the greateft Extremity, as focn as fhe came into the Parlour or Hall where they were, the Children would prefently ftart upon their Feet, and be as well as any in the Houfe, and continue fo as long as fne ftay'd but when fhe was about to go, they would fall down like a Stone on the Ground. If fhe turned about, and came towards them, they would be well again ; which was try'd twenty times in an Hour : And when Ihe went away, fhe left them in the fame Condition ,

ftie

found them.

After


.

Witchcraft,

dfor.

79

refolved to difAfter this, Mafter Throckmorton

and lend them abroad amongft

oerfe his Children, fee how they woulfl then be his Friends, to kept fome of them at home always dealt with, yet

W

all that hap|t\vouid be too tedious to relate was rethis but abroad ; ocn'd to them whim eleven or ten, eight, markable, that tho' they were

what happen d to Miles diftanc.they could tell of their Fits ; as they each other in the Time as ihe her would fay, Now is my Sift cr fore bandied, to be proved was which ftlf was at that Time.; Lirother and Time, true, by the Computation of cumftances. ,, never att Whilft they were abroad, they were though lome or clear and free from their Fits, a Month, or them had net their Fits once clear ot them was them half a Year, and one of were icarce them of But fome for a whole Year. fmce laft Lent three Days without them, except executed. Aflizes, when thofe Witches were lor near a I ear d happen what by But to pais :

â&#x20AC;˘

m

proceed to thofe latter Times, when the Spirits cither moved by their own Maor thofe that lent them, or their Parents

and

a half,

we

Shall

lice

Impatience, it pleafed God to grant them the Liberty to exercife their Malice againft tnefe Children : However, it was in thefe latter Times they were more tormented in Body and Mind than formerly. At which Time four of them the were at their Father's Houfe at Warboyfe,

md

other, which was the eldeft, at Tichmerjh-Grove

Mr. Pickerings

at

in the Year 1592, Fourteen Years about being theyoungeft but one, Every Day, Fit. of Age, was in a very Arrange for about three Weeks, ftie had a fenfeleis Fit, onetime of the Day or other, and fometimes many times in one Day. But in this Fit Ihe could

About

this

Time, which was

ÂŁ 4

nei-


tht

So

HISTORY

neither hear, fee,

of nor fpeak to any Body

i

Befides

heave, and fhrt, her inward Grief, very troublewas which Body, and fwell Sp her fhe was out of When time. feme to he/for the down the Houfe and up go rhefe Fits fce would fometimes be very and very well eat and drink, do would anything and pleafant wi h her Sifters, underftand ought which by any Sign (he could Refpefts as fhe her would pay to be done, and due, fo that was it whom nailed by, to thole to Condition her could SiofewKo were ignorant cf order, yet fhe of -out was fhe rot' perceive that hear any Body fpeak to could neither fpeak to, nor fte

WÂť[4

would prattle to an Inexcept fometimes fhe fhe took a great which born, fant that was new *' deal of delight in. Fits, an Aunt of hers In the Beginning of thefe Houfe, and fevcral the was delivered of a Child in a Week or Ten for of their Friends ftay' d there her

.

was m thefe Days: all which Time this Child came to the Houfe as Fits when Mother Samuel

and was brought up to the where commonly moft Chamber, Gentlewoman's loon as fhe came in, As cf the Company was her, and bid her Tpy'd this Child, being there, Stranger there, great a welcome, faying, fhe was Drink and and and fetched her up both Meat well

as

the reft,

:

would do any thing fhe defired her. At latt Ine ÂŤked Mother Smnuel whole little Child that was which fhe told, and its ike had in her Arms Name At which the Child wonder'd, and faid, Why She was glad her Aunt was brought to bed. faid Uncles and then faid fhe, feveral of my Aunts Houfe, the in they would be here who were then and fome of them in the Room. Mother Samuel but told her, that thofe fhe asked for were prefent the Girl faid, She faw no-body but her and the little Child in her Arms, tho' fhe looked full in ;

:

;

;

their Faces.

As foon

as the

old

Woman

departed, the


Witchcraft,

&c.

Si

loft all her Senfes and was in the before as flie came. Condition fame Continuing in this Condition three Weeks, ftie came out of her Aunt's Chamber into the Hail, where, in a little time, fne fell into a very troublebut it laded not long. Her Mother fome Fit and enÂŤ being in the Hall, (he asked her Biefling quiring about federal Things, fhe asked how her

the Child

,

;

;

Aunt fhe

from whom Ihe juft came ; nor could any thing that had been done for the

did,

tell

three

Weeks

paft.

of her Sifters Troubles grew more fevere, as the Year grew nearer an end, their Fits every Day growing more painful, and after a ftrange Manner. Towards Hollantide the Spirits grew very familiar with the Children, and, when the Fits were almoft at end, would talk with them for half an Hour or more, about the Manner of the Fits they fhould have, and concerning Mother Samuel, whole But both

Pleafure

Manner

her's

and the

reft

was they fhould be ufed after that but they laid feveral times they would

it ;

bring her to Shame for it at the laft. The Spirits likewife would have told them how long their Fits

would

laft,

and when they Ihould have anoManner of them, or whether

ther, as likewife the

mere or Writing

grievous

lefs

as

;

which was

the Children fpoke

it,

fet

down

in

and proved

exaaly true.

The Times and Signs which the Spirits appointed for the beginning or ending of their Fits were, That in the Morning they fliould happen, either as loon as th^y offered to rife out of their Beds ; or as foon as they were up or ready ; as foon as they asked their Father or their Mother' or their Grandmother, Bleffing as foon as they ; took a Book in their Hand to pray, or when they had ended their Prayers as loon as fch#y went ; to Brtakiaft, or

Dinner was

fee

upon the Table

;

or


The

S2

HISTORY

of

themfelves were fet down to Dinner, was firft put into their Mouths; or when the Meat when they had put when Dinner was ended, or Dinner, obfervmg the fame their Knives after

cr

as

foon

as

up

it were on the Circumftances at Supper : Or if Bellies were to be Sabbath-day, or when their or third Peal fecond, firft, the as twifted, as foon many with other fuch ended, was was rung, or ending. or beginning Fits Signs of their When they had continued in this Condition Devil was weary of above a Month, whether the in their Fits, Children told the it (for he often Mother Dame Samuel,) that he was weary of his Providence, the God's Spirits through or whether, Children the as kill they not could found they little a Time in they that them, told deiired, they a to Confeflionor Dame their would either bring Confufion. And now they began to accufe Mother Samuel openly to her Face, and tell her that they would not be well in any Place but in her Hcufe or me was cenfined to continue with them and if one of thefe Things was not brought _

,

;

to pais, their Fits would be

more

violent than

ever.

Mr. Throckmorton ftill thinking the Spirits might three Weeks lie, was refolved to try the utmoft for together, all which Time the Children had very fo that when Night came, not one of feveie Fits to go to bed alone, their Legs beable them was of Pains and Sores, befides other full ing very Grievances not ufual. One of them, for all that Time, never had the Ufe of her Legs, except an Hour or two in a Day, whilft Mother Samuel was in the Houie, her Legs otherwife being thruft up to her Body as if they had been ty'd with Strings, to fo th3t where you fat her down fhe was oblig'd ;

to flay, ercepr fhe crept away.^ Mr. Throckmorton then perceiving that

not be avoided, offered

Ten

.

it

could

Pounds a Year

tot ttie


Witchcraft, &c

85

the be ft Servant in Huntington to do her Work? that Ihe might ftay with the Children ; but old John Samuel would not confent to it So that there was no way to preferve the Health of his Children, but to carry them thither ; which, as foon as he did, they no fconer came into his Houfe, but they :

Upon which, he

Children lhould live there, and he would provide what they wanted. The old Man feeing that, put out the lire, the Weather being cold, and faid he would ftarve them then, fever al other ill Words coming from him and his Daughter at the fame

were well:

faid his

time.

All that Day they continued there well, both eating and drinking, and very merry. At Night, when the old Man perceived that they mould lodge there, and that thev would be very troublepromifed that his Wife mould fome to him come next Morning to Mr. Throckmorton 's Houfe and continue with him ; upon which he took his Children home, who were in their Fits as foon as they came cut of the door, and conrinued fo all ,

Night.

Next Morning Mr. Throckmorton went for the old Woman, but Ihe was gone no Body knew whither, upon which he lent for his Children, who as loon Towards as thev came into the Houfe were well. ihe had laid who in, Woman came old Night the Hufher Town, of out been two or three Miles not might fhs band knowing of her going, that forHusband come to Mr. Throckmorton's but the fwore the Matter, and prefently fell upon his Wife, ;

and beat her feverely with a Cudgel, before ihe could be refcued from him. The Man finding Mr. Throckmorton in the fame Mind, confented thiv. his Wife lhould go along with him that Night, they being all very well, and fo they continued This made their Parents ufe eight or nine Days. the Woman as a welcome Gueft. The next Day, ths


The

8, ,

,

hC l

of

entreated Mrs Throckmorton to let fomething {he wanted ; to fetch offering rather to grant oath to

vVnman

A

1

whicS

HISTORY

Hone

"

ft

s

ft fSfif

that Ihe

?t

W

her Kequeft would return, fee granted gone lome or the Scon after foe was and then the Spitheir Fits again, ,

dm?

into them, that hen with them, and told Iked ta ri feeding her Spirits, and er Samuel was which was, That tho League with them, a new ^c»g«s Houfe they fhould be ne-

Mo

f

fell

VH*m

1

*» ;K & *5S&wta'.JglJj

& Aer being

bdng'wiHing to fte a^cordinc vL^irh V proved

true, tor wnen ine tffihit were in then Fits contm^ not, fell into them, alter fo and thofe that were Mother coming, and cryd out Now Compohtion With her Spirits, hath made a new the better, they foouid oe never

SJ. *S

E

*«g

and that

now

S

^lu^Zctorton

coming Home, and

perceiving

but be concerned the Matter,, could not chufe not

;

would fuf all to God Almighty, vet his hnce Houfe LrtheoMVVoman to .leave his ^

could neither hear Children, when but her ; and tome fee, nor fpeak to any Body what fee gave of them could take nothing but or touched with her Hands. the^ iiou fe, Mother Samuel remaining thus in Part of it, but could do or lay nothing in any in their Fits,

4

reveal it, eipethe Children, in their Fits, would tuen;he childaily when feeding her Spirits, for iuch a Mother Samuel is

m

dren would lav, Now they went Place feeding her Spirits 5 and when ihe was to look they found her there, but what doing they could not difcover,

And


WlCTHCRAFT,

&C.

8?

And talking to thefe Children in their Fits, they would fay to her, Look Mother Simud, do you fee this Thing ttut fits here by us ? To which flic would aniwer, No, not flie: as ofren as

flie fat

this they would aniwer, That they wonder'd could not fee it leap, skip, and play up and down, pointing with their Fingers. Sometimes they would fay, Hark Mother Samud, don't you

To

flie

Hark how loud it is, 1 wonder you nay, you cannot but hear it, She it would deny it, and bid them ask their Father, or fome Body elfe that flood by, whether they heard it or no. The Children would anfwer, that They hear

it ?

cannot hear

;

faw no Body, though they flood by. Then they would tell Mother Samuel, that it told them flie both heard it, faw it, and fent it. Mr. Throckmorton, defirous to make an Experiment of this Matter, one Night defired Mother Samuel to name how many Fits the Children would have next Day, and what kind of Fits they fliould have, when they fliould begin, and how long they fliould' continue. Mother Samuel was loath to confent to it ; but at laft, he faying Ihe fliould do it, flie faid, one of them, naming the Child, fliall have three Fits, and after fuch a Manner, appointing the Time for their Beginning and Ending ; the other

have two,

likewife appointing the and the third fliall have none, but be well all the Day. All which came to pals. Not long after, Mother Samuel fitting by the Children in their Fits, as before, Mr. Throckmorton, and fome others who were along with him, told Mother Samud, that they had heard that thofe that were acquainted with thefe Spirits, and had them at their Command to do what they defired, uied to reward them with fomething, and commonly with fome of their Blood every Day; now conftis openly, and fliame the Devil, whether you do fo or not. She utterly deny'd it, with many

.Time

fliall

;

bitter


The

86

HISTORY

*/

Curfes, defiring the Lord from fome Token upon her, that fhew might Heaven as they fulpe&ed, or had Woman Ihe was no inch them, or knew any thing rewarded any Spirits, or they were. what or of fuch Matters, and Mr. Henry Picks* Throckmorton Soon after, Mr. bitter

Words and

r/Âťg,rhen prefent, hearing fuch Proteftations, being half terrified at it, that flie fhould thus violently pull down God's Judgments upon her own Head, went out of Doors, and before they were gone ten Paces, Mr. John Lawrence, a Relation of theirs, came to them, and told them that Mother Sa.

mueVs Chin bled ; whereupon they returned again into the Parlour, and law eight or ten Drops of Blood upon a Napkin, which {he had wiped off Then they looked upon her Chin, her Chin. and could fee no Marks of any thing, all being clezn and fmooth, except fome little red Spots, Then Mr. Throckmorton asked like Flea-biting:?. ufed to bleed fo or not ; to which her Chin her if He then asked her, often Very fhe anfwered, fa id no Body, for {he who could witnefs it ; and it always bled when fte was alone, and Ihe never !

told any

Body of

it.

After fhe was condemned, fhe confefled, that when Mi. Throckmorton demanded the Queftion of her, that then the Spirits were fucking, and that (he wjped them off with her Hand it bled hut never had bled above one Drop at a time before, and fomeiimes not at all. What we have here related, was proved upon Evidence at the A frizes at Huntington ; and thofe which were not proved there, have been actefted by feveral honeft and worthy Gentlemen. Not Jong after, the Spirits told the Children, that if their Father did not prefently go to John Samuel\s Hcufe, his Daughter Agnes Samuel, who was concerned in thefe Matters , and not yet brought in Queftion, would hide her felf, and

when

fo.

not

i


Witchcraft,

&c.

87

not be fecn by him Upon which, he being told of it, went prefently to try how it would be. When he went to the Houfe, Agnes Samttel, whether Ihe fufpefted the Matter or not, went up into the Chamber, the Stairs being in the Room where her Father was, and a Trap-door at the Top of the Stairs, upon which fhe fet Sacks of Corn and s

Tubs to keep it down. Mr. Throckmorton fufpe&ing fome fuch Matter, by the Noife in the Houfe, continued knocking at the Door. In a little time John Samuel asked who was there, and what he wanted, &c. and at laft knowing who he was, would not let him in. Then Mr. Throckmorton went on the other Side cf the Houfe, and finding where he found the Back-door open, he went in ;

the

old

Man

in his Bed,

it

being about Eight

a-Clock in the Morning- Mr. Throckmorton asked where his Daughter Agnes Samuel was ; to which he anfwered with his uiual Oath (which he commonly ufed, and continued the Ufe of it both at the Bench upon his Arraignment, and at his Execution, till the laft Pericd) as God judge his Soul, he knew not where Ihe was.

Mr. Throckmorton asked when he faw her ; to which he anfwered, that Ihe was in the Houfe fince the Evening, but where then fhe was he did not know. He asked, if fhe was not in the Chamhe fwore he could not tell, though ber over him ;

was certain he could not be ignorant of it. Mr. Throckmorton fufpccting hue was there, called three or fou r times, and defn ed her to anfwer if fhe was there, which was ail he wanted ; but fhe would not anfwer. Then he took a Candle, and faid he would go and fee, and finding the Trap-door faft, he knew fhe mull needs be there upon which he told them, that he would go into the Room before he went out of the Houfe, and would break open the Trap-door or the Floor, and accordingly bid one of the Company fetch him a

it

;

Crow


88 Crow

The

HISTORY

imn

bar

The Maid

hearing him fo. the Things off: taking and down. Upon which came

t

t

or

Ooor

^gJjT'

of

::& D%,

Hon^e he returned

rhef and t0 Clnfeffion ; Mother^, o ceed to the old v be w q( W uel lhe becaufc could only not the what Children but SHoufc, l-io

^

^^LJSfe n

do notamg

t

^e

^^V*, Wither 1

difcovercd the Ch. drcn

efpccia il y becaufe ainiy t0 her Face, that >

>

1

.

te&ff™*$*Z™the Spirits had told" them confefs in Jhftf VouV oblie h/r to

fpitc

°f

At

"this

Time

this Tuefday

to be the Scffion*-Day lere often whifperihg

at

was not thought

Huntington

>

on yet they ves about

with themfe which they longed m.ghtilvfor, the ' :™J"J> after that Day they t hat h

rf^nS, that 5T m Mve no Fits

le'coiield before [

T hey

further added, that if they liquid be

th.tW*»

W

often defired her to confefs that but ihe ftill denied it, thev might be well ; was not true, fliould lhe confefs what fcSng nothing of, nor. contented to ?

TheChiidren

I

Z

Why

that

flit

knew

did not def.re her The Children anfwered, They bid her look » ftlfdy, and to accule her felf gave her very good yet in their Fits they ha her Confeflion at and divine Counfel concerning made Seeches which they at feveral times ted They reprefcn to her, were to this Purpofe. ihould loie, and the to her the Joys of Heaven ftie it lhe Torments of Hell which lhe fliould endure, what Adwere guilty; and did not confels ; and it contrary, the on vantages ihe might reap had none. confefcd and was forry for what flie

f The

w


Witchcraft, Thevy put her

in

^r&nv

,

mind of

her

&c.

ill

way of

ยง9 living,

wftTv thins? that diibleafed her.

which, Ihe lam ine woma and God's Service ; Alfo her lewd bringing up her beoin to mend her to controul and Daughter, and her fuffering They told her alfo how Ihe fa id their beat her to know were but Wantonncfs, and de fired :

โ€ข

Fits if Ihe

lhey

thought fonow; fheanfwerd, No. Prayers to God for concluded with their hearty confefs, that they might Rr. and faid if ftc would forgive her irom tne Botbe well, they would entreat their ? atom of their Hearts, and would forgive what was paft. Ad reats and Friends to to her, it was with the while they thus talked flood by to Tears, Tears, which moved all that Woman, who was little or nothing except the old concerned.

M1 not till This Behaviour of the Children pahed the old Woman, near chriftmafs, without moving of bleeding at a Fit had who almoft every Day which made Quantities, the Nofe in confiderable ThrockmortonMr. her grow faint and pale, lo that left any and his Wife were very careful of her, Harm ihould come to her in their Houfe, lettmg

Ihe confefled her want nothing Ihe defired ; fo that very well was fhe that to all that came to her, to him, obliged ufed, and thought her felf much nothing did if Ihe had no other Caufe ; for me Children, but her own Work, eat with him or his

and lay in his Chamber, and of his Children.

commonly with one

Elizabeth Throckmorton was very uneafy, and could not eat any Meat ; yet at Night, when Supper was ready, fiie thought to make her lit at felf amends ; but when Ihe was ready to Table, fiie fell inro a Fit, her Mouth being clofed up, that fiie could neither eat, drink, nor Ipeak,

One Day Mrs.


Tie

9o

HISTORY

of

ufual, their Mouths being fhut up, efp e . Meal-times, and fometimes fhut and about cially a dozen times at Dinner ; but Ihe half open about and weeping. Next Day forrowful went to bed, eat little or nothing at and flie was lick and ill, a]J ; yet at 'Night fhe found her felf better, and very hungry and being advifed to eat then, fte deferred ir" rill Supper, but when the Meat was as it

was

;

upon the 1"able,

flic fell into the fame Condi, tion as before. Mr. Throckmorton perceiving this, laid. Mother Samuel | I believe you have a mind to ftarve that

fet

ihe anfwered, No, fhe was rarher ferry to lee it. Well, fays he, you fhaU neither eat nor drink, till fie does both, ufe the Matter as you will.

Wench

;

to

which

Thus they continued both

fafting

till

the Supper

almoft ended, and the Company ready to rife. The old Woman feeing he was in good earneft, and that the Meat was carry'd out of the Parlour, the Child fuddenly fetched a great Sigh, and faid, If I had fo?ne Meat now 1 could eat. Upon which Mrs. Throckmorton ordered Meat to be given to them both, the Company not taking Notice of it to Mother Samuel ; fo they both began to eat very heartily, efpecially the old Woman, who was then very hungry â&#x20AC;˘ And from that Time, whilft the old Woman was in the Houfe, none of the Children had their Mouths clofed up when they had Occafion to eat, and if they were, they did not continue long fo, which before commonly happened. \vas

When nearer,

all this was over, and the Time drew Mother Samuel complained every Day of

fome new Grief that befell her ; fometimes fhe would cry out of her Back, being fo full of Pain, that fhe was not able to ftir her felf in Bed all the Day, nor to reft at Night fometimes fhe would complain of her Head or her Stomach, yet fhe would eat her Meat, faying, She had a ;

gnawing


W

T C H C R A F f\ her Heart. The next Day

9

I

r

after, it gpawing at or Knee, lower, Ihe her that fo at be would the down up and And, Houle halting would go indeed, one would have thought that ibmething troubled her, for fhe would groan all the Night, and moan her felf, one time complaining of one fo that {he refted very Part, and then of another the little her fejf, and difturbed every Body in Chamber. ^ One Night flic cried our to much of her Belly, that fhe awakened Mr. Throckmorton and his Wife, who lay by her. In God's Name, lays he, what is :

;

,

Matter with you, Mother Samuel, and -what wÂŤke$ you groan fo ? Says {he, / have great Pain in my He asked Belly, and camiot imagine the Caufe of it. She anfwered, She her what was the Matter in it felt fomething ftir in it, and imagined it to be as big as a Penny-Loaf, and put her to a great deal the

:

Mrs. Thrnhnorton got out of her Bed, of Pain. and felt her Belly, and found fomething in it as fhe had complained, but did not. feel it ftir, not {laying long, for the Weather was very cold : And, doubtlefs, {he was then breeding the Child

under Sentence of Condemnation. Buc {he ftill complained of her Belly, and faid to Mr. Throckmorton, That fhe had often been told fome evil Spirit haunted his Home, which tormented {he pleaded

This, he told her, he did believe. faith {he, I believe one of them is got into my Belly. That, fays Mr. Throckmorton, may be true. So {he faid it was an evil Houfe, and haunted with evil Spirits, and wifhed {he had his Children.

Then

into it. He told her, If any evil haunted the Houfe, they were of her fending and fo granted all {he faid. In the Morning fte complained much, but Hud the Swelling in her Belly was gone, and could not tell where the greateft Pain was, it was in fo many Places, but her Stomach was the beft of any Part ; and

never

come

Spirits j

after


5>

z^HISTORYf

2

after this, fte

her Body

A into

little a

which

always complain^ of one Part af

or other, whilft

while

after,

ftie

ftay'd in the Houfe.

one of the Children

fell

violent Fit, Mother Samuel {landing by was the worft that ever any of them had

â&#x20AC;˘

her ineezing was very terrible and ftrong, as if it would have caufed her Eyes to fly out of h er Head; This furprized Mother Samuel, for ftg thought the Child would have died that Minute and this-brought her to Prayers, defiring the Lord to help her and preferye her in that Danger, and fiie hoped never to lee her in the like again. But the more Ihe prayed, the worfe it was; and when fiie named God, or Jefus Chrifi, the Fit grew more When Ihe had continued thus about violent. two Hours, the Spirit fpoke to the Child, and \

There was

a worfe Fit th^n this to come Child anfweivd, She cared not for him nor his Dame, but bid them do their worft, for ihe hoped God would deliver her ; and foon after Ihe was very well. But that Fit was lb terrible to Mother Samuel, that Ihe prayed afcer flie might never fee the like again. The Children all continued crying upon Mother Samuel to confefs, for flie mull do it at the laft, and if fhe would let them be well before Chriflmafs, they fhould think themfelves obliged to her ; but if fhe did not they fhould foon be well, for Chriflmafs was near, and they hoped to keep a merry one. She laid fhe would do them all the Good fhe could, but would not confefs to a Thing 'flie knew not of, nor ever confented to. Mr. Throckmorton hearing what was faid, went in, and told Mother Samuel, Since you hear tohti the Children fay, and that they JhaH be well if you confefs, and that you muft before it be long and finu you know that they never tell Lies in their Fits', In

fay'd,

yet.

The

,

;

the

Name

f*

it is

;

of God, if there be any fuch Matter, confefs never too late to repent, and ask Mercy Bnt t


Witchcraft, as

before.

eK\

9

3

But, fays

he, what fay fte deny'd the Fit Spirit grievous threaten d my DaughÂŤQii to that Says ihe, / hope never to fee any of with. it,

ter

Jane

them

But jays he. Ton know the Spifail of what he promifs. I tmfi in

again.

in fitch

to rit never ufts

confidently, I fall never fe it. God, fays fl*e very Charge the Spirit in the Throckmorton* Mr. fays TIkti this hit: Upon may that cfape Jhe God, Name of Spirit, in the Name of thee, charge / winch fhe faid,

The God, that Mrs. jane ?nay never* have this Fit. thank Thing God faid, I Child faid, fitting by, The that I /had never have this Fit that was threatened ; ThankGod that is well Then fays he Mother Samuel, and charge the Spirit Name of God, and fpeak from your Heart, that

then fays he, again, Go in

the

on,

neither jhe,

more:

nor any of the

Which

fltfi

reft,

did very

have their Fits any

fhall

heartily.

The fame

Child faid again, Truly I Jhall never have it any more, Tuefday following Twelfth day. lis well, thank God, fays Mr. Throckmorton, charge the spirit again in the Name of God, and fpeak from your Heart, and be not afraid, that he depart from them all now at. this prefent, and that he never return to them again ; which Words fhe exprefled very loud and boldly. As foon as Ihe had ended, the three Children, then in their Fits, .and who had continued fo three Weeks, wiped their Eyes, and preferuly thru It back the Stools they fat on, and flood upon their Legs being as well as ever they were in their after the

Lives.

Mr. Throckmorton.^ Face was then towards the Children, and his Back to the old Woman, and feeing theihxi&art up at Šnee, faid, Thanks be to God. In the mean time the old \Vo,man fell dewu on her Knees behind him, and faid, Good Mafer, forgive

me.

down,

faid,

ter ?

O

Sir,

and feeing her -He turning about yohat S:arm:el, Mather is the MatWhy, laid Hie, / have been the Caufe of all this

Trouble to your Children,

,

Have you, Mother Samuel

?

fays


H 1ST O RY

The

94 fays he

:

Jnd why

?

What Caufe did

Children thus ? to ufe me and my lays he, you have done

Then

Good Mafter, laid laid he, and I do

of

flic,

1 ever give yo u

Hone at

me

all,

laid ihe.

the

more wron^. God forgive H) y

forgive me.

but tell me how you came to be fuch \ laid Ihe, / have forfaken my Mafter, a Woman? to the Devil. Soul my ker, and gibe*

Then the Grandmother and Mother of the Chi], hearing them fo loud dren, who were in the Hall, in the Parlour,

came

in,

whom

Mother

Samuel

Mrs. Throckmorton,

asked Pardon of likewife.

the

Mother, preiently forgave her with all her Heart, but could not well tell what was the Matter. Then

Mother Samuel asked the three Children that were there, and the reft, Forgiveneis, and kiffed them, theXhildren eafiiy forgiving her. Mr. Throckmorton and his Wife perceiving the old Woman fo penitent, and caft down, fhe weep, ing and lamenting fill the time, did all they could to comfort her, and told her, They would freely forgive hei from then Hems, provided their Childrtn were no more troubled. She faid, She trufted in God they would never be troubled again yet could not be comforted. Mr. Throckmorton then fent for Dr. Dorrington, Minifter of the Town, and told and all of them enhim all the CircumfUnces but neverthelels Ihe her eafy, make deavoured to ,

;

;

that Night. next Day, being Chriftmas Even, and the Sabbath, Dr. Dorrington choie his Text of Repentance out of the Pfalms, and communicating her Confeflion to the Affembly, direfted his Dilcourfe chiefly to that Purpoie, to comfort a penithat it might afreet her. All the tent Heart Sermon-time, Mother Samuel wept and lamented, and was frequently fo loud in her PalTions, that Ihe drew the Eyes of all the Congregation upon

wept

all

The

,

her.

But


Wj tchcr a

p

t, c?c.

qf

But Mr. Throckmorton refle&ing

on Mother Saformerly, and chat there were Inconftancy muel's her Confeffion, except himfelf no Witneffes of thofe of his own Houfhold, and Doftor, and the thought partial, defired, after be fliould left they come fliould into the Body of Ihe Prayers, that demanded there that fhe would the Church; and Confeflion ihe made before declare, whether the forced was from her, or wheDoftor, the and him and of her own freely, Accord. it made ther fhe from came her freely, it before That wered, She a nf that her Neighbours defired would them all, and pray to God for her, and forgive her.

Towards Evening, Mr.

Dorrhigton underftanding continued in this forrowful Condition, came to Mr. Throckmorton s Houie, and defired him in Pity to let her go Home to her Husband, and to which he would endeavour to reconcile them the old Woman was much enclined ; and to which Mr. Throckmorton readily consented, endeavouring to promote the fame, little fufpe&ing that any ill Confequence might happen upon it. The Man hearing of it, ipoke bluntly, as ufual, and faid Ihe might come Heme if ihe would. But, without doubt, fhe had a cold Welcome from both the Husband and the Daughter, for confelTing this Matter ; which we heard from her afterwards, both of them fetting upon her, who prevailed with her to deny all ihe had faid, and that it was not fo. The next Day, being Chriflmafs-day, fhe ahfolutfciy deny'd all fhe had faid ; which foon came to Mr. Throckmorton s Hearing, that this new Convert was revolted; though he was well fatisfy'd with her open Confcffion in the Church, and could fcarce believe what was reported of her. The fame Day Dr. Dorrington and Mr. Throckmorton went to Mother Samuel s Houfe, and at the Door heard the old Man and Woman and her fhe

ft 111

;

Daugh-


The

96

HISTORY

Daughter talking about

it,

of and heard the Daugh.

them not, believe them not, fQr ter laying, Believe Upon which they went j n all their fair Speeches. it; but they all deny'd "with them and charged ,

,

the old Woman being charg'd her Confeffion, fhe laid, She of with the Denial was a Witch, or the Caufe of would deny that {he fays he, did not you Why, Irs Children s Illnels.

w

hat

was

laid

:

And

Says flie, I did lo indeed, but it \i not fo. Then, repJy'd he, I muft not {hew y ou certainly have you the Favour I promifed ; I Will her, why five con. asked then He juftices. before confeis

fefied

it.

it,

if

not true

?

She faid, For Joy

that his

Prayers and her's fo foon prevailed, and that they were well fo foon. Then fays Mr. Throckmrton, Since the Thing is publifhed, and you or 1 muft bear the Shamed it fhall not pafs fo. The next Day, that the common People might net think that he had done this to bring the old into farther Danger, Mr, Throckmorton con{lilting with Dr. Dorrington, they concluded to to Church again; but flie fend for the old was more aveife to confelTing than ever. Then

Woman

Woman

Mr

Throckmorton took her by the Hand, and told That that Day flie and her Daughter fhould along with him to the Bifhop of Lincoln 's: Upwhich he fent for the ConftabJes, and charged

her,

go on

bbbvn with the Mother and Daughter. found that Preparations When the old were made for the Journey, {he came to Mr. Throckmorton, and told him fhe would confeis to

Woman

upon which, he took her into the ; Parlour, and {be confd!l-d again all fhe did before: Upon which, he asking her why fhe deny'd it again ; fhe Isold him, She would nor, but for her Husband and Daughter, who had toid her lhe had better hved and died as 'fhe va-5, than to confeis her felf a Witch, and be called fo as long as fhe lived. Then Mr. Thrwhnoriw told her, if

him alone

fhe


,

Witchcraft,

&c.

97

fhe would eonfefs freely, he would flievv her ail the Favour he could ; but Dr. Dorrington coming in, in the mean time, ihe feemed fliy in confefMr. Throckmorton left fing unto him ; upon which the^n together, and then Dr. Dorrington wrote down

what

fhe confeffed:

was then Prayer-time, Mr, Throckmorton and defired fome of his NeighChurch, fent to the bours to come to him, whom he placed under the Parlour-Window ; and giving Notice of it to the Do&or, he both fpoke loud himfelf, and made fome Excufe to make her do fo, by which means Then they without could hear all that paffed. and Parlour, deâ&#x20AC;&#x17E; the into went Mr. Throckmorton theHall,where all the into out fired them to come Neighbours ftood who had heard what had pafs'd ; .And

as it

read over her Confeffion before but fhe would fain have denied all again but the Neighbours told her it was too late then to deny it, fince they all heard it, and told her the Place where they were. When fhe found her felf thus catch'd, fhe would have made the beft of it, if it would have prevailed In the mean time in came John Sa?nue!7

and the

them

Do&or

all,

;

who was told by Mr. Throckmorton, that his Wife would not have deny'd her Confeffion, but for him that and his Daughter ; who underftanding and would have gave her fome ill Language given her Blows, had not the Standers-by prevented him Upon which, fhe pretended to fall in a Swoon, but prefently recovered again. The fame Day Mr. Throckmorton refolved to continue his Journey, and clear himfelf of that Matter, and caufed the old Woman and her Daughter to be carried to the Bifhop of Lincoln to be examined* ,

;

The


^HISTORY

Oo

of

Alice Samuel, o/WarThe Examination of Huntington, taken boyfe in the County of

Buckden,

at

ther in

Right Reverend Fa-

before the

God, William, by God's Vermlffi^ Lincoln, the 26th of December,

Bifbof of

Chicken did ever asked whether a Dun often ; the faid how and Chin, fuck on her twice, and no fucked it That fays,

BFinc

Fxaminant

more Jher

Being asked whelafh farce Cbriflmafs-Even becaufe when it Chicken, natural it was a feel it, but when fcarce did to her Chin fhe

rame bled ; flic faith further, flTwiped it off, her Chin firft came to her Chin That the faid Dun Chicken came to Mr, and fucked, before it and Trouble that came Evil the and that Foui'e came by means of Children, to Mr Throckmorton s fhe knows is Chicken which the Dun Chicken; her And from and now both gone from them Dr. and Throckmorton Mr further fhe faith, That

W«„'s

:

.

Information of fuch Dornngton ihall bring further declared. Thirgs which as yet Ihe hath not

Tit


Witchcraft,

&c*

99

Examination of Alice Samuel 0/

7#<?

Buckden

boy fe, ^/

December

15*92,

War-

29^

rie?

rAe

Reverend

Father in God, William, by God's Vermiffion % Bijhop

of Lincoln

;

Francis

Cromwell

and Richard Tryce, Efyuires, Juftices of Her Majefiys Feace, of the County afore* faid. fhe never did Hurt to any, except SHE the Children in Queftion. Being asked how faith

the faid Dun Chicken is gone from the Children, fhe fays, Becaufe the faid Dun Chicken, with the reft, is now come into her, and are now in the Bottom of her Belly, and make her fo full, that Hie is like to burft and this Morning they caufed her to be fo full, that ftie could fcarce lace her Coat ; and that on the as fhe came they weighed fo heavy, that the Horle fne rid on was not able to carry her. And further fhe confefTed, That the upright Man fhe told Mar* Throckmorton of, told her he was a hard Man, and would trouble her much, and therefore he would give her free Spirits that fhould vex and torment" his Children, and fo he did ; and that thefe Spirits fucked their Blood often, as a Reward for what they did, and always before fhe fent them any whither. She alio confefTed, That whatever the Children faid of the Spirits was true, and that the Spirits were there when the Children faw them, and that flie faw them; and that often fhe gave a private Beck with her Finger or Head, fhe

knows

faid

;

Way

F

2

and


Th

ico

HISTORY

cf

and then the Spirits flopped the Children's Mouths that they could not fpeak rill they came out again and then the Children would wipe their Eyes, arid Further flie fal&^That it was be well again. that came to the Houie, but a Man taught her by where he lived, fhe could was, or Name what his if would fhe ca]l the faid Spirits That not tell and when fhe called them they they would come, appeared in the Form of Dun Chickens; Their Names were Pluck, Catch, and White ; and the other three flie called with her Mouth with three Smacks two of which flie fent to Mr. Throckmor*

:

and

ton

that

Wife, which returned and

his

told her

God w ould r

not fuffer them to prevail upon fent them to his Children, which tor;

which flie mented them

after that ftrange manner. She further confeiTed, That what the Children faid in her Hearing was true: And being asked what the upright Man's Name was that gave her the Devils, flie faid flie could not tell whereupon fhe was asked to go into another Chamber, and demand of her Spirits what his Name was, which fhe prefently did, and there, with a loud Voice, ;

three times faid,

Name

O

than Devil, I charge thee, in the and the Holy Ghoft, that

cf the Father, the Son,

the Name of the upright Man that gave Devils ; and then returning, flie faid her Spirits told her hisName VfasLa?igland. Being asktd

thou tell

me

we

the

where he lived, fhe laid flie could not tell wherefore fhe was again defired to confult with her Spirits, which fhe prefently did, and with a loud Voice cried three times, O Devil, 1 charge thee, in •

the tell

Name

of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghoft, the faid Langland dwelleth and re-

me where

;

turning, faid he had no Dwelling And being defired to demand where he was at that piefent, flie did as before, and returned, anfwering, That fici Spirits told herhe went the lafl Voyage beyond Seas. After thefe Confefficns, Mother Samuel and :


Witchcraft,

&c.

ro

t

r^nahrer were committed to Huntington Gc^l, was fufpeaed for the Death of one of

i

?.S

°V W

da

whom

ad fhe threaten of Chuaicn, one Ins ot Skknels

Servants, The Gofer's

stream mended after fetching of her. Mr. Throckmorton defired the High

nrefentJY

KSer!

W

accept of Bail for and Juftites to her home to fc«Hw|, that he might have Evidences of Gin tmefs aTt y whether the like the Mother, which they m ioht appear in her as in Sheriff

>

much Difficulty

wifh

granted.

&pn/d

Dorrington of whlf ha?TueMay *fc at Warboyfe, tf* tin Ntnto or yfo»j-D<i/ »i Huntington, Re>arf *f Dr.

"'

January.

A Bout Twelve a-Clock, May, Jane, and frpa> fV Daughters of Mr. Throckmorton ot tfarwip or'Lamenels,

into their ulual Fits neis, Deafneis, and Want of Feeling

Efq;

Bhpty-

fell

j

omy

rneir

youngeft Brother Re*Wi ot Nineteen Years ot Age, could fpeak to Jane, and fhe to Ma y and :

Afcer Dinner, Dr. Dorrington coming to fee them, with a Cambridge Scholar, found them all in their Fits, each of them often repeating the following Words,/ am glad, I am glad, none fo glad as I. The Doftor defired their Brother to ask them why they were fo glad Jane anfwered, Within two Hours we jhall have good News, the other Sifter affirming the fame. Mary and Jane whifpered to each other, / wonder bow jhe fbouid know that Thing, Grace

.

:

I

am

fure none of this Houfe told her, and therefore her Robert was again defired to ptufi tell her.

Spirits

aik Jane,

and Jans to ask Mary and Grace x

F

3

when they (hould


102

T^HISTOR V

of fhould come out of this Fit ; to which they an fwered, By and by, and then we jhall be all of u $ Âť e tf in the Rally and then returning quickly here again we jhall have another flight Fit,' and then the fml Hours -will be over ; but when we have been told the News -we expeft, we jhatl have a fevere Fit, but very All which happened true, for they role Jhort ; presently from their Stools, and went out of the great Parlour into an inward Parlour, to fee how their Mother did and from thence into the Hall ;

to fee their Sifter Elizabeth, who was fitting by the Fire ; and thence into the great Parlour, where

they no fooner came, but they all fell into their Fits again ; and being carried to their Stools, began to repeat again, / am glad, I am glad, nm fo glad as I ; And being asked, Why? they anfweredj That Agnes Samuel fhould be brought from Huntington to their Father's

Houie but they ;

ihould

they did her Mother, in their Fits, becaufe her Father fhould ask her no Queftions. After they had all faid thefe Words, they fell into extream Fits, bowing their Bodies fo that their Heads and Feet almoft met together, their Bellies being higheft, with great groaning ; but in a little Time, rubbing their Eyes twice or thrice, they awaked,and were very well again upon which the Spirits faying We are-gone, Mrs. Jane anfwerBeing asked how they ed, Farewel and be hangd. they faid, They had Hours ; had been thefe two had dined before they been afleep. And though their Fits, yet they had forgot it, yet had no

not hear Agnes Samuel,

as

;

Stomachs to

eat.

When Agnes Samuel was brought to Mr. Throckfor three morton $ Houfe, the Children continued it was when But atall Fits orfourDays without their into frefh fell they hoped that all was over, intne as tormented Fits a^ain, and were as much the Spirits began 0 id Woman's Time } and then :

to


Witchcraft,

&c.

to ;

Daugher, as much as ever they did the to accufe the Mother, and told the Children, that the Mother had given her Spirits over &o the Daughter, who had bewitched them over again, and would handle The them worfe than ever the Mother did. the lame wed difpofition towards rhe fhe Children had to rhe Mother, rhey faying they as Daughter cared rot for her or her Spirits, what they could do they trufted in God, who would deliver to them them out of their hands. Soon after Jgnes Samuel was brought to Mr. Throckmortons Houle, h\vs.Jane the eldeft Daughfrom Tichmarcb Grove to ter, was brought home what whilfl: omit flie iuffered but to Warboyfc obferve fhe remained there, we (hail particularly what happened at Werboyfe. On Friday the Ninth of Feb. 1592. Mrs.Jave fell into her fits as ufual, complaining of great pain in her Legs, which had been fore nine or ten Weeks before, being moft of the time Ihe was at fitcbBut now lhe grew much worfe in marcb Grove. her Legs, and for a fortnight before they were lb full of pain, that lhe could neither walk nor fit, but only ly upon her Bed, or on Cufhions by the Her Fit continuing all that Day, at Night Fire. the Spirit came to her, and talked as ufual with it, asking whence it came, what News it brought, with a great deal of difdain. The Thing would not; tell her whence it came, but that fhe fhould have very fevere Fitsforthe future, worfe than ever; being in perfect Memory, and retaining all her Senfes. She anfwered, lhe neither cared nor feared him, for God was on her fide, and would protect her upon which the Thing departed, Ihe continuing in her Fit moft of that Night, till lhe went to Bed. The Tenth in the Afternoon fhe lay groaning in her Fit by the Fire fide, and fuddenly was taken with a Bleeding at the Nofe, which iurprized ;

;

;

her very

much, fearing

ill

News F 4

after

it.

When

fhe

had


ia4

The

HISTORY

had bled much in her Handker.cheif, flic faid it was a good deed to throw it in the Fire and burn the W]tch. After flie had talked thus, it appeared that the Spirit

came

to her

;

fhe fmiling and look-

ing about her, faying,

What is this in Gcd's Name, comes tumbling to me? it tumbles like a

that Fcotbal,

much

looks like

it

a

Puppit-player, and appears

Dame's old thrunrb-Cap. What is your Name I pray ycu faid Hie? the Thing anfwered, nis Name was Blm. To which fhe anfwered Mr. Blew you are welcome, I never faw you before I thought my Nofe bled not for nothing, what News have you brought ? What, like its

;

fays

flie,

deft thou

than ever j

ihall

I

now

have

be worfe handled doft thou fay ? that Fits, when I fhall both hear

lay

was? Ha

my

!

I

fhaJl

what

and lee, and know every Body; that's a new Trick indeed. I think never any of my Sifters were lb do your worft, and t)fed, but I care not for you when you have dene, you will make an end. Aft er this flie was filent a while, but liftning to femethinp, that was faid, prefently called for Agnit Strfutti asking where {he was, and faying, that ihe had too much Liberty, and that ihe muft be more ftnÂŁUy locked too; for lately flie was in the Kitchen Chamber talking with her Spirits, and mtreated Mr. Blew not to let me have any fuch extream Fits when I fpoke, heard, and knew every Body. But he fays he will tordent me more and not reft till Dame Agnes Samuel is brought to her End fo that now, fays fhe, to Agnes Samuel, who was juftcome to her, it will be no better witn us both hanged. The till you and your Mother are Chamber Maid confefled fhe was in the Kitchen Spirits, wjth and alone, but denyed that fhe talked it, deny bid her not or knew any fuch. Mrs. Jam came Soon after fhe for the Spirits would not lye. of great pain in complained out of this Fit, and flie had been where herLeggs, and being asked ;

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and what flie had fa!d , lhe anfwered, that Die had been afleep, and faid nothing flie knew of, and wondered how her Hankerchief came to be fc bloody, laying, fome Body elfe had bloodyed it, and not (he, for lhe was not ufed to bleed. At Night when her Father and Mother rofe from Supper, fhe fell into the Fit Mr. Blew thrcatned her with, being feverely twifted in evefometimes fhe would thruft out her Arms ry Part fo iTrong and ft/ff, that it was inipoflible to bend them. Sometimes flie would fo twift them backward;, that no Body could do the like by thek natural Strength, crying out very pitifully ; fome. times flie complained of her Stomach, faying fee was very fick and offered to Vomit ; fometimes of her Head, or her Belly,never a Part being free from extream Pain, flie often calling upon God to think upon her and to deliver her ; fometimes it would flop her Breath, and fo long, that when fete fetched her Breath again, it would be with a deep and loud Groan ; and being often asked how ft* did, flie anfwered, very Sick, and full of Painu faying, lhe heard and faw all that was prefenr-. She continued in this Condition about -half aq Hour, and as flie was complaining {he fell into her fevcrefl: Fit, having her Mouth alio, fliut up, being deprived of all manner of Senfs. .And thus remaining quiet a while, fl:e fetched a great Groans and then her Mouth being opened, lhe laid, Here is a Rule indeed, I .md you are as good as you;: j

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Word

me

whence came you, or whr.t News pray you ? The Thing anfwered, that* flie muft be worfe handled than all this; fhe anfwered, God is above the Devil, and do what: .you can, you {hall not be abb to hurt me - BiiÂŤ .why do you punifh me work th*9 all my Si fte rÂŁj .having my Fits when I know every Body-? Be* cauie lhe told Tales of their Dame, they Taid; with

;

do you bring

I

Wiio

Dams &id

is

your.

flta,

JJax Samuel icfr^d


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The Thus

to6

of

in all their Talk, they would the Spirit. repeat the Spirits Anfwer, before they asked another Queftion ; fays flie then, if Nan Samuel be your Dame, I will tell more Tales of her, and I hope to tell fuch a Tale of her one Day, that Ihe will not be able to anfwer, nor you for her. The Thing anfwered, he would not punifli her the more for it, flie faid flie cared not for that. Then faid rhe Spirit, when was Smack with you, another of the Spirits, Ihe anfwered, I know no fuch fellow as Smack, you do fays the Thing, and it is he that tells you all thefe things, but I will curfe him for it ; do your worfl to me or him, I care not for you, fays flie. Farewel fays the Thing, do you bid me farewel fays lhe ; farewel and be hanged, and come again when you are lent for. Soon after fhe came out of her Fit, and was very fick, and her Legs fore. The next Day being Sabbath, fhe was pretty well all the Forenoon; foon after Dinner Mr. Throckmorton of Brampton came into the Houfe, to fee how the Children did, .and ftaying in the Parlour a while, Mrs. Eliza*

was coming in at the Door, fell inwhich was a little ftrange to the Gentleman. Says Mr. Throckmorton to the Gentleman, will you fee a Wonder, fays he, can I fee a greater beth iuft as fhe

to

a Fit,

than this To w hich he replyed, You fhall fee this Child brought out of this Condition, at the pronouncing of certain Words by a Maid in this JHoufe , upon which he caljed for Jtgnts Samuel, and deflred her to fay thefe Words I charge thee thou Devil, as I love thee, and have Authority over thee, and am a Witch, and guilty of this Matter, that thou fuffer this Child to be well at Thefe Words were no fooner enthis prefent. ded, but the Child wiped her Eyes, and was as well as any of them. Whilft the Gentleman admiring what pafTed, was talking with the Maid, and telling her flie could tell a pretty Tale for her T

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re.

y

asked 4 f "*'

of

be

her,

S38 J '7. u ror her

T|le the

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Tie,

'"h you

Jnow hl

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noifuch U(

"gÂť andit,,

I toll curfe

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I care

>ys the Thing,

'rewel and be re fentfor. t,

and was

ext

Day

ve-

being

he Forenoon;

of

Braaftw.

Children

did,

Mis.Elkt)oor,

fell in-

o the Gentle.

Gentleman, fee a greater fliall ,

fee this

at the pro-

laid in ignts

Surnttd,

charge

[

c

this

thee

Authority

iilry

of

this

be well

,

>

fooner enand was

:ntleman j

at

as

ad-

the Maid'

Tale

for

j*

&C.

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Mrs. y^ftandingby fell prefently into her Experiment was tryed with her, Fit 'and the fame and thisanfwered exactly whenother, as with the were in their Fits, it being them of ever any a Fortnight before, that Spirit the foretold by repeated thefe Words, Samuel whenever Mrs. Agnes they fbould be well. But to return to Mrs. Jane who was Sick and full fe jf

.

of Pain all that Day ; when Night came, after Supper fhe fell into her Fit as the Night before, being able to fee, hear, and underfhnd every thing that was asked of her ; and having continued in this Fit fometime, Hie fell into her ^enCeMs Fit, and being filent a while, and her Mouth fhut, fhe

Groan, and faid, whence came and what News do you bring ? Smack, Mr. you

fetched a great

The

Spirit anfwered,

that he

came from

fight-

ing, faid fhe, with whom ? The Spirit anfwered with Pluck, where did you fight, I pray you, faid fhe? The Spirit anfwered, in old Dames

backHoufe, which flood in Mother Samuels Yard ; and they fought with great Cowlfhves 3a(r Night, and who got the Maftery I pray you, faid fhe? He anfwered, he broke Plucks Head, fays fhe, I wafh he had broke your Neck alfo ; faith the Spirit, is that all the thanks I fliall have for my Labour ? What, fays fhe, do you look for thanks at my Hands ? I wifh you were all hatogtd up againft one another, for you are all naught, 'but God will defend me from yoa ; fo he depart; <i and bid her farewel. Being asked when he weald come again, he faid on Wednesday Nigh' He was no fooner

gone, but prefently came fluckto her, to

gelaid from whence come Head hanging down fd? Smack had told her.

Then

when

p. L k, with your He anfwered jmt as yo^,

feid the Spirit to

her,

When law you s**ck ? She anfwered; that fhe knew no fufch Fellow, yes fays he bnt you do but you will not be known of him.

It

feems,

fays',

fhe


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The

HISTORY

of

you have met

with your Match, and fte, that after fuch like Expreffions, he went away, and prefently fhe came out of her Fit, and complain, ed of Pain in her Legs. The next Day fhe was very fick all Day, it bein" Monday^ and in the Afternoon fell into a very ftrange Fit, having loft all her Senfes for about half an Flour; Agnes Samuel feeing the Extremity of which, ftemed to pray earneftly for her rlong with the reft and being asked whether it proceeded from Wantonnefs, as fhe ufed to fay, {he could not deny but it mull proceed from fome Supernatural Power. When the Fit was over Ihe was Well, except the Pain in her Legs. Afcer Supper, as foon as her Parents were rifen, flie fell into the fame Fit again, as before, and then became fenfelefs, and in a little Time opening her Mouth, fhe faid., Will this hold for ever ? I hope it will be better one Day. From whence came you now Catch, faid flie, limping ? I hope you have met with your Match. Catch anfwered, That Smack and he had been fighting, and that Smack had broken his Leg. Said fhe,That Smack is a fhrewd Fellow, methinks, I would I could fee him. Pluck came laft Night, faid flie, with his Head broke, and now you have broken your Leg ; I hope, faij §, he will break both your Necks before he hath done with ycu. Catch anfwered, that he would be even with him before he had done. Then faid ihe, Put forth your other Leg, and let me fee if I can break that, having a Stick in her Hand. The

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Can Spirit told her, that flie could not hit him. the Then try. me Let ? Ihe faid you, hit X not Stick the up lifted flie and Leg, Spirit put our his and fudderJy ftruck on the Ground. You have not hurt me, laid the Spirir. Have I not hurt you, faid fhe ? No, but I would if I could, and then I would make fome of ycu corneihcic Heme. So flie feemtd divers tunes to #rike at eaiily,

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10^

but he leaped over the Stick, as fhe Apes. So after many fuch iik e a jack- anfaid away, and fhe came out Tricks the Spirit went all that Night, and the of her Fit, continuing of Pain full and in her Sick, very Day, Spirit?

the

next

LC fhe fell into It Night, when Supper was ended, as ufual, continued which again, her fenfiWe Fit a little after and fenielefs, and rlv-n fhe grew me faid, Groan, great time, as ufual, fetching a Arm your in with Ha' Sirrah, are you come now with you I Who hath met a Slin<Âť, Mr Blew?

faid, You know well enough. know well enough ? How t Do She anfwered, and fhould 1 know ? Why, faid the Spirit, Smack

pray

?

"The Spirit

were fighting, and he hath broken my Arm. Said I hope fhe, That Smack is a ftout Fellow indeed, he will break all your Necks, becaufe you punifh me without a CauYe. I wifh, faid fhe, that I could be once acquainted with him. We will be even with him, faid Blew, one Day. Why, faid fhe, what will ye do ? The Spirit faid, they would all Saith fhe, Perhaps he fall upon him and beat him.

I

cares not for you Head, Catches Leg,

all,

for

he has broken Pluck's

and your Arm, now you have may go and heal your Arm, you fomething to do, Yes, faith the Spirit, when my Arm is well, we will beat Smack. So they parted, and fhe came out of her Fit, and complained of moft Parts of her Body; fo that fhe feemed eafier, while the Spirit was talking with her, than when fhe came out of the Fit. The next Day, which was Wednefday, fhe was very ill, and when Night came fhe firft fell into her fenfible Fit, and then into her ienfelefs one, and after fetching a great Sigh, faid flie, whence

came you Mr. Smack ? He faid he was come tick cording to his Promife on Sunday Night. Said fhe, It is Yejy likely you will keep your Promife, bur I had


no

The

HISTORY

of

I had rather you would keep away till you arc fent for ; but what News have you brought ? Said he, I told you I had been fighting laft Sunday Night, but I have had many Battles fince. So it

feems, faid Die, for here was both Pluck, Catch and Blew, and all came lame to me. Yes, faid he, I

have met with them all. But I wonder, faid fhe, you could beat them for they are very great, and you are but a little one. Said he, I am good enough for two of the beft of them together. But, What's that, faid faid fhe, I can tell you News. he ? They will all of them fall upon you at once, and beat you. He faid he cared not for that, he would beat two of the beft of them. And who lhall beat the other two, faid Ihe, for there is one who hath been often fpoke of, called Hardname, his Name ftanding upon eight Letters, and every Let. ter ftandeth for a Word, but what his Name is 5

we know not. The Spirit anfwered, Coufin Smacks would help him to beat the other two. There are alfo two other Smacks, as appears from the old Woman's Confefllon. What, faid fhe, will your Coufin Smacks help you ? Is there Kindred amongft Devils ? I never heard of that before, God keep me from that Kindred. great deal of fuch foolifh Talk pa {Ted amongft them, but at rhe laft the Spirit faid, You fhallhave no more fuch Fits as you have had. No, laid fhe, Why, that's well, but you can dc nothing but lye. faid he, will you not believe me ? No, faid (he* lhall I believe the Father of Lyes ? But you lhall She reply d, If I do, I will find it true, faid he. believe you, but not before. I pray Gcd it may be true, but whether it is or not, I care not a rufh for you. No, fays he, will \0d not thank me ? Thank you, hang you and all your Fellows, for I will believe you no further than J fee you, nor do I care for any of you all. otherwife,

That

his

A

This


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Witchcraft,

&c.

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ofcen endeavoured to deceive This Smack hath that he would do any Promifes, . wich fair but love him but by would if me nir for her, always reflfted and de " ance ° f God ' he Aflift r 'j tjj $ Temptations. faid ftie, You have often told me, that ;

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I

\t laft

fcratch Samuel, when ftould fcratch Agnes fcratch Ihould me that her ulr ? The Spirit told ftiall me Ihe, laid What, Affixesbefore Affixes with a fcratched Face ? the before ftand She laid fhe fo it mould be Yes, laid the Spirit, flhall I

I

£

£

on whenfoever it mould be and, faid in th.s, as good as your Word fte, look you be for whatsoever the her for I would fain fcratch now, and am nek her Mother is, I cannot abide her Company, loath when I look upon her, and have no Ihould the Spirit told her fhe woJld

;

fet it

;

At

parting

am

No, laid ftie, I Fits after the Affizes. Spirit, if you very glad of that. But, fays the I will bring for Samuel, be to Agnes have, her, laying left her to her End. Thus the Spirit more

Woe

came out nothing of his return, and prefently ftie Ihe of her Fit, and was better than commonly go upon ufed to be, and the next Day was able to beMonth a ufe could not her Legs, which Ihe fore.

Monday the Twentieth of February Ihe began to talk again, after ftie had been an Hour i n her Fit ; having eaten her Supper in her Fit, on a fudden ftie faid, What are you come now? I thought you would have come no more, but where have you been faid ftie ? He anfwered, That his Coufin Smack and he had been fighting with Pluck and Catch, and had beaten them both very much, but fo that they du:ft not come to her no more when ftie asked after a great deal of Talk, Ihe Ihould fcratch Agnes Samuel ? The Spirit anfwered, That if ftie Ihould fcratch her now, her Face would be well before the Affixes, which muft not be ;

On

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ii2

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HISTORY

of bid him look to his Promife, for foe would keep her Nails for ^er. Yes, faith the Spi* rit, and fhe was alio contenting to theDeath of the Lady Cromwell. Like enough, I thought fo,. did Ihe. Yes, fays the Spirit, and to prove this to be true, whenfocver any Stranger fhall come into the Houfe, you fhall fall into a lit, and if then^-Samuel fliall come unto you and fay, As I arna Witch and conllnting unto the Death of the Lady Cromwell, fo I charge ihee to depart, and Jet her comefoith of her Fit, you fhall be prefently well. So Mrs. Jane repeated the fame Words after the Spirit, which were then fetdown in Writing If it be fo, faith Mrs. Jtam, then I hope flie will be hanged at the Affizes as well as her Mother, and that Sir Hetiry Cromwell will look to the matter. At be

;

fo

flie

the Spirit told her, that fhe fhould have her upon the Aliizes-Day, and all manner of Bits that fhe ever had, but after that Day fhe fliould have no more; but if fhe had, then Woe be to dgncs Samuel, for then I will make her pay for it. O.n Friday following, as foon as Supper was ended, fhe fell into her Talking Fit again, and on a fudden fhe faid, S?%ack, where have you been all this time ? And how did it happen I talked not with you, having had fo many Fits all this time? Snth Smack, I was not at Home, but now I bring laft

Fits

you good News. What is that faid fne ? You fhali have no more Fits till this Day Seven Night, if you will rife betimes to Morrow Morning, but if you do not, you ihall have your Fit in the which fhall continue all the Day to Morning your Trouble. Then, faid Hie, if nfing betimes will preven-r it, God-willing, I will to Morrow Morning; which fhe did. and had no Fit that Day. Then flie asked, Whv fhe fliould have no mere j

Week ? The 'Spirit anfwtred, That y& intreated fhe fhould have no. more Fits Samuel nes lays this Week, as I loved her, but I iove her net Fits thac


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&c.

113

you mall have no more Fits this betimes in the Morning. And k if you rife muft I have my Fits if Strangers why, faid fte, anlwered, To bring her to

yet the Spirit,

W

?

The

ITZe

SK"

Spirit

with her, faid But when did you talk now, faid the Spirit, in the Church

Tuft

rLmbtt

She

will deny

that,

faid

Mrs. Jane,

Yes, fays the Spirit, when flie is have one whole muft you IThe is obliged, andbefore the Aflues. MuftWeek of fick Fits Soul ? Agnes Samuel will faid flie, for whofe I Let me know, fays Spirit. it fo, fays the asked about

it.

have

4en

le faid

thlt

the Spirit,

manner of

Day tffis

will be.

You

fhall

know

Day Seven Night, and what

Fits they ihall be.

how her to God, be Legs did. She faid, Well, Thanks glad of was uhydoyouask? He faid, Becaufe he Be glad for your felf, faid flie, and be no; it. but God, g!ad for me, for I thank not you for it, Upyou. of infpight me who Itruft will deliver her of out came on which he went away, and flie rifing Fit, and continued well all the next Day, Before thev parted,

the Spirit asked

betimes in the Morning. On Sunday following, being the 25th of Februof Brampton, who was the ary, Mr. Throckmorton, firft Stranger that came to the Houfe, pay'd a Viand in half an Hour after his coming, Mrs. fit Jane fell into her Fit, and had not long continued fo, before Smack came to her, to whom me faid, How comes it I have my Fit now, and you promifed I mould have none before Friday next ? He faid, She knew well enough. She faid, She did Then he told her, That Strangers were not. come, and me muft have her Fit to prove Agnes Samuel a Witch. The Spirit likewife told her, That there was a fore fick Week of Sick Fits to come yet. She faid, She hoped in God to deliver ;

her.

As


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The

HISTORY

of

As

fhe fat thus in her Fit, talking with Sm*,i one of her Sifters fat by her, in a quiet Fi? a who fuddenly faid to her, Sifter Jane, the Th 8 teJJs me you Hull have a very fore Fit byld-bv And immediately fhe fe]] into a very fick and

^'

troubleiome Fit, fwelling and heaving her Body and groaning and crying out after the ufual man-' ner. 1 hen Mr. Throckmorton her Father, called for

^r»«W,and defired

her to hold the Child, for I think faid he,you are firteft to have the 1 rouble of it Atter the Child had been in her Arms a confide-' rabie time, ftrughng and very troublefome, her r w "forerold of her fick Fit, faid, Be otc good Comfort, Sifter Jane, for the Thing me the worft is paft, and you {hall be well tells byand-by for the Thing fays, That Agnes Samuel is weary of holding you, and therefoie you fha!l be jvell,whichprefently proved true, for her troubleiome Fit ended, and fhe continued quiet as before. Upon this, Mr. Throckmorton her Father, told his '

Coufin what his Daughter Janehzd faid before,

That when any Stranger come

viz.

fhe fhould fall into Fit 3nd tflCn if Agnes Samuel ^ould fay fuch ' \u Vv ords, fhe fhould come forth of it to prove" her a Witch, which his Coufin defired him to try. Up-

on which the Child 's Father bid jigxtt Samuel lay him, Even as I am a Witch, and confented to the Death of the Lady Cromwell, fo I charge the after

Spirit to depart, and let her be well. The Maid began, but either could not, or would not fpeak them plain, but would always fay, Confenting to

our Death of our Lady Cromwell, and would not

with repeating the Words three or four Times over, fpeak them plain ; fo that fhe that was in ner Fit,

faid,

Here

i.«

fomething telleth

me

that

lhe will not fpeak them right. At laft, with much ado, fhe fpoke them, and prefenrly fhe came out

of her Fir, and was very were ufed to another in vailed,

well. a

Fit,

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at Dinner, Mrs. Elizabeth being pointed to fay Grace, and when was into her Fit, it, prefently her Mouth through gone {he had half

The

next

Day

Ihe could not was fhut up, that

finifh

it.

Then

Samuel, deMr Throckmorton called for Agnes open her and Mouth to Spirit the h-red her to charge fin.fh her Grace which She might {he that again, went through to the end ot it. did and the Child Throckmorton endeavoured to teach Agnes

Then Mr ^Wafliort her

it,

Grace, and though the Children told two or three times a Day, (he could not

learn^it.^

following, Mrs. Mary, who had at Huntington, been well ever fince the Seffions Day and aoout was fomewhat uneafie in the Morning,

and quaNine-a-Clock fell into a great trembling her without king, and could not hold a Joint of into a very fell fhe any known Caufe. Soon after Hour, and an troublefome Fit, which held half is it true ? Do at the laft growing better, Ihe faid, you fay, this is the Day that I muft fcratch the young Witch ? I am glad cf it, I will pay her home both for my felf and Sifters. Mr. Edvard,

and Mr. Henry Pickering, and feveral others ftanding by, caufed the Maid to be brought into the Chamber where the Child was, to fee what would be the ifTue of it, knowing the Maid was able to keep her felf from fcratching, if three fuch as As foon as the the Child fhould fet upon .her. into the 'Chamber where the {he cry'd; Art thou come, thou

Maid came was,

Child

young

Witch, who hath done all this Mifchief. Agnes Samuel feemed to ftand amazed at thefe Words, not being accuftomed to hear fuch Expreflions from the Child, fo one in the Company defired her to take her in her Arms, and carry her down, for her Legs were taken from her,

Mrs,


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ffe

H I S T O R Y o/

Mrs. Mary let her take her up very quietlv \n her Arms, and clafped her Hands about her Neck but as fhe began to lifi her up, Ihe fell a fcratchins her fo eagerly and fiercely, to thofe that flood by, faying,

I

the Amazement of will fcratch you

you young Witch, and pay you home for puni£ g m and n ^ Siftefs * the Thing tells me I J? Jhoujd l have haa no more Fits, but been well, ° U TheM aid flood ftilj holding down but y her i/ /r ricad (for rhe Child kneeled upon her Knees) and cried out pitifully yet either would not, or C 0m " n r once !u ck away her Head. Nay, fays P ?. tne fchild, I know you cry. but the Spirit laid I i

,

;

,

ihould not hear you, becaufe I fhou'd not pity and it is he that holdeth you that you cannot ; get away from me.

you

The Child Icratched till the Skin came off the Breadth of a Shilling, but no Blood, but Water. At lafl the Maid brought her down into the Pari lour, where the Child fitting a while on her Stool, feemed to be very ibrry, and faid, I would not nave fcratched Na?i Samuel lb ; but the Thing bid me do it, and forced me to it, ftretching forth my Arms, and {training my Fingers, whether I w ould or not, and made me fcratch her, which indeed appeared to be contrary to the Nature of the Child. The Child continued her Fit till an Hour after Dinner, and when fhe was out would not believe what fbe had done till {he faw her Face, and then cried and was forry for it. The next Day, being Friday Mrs. Mary was in a very mild Fit all the Morning, and a little before Dinner, faid to her Sifters that were in their Fits, I am glad, and very glad, but would not

m

,

tell why. Prefently fhe faid to the Thing that fiood by her, but I know you will lye to me as you have often done. Nay, fays the Thing, I ufe not to lye Nor do, faid fhe, Who are you, :

pray

?

The Thing

anfwered, Smack.

What,

fays fhe,


7

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&c.

i

1

that ufes to come to my vou that lb many things ? Yes, her ?A.T*L and tells her Sifter Jane never ?^ h, dding that he this told that he told Lye a ^I^feTneither was

A

hei S.fters all of Smack told her, in their Tits, what come out Ihould Dinner ihe

rhen Mrs Mtf?

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.

SkA 5 Kaftcr never iter Fit,

^

and

hid icratched

told

have any more, became Âť'lnch happened

me ac

CPr

of February, Day, being the Second and it Bed, iÂŤ lit, be.ng Mrs. Jam fell into her her told and with her fremed SMwdE had been her to declared fcmethmg, winch he afierward and go ng down nyo Sifters being in their Fits; had fate a while by the Parlour to them, when ihe will by her ; the Fire, He fpoke to fomething bringyou but net look on vou, for you never come you weie time laft the lick was 1 ill News for thing The you for ? fent who here, and I wonder

Th?Le

;

anlwered, but now

You were

you

I

fiefc

the laft time

I

was. here,

you mail be much worfe. Do your I fear worft, faid flie, for God will preferve me. not.

wonder, faid

ihe,

how your Leg doth

?

think Smack fpoke with you when he broke your Leg. Said he, I pray you don't tell Smack that I was here. Do you pray me, faid Ihe, I do not know that Smack, but if I did, I would tell him that he might break your Neck too. The thing anfwered, Yes, you know him well enough, for you made him break my Leg ; but 1 would not for any thing that he ihould know that I was here, faid the Thing ; but I will make you pay for all

I

this

Week

will lay

that

comes

with you what

be lick this

Week

Said he, I

know very

you can,

this

Morning

you

fhall

Will you,

in.

you

laid fhe, I will, that I mail not

one thing I know. well that Smack was witi but do both of you wha- you

if I will, for

;

have

a

fick

Week

of

it,

and that

you


n8 you

Toe fhall find

HISTORY

for

;

you

fhall

of

be fo Tick next

Week

that your Body fhall be fore all the Week after' for I will courfe you as well as Smack hath courfed

Why laid fhe do you revenge your felf upon and not upon S sick. He faid he durft not deal with him, for he was too hard for him. After a little Silence, fhe asked her Sifters if they did not fee Catch, who talked with her juft me.

5

me

now, they

Then pti haps he is gone faid cannot fee him. Then fhe began to talk fhftJy with them, as if no Body fhould hear, fay. ing, this Morning Smack was with her, and told her, fhe would have a very bad Week the next Week, which he could not help; but he had fo beat Pluck, that he will never come at me again ; and if he doth, he fays, he will kill him but he faid, if you will go to feme Friend's Houfe, and flay all the Week, then you fhall be well ; but I told him I had no Friend's Hcufe to go to, nor to none I would go, do what he would Then he defired me to go to Sommerfon, a Town two Miles from Warboyfey where fhe had been very well with an Uncle of hers ; but faid fhe, I wonder how he fa'd

No.

fhe, for I

;

:

knows Sommevfon,

I think he knows all the Country round ; but I told him I would not once flir my Foot for him, do what he could. Then they asked when Smack would come again fhe laid, he told her he would come again after Supper. In the meantime fome Strangers came in who were defirous to fee her out of her Fit, which was upon the Account of Agnes Samuel, as fhe was charged with being a Witch, and confented to the Death of the Lady Cromwell. At Night a little before Supper fhe fell into her Fit again, and fo continued till Supper was ended. When the Company was rifen from the Table, and let by the Fire, Smack came to her again, and told her that fhe could not avoid thofe Fits next Week, except fhe would go from home. She ;

told


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1

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9

would not, and bid him do his worft. Id him {he was Catch with you ? Said fhe to Th-nfa 'd he. when

rw

punifh her frrangefy next becaufe I had caufed you will break hope I his Leg ; but vou to break break yours, for feme Body will lis Neck, and he would courfe Smack fa.d vou are all naught. would he never warrant would latch fox it, and him. done with had he when come again to her, and begin, Fits my when Then laid fhe, tell me Monday that on faid, when' they fiiall end ? He end that Day f even Morning they wou'd begin and will have a Week Night in the Morning. You Yes , fays he , and faid fhe ? I lbopofe then Body next Week your your you will be fore of and threatned to faid with fickFits, he

3

which was the next Day, fhe had by Jgfeveral Fits, and was brought out of them Sunday. nes Samuel's Charge, and fo cn the Fits were to troubleiome her when On Monday, and unvery fick grew (he Morning begin, in the Mrs. EliWeek the all ; eafie, and had her Semes very fudWeek with zabeth too was troubled this

On

Saturday,

den and extraordinary Fits, her Body being more t willed than of feveral Months before, which made us conclude fomething more than ordinary was a working, it being impoflible fhe ihould bear fuch violent Paflions long. On Saturday the Tenth of March, as fhe fat at Supper it feemed, by the Motion of her Hands and Head, and her Humming, is if fhe had a Mind to fpeak to fomething on the Table, but

feverely

hen

Mouth was

ihut

up

;

then fhe lamented fad-

but could not exprefs her Grief. Soon after lliefell into fo troublefome a Fit, that fhe could not fit on her Stool ; then Agnes Samuel was defired to hold her, which fhe did, and in a little time fhe began to grow more quiet. And her Sifter Grace was more troubled than fhe was, fo fhe fee

ly,

down


i2Q down

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HISTORY

of

the one. and took up the other ; and as flie Grace in her Arms, M\s. Elizabeth, who fat hard by her, faid on a fudden, with a great deal of Anger, now I can fee the young Witch in my Fit, which 1 never could do before in a Fit. The Company wondered to hear the young Child call the Maid a Witch, who never before gave her or her Mother, cr any Bcdy elfe, an ill Word, either in or out of her Fit, and therefore concluded femething extraordinary was a working ; then ihe faid, my Sifter Janes Devil told me as I fat at Supper, that I muft fcratch the

was holding Mrs.

young Witch. As foon as fhe had laid fo, fhe flipped from the Bench and fell upon her Knees, for ihe was not able to ftand, and caught the Maid by the Hiu\d that flood next to her, and which was holding her Sifter, and fcratched one of her Hands violently, and laid it was fhe that had bewitched her and her Sifters, or they had been well long bethou young thou young Witch fore ;

O

Witch

!

heard of

When

a

who

ever

the had breathed a while, ihe fell

upon De-

her again, and vil that

O

upon thee, fie upon thee young Witch before.

Fie

!

laid this

ufed not to

was her

;

Sifter-Janes

lye that bid her fcratch her

;

for faid ihe, I would not have fcratched you, and but the Devil makes me it is againft my Wiil forth my Arms, and holdeth fcratch you, and do it, I would not otherwife bends my Fingers, Maid the while this All as I am now my felÂŁ ;

held the other Child ftill in her Arm, never offering to pull her Hand away from her, but cryed out fadly, defiring the Lordtopitty her. Then one that fat by deiired her to fpeak, whether ftie thought the Child fcratched her of her own accord or not ; ihe anfwered, fhe thought not nay, fays flie, I know ihe did not, and that ;

not her own Mind to fcratch me thus. When the Child was weary of fcratching the fecond it is

Time,

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&c\

rifc

put out her Hands, and faid, Look you Devil fays I muft fcratch her no more my Fingers are bent out fo ftraight that: I cannot bend them, which appeared when fhe held out her Hand. Then ftie rubbed her Hsnd upon the Maid's Hand that bled little, and wiped the Blood upon her own Hands, which Hie did f: me, fhe

here, the now, for

often whilft Hie talked with her. Prefently, when the Scratching was ended, the Child began to weep, and crying, faid to the

would not have fcratched you, but the Devil made me whether I would or not Oh thac you never had deferved to be thus ufed, complaining as if flie had done fome great Offence. When this weeping Fit was over, fhe began to Maid,

I

:

exhort her, raifing her voice with fo much dellre Amendment, that the like was never heard out of a Childs Mouth, Oh, faid the Child, thac thou hadft Grace to repent thee of thy Wicktdnefs, that thy Soul might be faved, for thou had forfaken thy God, and given thy felfto the Devil, Oh. Oh that thou hadft known what a precious thing thy Soul was, thou never wouldft have ven it to the Devil. Thou hadft need to pray Ni<*hc for her

!

and Day for Gods Favour again, cthefwije thy Soul fhall be damned in Hell for ever. Thou doft: often pray here at home when we pray, and likewife at Church, but thou prayeft in vain, becaufe thou prayeft not with thy Heart; but I will pray for thee with all my Heart, and I will forgive thee, and defire all my Sifters, and all my Friends to forgive thee, if thou wilt confefs thy Fault but thou haft a hard Heart, and the Devil hoJdeth thy Heart, and will not fuffer thee to confefs it but thou muft confefs it, whether thou wilt or no, when thy Time is come But Oh that thou wouldft now confefs it, that thy Soul might be :

!

When


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fne ufed thefe Words, fhe would repeat them at leaft three times over, Avith fo much Earneftnefs, and never leave expaemng them as long as her Breath would feive. Then Ihe

When

my

Devil ftandeth with her Finger here before my Face, and points to the Blace, and telleth me that thou fhalt one Day confefs it, or ell'e thou malt be hanged; for

would

tell her,

Sifter Joan's

before thou doft confefs it, or be hang'd, we Ihall net be well ; but if thou wilt now confefs it, we lhall be prefently well ; therefore defie the Devil and confefs it, that God may forgive thee and thy Soul may be faved. Jf thou wouldft think of the Torments of Hell, and that thou muft burn in Hell Fire, except thou doft confefs and repent, thou wouldft net ftand fo but thou itri&ly in the Denial of it as thou doft a Witch this been hath and Child, wicked art a 5

Years and more Mifchiefthan to me and

four or killed

five

my Lady

;

thou

my

Cromwell and

haft

done more

Sifters; thou haft

more,

the Devil

that ftandeth here telleth me fo ; Sifter Joan in this lick Week, but have killed God will not let thee : What a wicked Heart haft thou, thft nothing will content thee but our

and thou wouldft

my

and thy Father were the Caufe, faid fhe, why thy Mother did. deny what me confeffed ; Mother s Soul fhe was in a good way, and if your anfwer for muft Father your be damn'd, you and lorry for was and confeffed Your Mother had it forhave would Body her Naughtinefs, and every had fhe that Oh given her, and prayed for her. haye been might never gone home, that her Soul Father is a faved : Thy Mother is a Witch, thy Witch, and thou art a Witch, and the worft of fo much thy Mother would never have done all fo the and thee, for but Hurt as fhe hath, done Devil hath told me.

^Thou

!

^

1


Witchcraft,

&c. were now here,

Oh! that thy Father Devil fays that I fhould fcratch

him

2; for the j

too, he is a

naughty Man. Oh that he were here that I might fpeak to him. Then Mr. John Pickering and Mr. Henry Pickering were defired to fee if they could periwade the old Man to come which they doubted he being a to the Houfe however they went, and were not cburlifh man twenty paces from the houfe before they law him comeingas faft as he could towards it, and watch* ing him in, followed him. When they were come into the Hall, near the Parlour door,where the Child was, the Child cried out, he is comcjie is comej will go andlcratch him and preffed forwards on her knees towards the Parlour door, though ihe was in fuch a part of the Parlour that fhe could not fee into the Hal], and therefore could not fee the Man. Then Mr. Dorrington, who was piefent, flopped her, and caufed him to be called into the Parlour ; when he came in fhe frill preffed towards him and laid, I muft fcratcfc him, I muft fcratch him, but prefentJy {topped, and faid, I muft not fcratch him, fhe wing her fin-

Witch and

a

!

,

;

y

gers clofe fhut up together. If he had come here juft now, faid fhe, the Devil faid I muft have Scratched him, but now I muft not. Then Mr. Throckmorton asked him why he came to the Houfe, he anfwered, that he heard his

Daughter was fick. Mr. Throckmorton and Mr. Dor* then asked him who told him, but he laid, he would not tell them; but at laft he faid, that his Brothers Daughter came to the Houfe and told him, that fhe faw Mr. Dorrington and Air. rington

Man come to this Houfe together* and then thinking there was fomerhing to* do a* bout his Daughter, he came to fee what was the matter; but this they thought could not brine* nim, fmce before he would not come without a Precept from the Juftices, Throckmortons

G

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The

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STORY

of

continued to cry out upon him, a naughty Man and a Witch, Daughter his Wifcs Soul his -nd but for him and repeated a great deal jaight have been laved ; and flie gave his Daughto him, of the Exhortations to ask forgivenels. and ter, adviling him to prayer, the Child could that But he was lb rude and loud, of the Comreft the not be heard, and told her and him a Witch and ; pany that they lyed in calling feven years old, though above was Child [aid the he would not be iiindeed not twice feven ; but to it by her Father, obliged till her lent nor hear him or anfwer hear not could -hou'oh the Child lhe flop fpeaking did nor any of his Speeches, debgned (he to fay thing any for his talking, in hear not him, yet could but though lhe to him and none elie in Daughter, him and his

The

Child

ftill

and laid, that be was

â&#x20AC;˘

flie

law-

the

Company.

When and the

,

the Child had thus.exhorted the Father Daughter for an hour and a half, Mr.

that his Daughter^Throckmorton told John Samuel commanded the had, he which nes by a Charge and they had Children, his Soiritsto depart from to uie the him deiired departed ; he therefore had ufed before fame Words w.hieh his Daughter would he faid he would come of it ;

to fee what him fpeak them nor not neither ihould any make lhen thing, would he be brought to it for any to came he Mr Throckmorton told him, that fince away till Houfeunient for, he fliould not go lii continued Chil the had laid them, as long as

h

Then Mi.^rbefore encourage him fpoke the Words

in her Fit, if it

%ton to

wereaWeek

firft.

h^^

ei S; bou r did alfotwoor three of law A /; he till 'he would not be perfwaded, nil let him depart Th-ockmorton was refolute, not;to Words were As he had fpoken them ; the Death of the M'.gg? Witch, Md counting to the from Mu. bhu jo I charge the Spirit to depart

him,

bÂŁ

as

M

.

lm*

well,


Witchcraft, herh l

Throckmorton ,

r%

at this preftnt, and to fufer far

The Man had no foone* fpoken the

en

Words but ZanitmZ ti

&c.

e Child

the Child arofe, and was very well,

much Company there. Then vÂŤW asked if Ihe knew of any thing that

to fee fo

and fcveral Particulars were naof- no inch thing, lay^d toher, but &e knew-and was ready to weep, Si flic had been allsep, her wtrh loch things. charged feelaufe they had vedeparting fire went to then Company The was dote or

laid,

Md

r>

'ln

Ihe

next place,

we

fliall

was handled

Joan Throckmorton

in

how Mr s. the hck Week that relate

On -Sunday Ni|ht wasthreatned by the Spirit merry-, but in file and well went to Bed very comphmeuot eveAre Morning when lbe waked, (he was very ry part of her Body, faying, Thac Stomach, and Head full of Pain, efpecialty in her Sides that and that there was fomething under her twitched her, that flie could not fetch her Breath. ihe

All that Day, as well as the Week following the was ftrangely tormented, crying out of Pain in every part of her-, .her Stomach was taken frotti her, fo that all the Week flieeatfcar.ee enough to her Legs were very, fore and fuftain Nature full of Pain, having little or no ufe of them al! the Week ; her- Hands were continually cold and benumbed; bur her greateft and continual Pain lay in Head, which mightily difturbed her Reft fhe doing nothing /out cry and groan all Nigh:, mod part of the Week. Befides this continual Pain, flie had fevcral Fits every Day, as well as in the Night, fo violent, that one would, fcarce have thought it pofiible for her to efcape with her Life ; for ihe would lie upon her Bed fcrieking and ftarting for an Hour together, and fometimes four or live, without any ;

,

lntermiflion

Swoon

or a

fometimes {he would lie as in a Trance, holding her Breath a quarter ;

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HISTORY

of

of an Hour or longer ; fo that one could not perceive that fhe breathed at all, yet at laft flit wculd rife up with her Belly, and fetch a deep Sigh, and fo loud and doleful a Groan, as if fhe had been dying, which fort of Fit was cuftomary Night and Day, and held her the longeft of any other, and always the longer when any of her Friends flood by and endeavoured to comfort her ; fometimes it •would rife up into her Head, and there refting a while, it would raife up her Body and her Head very ftrongly, till Che almoft flood upright and ;

with fo much Strength, that no Body could hold her down. In which Fit fhe defired to have her Head holden, otherwife fhe faid it would tear it in Pieces ; and always a little before fhe felt the Fit coming, fhe would cry hold ; and all the while fhe was rifing with her Body, it would hold her Breath, until fhe came to the higheft, and then fhe would fetch a great Groan, and falling down fuddenly, would fettle her felf in the Chair stain; and though fhe was all the Week in this continual Danger, and was at the Point of Death

every Hour, yet on Saturday all Day, efpecially in the Night, fhe was in the greateft Hazard, no Body expecting her Life, the Fits were fo extremely violent and dangerous ; yet before Morning it pleafed God to give her fome Eafe, though as the

Devil had told them before, Nan Samuel would have had him to have killed" her this Bout, as fhe obfervable did the Lady Cromwell. And one thing perfeft was, that all the Week long fhe had her though fhe Senfes, as the Spirits foretold ; but ">» 0 PP ed was Breath could always hear, yet her And peak. to 1 that very often fhe was not able the abide never another thing was, that fhe could' J" Company of Nan Samuel all that time, ^"S ihe always more grievoufly tormented while »

I!

flayed.

When


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127

Week was

ended, and Monday MornWhen the fhe felt her felf reasonafaid, ing came again, fhe

Day had no

that

Fit

at all, buc bly well, and all complained that fhe was fore in her Body and iu been beaten. All the next her Legs, as if fhe had well, yet not -without, pretty continued Week fhe in her Legs, efpeSorenefs great and many Fits,

towards Night, as it was common to them Night. all to be worie againft On Monday afer. that, which was the 19th of March, Smack came to her again, and fhe presently truft one Day God will revenge me on faid, I you, and all your Company, for puniflnng me thus, and all my Sifters. Why, faid he, had you afick Week of it ? It is no matter to you, laid fhe Why, I told you, faid he, I could not help to feme it, except you would have gone abroad you whither Friend's Houfe. Go you, faid fhe, my ftir will, and do what you can, I will not Feet out of Doors for your Pleafure ; I know ciaily

you could, and you ufe all me and my Sifters, but and if he give you leave not God will

you would

kill

me

the Means you can I

truft

if

to kill

;

does, I fhall becontent rather than live in this continual Pain. You have often told me, I fhouhi fcratch the young Witch before the Affixes, now tell me when fhall it be ; for I would fain fcratch her, I cannot abide her of late, whatever is the matter. God, I think, hath fet my Heart againft Meat if I fee her, it goes her, for I cannot eat fo much againft my Stomach. But tell me, faid her, flie, what Day I fhall fcratch her ; He cold it fhould be two or three Days before the Aflizes.

my

Tell me, faid fhe, Monday, faid he,

on which Day it fhall be ? On which is this Day Fortnight.

it be, fori will keep my Nails un* pared for her. I will fcratch one Side for my felf, laid fhe, and the other for my Aunt Pickerings who was on 2 of the Twelve that were bewitched,

Well, look that

G

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ri8

7be

HI$>

TO

RY of

to John Pickering, of Ellington in Huntington. Well, laid Mrs. Joan to Smack, I will lay it cm' whenever I fcratch, that all the World may ice

Wife

that Ihe

is a

Witch.

Saith Smack,

They

that think

cf her, are deceived, and I will prove Mow Will you prove it, faid fhe ? By compelit. Will you compell me? ling yoti to ferateh ker Then I will not fcratch her. But you {hall fcratch her, faid he, fo they had many Words aLoutit. At hfti 11. e laid fne had argood mind to fcratch her, but would not if fne could otherwife choofe. Sffiatk faid that fhe muft fcratch her as well as the reft had done, and that there were two more belides her to otherwise

do

it. t

When they

t

^

had ended their Talk, Hie called for and faid Ihe fhoukl not come out of Samuel, 'Sgnc: her l it till fbe had charged the Spirit to depart, which the Maid did, and Hie was prefently well. Within two Days after, Mrs. Grace, as fne fat in the Maids Arms, in a very troublefome Fit, fuddenly fell a fcratching the Maid's Hand, very fcercely, but was not able to fpeak, her Mouth bo ing fhut up, yet ilie groaned and wept, as if lhe had been doing fomething againft her Will ; but her Nails were lb fhort, and her Strength fo fmal], being youngeft of all, that fhe could not raife the Several Things J) kin upon The back of her Hands. her as Mouth being Avere i<rma; liable in this Child, Fit, yet ftie had a generally fhut up during the great many, and 'was fcarce ever clear of them, and hath let whole Days in her Chair, or on her Stool, groaning and lamenting. The 25th of March at Night, when Supper was ended, Mrs. Joan fell into her Fit, having had many that Week but Smack never came to talk to her till now. And it feemed that he talked to her a good while before ihe would liften to him, or give him an anfwer/yet by herCountenance and Geflure ic might be perceived, that fomething talked ;

to


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would turn away her

Face, and liked not of On a it. (hake her Head, what you true, fay if be Go to, iuddeir fte faid, Mrs So jf«» called do. what you will let us fee Elizabeth, who was in her Fit too; Sifter fcr her Smack was come, and will tell her and told her that Staffs Face: Smack, faith ereat deal before Nov bebut young Witch nothing fhe, callcth her There* her with angry gin with, very likely he is Samuel, and told her, tnat fore foe called for Han prefentand hear wha't Smack would lay

to her

for

foe

as if foe

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.

.

m

foe

muftbe

to

her, yet, faith

.

cannot hear you, but I That Smack faitn can fee you. By-and-by foe laid, you muft fay thefe Words, and I foall prefentty ugain. come out of my Fit, but I foall fall into it cocierfbrth and and foall have many Fits to Night, foe, I

of them again, at your- Words; Hie

Wards which

Maid muft fir ft• fpeak, are thefe Witch, and would have bewitched

the

;

As

lama

Mrs. Joan

Throckmorton to Death in her laft Week of great Sicknefs, fo I charge the Spirit to depart, and to And as fcon fuffer her to be well at this -prefent. as they were exprefled,- Mrs. Joan came out of ficr Fit, and was well, and being ready to arife, foe

fuddenly

fell

down

into her Fit again ; fo renins." Thse*hing fays that you

the while, foe faid to her,

muft fay, As I am a Witon, and have bewitched Mother hath Mrs. Pickering of Ellington, finee confehed, fo to charge the Spirit to depart from me, and I foall be well, for theThirj-g fays; Thar, my Aunt Pickering would have been well- before this time, had not you bewitched het* again finro your Mother confelled. Alas \ fays foe; poor Aunt Pickering, how have you deferved this UiVge ? And then foe began to weep for her,- which mo ved Tears in thojVthat flood by ; afK*r foe had done weeping foe w.foed riie Miid to ufe that Ghatee tpen rhe'ufe of which fte war, wi', Luc was fob a jn the I-;;- again, Thtn, faith Mis'. gf&Hiifcr^e

my

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The

HISTORY

of

Maid, The Spirit faith that you muft fay, As I would have bewitched Mrs. Joan Throckmorton lame fincel could not bewitch her to Death, as I would have done in her laft Week of her great Sicknefs, fo charge the Spirit to depart from me, and I fhall be well, and prefently fall into my Fit again, all "which was prefently done, and found true. Then faid Mrs. Joan, the Spirit fays you have bewitched all my Sifters overagain, fince your Mother confeiTed, orelfe they had been now well; and to prove this to be true, you muft charge the Spirit to depart from me, as you have bewitched

them

muft have fo many feveand run out of them at your feveral Charges. So the Maid began with them one after another, faying, As I have bewitched Mrs. Mary

ral

all

Fits,

feverally, and I â&#x20AC;˘

my Mother confefled,

Throckmorton fince rhe Spirit to depart

fo I charge

from you, and after went to the reft of the Sifters ; lb Mrs. Joan had four feveral Fits, and came out of them at four feveral Charges, which the Maid ufed to her. Then faid Mrs, Joan, the Spirits fay, That now I alfo muft frart and ftruggle, and be pained in my Body as well as my Sifter Jane is, whenfover you fhall name God, or Jefus Chrift, or any good Work, though I cannot hear you, yet he doth hear you, and he will makemeftart. Then Mr .Throckmorton, with others that were in Company, perceiving the Spirit to be willing to declare fo many things of the Maid, defired her in the Name of God to anfwer her to certain Queftions, which fhe fhould

and not to lye. The Maid gave their Charge to the Spirit, and the Spirit told Mrs. Joan, the young Witcii chargeth me to tell the Truth in certain Queftions that ftie fhall ask me ; I faid, Mrs. Joan, and fee that you do tell the Truth, and not lye in anyone thing: The Spirit anfwered, That he does not ule to tell fo many Lyes as the young Witch does; which Words Mrs* J*an repcatcd

ask,

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&c.

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the Spirit. Then fa id Mr. Throckpeated over after Charge the Spirit to tell you, Maid, morton to the your Body Mrs. jean ihall fcracch of in what part vou- which the Maid did, ahd the Spirit faid to young Witch would know in what Mrs' Jonn. The you fhall fcratch her. Yes, fays Body part "of her part of her Body lhall I fcratch what 5vf rs Joan, in You fhali fcratch her anfwered, The Spirit her?

on the Face, the right

Cheek

for

your

(elf,

and

Then

Pickering of the left for your Aunt fcratch the lefc Cheek furely I'll Jane, faid Mrs. Aunt, if that will do her any good, well for Yes, faid the Spirit, felf. whatever 1 do for Ellington.

my

my

and the young Witch had as good take it Pennypatiently at firft, for you lhall have your the Then worth of her before you have done voung Maid was defired to ask the Spirit whether do lb

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the Affixes, all that Spirit anfwered, fhe had already confeffed. Yes, if {he have no evil Counfel, 2nd confefs that Witch this young Witch her Daughter is a worfe than her felf; for, faith the Spirit, when the old Witch had bewitched the Lady Cromwell, and would have unbe witched her again, and could not, fhe put it to her Husband, and bid him help her ; and when he could not, (he put it to this young Witch her Daughter ; and when fhe could not help her neither, then fhe counfelled her Mother to kill her

Mother would confefs

at

The

her.

And

prove, faith the Spirit, that all this is true, Mrs. Joan, whenever any Strangers come to this Houfe, before the A fuzes, you lhall fall into your Fits, and you lhall have three feveral Fit>, and fhall come out of them at three feveral Charto

by the young Witch. The firft: Charge that muft ufe is, As fhe is a Witch, and a worfe Witch than her Mother, in confenting to the Death of the Lady Cromwell, fo I charge the Spirit to depart, and you fhall be .well. The feccnd is, That

ges fhe

ft


i 3

The

2

That

HISTORY

of

hath bewitched Mrs. Pickering of Ellington fince her Mother confeffed. And the Third is, As Ihe would have bewitched^ Mxs.Joane Throckmorton to Death, in her laft Week of great Sicknefs after which you fhall be well ; fo the Maid ufed rhefe three feveral Charges to Mrs. Joane at that Time, and fhe. came out of three feveral Fits and prefently fell into her Fits again. Then the Maid was defired to ask the Spirit •whether Mrs. Jane fhould have thefe Fits bfefbre as fhe

,

.

my Lord Judge, if Ihe were, carried to the Affixes ihe asked the Queilion, and the Spirit faid fhe ihould have all the Fits that ever fhe had, Then Ihe was defired to ask whether- Mrs. Jane fhould have anymore Fits after the Affizes j to which the Spirit anfwered, That neither they nor none of the Kindred would be ..able to hurt them after that time. Then the Spirit was asked the. like Qoeflion in relation to her Sillers, but .he faid their Spirits mud anfvver thofe Queftions. Then It was asked, how many Spirits her Mother- had, to which it was anfwered Nine- at the firft,. naming them all feverally. He faid further, that ihe had them of an old .Man who was now dead, but •

his rits

Name

he would niottdh Three of thefe Spiwere named Smacks the Fourth, Phtck the ;

Bkw

;

the Sixth, Catch ; the Seventh, White ; the Eighth, Caliicot and the Ninth, Rardmane. Mrs Jane Throckmorton had the firft of the Smacks" Mrs Mary had * his Coufih Smack; Mrs. Elizabeth had the other Smack ; Mis. Jane .had -Rkto Mrs, GracchtA White ; and die. old Woman had Hard* want) ftill with her in the Jayl and what was become of the reft, he could not tell. Then the Maid asked, Whether the old Woman did reward them with any thing, or no The Spirit anfwered, That 0« did, with Blood from her Chin. Then Mr*. Jam asked the Spirit, Whether John Samuel was. a the Spirit *»fwered that he. Fifth,

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;

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:

Wiuhyomo;


was, and would be a worfe than either of them, when they two were hang d ; for then all thi For, faith the Spirit, Spirits would come to him he hath already .bewitched a. Man- and Woman ; and to prove this, if the young Witch fhall charge the Devil to depart from you at this prefent, even two Parties, you as her Father hath bewitched Nan well fo Samuel did, and prefently be ; ftral fell into and her Fit again. well, was Mrs. Jane Spirit, the Who thofe two asked Then Mrs. Jane were whom the Man had bewitched ; the Spirit anfwered, HÂŁ would not tell, except the -young Witch went out of the Parlour, for fhe mutt not ScrMrs. Jane deiired Nan Sa?mel to go out, hear Spirit faid let her be watched, that fhe do the and not hear when fhe is gone. Then the Spirit told Mrs. Jane that it was Cbappei and his Wife, which were the old Man's- next Neighbours, and :

I

:

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were at feme Varience and Contention with him, and lufpe&ed the Matter very much. A little before that time, being not able to ftir herfelf, the Woman and the Man, for a Fit or two, wasjuft in the fame Condition that thefe- Children were in. Yet, uid the Thing, if Ctiappel will beat >the eld Witch well, perhaps he may never be more troubled with him: The old Witch, faid the Spirit, would once have broken his Neck', by giving him a Fall on the Carufway in the Street, as he met him, caufmÂŁr bcth his Pattens to be broken fuddenly ; and if he had fallen on the Stones, as he fell in the Dirt, he had been maimed. This- Fall was not known to any in the Houfe at that time and Mrs. Jam being asked- about it, when {he came out of her Fit, faid, that fhe never heard of any fuch thing But when it enquired after of Chanel himfclf, he confefs'd that he had* once fuch a Fall, is he met with old Samuel in the Streets, both his Pattens being broke at an Inftant and becaufe he would not fall upon the Stones, he-caft hknfelf :

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:

;

on


7he

I?4

HISTORY

of

Side into the Myre, where he was fadly dirtied ; and if another had not been with him, he had been in more danger. This was told by the Spirit to Mrs. Jane, and Mrs. Jane repeating the Spirits Words, declared it to them that flood by. Then the Maid was called into the Parlour again, and denied to ask the Spirit, whether Mrs. Jane fliould be well in the Way me went to the Affizes, or not ; and whether {he mould be better The Spirit anfwered, at the A fuzes, or at Home Better there ; but it mould be worfe for the young Witch if Mrs. Jane went, and me mould be well all the Way {he went, till {he took her Chamber, and then {he ftiould fall into her Fit. The Spirit told her further, that me mould have three feveral Fits on the Aflize Day, and the young Witch muft bring her out of them, by three feveral Charges ; the Firft muft be as me is a worfe Witch than her Mother in bewitching the Lady Cromwell to Death ; the Second as Ihe bewitched Mrs. Pickering of Ellington fince her Mother confeffcd ; and the Third, as me would have bewitched Mrs Jane Throckmorton to Death in her ]aft Week of great Sicknefs ; and the Spirit faid all this is true, and {hall be proved true hereafter. And in Token thereof, Mrs. Jane, you mall be very well all Day to Morrow, and have never a Fit, let the young Witch do what {he can, except

on one

:

lbme Stranger come, and then you muft have three feveral

Fits to prove

her a Witch, and fo

you mall have them when ever any Strangers come. But this you muft remember in any Cafe, to pair your Nails when you have fcrarched the young Witch. Why, muft I do fo, faid fne ? Becaufe the young Witches Blood will ftickupon your Nails, and you muft bum her Blood left you be worfe afterwards. Said Mrs.2««, d° you put

me

in

Mind of

it, if I

forget

it

;

fo I will, laid


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the Spirit departed : And Mrs, fie, and then yane not come out of her Fit, except muft faid, flie Nan Samuel helped her out by one of her Charges which fte did, and then Ihe went to Bed very contentedly and well, and the next Day continued without any Fits at all, no Stranger coming to the Houle.

following Dr. Dorrington with one of his Brothers, and Air. John Dorrington coming into Then the the Houfe, Mrs. Joan fell into her Fit called for the Maid, Nan Samuel, and one of the Company defired her to fay the Lord's Prayer and the Belief, which fhe did ; and whenever fhe named God or Jefus Chrift, or the Holy Ghoft, Mrs. Jane ftarted and ftruggled very much, fo that fhe could fcarce fit upon her Stool ; and at laft the Maid brought her out of her Fit three feveral times, by her three feveral Charges, as the Spirit

On Tuefday

:

faid.

The next

Strangers that came to the Houfe were Mr. Henry Cromwell, one of Sir Henry Cromwell's Sons, and one of Sir Henry $ Men with him, which was upon Thurfday the Twenty-ninth of March, When they came into the Houfe Mrs, Joan was well, but in a quarter of an Hour's time fhe fell into her Fit ; and Ihe, as well as her Sifter Jane, were very feverely handled whenever the Maid named God or Jefus Chrift ; but at laft fhe was brought out of her Fit three feveral times, by the three feveral Cha rge.s above-mentioned. Many Strangers came to the Houfe that Week, and fhe had thefe feveral Fits.

On

Monday following, which was the Day appoint for Scratching, Mrs. Joan fell into her Fit a little before Supper, and continued fo all Suppertime, being not able to ftand on her Legs. As foon as they began to give Thanks after Supper, flie ftarted up upon her Feet and came to the Table fide, and flood with her Sifters that were fay-

ing

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The

1% 6

jng of Grace;

HISTORY and

as

foon

as

of

Grace was ended,

upon the Maid, Ntn Samuel, and took her fhe Head under her Arms, and fir ft fcratched the ri^ht Side of her Cheeks ; and when fhe had done felJ

now,

that,

for

fa id

fhe, I muft'fcratch the

my Aunt Pttktting; and

left Side fcratched that alio till

Blood came on both Sides very plentifully. The M^id flood ftill,' and never moved to go from her, yet cried pitifully, defiring the Lord to have Mer. cy on her. When fhe had done Scratching, Mrs. Jean fat her felf upon a Stool, and fcemed to be out of Breath, taking her Breath very fhort, yet the Maid never fVruggled with her, and was able to hold never a Joynt of her, but trembled like a Leaf, and called for a pair of ScifTars to pair her Nails ; but when fhe. had them, fhe was no: able to hold them in her Hands, but defired fome Body to do it for her, which Dr. Dtirrfngtvns Wife did.

.

Mrs. Joan faved her Nfrils as they were paired., and when they had done threw them in the Fire, and called for fome Water to waft her Hands, and Then fhe then threw the Water into the Fire fell upon her Knees, and defired the Maid to kneel by her, and prayed with her, faying the Lord's Prayer and the Creed but Mr* Joan feemed as if Ihe did not hear the Maid, for fhe wou'd fey ami ft Ibmetimes, and then the Company would help her ou: ; but Mrs. Joan did not Aay for her, lb th3$. ihe had ended before the Maid had half done :

;

hers.

After this Dr. Dorr Ingt on took, a Prayei>Bock and read what Prayers he thought fit ; a^nd when he had done Mrs. Joan began to exhort the Maid, and as fhe was fpeaking fhe fell a Weeping extreamly, fo that fhe could not well exprefs her Words, faying, that fhe could not have fcratched. hk, bwtihe was fprged to iw by the .Spirit: ;

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r; 7

As fhe was thus complaining, her Si&er Elizabeth was iuddenly feized with a Fit, and coming haftily upon the Maid, catched her by one of her Hands, fcratched her, faying, the and fain would have but the Comher too fcratch muft flie faid Spirit Hand from her, her keep Maid to the ply defired Child was out the till while great a jo they ftrove no Body will Child; the Then, faid of Breath faid Mrs. Then ever. help me ? twice or thrice ;

:

Jâ&#x20AC;&#x17E;n, being

frill

in her Fit, ftall I help you, Sifter

So Wxsktbi Ay, for God's lake Sifter, laid flic Mrs lean came and took one of the Maid s Hands :

to her Sifter Elizabeth, and fhe fcratchwas very joytill Blood come, at which fhe waflied her and Nails, Then (he paired her

and held ed

it

f'ul.

:

it

Hands, and threw the Pairing and the Water both After all this, before the Company in the Tire. her departed, the Maid helped Mrs. Jttite out of other, by Fit three feveral Times one after the Mrs. brought likewife and three fevefal Charges behath fine as laying, Elizabeth rut of her Fit by Mother her witched Mr. Elizabeth Throckmorton fince ;

confefled. But to pafs to Mrs. Jane,

who was

,

firit

afflicted,

dilcovered the Author of their Afflictions, crying out that it was Mother Samuel that bewitched them, for which reafon fhe had been the mod leverely handled ; and not only tormen-

and who

firft

tempted to dangerous and mortal Attempts, as to caft her felf into the Fire, and into the Water, and to cut her Throat. Upon which Occafions flie was aware of the Temptations, and deflred the Lord to ftrengthen her; and what was a wonderful EffecT of Providence, thefe Temptations never offered themfelves when flie was alone, but had Company to prevent the ill Conted, but

fequences.

On Friday the i$tb of March 1592, Mrs. Jane wasYery much troubled with her Fit, fitting at the


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HISTORY

<?/

the Table at Dinner ; and it Teemed as if fomething fat upon the Table and talked to her about Nan Samuel, for Die. would liften a while to it, and then look back with a heavy Countenance towards the Maid, fhaking her Head as if fome Sorrow was at Hand. Now Mrs. jam had been often told by her other Sifters in their Fits, that the Spirit had told them, that Ike fhould alfo fcratch Nan Samuel before the next Aflizes, let what would happen ; but fhe would often tell the Spirit that Ihe would not do it. At Night, as fhe fat at Sup. per with the reft of her Sifters, Ihe fell into a very ievere Fit, bowing and bending of her Body, as if Ihe would have broken her Back, making of her Hands fo that Ihe could not hold her Knife; and many times it would thruft it againft her Arm. when this Fit was ended the Spirit feemed to talk to her again, as at Dinner ; for ihe ufed the fame Jeftures to Jgnes Samuel as before, and rather gave greater Tokens of Sorrow. On a fudden fhe rofe from the Table, and went to the upper End of it, cafting a heavy difcontented Look at the Maid, fo that Ihe muft have fomething in her Mind ihe could not utter. The Maid then asked her how ihe did ; and prefently fhe opened her Mouth and anfwered, the worfe for you, you young Witch, turning away her Face from her, as if Ihe loathed to look at her. It was a little Arrange to the Maid to have fuch Language from her, and therefore (he continued asking of her Queftions, but Ihe turned her Face from her, and flopped that Ear which was next to her faying, fhe could not abide to hear her nor fee her. The Maid then asked, what was the Matter ; fhe anfwered, That the Spirit faid fhe muft fcratch her ; When muft you fcratch me, faid the Maid ? But immediately the Child's Mouth was fhut up that fhe could make no Anfwer. Then the Child began to weep, yet with fo

much Anger towards

the Maid, that

when

Ihe

looked


Witchcraft,

&c.

139

looked upon her, fhc would fuddenly turn away her Face, and gnafh her Teeth with a Voice that Continuing cxpielTcd the moft inveterate Diflikc the Maid Hour, of an asked quarter again, f0 a When Jlie fhould fcratch her ; fhe could not fpeak, butanfwered by Signs, holding her Finger up at I, and down at No, by which they underftand that /he would fcratch her after Supper, as foon as Grace was faid- Then the Maid asked in what :

her; fhe anfwered, by which the Oppofite to right Hand, her Sign upon fcratched a Week had which her Sifter Elizabeth Place Ihe

fliould fcratch

before.

Then Mr. Throckmorton caufed Dr. Dorrington, and ibme other Neighbours in the Town to be fent for, and told them what the Child had laid of the Maid ; it was half an Hour before they came ; all which time the Child continued peniive and heavy, weeping extreamly, and often fhrting from the Place where Ihe fat towards the Maid ; then one of the Children gave Thanks ; and as foon as it was ended, Mrs. Jane funk down upon her Knees, and fell upon the Maid with fuch Fiercenefs and Rage, as if ihe would have pulled the Flefh of her Bones, yet was fcarce able to raife the faying to the Maid, that the Spirit that ftood there by her, told her that Pluck held her Heart and her Hand, and would notfufferthe Blood to come. When the Child was weary of Scratching, fhe breathed a little, and told her, that fhc mull have the other Fit at her. Then Dr. Dorrington moved the People to pray with him, all which time fhe kneeled very quietly ; but as foon as Prayers were ended, fhe began to fcratch again, and with Tears running down her Cheeks, faid, I would not fcratch you, but the Spirit forces me faying, I muft fcratch you as well as my Sifter Joane before the AfTizes, it being then about three Weeks to them.

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14° The

Tloe

HISTORY

of

Maid, when {he began to fcratch, feemed to go from her, but the Child ftill followed ftill upon her knees, faying, {he might as good now as at another time, for flie muft fetch take it Blood or her, and muft have her Penny-worths, faying ftc cried, though fte did not hear her, Je.r lhe mould take pitty on her. When the Child \* as weary., and left fcratehing, Dr. Dorring'on began to mftruft the Maid, and to tell her, that -

lureJy

God would

net fuiTer her to be cried out thefe Spirits, and to be afflicted by thefe innocent Children againft their Wills, if fife

upon by

were not concerned in, or contenting to thefe picked. Pracrices her Mother had

Maio demtd

confefTed

The

:

and wifted God might fend fome U J ° ken u on her that they all might know P \ u n Whether fee was guilty of thefe Matters, and prejentJy her Nofe began to bleed very much But had bkd that Da y before, wifliing n, j lh i«at bleeding fo cfteh might foretel no Evil all,

'

t

:

to

At that

Jaft

now

not come

the Child faid of her felf, The Thing ftands by her, tells her, that {he muft out of her Fit till John Samuel came and

pronounc dfome Words tew him.

Then

to

her,

which

{lie

muft

they asked her what thefe Words muft be, but the Child could not hear any Body.; but by and by lhe faid of her felf, What is her Father come to his reckoning now ? And {hall I never come cut of my Fit till he fpeaks thefe Words ? Even as he is a Witch, and confenred to the Death of Lady Cromwell, fo to charge the Spirit to depart from me, and then {hall I be well, and not before. I did not th jnk, laid {he, that he had been as bad as the reft. Then Mr. Throckmorton fent frequently to defire him to come, but he would not, anel Fo the Child continued in its Fit even till the .

uzes.

The


T

Witchcraft,

&c.

i

4r after, being the Eighteenth of March, Sunday The came to her again; and then flic laid, tke Spirit tells me now 1 fhould both hear and the Spirit Witch, it* fhe were here 5 and alio fee the young fee the

Thing I never did fee, all of them togeThen was the Maid fent for, and asked her

ther wliat'thc :

.fcJJsrae

Thing now,

laid to -her.; fays flie, the Thing 1 muft ftart as well as Sifter

that

fhe named God; and that I muft Fit this Week nor next, and my of notxcme out one of thefe three Things except pei -hap* never, either your Father muft are, comes to pafs, which come and ipeak thefe Words to me. Even as he confented to the Death of the is a Witch and hath

Joane doth,

when

Lady Cromwell,*ÂŽ* you muft confefs that you are a Witch, and have bewitched me- and my Sifters, Then the Maid was defired to or muft be hanged. come out of her Fit, a k her, whether fhe iaould to her; which Words if her Father fpcke thefe and lie asked the Spirit, and he laid fhe fhould then he went away, leaving her in her Fit, which 5

was

manner fometimes Houfe all the Day together,

after this

in the

;

Ihe

would fit was

a? if fhe

melancholly, neither fpeaking to any Body, nor deiirous of Company; fometimes fhe was very Hghtlbme and merry, and would play with her Sifters a great part of the Day, yet could neither hear nor fee any Body nor fpeaking to them When any Body palled by, fhe would fay, yonder goes fuch a coloured Gown, I wonder it goes alone. Yonder is a pair of Stocks, or a Hat, or a pair of Shoes, or a Cloak of fuch a Colour ; but I can fee And if one fhewed her a Ring upon nothing elfe their Finger, fhe could fee the Ring and nothing :

,

:

elfe;

and would

And

fay, fhe

wondered how

it

hung

often fitting at Dinner or Supper, fhe would fuddenly have he Mouth fhur ; and if Agnes Samuel had then held a Knife to her Mouth, and put it betwixt her Lips, her Mouth would be pre-

12 the Air. .


;

The

HISTORY

of prefently opened, and not before, and thus the i4i

Spirit ferved her five or fix times in Dinner- rime ; and in this Fit fbe continued three Weeks within a

Day, till the Aflizes. But to come to the nesday the 41 h

which were on Wedof Jpril Mrs. Joan went to HuntingAffizes, y

and continued well till within half an Hour after lLe had been in her Chamber in the Inn ; and then fhe fell into her Fit, and feveral coming to ton,

fee her, finding her fit fo quietly, would fcarce believe any thing was the matter with her. Then fome of them turning to jlgnes Samuel, and asking, her Queftions concerning her Faith and .Service of fhe anfwered, That flie ferved Codas other People did. When fhe named God, Mrs. Joan began to flare and ftruggle with her Arms, which the Company percieving, brought her nearer, and defired her to fay the Lord's Prayer, and her Belief which the Maid begun to do, but before fhe had gone half through, the Company defired her to leave cfF, Mrs. Joan being fo grievoufly tormented in her Body, fo that they were all amazed, and faw plainly, that Mrs. Joan was far from being in a good Condition of Body. So the Company continued their Difcouife to the Maid, but whenever God orJefusChrift was named, Mrs Joan ftartled and ftruggled with her felf. fhivcring and fhaking c with her Arms and Shoulders after fnch a manner, that it was impoflifcle any Body fhould do fo of themfej ves and when no Body took Notice of the Maid's naming God Mrs. Joans ftrugghng would put them in Mind of it and if the Maid doubled the Name of God, as faying the God of Heaven and Earth, or Jefus Chrift the Son of God, it would not fuffer her to fit on her Stool. If fhe defired the God of Heaven and Earth to help her ; or Jcfus Chiift the Son of God robe merciful to her, it wculd fo torment her, that it moved every Bodies Wonder and Companion.

God,

;

.

;

Then


Witchcraft, Then Maid

a

&c.

143

Gentleman in the Company defired the

My God

to fay to her, preferve and deliver

help you, or my you, or the God whom God I ferve defend you, and be merciful to you, which fhe did; but thofe Expreffions did not move Mrs. Joan; but if fhe faid Jefus Chrift deliver you, cr the God of Heaven and Earth help you, then fhe would ftruggle, and fill all the Chamber with her Groans.

And

this

was

tried

feveral

Times by

Hundreds. The fame Evening, after Court was broken up, Juftice Tenner, who was then Judge, had a Mind to fee Mrs. Joan Throckmorton, who was at the Sipn of the Crown in Huntington, where the Judge lodged, and to that end he went into the Gaidcn to her, where Hie was with other Women, with a great Number of Juftices and orher Gentlemen, They met her in a fair Ally, being then out of her Fit, and perfeftly well. After the Judge had had a little Difccurfe wirh her, fhe fell inro one of her ordinary Fits, her Eyes doled up ; fhaking her Shoulders, and Arms ftretched right our, ready to fall on the Ground, but for her Father, who afiifted her. Being not able to ftand, fhe was led into an Ha.rbour, the Judge and the reft of the Company going along with her, where they faw her moft grievoufly tormented, and made a great many good Prayers for her, but to no purpofe. Then Mr. Throckmorton told the Judge, that there was one in the Company, Agnes Samuel, who if fire faid but fome certain Words, by way of Charge, that Mrs. Joan would prefently be well. Then the Judge ordered Agnes Samuel to come nearer and to repeat the Words, which were thefe, As I am a Witch, and a worfe Witch than my Mother, and did confertt tothe Death of the Lady Cromwell, fo 1 charge thee, Devil, to let Mrs. Joan Throckmorton come out of her Fit at this prefent. But before Agnes Samuel fpake the Charge, the


144

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HIS TO RY

of

the Judge, Dr. Dorrlngton, Mr, Throckmorton, and had ihiall eafe by others, fpoke it ; but Mrs. what they faid ; then they all made Prayers and Petitions to God for her Amendment, but none appeared. Then the Judge commanded Agnes Samuel to make feme good Prayers to God for her £afe, which fhe did, but whenever fhe ufed the Name of God or Jcfus Chrifi, the A4aid was worfe than before ; God Almighty being not pleafed that his Name Ihould be ufed in the Mouths of fuch

Then Agnes Samuel was comAs I am a Witch, neither did con-

wicked Creatures.

manded to fay. fent to the Death of the Lady £romwell I charge thee, D^vil, to let Mrs. Joan come out of her Fit Then at this prefent ; but this was to no purpofe. Agnes Samuel was commanded to fay the right 7

As I am a Witch, and worfe Witch than Mother, and did confentto the Death of the Lady Cromwell fo I charge thee, Devil> to let Mrs. JD an Throckmorton come out of her Fit at this preUpon which Ihe immediately wiped her fent. Eye, and came out of her Fit, and pay'd her Refpefts to the Judge, and continued well about half a quarter of an Hour, and then fhe fell into another kind of Fir, firft fhaking one Leg, and then one Arm, and afterwards the then the other other ; and then her Head and Shoulders, with Charge,

my

y

;

other extraordinary PafTions. Upon which the Judge and the reft, lamenting her Cafe> and makeing fome good Prajfers for her, commanded Agnes Samuel to repeat another Charm, viz. As I am a Witch, and would havebewitched Mrs. Joan Throckmorton to Death in the laft Week of her great Sick-

charge thee, Devil, to let Mrs. Joan her Fit at this prefent. And as foon as Agnes Samuel had faid thefe Words, flie w as prefentiy well. Then the Judge asked her where ihe had been. She anfwered, I have been afleep. I pray God, faid the Judge, fend you no more fuch nefs, fo I

come out of

r

•Sleeps,


Wl TCHCRAFT, &C.

14^

one of her other mod ftrange a with and terrible ordinary other Paflions, and which were kind of Sneezing, heard, be to that pitiful it moved lb vehement and to fave her, fear* to pray to God all the Company afunder, burft or her Eyes would Head her in<r Delay, but made no the Judge io it; of ftart out other Charm* fpeakthe to Samuel Agnes commanded and did a Witch, bewitch am which was, As I

Soon

Sleeps.

after fhe fell into

Fits,

Mrs. Pickering of Ellington fince my Mother's Confcffion, fo I charge thee, Devil, to let Mrs. Joan come out of her Fit at this prefent Which Words being faid, Mrs. Joan was prefently well, and! continued well to this Day. The next Day, being Thurfday, there were three feveral Indi&ments made, and delivered to the great Inqueft, whereof the one was againft: Sa7nuelT old Mother Samuel, and Jgnes their Daughter ; foe bewitching unto Death the Lady Cromwell, Wife of Sir Henry Cromwell of Finchbrook in the County of Huntington, Knight, contrary to God's Laws v and a Statute made in the xvth Year of the Queen s Reign, &c. The other two Indictments were framed upon the faid Statute, for bewitching Mrs. Joan Throck~ imnon and others, contrary ro the faid Statute,* The Indiftments being delivered to the GrandJury, the Evidence was given them privately by :

j

%

Parfon of Warboyfe, Gilbert Pickerings of Tichmerjh in the County of Northampton, Efq; Robert Throckmorton, Efq; Father of the laid Children, Robert Throckmorton, of Brampon in the County of Huntington, Efq; John Pickering, and Henry Phhrlng, and Tho. tJttt, Vicar of Ellington. The Grand Jury made no great delay, bur found them all guilry, and about eight of the Clock, the Evidence was openly delivered in Court, to the J y of Life and Death j and with great Patience or the

Dr

Dorington,

Ji

JudgŠ


The

I4 6

HISTORY

of

was continued till one of the Clock in the Afternoon. So many of thefe Proofs, Preemptions, Circumftancts, and Reafons, contained in this Relatime would tion, were delivered at large, as that till the Judge, Hours, five was udm'it, which apparent, was Cafe and the fa id Tuft ices and Jury fatisficd, rhar the well faid were tl eh Confciences Witcheswere guilty, and had deferved Death; and th^nthe Gentlemen ceasM to give any further Evi-

Judge

it

.

what was remarkable was, That Mrs. Jane Thrcckmorton, on Friday the xvi of March laft, being That the' Spine faid, in one of her ufual Fits,

^And

out of her Fit, till told her, Ihe Ihould never ccme Words, As I am a old Father Samuel had faid thefe Witch, and confented to the Death of the Lady Devil, to fuffer Mrs. Cromwell, fo I charge thee, This fhe publilhed Fit. her of out Jane to come Father endeavouher and many, in the hearing of the Houfe, but to come to red to eet John Samuel continued in her {he could not prevail; therefore Day Mrs. which Jane Fits till the 4th of jtyril, her Fit before in fet and Huntington, to was brought Queftions were asked the Judge, where feveral none, for the Devil to anfwered but fhe her her Eyes were open, fpeak to her ; would not fuffer that lire neither them, before vet filch Mifts were was next her, nor that knew nor faw her Father ordered old any of her Friends. Then the Judge upper Bar, near to be brought nearer to the â&#x20AC;˘

Salr.uel

where the Clarksfat, where Mts.Jane flood. And if old Samuel fpokethe the Jud°e being told, That

Woids^above-iecited, flie would be well, he asked any means caufe the Samuel whether he could by of her Fit. He denied he fiid Jane to come out Then the Judge told him, he was informcould that would make her well, ed that he had a Charm the Judge recited the Charm, and defired therefore

him


Witchcraft,

&c.

147

him to fpeak the Words ; but he refufed it, and Then to encourage faid he would not fpeak them. Dr. Dorrington, and others, repeahim, the Judge, refufed. Then the Judge deilred ted them, yet he him to pray to God for the Comfort of the Child, which he did ; but when he named God or Jefut. Chriji, the Child's Head, Shoulders and Arms were fadly fhaken, and vvorfe than before. 1 hen the Judge told him, That if he would not fpeak the Words of the Charm, the Court would bring him in guilty of the Crimes he was accufed cf ; fo that at Jaft he was prevailed on to fay, in the hearing of them all, As I am a Witch, and did confent to the Death of the Lady Cromwell, fq I charge thee, Devil, to fuffer Mrs. Jane to come out of her Fit at this prefent ; upon which fhe wiped her Eyes, and came out of her Fit; and then feeing her Father, asked him BlefTing, and pay'd her Refpetts to her Friends, and faid, Lord! Father, where am I ? Then the Judge faid, You fee all fhe is now well/ but not with the Mufick of David's Harp. Then old Mother Samuel's ConfefTion was read, which fhe made before the Bifhop of Lincoln ; as alio her ConfefTion made before the faid Bifhop, Francis Cromwell and Richard Toyoe, Efq; Juftices of the Peace in the County of Huntington. When thefe were readmit pleafed God to ralfe up more WitnefTes againft thefe wicked Pevfons, as Robert Pouhon, Vicar of Brampton, who openly faid, That one of his Parifhioners, John Langley % at that time being fick in his Bed, told him, 1 hat one Day being at Huntington he did in Mother Samuefs hearing, forbid Mr Knowles of Brampton ro give her any Meat, for fhe was an old Witch ; and upon that, as he went from Huntivgton to Brampton in the Afternoon, having a good Horfe under him,

O

y

.

he prefently died in the Field, and within two after, he efcaped Death twice very dange-

Days

H

z

roufly,


I4 8

Tk

HISTORY

of and though the De-

by God's Providence ; had nor Power over his Body ar that time, yet foon after he loft many good and found Cattle, to Mens Judgment, worth Twenty Marks, and that he himfelf not long after, was very eve rely handled in his Body ; and the fame Night of tEe Day of Afllze, the faid John Langfejf died, Mr. Robert Throckmorton, of Brampton alfo faid, That at Huntington, and other Places, he having given very rough Language to the faid Mother Samuel, on Friday the joth Day following, one of and another the his Beafts, of two Years old, died Sunday following. The next Friday after a Hog died, and the Sunday following a Sow which had fucking Pigs died alfo upon which he was advifed, the next Thing that died, to make a Hole in the Ground, and burn it. .On Friday the fourth Week following, he had a fair Cow, worth four Marks, died likewife. and his Servants made a Hole accordingly, and threw Faggots and Sticks on her, and burnt her ; and after, all his Cattle did well. As to the laft Matter, Mother Samuel being examined the Night before her Execution, fhe confeffed the bewitching of the faid Cattle. Then the Jaylor of Huntington gave his Evidence, That a Man of his, finding Mother Samuel unruly whilft fhe was a Prifoner, chainM her to a Jied-Poft:, and not long after he fell fide, and was handled much as the Children were, heaving up and down his Body, fhaking his Arms, Legs and Head, having more Strength in his Fits than any two Men had, and crying out of Mother Samuel, faying Ihe bewitched him, and continuing thus five or fix Days, died. And the Jaylor faid, that not long after one of his Sons fell fick, and was much as his Servant was, whereupon the Jaylor brought Mother Samuel to his Bed-ilde, and held her till his Son had fcratched her, and upon that he foon mended. In roufly,

vil

1

;

;


Witch craf

&c.

149

In the Afternoon the Jury of Life and Death found all the Xndi&ments Billa vera, which when heard, he faid to his Wife, in. old Father Samuel feveral, Plague of God light upon the hearing cf that brought 144 all to this, hath art fhe thou thee, for it. thee for thank and roe may Then the Judge came to Sentence, and asked old Father Samuel what he had to fay, why Sentence of Death fhould not be pronounced on him. He faid he had nothing to fay, but the Lord have Mercy on him. Then the Judge asked old Mother Samuel what fhe had to fay to ftay Judgment : She anfwered, that fhe was with Child. At which every Body laughed, and fhe her felf moft, hoping The Judge perfwaded her to it would fave her.

A

but fhe would not. Then a Jury of was fworn to fearch her, who gave their Verdifr, That if fhe was with Child, it was with She was near Fourfcore Years of Age. the Devil. After fhe was found guilty, Mr. Henry Pickering Went to her, and perfwaded her to confefs the Truth, and amongft other Things fhe confefTed, that William Langley, who gave her the Spirits, had carnal Knowledge of her Body when fhe received

wave

that,

Women

them. After

ti

the Judge asked Agnes Samuel what fhe had to fay why Judgment fhould not be given* One that ftocd by her urged her to fay fhe wa; with Child. No fays fhe, it fhall never be faid this,

,

was both Witch and Whore. So the Judge, after good Divine Ccunfe] given to them, proceeded to Judgment, which was to

that I

Death.

The next Day a great many Godly Men went to the Prifon, to perfwade them to Repentance, and And to confefs their Sins, and ask God Pardon. Dorrington, by John asked Mother Samuel being Efq ; one of the Juftices of the Peace for that County, whether fhe did bewitch the Lady CrornII 3


The

jfo

HISTORY No,

of

did not; but he* fhnding behind> Deny it not, but it, faid, and hearing her deny confefs the Truth, for thou did'ft it one way or another. fhe faid, Husband, old well,

forfooth, I

Father Samuel,

.

kfe

The

Confeffion

^4

#'4

of the Old

^3 &4&4F!&!ÂŁ

Woman

Alice Sathat were

muel, unto certain Jshieftions demanded of her by Dr. Chamberlin^ at the Time and Vlace of Execution, being upon the Ladder*

BEing asked what were

the

Names of

thofe Spi-

Pluck, fhe bewitched with. She faid, had befhe whether asked Being X*tch and White. fhe annot or Death to ; witched the Lady Cromwell which with of fwered, She did. And being asked the Spirits, fhe faid with Catch. Being asked why {he did it, fhe faid, Becaufe the Lady had caufed fomeof her Hair and Hair-Lace to be burnt; and fhe faid Catch asked her to be revenged of the La* rits

and upon that ftie bad him go and do what he and being asked what he had done when he would came back, he faid, he had been revenged of her. And fhe further owned, That fhe was guilty of the Death of the faid Lady. Being asked whether fhe bewitched Mr. Throckfhe confefled that fhe had done trior tans Children, and being asked with which of her Spirits, fhe it Being asked what fhe faid to him faid with Pluck. when fhe fent him on that Errand ; Ihe faid, fhe bid him go and torment them, but not to hurt them. Being asked how long they fhould be in that Condition, flit faid fhe could not tell, and tiy,

;

;


Witchcraft,

&c.

151

had not feen Pluck fince Chriflmas laft. Beflie did with White, lhe laid ftie neing asked what him, and that fhe had fent him with ver did hurt that he had fucked on her Chin, but to Sea, and that {he

Two had no Reward. She confeffed furfhe had thofe Spirits of one Langeky., That ther, he dwelt fhe knew not. Being asked where but Husband was privy to the Death of her whether the Lady Cromwell, lhe faid he was. Being asked whether her Husband was a Witch, and what Skill he had in Witchcraft, fhe fa Id he was one, and could bewitch and unbewitch. She would confefs nothing of her Daughter, but enthe other

deavoured to clear her. As for the Daughter, fhe would confefs nothing, bur being defired to fay the Lord's Prayer, when lhe ftood upon the Ladder, and the Creed, fhe faid the Lord's Prayer till lhe came to D*//wr us from Evil ; bur couid not pronounce thofe Words. And in the Creed (he miffed very much, and could not fay that lhe believed the Catholick Church. When the Execution was over, and thefe Three Perfons were dead, the Jaylor, whole Bufinefs it is to fee them buried, ftripped off their Cloaths, and found upon the Body of Alice Samuel] a little Lump of Flefh, like a Teat, about half an Inch Jong, which being near her Private Parts, they covered them, and let feveral People fee it. The Jaylor':; Wife fqueezing it with her Hand, a Mixture of yellowilh Milk and Water iiTued out of it. then clear

Milk, and at laft Blood it felf. To conclude this Relation, fince the Death of thefe Perfons, the Children have continued well, without any Fits at all, enjoying their perfect Health.

Though

this Relation is fo well attefted, an! by Circ lmftances carries along with it the undeniable Evidence of Truth, yet being willing to be fully fatisfxed about the fame, we have made w a:

all

H

*

4

Enquiry


Jf2

The

HISTORY

of

Enquiry we could about it, and are informed By a very worthy Perfon, the Reverend Mr. Baker, now FeJJow of St. Johns College in Cambridge, That upon the Occafion of this Difcovery at Warboyfe > * there is a Sermon preached annually at Huntington, * on Lady-day, (being their Fair Day,) by one of c

1

*

* 4 * *

Queens-College in that Univerfity ; for which Serthe Preacher receives annually forty Shillings of that Corporation ; fo much being an-

men

fwered for, and charged upon the Town, by the Family of the Cromwells foon after this Occafion happened.

mmmmwwmmmmmmmmm CHAP. Ccntainhg an Account of

IV.

the VoJJeJfion, Difpof*

of William Sommers, Defofitions taken at Not-

fejJion > andRefojjejJion

&C. with Jome tingham about the fame Matter.

^i%J liliam

Sommers of Nottingham, about Nineteen or twenty Years of Age, about the beginning of OElober 1597, began to be ftrangely tormented in his Body, and lb continued for feveral Weeks, to the great Aftonifhment of thofe that faw him ; fo that there were evident Signs of his being poffefled wirhan evil Spirit. The Mayor and Aldermen of Nottingham being acquainted with this Matter, and hearing of Mr, Dorrel, Minifter at sfjhby, who had by Prayer and Fafting reftored eight or nine Perfons, who had been tormented after the fame Manner, fent for Mr. Dorrel to come to Nottingham, to life his Endeavours with this Man. But at the fir ft he refufed it, taking

V\


Witchcraft^

&c.

*

<j

3

taking upon him no more in fuch Cafes, than what belonged to any other godly Minifter, which was to entreat the Lord, in the Name of Chrift Jefus, to difpoffefs the Perfon of that wicked Spirit ; yet

being frequently importuned by Letters and Meffengers he condefcended to their Defires, and came to Nottingham the Fifth of November. The feventh Day of November, being Monday, was appointed for the Exercife of Prayer and Fafting, that the faid Summers might be difpoiTefled, which Almighty God, at the Prayers of Mr. Dorret and others, being about 250 Perfons, brought to Whereupon Mr. Dorrel was retained as pafs that populous Town Preacher in Nottingham having had no fettled Preacher, before this time, fince the beginning of her Ma jefties Reign. When Sommers was difpofTefled, he difcovered feveral Witches, one of which was Doll Freeman related to one Freeman an Alderman of Nottingham. This Freeman offended that his Kinfwoman ftiould be called in Queftion, threatned Sommers, and laid he was a Witch, who upon that was committed to Priibn, where the Devil appeared to him in the Form of a Mo.ufe and threatned Sommers, that if he would not fuller him to re-enter, and fay that all he had done whilft he was tormented, was counterfeit, he fhculd be hanged ; Lut if he comThus a new plied with him, he fhould be faved. Bargain beiug made betwixt them, the Devil entered 1 and afterwards So?n??;ers pretended, that all he had jfam? before was counterfeit ; yet upon his Repoffeflion lie was as much tormented as before, which appeared from the Depofitions of fe:

,

>

;

veral.

To know

the Truth of this Matter, a Commifwas awarded fromihe high Commiffioners for j'he Province, of York, to certifie the Matter to Twtlve of the j uncipal Perfons threreabouts. Mr, Dwrelbati ttfen the Nances of thfttfcoxvFerfion

.

HI

fans


T^HISTORY

1?4

of

fans, who were ready to make Oath concerning the Manner the laid Summers was handled in ; Se-

venteen of which being fworn , examined and their Depofitions taken, Sommers himfelf was called "before them to be examined, who told them all that he did was but counterfeit. The High-Sheriff exhorted him in the Name of God to tell the Truth, upon which he was fuddenly caft into one of his Fits before them all, and tumbled up and down the Chamber where they were,very ftrangely. They thruft Pins into his Hands and Legs to try if he counterfeited, or not ; but he was fenflefs, and DO Blood followed. At laft coming to himfelf as one out of a Sleep, they asked him what he had done, but he could not tell. They asked him whether he had been pricked with Pins, and he laid Yes ; but being asked where, he fhewed them the wrong Hand. When he was asked how the Hole came into his other Hand which was pricked, he faid it was there before ; and being asked why he fell down, he faid a Qualm came over his Stomach being then taken away, he was worfe tormented than before. They brought him back again to know if he would confefs who perfwaded him to fay he had counterfeited ; and as he was going up a Pair of Stairs through a Gallery, if he had not been prevented he had broken his Neck. When he was brought before the Commiffioners, he was more terribly handled than before, which convinced them that he was really pofTefled, and proceeded to examine WitnefTes, Mr. Walton Archdeacon of Derby being prefent, and an Enemy to Mr. Dorrel, who confeffed that this Cafe was occafioned by a fupernatural Caufe. ,

;

Thjs occafioned

a great deal of Joy in Nottingthat the ham) Truth appeared fo evident when ic came to a Tryal. the Commiflion was re-

turned to

Jfrrk,

and

When Sqmmm was committed

to the CarŠ


Witchcraft,

&c.

if;

honeft Pcrfons, where he was torCare of fome in his Fits he acknowledge! mented, as before ; to him in Prifon in the appeared Devil how the the Devil, as well as that and Form of a Moufe ; him to fay, that he did advifed other Perfons, had were made Promlfes what but counterfeit, and Account of Things him He alfo gave them an elfewhere, without being informed that happened Writing by thole was taken which bv any Body ; to take theuoffered they that heard him, which he achimlelt to And when he came Oaths of forwould he knowledged his Pofleffion, and laid to the Devil if he dxffcit both Body and Soul

m

fembled.

,

when

t>

i

r

the Depofitions Sommers was that fatisfied came to his Hand, was Dr. Done!, fiience yet he took occafion to poflefied Devil bythe becaufe he propofed to difpofleis the Bilhop ic Prayer and Fading j though he told Opinion, and would alter it, if better in-

The Archbifhop of

York,

was

his

Having thus given a brief Account of the Pofwe fhall next lubjoyrt feffion of William Sommers, about the lame the Depofitions taken at Nottingham the Right Matter, by Virtue of a Commimon from

ot Reverend Father in God Matthew Archbifhop Therold, John before York, the 20th of March 1597, Nottingham, Efq; High-Sheriff of the County of Markham, Robert Sir John Byron, Knt. John Stanhop, of the Richard Parkins, Efqs; and Peter C/er£ Mayor

of Nottingham Miles Leigh, Official or the Archdeaconry of Nottingham ; John Ireton, Pari on of Legvoorth ; John Brown, Parfon of Loughborough ; upon SbHe, Robert Evington, Parfon of Norm ant on and Thomas Bolton, Minifters, Commifficners appointed for taking of the fame. djhjfeld, iri the And Firft, Thomas Hais of Kirby Preacher of and Clerk, County of Nottingham ft**h, examined, God's Word, being fworn and

Town

;

.

m

,

That


;

HISTORY

the iS6 of That being at Nottingham upon All-Saints Day, and intreated to come to William Summers his Houfe by his Mother, he there found the faid Summers ftrange3y tormented, and frequently at the Name of j efU : caft upon the Ground, the one Leg being bended

crooked

towards

and not being

him,

able

to

itraighten the fame : In which Leg he faw fomething run, and out of that into the other, and from thence into his Belly, very much fvvelling it ; from thence it appeared in his Throat, his Tongue, and thence into his Cheek near his Ear, which feemed to be in Quantity as big as the Yelk of an Egg, and laying his Hand upon it he found it foft. Upon which he went to Mr. Atkinfon of Nottingham, who had been acquainted with Melancholy People, or fuch as had been affii&ed with Temptations, to find out whether it proceeded from a natural Caufe. But after he had difecurfed of Convulfions, Falling-Sicknefs, &c. he could mot find that it proceeded from any fuch Caufe ; ajpon which he got Mr. Evings and Mr. Aldridge to come to him, in whofe Prelence he had feveral Pits as before, faying it was no Dileafe, but the Devil. Secondly, Robert Aldridge, Vicar of St. Marys in Nottingham, fworn and examined, faid, That when lie firft came to William Sommers on Thurfday the Third of November, he found him lying upon a Bed, without any thing upon him, but his Stockings, and faw a Thing run up his right Leg about the }

and he praying to God, it Moufe moved out of his right Leg into his left and when he laid his Hand upon it, it prefently

JBignefs of a

;

prefently

imoved

into

Belly

his

fwelled very much,

,

which

being twice

was as

prefently big as be-

from thence it moved into his Breaft, fcei^g there as big as his Fift ; from thence inro his Neck, and then under his Ear, where it con-

fore,;

Ifoued as big

as

a

Walnut, without changing

its

for-


Wl TCHCRAFT,

&C.

1 5-7

former Colour, and remained there a Quarter of an Hour ; and that Sommers lying upon his Back,

v

by Two all the Time he was there. The fame Witnels laid further, that he heard a Arrange hollowifh Voice fay, that he mas his upon \vhich the Witnefs examined faid, he lyed, he was God's, and that he had made a Promife in Baptifm that he would be his; to which the Voice anfwered, that he no as God, Chrift and a King ; and that he made Baptifm, and that he made him. his by a nevo Covenant for he had given three Pence, and that it was but that being learched, it could in the Boys Sleeve not be found; then it faid. again it was in his

was

held

;

;

Glove.

He further faid, That the 17th of November, from Seven in the Morning till Three in the Afternoon, and after a difhe was ftrangely tormented that five Men ftrong, fo was and ferent manner ; which time all down, him had much adoe to keep roaring, and. fcrietching he wasextreamly fwelled, and gnalhing his Teeth, and foaming at his Mouth. And on the iSth of November, betwixt Seven and Eight in the Morning, he went into the Houfe of Robert Cooper, where William Sommers lay, to enquire how he had done the Night before ; and Handing in the Hall, he heard a great Knocking in the Parlour where the Boy lay, and going fuddenly in, he found the Boy lying upon his Bed alone in his Fit, with his Face upwards, and his Mouth drawn awry, and his Eyes ftaring as if And they would have ftarted out of his Head Knocking the heard kneeling down to Prayer, he And in the again as if it were under his Knees. Bed, under the Coverlet, he faw, in Appearance, Shape and Bulk, five Things ; and after he faw the Bed-cloaths at the Feet move and fhake like the Leaves of a Tree moved with the Wind. ,

:


The

iy8

HISTORY

of

Next William Hind of Nottingham, Taylor, fworet coming to the faid $ommers> he found Mr. Aidridge there, and faw a Swelling in his Neck as big as a large Walnut, from whence it moved to the Bone of his Cheek, appearing there as big as a Hazel Nut from thence it moved to his Eye, and the Skin of his Eye grew black. He further faid, that when he laid his Hand upon his Cheek, the Swelling there trembled, and was very foft, but that

;

in that place did not change the natural Colour of the Skin, Next, Thomas Wefifield in the County of Nottingham Minifter, fwore, That on Sunday Night, being the Sixth of November, defirous to fee what he had heard of the faid Sommers> he came to him with Matter Dorrel, and found a great Swelling under the left Ear, as big as a Walnut, which removed from thence to the Eye, which was not fo large there, but caufed a Blacknefs in his Eye, and lay}

ing his

Hand upon

Eye came

it,

he

felt a

Motion, and his

natural Colour immediately, and to fo changed eight times betwixt Three and Six a Clock in the Morning. William Aldred of Collwick fwore, That he, along with the Major of the Town and others, coming to Sommers about feven a-Clock in the Evening, on the fixth Day of November j after Prayers made to God, exhorted fuch as were there difpofed, to meet the next Morning about feven a-Clock, and to confecrate that whole Day with Prayers and Fafting, and departed at that time. The next Day about 150 met, and the faid Aldred began firft, and after Prayers preached againft the Sins of thofe Times. The Boy at the fame time was ftrangely its

tormented with Fits, heaving up his Body, and hawling his Lips awry, one towards one Ear, and the other towards the other, opening his Mouth *vide, as if it were four Square, thrufting out his Tongue, and putting it double again into his

Mouth,


Witchcraft,

&c.

Mouth, with dreadful Scrietches and

15-9

and

Cries,

fometimes lay {ilent. When the laid Mdred had ended his Sermon, Mr, at which time the Boy's Dorrel began with Prayer, again violent ; and Mr. Dorrel peras Fits feemed Pofleflion mentioned in of Signs ceived the fame for he fcrietched violent, very the Ninth of Mark

with a loud Voice, and foamed very much, gnaflidiftracted feveral ing with his Teeth, and his Body

Dorrel came to thefe Words, him that believeth ; the Boy to pojjible are things with a terrible Counteand liejl ; anfwered, thou and gaping with his Eyes, his nance, flaring with

ways

M

:

And when Mr.

Mouth, ftretched out his Hands with bended Fingers like Eagles Claws towards the Preacher, leaping up with his Body, and other threatening Poftures, only he was reftrained by thofe that held him.

Thus Mr. Dorrel continued Faith; but when he came to

r

r

his Difcourfe of

difcourfe of the

Signs of Difpofleflion, Sommers his Torments again began to be violent ; and Mr. Dorrel going on with his Difcourfe, He came out of him ; William Sommers the at the fame time feeming to vomit, and then

whole Congregation joyning in fervent Prayer to God, in a Quarter of an Hour's Time, the Devil came out of him, and being thrown upon the Bed he lay quietly at reft ; and when they returned Thanks to God for this Deliverance, the Boy going upon his Knees returned Thanks likewife, and when the Service was ended returned home with his Mafter well.

Wife of D.obert Pye, fwore, That about Week ago Mr. Dorrel was fent for to William SomJoan Pye,

a

before All-Saints Day, and at Night me coming to the Houfe where the Boy lay, and after a while he fell into a Fit of Laughing, was fuddenly thrown to the Bed's Feet, his Body

mers, being Saturday

doubled, and his

Head betwixt

his

Legs

j

then ,


;

j6o

The

HISTORY

of

fuddenly he was drawn round in

a

Heap, and

rowlingonthe Bed, wascaftuplike a Ball three or four times together about half a Yard high ; the Coverlet being fo faft wrapped about him, that all the Company could not pull it from him.

And

the fame Witnefs fays, that fhe hath often handled with lb much Violence, that Sommers feen four or five Perfons could not hold him down and notwithftanding they held him, he would move his Legs, Arms and Head with lb much Violence, as if he would have beat his Brains out,

And

further, the fame Witnefs fays, That on AllhaUoro-tven about Noon, fhe and feveral others being prefent, the fame Boy fitting in a Chair about two Yards from the Fire-fide, he was fuddenly caft towards the Fire j and three or four taking him mp to fave him from burning, they could not fet him in his Chair again ; his Legs being fo bent that they could not ftraighten them ; and he was fo heavy that they could fcarce lift him ; and that neither his Head, Hair, nor any Part of his Body was hurt, or burnt by the Fire. And fiie faid further, That there was a fmall Line which tied up a painted Cloth, which was hung over the Bed, to which Sommers ftretched his Hand, but could not reach it; and then he appeared to them taller than the talleft: Man in the Town, and fuddenly got his Chin over the Line, and with his Hands got it fo faft about his Neck, that they who flood by had much adoe to fave him from hanging. And fhe further faid, That the Boy in one of his Fits laid, the Night before Mr. Dorr el came, that Dorrel was coming, when he nar any Body fhe knew had certain Intelligence that he was coming ; the MefTengers fent to him, bringing Word that he defigned not to come till next Week. And fhe further faid, Th^t the lame Day Mr. Dorrel came to Town, he was wprife handled- thaa before

H

j

and

many

times with Jus


Wl TCHCRAFT, &C his

Mouth wide open

faid

,

1

.

/ will ufe

W.

61

S. hit

without moving TÂťvzue in Lips or fpeaking any of Tongue his or ftir'ring was the Speech in the ordithat and thofe Words, Sommers. nary Voice of W. And the fame Witnefs further faid, That an Hour and a half before Mr. Dorrel came to Town, the Boy fell into an extreme Fir, fo that they thought he had been dead for he lay fenfelefs, and fpeechlefs, his Eyes being out of his Head like Walnuts, his Face black after a Arrange manner, and all his Body cold on a fudden for an Hour ; and being asked when the Fits were pall, whether he remembred the Extremity, or any part of it, he denied it; and whatever they gave him to recover him out of thefe Fits was of no Effeft. And when Mr. Dorrel came to Town, the Boy and Members for

three Days,

;

faid, I

have but a

portly return.

jbort

flay now, but I will Mr. Dorrel came in at the he foretold his coming,

time

And when

to

Back-fide of the Houfe and had feveral times foretold

Mr.

Aldridge his

coming. She further faid, That feveral times when he Was in his Fits, Ihe fmelled a Smell like Brimflone ; and that feveral times in his Fits, Ihe had feen a Swelling in his Foot, which removed from Toe to Toe, and from thence into his Leg, and from thence to his Body, and fo to his Throat, as big as a Rat, and thence to his Ear as big as a Walnut, and in his Eye-brows like a black Clock, and fo removed from Place to Place, which ftie and others have both feen and felt. And lhe further faid, That after he was difpoffeffed he difcovered feveral to be Witches, parti-

who

lived at BridgforJ, whom Mr. Dorrel and Mr. Aldred carried to Mr.'Pwkins to be examined ; and about One a-Clock the fame Day the Boy faid, How they have her, and are examining her, and jhe fays jhe docs all by Prayer, and nc* now Jhe is faying her Prayer.

cularly

Milieent

Horfelie,

"

-


j4z

The

HISTORY

of

Ihe further faid, That feveral Times {he had heard a Clapping in his Bed, as if Hands had been clapped ; and that fiie had often feen a Motion in the Bed, as if it had been three Kitlings

And

creeping, which Ihe and others have endeavoured hold of, but never could, it vanlfhing when they offered to take hold of it. At other times they heard a Knocking, as if it were at the Bed's Feet under the Bed, and in fome of thofe Fits he would cry, Nowjhe comes, norvjhe comes, now Jhe mil break my heck ; and prefently his Neck was thrown about as if it had been broken, his Mouth to take

being drawn fometimes oa.one fide, and fometimes on the other. That Richard Newton, of Nottingham, fwore, corning to the faid Sommers in his Fit, he heard him fay plainly, with his Mouth wide open, his Tongue drawn into his Throat,fo that nothing but the Root of it could be feen in his Mouth, and neither his Lips nor Chaps moving, Ego fum Rex, Ego fum Dens, with other Words which this Witnefs did not underftand. Henry NuJJie, Blackfmith, fwore, That fitting up with the faid Sommers about Ten or Eieven-a-Clock at Night, he faw him with his Mouth wide open, and he fpoke feveral Words to John Wigan in Latin, which he underftood not, neither his Chaps nor

Tongue moving, and at

the fame time lie came very near him, that he might fee it the better. William Langford, of Nottingham, Surgeon, fwore, That the fame Day he was difpoffefs'd, he gnaflied with his Teeth, wallow'd, and foam'd at fuch a

Foam hung down from his Mouth to his Breaft, though it was wiped away continually with Cloaths, which continued for the Space of an Hour ; which was the Arranger, he having taken nothing from Six-a-Clock in the Morning till Five in the Afternoon; and that he fcrietched with three feveral Voices, fo hideouUy, that it was not like rate, that the

a


Witchcraft,

1^3

Creature, but like a Bull, the fecond third was a fmall Voice, Voice like a Bear, and the counterfeited. be hardly fuch as could That he wasfo ftrong, This Witnefs further faid, that three of February, of efpecially on the 17th feeling his that and could not hold him, a

human

them Pulfe, but Temples and Arm, he could feel no like a dead Man, and that all that he was fenfelefs, his Body were cold ; nor did the outward Parts of he could perceive Hehe pant or breathe much, as him frig with a fmall further laid, That he heard not fing lo out could Tuneful Voice, and that he November, the of And that the 7th his Fit. of

Day appointed

for his Difpoffeffion, finding

him on

along with Knees at Prayer, and fome others be carried to the him, he being then defigned to thrown a-thwarc Place appointed, he was fuddenly them had much of the Bed and that Five or Six and that he alone adoe to carry him to the Place ; fometimes forcibly holding of his Head, it was extreamly tormented taken from him. And being he law a Riopening, that Day, and his Buttons which Belly, his of fine or Swelling in the bottom Stomach and Breaft moved the Cloaths and his the B.gnefs being bare, he fawthe fame Swelling his

,

;

from his Breaft of a Goofe Egg, which afcended Vomit, which up to his Throat, with Motions to and then fuddifpoflefsd, continued till he was Means no Bowhat by denly he was thrown over, â&#x20AC;&#x17E; dy could imagin. c in the County of Thomas Graie, of Grates That the third of November, Leiccfler, Efq; fwore, Bed, feyeral Perhe faw the faid Sommers lie upon a and Head, fo that he fons holding him at his Feet his Countenance did though fecmed to be in a Fit, ,

and immediately praying to God that poflefsd fome Token of the Reality of his being unmove might appear to him, he faw fomething tar not der the uppermoft Covering of the Bed, notfliew

it,


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from the Small of his Leg, which lay in a round Lump, panting; which he pointing at faid, what is that? Some faid it was his Feet, but others faid they had his leer there, and held them ; then he laid his Hand upon it, and felt it move, and clafping his Hand together, he perceived it to yield like Wind or Air; and when he opened his Hand, it filled ir up again ; and when he took away his Hand, the Cloaths fettled very foftly down, like a Bladder blown with Wind, which falls when prick'd, and prefently the fame Sort of

down mov-

ing was on the other Side and laying his Hand upon it, he found fomething move very fenfibly Under his Hand like the Foot of a Kitling. John Wood of Lenten fwore, That on Friday the 17 of February, being told, That William Sommers was very much tormented with ftrange Fits going ; there with other Company, he found, that three or four Men could fcarce hold him and to try whether the Boy's Strength was lb great or not, he had a mind to try how he could deal with him himfelf, and ftepping behind him, gotfaft hold of his Arms, as if he would have pinnion'd him but ; finding that he could not hold him, but that he would flip out of his Hands, he let go his Hold there, and clapped his Fingers one betwixt the other, round his Body but he was foon fo tired that two of the Standers by laid hold of him, one, holding one Leg, and the other the other Leg, he lull holding his Body but he tired them all in an Hour's Time, fo that others that flood by were forced to relieve them. Upon this, this Witnefs Hepped before him, to fee if he was out of Breath himfelf or panted, and found his Eyes and Lips clofe fhutup, and fo far from panting, that he could not perceive him draw his Breath, nor did he fweat the leaft, nor was there the leaftRednefs in his Cheeks. ;

;

;

;

The


Witchcraft, The fame Witnefs

&c.

faid further.

i6>

That hearing

it

reported that the faid Sommert difTembled, and was delivered to Nicholas Shepherd and John Cooper, as his Keepers at Lenton \ therefore taking a Friend along with him, they openly asked him before Witnefles, whether he remembred what was done to him in feme of his preceding Fits ? To which he anfwered,

John Wood asking him, Whether he to him, he told him him by the Finger nipped he that and he could,

He did. And then

could remember what he did

with his Thumb-Nail, and made

own Thumb-Nail, upon

a

Sign with his

own

'Finger, 'faying, defired in the being He nipped him thus,; but frame the and Name of God to tell the Truth Devil, he confeiTed, that he did not n'p hi^ Finger, and at laft confeffed, that he could not tell

any thing he did.

his

m

fwore, That coming to the of Mr. Dorr el. and Prefence faid Sommers in the and fo ftrong, that Fit, others, he found him in a feveral Perfons were foon tired with holding him. And another Time finding him well, and exhorting him out of the Word of God, he was fuddenly thrpwn from the Place he fat, and his Head knocked to the furtheft -Poftof the Ch'mney, that they thought it had been broken, he being fo heavy, that Natural Body to be it feemed impofiible for any of fo great a Weight -/ and being laid upon the Bed, and lying there half an Hour, feveral flrange Accidents happen d, as his Neck being doubled under him, and being 1 lice wife tormented in his inward Parts; one of his Legs being very heavy, and a little Thing feemed to move in every Part of him, fwelling his Cody, and rifing in feveral Parts of his Face as big as a Walnut; and afterwards coming to himfelf again, and continuing well a fmall Time, he was fuddenly feized with a Fit again, and caft into the Fire, and being taken out again without any Hurt, he b^gan to foam, wallow,

Next John

Setvoellie


T&eHlSTORY

j66

of

low, and gnafh with his Teeth, fcrietchwig and roaring, and tormented in his Body, with feveral Swellings both in his Body and Face, as before, faying feveratl ftrange Things, his Mouth being wide open, and his Tongue drawn into his Throat. Richard Mee likewife fwore, That coming to the faid Sommers to watch with him, between Three and Six a-Clock in the Morning, he heard a Voice, faying, That he would have his Right Eje, and then he would have his Left ; and prefently a great Blacknefs was in his Left Eye. And the fame Witnefs fays, That a Day or two before, and feveral other Times, he faw a Swelling in his Arms and Legs, as big as a Walnut, removing from one Place to another in his Body, and that he felt in his Body the Bignefs of a Six-penny-Loaf, and fo hard, that he could not preis it down with his Hand. The fame Deponent fays, That he hath feen him often turn his Face quite backwards, and moving his Body j and that his Eyes were as big as Beafts Eyes, feemingly ready to ftart out of his Head. The fame Deponent further fays, That he hath feen him fall down before them, and that one of his Legs would be crooked with the Fall, which could not be pulled ftraight by any means. He hath likewife feen his Mouth ftrangely diftorted, and that his Tongue would be thruft out of his Mouth, as big as a Calve's Tongue. He hath alfo feen him laugh very 'ftrange!y,and fuddenly fcrietch like a

Swine when with

it is

flicking,

alfo

wallow and

Teeth, and foaming at the Mouth, being fenfelefs and fcmetimes he would be oft into the Fire, {landing a Yard and half off, and neither his Cloaths burned nor his Hair finged. He further fays,That in many of his Fits he fometlmes would be fo ftrong,that Six Men could fcarce hold him without being out of Breath with ftruggling; and fometimes a loud Voice would come from him,faying, tkft there was no God j that he war gnafli

his

;

God

i


WlCTRCRAFT,

&C.

I

6J

was King and Prince of Darknefs. And Lord's Prayer he could not be perfwathe in laying us not into Temptation, but lead us Lead ded to fay, further he fays, That he And into Temptation, hath fmelled fuch fweet Smells in the Room where he was, that he could not bear the Sweetnefs of

Cod

;

that he

them.

Milward fwore, That the Day Mr. DorWilliam Sommers was extreamly rel came to tormented, fo that for an Flour and a half he lay aÂŤs dead, being fenfetefs and Tpeechlefs, and to Appearance without Breach ; being prefently as cold nor would any Coras Ice, and his Hands black was fo heavy that they but he him, revive dials the fir ft Words hefaid, and up him ; could not lift he mil have me Dorrel comes, were, Dorrell comes, out, but 1 will ome again, for Nottingham and Lenton are Jolly Towns for me. And the^ fir ft time he called any of his Neighbours to help him, (he heard a thumping and knocking in his Bed and putting her Hand into the Bed, Ihe felt the knocking at a hollow Place above the Cheft of his Body, which Ihe heard as fhe went down the Stairs, being fo much afraid that fhe durft not ftay with him. John Pane of Plumtree, Minifter, fwore, That about Nine of the Clock before Noon, the Day let he ftaid till apart for Fafting and Prayer could fee the he before Afternoon three in the the Bed on his groveling on Boy, whom he found big as as Face, and a Swelling under his Cloaths, a Moufe, which removed from Place to Place in He alfo heard a Thumping and Beating his Body. Elizabeth

Town,

:

,

,

in three feveral Places In the Boy s Bed at the fame time, and putting his Hand into the Bed, felt it knock fenfibly under his Hand. John Clark of Nottingham fwore, That going to fee the Boy the fixth of November, he found him in a Fit, in

ward

faid the following Words Edward Garland, Art thou

which he Garland,

to Edthere ? htv*


168

The

HISTORY

how do thy Children

?

1

of

will have one of them, even

To which Garland anfwered, I defie theyoungeji. Power of me nor the Devil, for he can have no after the Boy Time niy Children. And a little came to his Senfes, and being asked whether he would rife, when the Cloaths were taken off, he faw a Swelling upon his Breaft as big as a Moufe, which he tookhold of, and found it very foft, and endeavouring to take hold cf it prefencty went away, and the Boy faid it was gone down into his Le<*, and he faid he faw him feveral times when his^Legs and Arms were inflexible, and very heavy. W. Hunt likcwife fwore, That he faw William Sowwen- in his Fit, lying for dead, when he heard a Voicexpme from/him when his Lips were quite clofed, hfc neither moving his Lips or jaws, as he perpeived^yet he continued fpeaking a Quarter of aiiTHour. And he faid further, That in the fame Fit he faw a Thing about the Bignefsof a Walnut, running in the Flefh of the faid Sommers, about his Face, Forehead, and Eyes, and to his Ear.

CHAP.

V.

a further Account of the Works of the Devil, without the Affifiavce of Man ;

Containing alfo by

Wnchcrafty Sorcery % &c.

often put the Works of the Devil THat Practice without the Affiftance of Magiciare

in

and Sorcery, as well as by thole Inftruments, is evident from Scripture; Wicked the Devil in the Body of a Serpent, being able to fpeak to, and difpute with Eve; his Voice being manifeftly perceived and heard by her, there being

ans, Witchcraft

ac


VP" J

TC HCRAFTj &c.

Y6$

time no Body born to aft the Parr of a Witch. Another Example of the Devil's acting without the Affiftance of Witches was, when our Saviour was carried and fet upon the Pinacle of the Temple ; nor was it lefs vifible, how the Devil, by a brought down Fire from iupernatural Power many Thoulands of Job's fo Heaven, and burnt Sheep, and caufed whole Herds of Swine to run headlong down into the Sea. The Scripture likewife gives us Examples, how the Devil himfelf tormented the Bodies of Men ; Mark the ift, Luke 4, Matthew 17, and Mark the 9th; the Devil being heard to cry out of the Bodies of the poffeffed Perfons afcer a Arrange and wonderful manner, in which Cafes the Devil was: fole Agent withouc the Help and Afliftance of at that

,

Witches or Sorcerers. This is confirmed not only by facred, but other faithful Hiftorians, and the Reports of Ethrlicfc

who

lived in different Ages, feveral Credit having told us, how approved Authors of the Devil not only fpoke out of the Bodies of Men pofTeifed, but alio out of Trees, Caves of The Truth of the Earth, Images and Statues. the firft appears from what hath been delivered concerning the Python s fpeaking out of the BelThe fecond is alio conlies of feveral Perfons firmed by the feveral Relations, which were continued for fome hundreds of Years, before the Birth of our Saviour, concerning the Oracle cf Delphos, the Oak of Do dona, and the Statue of Mem?io?i. And Petrus Gregon'us Tholcfayius, writing

Writers,

:

of fome Statues at Alexandria tells us, Than they fell on the Ground iuddenly. and with a loud Voice declared the Death of the Emperor Manricius at the fame Time that he was ilain at Rome. }

And as the Devil fliews himfelf by Voices and Sounds, in Trees> Caves, Statues, 10 he does in I

feveral


^HISTORY

17 o

of

feveral ether outward Shapes, and in the Forms of other Creatures. Thus the Devi] fppke to and Qrfhfys menEve in the Form of n Serpent tions fix Kinds of vifible Spirits, viz. Spirits inha;

biting the heavenly Regions, fuch as rule in the Air, in the Water, in the Fire, in the Earth, and under the Earth. The Spirits in the Air, Plato fays, are Prefidents of Divination, of Miracles, and oÂŁ Chaldxick Magick ; the Spirits in the Earth, and under the Earth, are fuch as appear in the Shapes of Dogs and Goats, moving Men to foul- and unlawful Lufts. And the fame Author tells us, that Spirits make ufe of airy Bodies or Subftances that they may appear to

Men. this Occafion we might recite the Appariappeared to Jlthenodorus the Philolopher that tion reported by Pliny; and Brutus his Genius, after

Upon

the Death of Julius Cafar, appearing and fpeaking to him ; as alfo thole Reprei'entations, which in the Shape of Men appeared to Lucius Domitius, returning towards Rcme, Suetonius reporting that it touched his Beard, which immediately was turned

Black to a lively Yellow, and therefore afterwards he was called Mmbarbus ; but not to mention fuch, later Times have furnifhed us â&#x20AC;˘with Examples of this kind. It is reported by John de Serves the French Chronicler, that the late K, of France, Hcnry^ the 4 th, being out a Hunting, a Devil prefented him and the whole Company with the loud Cry of Hounds, and Windingof Horns. The King commanded Count Sofflons to go and fee who it was, wondering who

from

durft

a perfeft

interrupt

his

Game

:

The

vancing towards the Noife, heard

Earl

ft ill

ad-

but came no a big black Man appeared in the At laft nearer. thickeft of the Bulhes, and fpeaking fome few Words to the Earl fuddenly vaniflied. And Mr, FoX) in the Life cf Martin Luther > tells us of it,

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171

and Conference of the Devil with tlie Apparition who, upon Contra&s agreed bea young Man, tween the Devil and himfeif, delivered his Bond to the Devil for the Performance of the fame. And Speed in his Chronicle, within the Time of Bcnry ihe Fourth, makes Mention of the Apparition of the Devil in the Habit of a Minorite tryar at Dunbuvy Church in Effex, with fuch Thundering, and Fire-balls, that the Lightning, Tempefts Vault of the Church broke, and half of the Chancel was carry'd away. And as the Devil, without the AHiftance of ,

human Inftruments, hath frequently exercifed his Power, fo he hath done it frequently by making Covenants with Man. Livy reports, that the Roman Claudia, a veftal Virgin, actually appeared, to be abie alone with Eafe and Facility to draw a mighty Ship along by a fmall Line or Girdle, w hich was fo large and heavy, that a great many Men could not move though afliiled by the Strength of a greac it, many Carrie accuftomed to draw very heavy Burthens. Tuccia alio a veftal Virgin, is reported byrepeating a certain Prayer to keep Water within And Camerarins mentions a a Sieve or a Riddle. 7

who armed

only with certain Charms, would receive upon his Body, without Harm, Bullets or Shot fired out of a Cannon ; and he mentions another, who would undertake to lay his Hand upon the Mouth of a Cannon when it was fired, and flop both the Fire and the Shot from going and it is recorded, that Decius A*liu$ out of it

I\!an

;

Augur told Tarquinius the Roman King fcfie Time intended for his moft fecret Dcfigns. And

the

is written of the Enthuftaftts or Prophetess of Diana in Caflabola, a Town cf Ci/icia, that they would frequently and voluntarily walk wirh their bare Feet upon burning Coals, without any Hurt or Alteration by the Fire. And it is faid of Pytha-

it

I

2

goras$


HISTORY

I7 2 ecras, that

of Tie by certain Words he could compel an

or Bullock to leave off eating. Others report, that he could command the -wild Beafts and Birds

Ox

ro It

come is

to

alfo

him and grow tame and follow him. laid of him, that he was once feen at

the fame Time in the City of Thtirium, and the Cown of Metapontum. Jpollonius is laid to have been tranilated in the Twinkling of an Eye from Smyrna to EPhefus. foretold the it is faid of Jpollonius, That he

Day, the Hour of' the Day, and the Moment cf the Hour, wherein Cocceius Nerva the Emperor Ihould die, a long time before, and being in Places And it is further faid of far diflant from him. him, That being asked of one how he mould grow rich, Jpof/owus appointed him to buy a certain Field, and to be careful in Tilling and Plowing of it ; which when he had done, he found a great Treafure, and fo became rich. The fame jpolhmius likewife told Titus Vtfpaftan the Time

and Manner of his Death.

To

thefe

we may

add, what was faid

Wizard

famous and renowned En7//7> his high Elreem amongft Princes

of that and Prophe-

Merlin,

for his

being able to foietel for many fucceeding Ages, the Succetfes and Events of feveral Prince* Affairs in their feveral Reigns. And it is reported of that infamous Woman amongft the French, loan of Arc, who foretold a great many wonderful things to King Charles the Seventh, Encouragement and A durance that upon her of Succefs, the French after encountered the victorious Englifb, and contrary to all Reafon and Expectation to their great Terror and Amazement fuddeniy confounded them, though at laft fhe was taken Prifoner by the Englijb, and executed and burnt for her Witchcraft. And the fa'me cies,

Hiftorian reports, Thar a Wizard foretold Duke Siren of his Death, and that h.e mould die by the Back-


c

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tchcraft

&

3

.

175

Back-tlow of a Burguignan, who that Country-man. ved his Executioner, being of one Fryar Hierome, us tells Philip de Com mines concerning the Predictions, and of his admirable could any nor France; Affairs of the King of who, Wizard, or Body deny him to be a Witch Reign of Richard .the as Mr. Speed teftifics, in the Stone where Ufurper foretold, that upon the lame cicJJ, Bufworth towards he dallied his Sour going wh /a Return, his he Ihould dalh his Head upon the Ham for being proved accordingly true out pf ..the Field, hss naked carry'd Battle, and .whijjd Head hanging low by the Horfes Side, afterwards pro-

m

;

him

that carried

him

off,

it

ftruck againft the

Spur againit as he fame Stone he had Relations went j to which we might add leveral of the like Kind. Account In the Malleus Mahficmim there is an claGwwiwSorcerefs, who commonly cured not kind ot oh-y thofe that were bewitched, but all Naof Power dtfeafed People, fo far beyond the was Phyhcians ture or Art, that the Ufe of wholly left off, and People of all Countries, both that tne far and near, reforted lb much to her, a Penimpofing only Governourof that Country that: by railed ny upon every one that came to her, (truck his

,

Means

a vaft

Treafure.

To thefe Hiftorical Relations we mall add, that mttkamp* it was once objeaed againft a Witch Rat was a that Ahlzes, m-Mvt at the publkk and Parts, privy often obferved to refort to her

m

with her Confent to fuck, which was not only but acknowproved by fufficient Teftimony ,

What itrange ledged by her Power of the by produced Effeas have been from the appears Witchcraft, in a great Meafure add, mall to which we foregoing Relations Perlons That it hath been obferved, that feveral in the Time of their Fits have been leen to vomit

own

Confeflion.

;

I 2

crooked


Ve HIST OH Y

174

of

crooked Iron, Coals, Brimflone, Nails, Needles, Pins, Lumps of Lead, Wax, Hair, Straw, and feveral fick Men have in the Time of their Sicknefs declared Words, Geftures and Anions dene in diftant Places, even in the Time of their being done, a&ed or fpoken.

And befides the diifcreat A&ions of Witches already mentioned, it is not unknown that fevera] have undertaken to reveal hid Treafures, Goods loft or convened away, and the Works and Guilt cf other Witches, good Fortunes and ill fortunes in feveral Affairs, Deiigns or Attempts; as alio by Enchantment to lead Captive the Minds and Wills of Men, either towards extraordinary 2nd unreafonable Defires and Lulls, Hatred or Love, to or againft particular Perfons, or particular

Things.

Francifcus Picus

Mirmdula reports, that

a famous Time, kept the Skull of a dead .Man, out of which. the Devil would give Anfiversto any Queftions propofed, the Wizard firft repeating fome Words, and turning the Skull

Magician

in Italy, in

his

towards the Sun.

Some

in

the

Execution of their Diabolical

Works, never undertake any thing without Mumblings, Whifperings, and fecret Sounds and Words heard grumbling in their Mouths ; as TheophraftuT tells us of certain Magicians, who ufed that Pra&ice in gathering of HeBehrus and Mandragora. And Galen tells us of a certain Sorcerer, who by uttering and muttering but one Word, would immediately kill or caufe to die, a Serpent or Scorpion, And Benivenius affirms, that fome Kind of People have been obferved to do hurt, and to furprize others by afing only certain facred and holy Words. Others have accompliflied their devilifli Ends by Apparitions, raifed or conjured into Glaffes. Others put their devilifli Deiigns in Execution by inchanted Herbs, which they


Witchcraft,

&c.

17c

they mix and gather with brafs Hook??, or by Moonihine j and fometimes with Ikeir Feet bare Roll ingjh cad rakes Not ice in his Chroand naked. who wt e executed for nicle of feveral Trairoi confpiring the K ng of England's Death by forcerousand magicai Pi&ures of Wax: And the fame ,

Author

take:-

Notice,

That

in the twentieth Veatf

of Queen Elizabeth, a Figure-Cafier being fulpeÂŁIed as a Conjurer or Witch, fuddenly dying; there was found abour him the Pifhire of a Wah wrought in Tin ; and feveral late Writers have obferved, that Witches, by fuch Pi&ures, have caufed the Perfons they reprefented to cpnfuiiie away fecretly, which hath been proved by feveral Witches executed in Tcrkjhire and Lancajhire Others put their infernal Designs in Execution ^y Medicines taken out of the Bodies of dead Men, and murdered Infants. Some pra&ife "Witchcraft by tying Knots, as St. Jerome witnefferh of a Prieft of Mfwrtdpius at Memphis. Some make ufe of touching with the Hand or Finger Some make ufe of Parchmelic made of the Skins of Infants, or Children born before their Time, as Sevres reports of Witches dete&ed in the Reign of King Henry the Fourth. And fome make ufe of living Creatures to minifter to them, or of Devils and Spirits in their :

i

Likenefs. And Theocritus in his Pharmaceutria induces aSorcerefs, who by the Power of her Bird, forced her Lover to come to her. And it feems not impoffible for a Witch to aft by a Multitude of living Shapes, which the Devil in former Ages hath afTcmed ; as Fanns, Satyrs, Nymphs, familiarly converfing w ith Men : Some bring their wicked Sorcery to an end, by facrificing to the Devil fome living Creatures, as Szrres witnefleth, from the Coafeffion of Witches in King Henry the Fourth's Time, one of which I 4 conr

.


TheHl

x7 6

ST OKY of

confefled that fee offered a Eeetle to the Devil or tvil Spirit.

former Times living Creatures were not crJy facrniced to Devils, but even Men, with which" the Heathens pleafed their Gods, which were nQ other than Devils. And rather than the Devil will want Worfhip, he is femerimes willing to accept of paring of Nails, as from the Confefiions of feveral Series reports French Witches. Some Authors reftify, that fomt Kind of Sorcerers fix their Magical Effe&s and Works on Men, by conveighing or delivering to the PerIons whom they mean to affault, certain Sorts cf Meat or Drink, as appears from the Magick Cups St. Aug uft in m entic n& o f Filtra. o r L o v e- d r a u g h : s a Woman who bewitched others by delivering only a Piece of Cheefe. And fome Witches have been obferved to work their Mifchief on them they fought to deftroy, by obtaining fome Part cf their Garments, or of their Excrements ; as

And

in

.

their Hair,

or the

like.

Thus much being faid of Witchcraft and Sorcery, we ihall briefly take Notice of fome of the Ceremonies and Rites of Diviners. Some in former Times ufed to divine by the Flying of Birds,. by Viewing of Lightning, by Mcnfters, by Lots, by the lnfpe&ion of the Stars, and by Dreams.. Some declared their Divinations out of Tubs, or VefTels of Water, into which were caft thin Plates of Silver and Gold, and other precious Jewels, by which the Devils were allured to anfwer to their Demands, Doubts and Queftions.. derived their Divinations from LookingGlafles, where the Devil anfwered their Demands, by Figures and Shapes appearing in them. Some take their Divinations from Lots taken from

Some

Points, Figures, Charafters, Words,

Syllables,

Sen*


«

Witchcraft,

*77

&c.

Earth and Air ; alio by Sentences, Fire, Water, the Guts and Bowels of the Sieve* Riddles, and

TW

by leDevils alfo are fometimes conjured Creatures Heaths, Woods, ver'? Sorts of Stones, Signi^and delighting Spirits Times and Rites, Honour and Reipeft. Creatures, as they betoken

m

HA

C Containing

the

VL

P.

wonderful Difccvcry cf

the '

PhiWf

and

./ Margaret blower, Flower, Daughters of Joan cxcwfw* «t Xtncoin Beaver Cattle, Witchcrafts

;k

ji/jfro/

p

W March

1618,

WHEN Ma^fucceeded the Right

Honourable

his Brother took Pofleffion

Sir Francir the La -

m

fj^VT

of Rutland, and Revenues belonging \Q Caftle, and the reft of the a inch honourable the fame Earldom ; he took

dom

M

»r

Life that Je .»tto

fares in the Comie ot his difplaced Tenants, discharged f^kinS&tangeYs nied the AcceiVof tbePeor, tot ot a JSoble Graces welcome, did all the good ot Spo^wiW and Lord, by which he get the Love n> hear frs more the Country ; which he d,d the , ;° fame the of Noble Countefs being or 1 continual that B^r-Caftle wa 5 a fr» tainment, efpecialiy to Neighbor * onJy tfasr not together with her Daughters after enter Win 6 relieved at.hefirft, but quickly admit ed Chair, woman, and her Daughter Cadle, looking as a continual Dweller in the

Dif^ ^c ^-?

W"

FW,

»f

FouKrey abroad, and theWain-houie X

5

«

^

hon>e


HISTORY

The

of and thus they continued 'till found guilty of feme Mifdemeanour, which was difcovered to the

I7 8

Lady

And though

fuch honourable Perfons want not

Sorts of People to bring them News, Tales or Reports, and to ferve them in all Offices ; yet in this Family there were neither Bufie-bodies Flatall

terers nor Underminers, or Supplanters of one another's good Fortune ; each doing their Duty, and regarding the Intereft of the Earl and his La-

dy, which encouraged them to give more Heed to their Complaints. The firft Complaint againft Joan Flower, the Mother, was, that flie was a monftrous malicious Woman, full of Oaths, Curfes, and irreligious Imprecations ; and as far as appeared, a plain Atheift Befides of late her Countenance was ftrangely altered, and her Eyes very fiery and hollow, and her Speech fallen and altered, and envious, her Behaviour very ftrange likewife ; fo that there were great Sufpicions of her being a Witch ; and fome of her Neighbours affirmed, that fhe dealt with familiar Spirits, and terrified them all â&#x20AC;˘with Curfes and threatning Revenge, upon the Seaft Caufe of Difplealure or Unkindnefs. As for Margaret Ihe was accufed of frequently going from the Caftle, and carrying Provifions away in unreafonable Quantities, and returning at fuch unreafonable Hours, that they could not :

r

,

but conje&ure

at

fome Mifchief amongft them,

and that their extraordinary Expences tended both to rob the Lady, and ferved to maintain fome debauched and Joan Flower Daughter.

As

s

idle

Company which

frequented

Houfe, and efpecially her youngdt

was accufed of being lewdly tranfporred with the Love of one Thomas Sympfon who prefumed to lay, that ihe had bewitched hun, having no Power to leave her and as he thought for Philip,

flie

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;


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179

altered both in Mind and Body thought flrangely her. fince he knew began to be made many Years Complaints Thefe or publick ApprehenConvi&ion, before their and his Lady were fo Earl neverthelefs the fion monftrous Woman carry d it honourable, and this towards them and the Defo flily and cunningly in bringing what he defigned to vil was fo lubtle with fo muchiW« and her Malice was attended pafled on Thing malicious Envy, that every •

m

fc*

long Time, 'nil the Earl, by DeDiflike of her, and ufed cries entertained Toipc familiar Conferences with nottnat Freedom, nor At laft one Vcale offered her fome her as ufual her Complaint, Wrong, and upon that foe made Notice ot her clamorous but found they took no And after one and malicious Information. her fuipectmg£gj L^rTorfook her Company, either meanCre*. and Tewd Life, or mifliking fuch baft Earl's Family loved. ures as no body but the Counted making her In fome Time the fome Indecenm*°hiex Margartt, and difcoyertng her Bulinefs, of the Negleft ties in her life, and any more in the Caftie, lying from difcharqed her a Btffter, and a Mavet P ave her forty Shillings, fo her to go nome trefs of Wool commanding h fo not Cattle the that at laft her frequenting hcnouranle this towaids ufual, turned her Love and being Malice and j Family into Hate and reproached flighted that (he moula be fo much be.ng Daughters her by her Neighbours upon and Shame all grew paft put out of Doors, foe Occathe were Leral times curled all thoh that her unacceptamade and fion of her Difcontent, bcnenual former familiar Friends, and

fmoothlv for

a

:

M

,

,

mm

f

i

I I •1

S

ble.

to her

Acquaintance. r of t%f The Devil perceiving the ill Difpofrioa might Daughters WVctch, and 'that foe and her enlarge to cafily be made Jnlrru meats ,

I '

L

WM&fr


HISTORY

The of dom, he grew more familiar with them, and began to offer them his Service, and told them that they mould command what they pleafed, and that he would attend them in the Form of a Dog, or

iSo

a Cat, or a Rat. that he might be lefs frightful to them, and lefs fufpe&ed by others At laft they agreed, and gave away their Souls for the Service of fuch Spirits as he had pro mi fed them ; which Promifes were ratified and confirmed by abominable Kiffes, and an odious Sacrifice of Blood, making ufe of certain Charms and Conjurations^ with which the Devil deceived them, that nothing might feem to be done without fome Ceremony and Form. When thus they were deceived and caught in trie Snares of the Devil, they grew proud of their cunning and artificial Power to do what Mifchief they pleafed, having learned the Art of Enchanting, Spells and Charms ; Co that they could kill :

what Cattle they pleafed, and difTemble their Ma3ice with Flattery, and a Shew of kind Entertainment. Then they began to threaten the Earland his Family with a terrible Tempeft, which through the devilifh Devices of thefe fell upon him, when he neither fufpe61ed nor underffood any Thing cf it ; for both the Earl and his Counters hegan to be fubjeftto Sicknefs, and extraordinary C-onvuljions, which they took with Patience

Women

as

Submitting to the Hand of God, glorifying rhVr Creator in Heaven, and willingly bearing his Crones on Earth. But at laft thefe wicked Women growing frlfl more malicious and revengeful, his Family were jnore ienhnle of their wicked Diipofuions For ,

hrft- bis

eldeft Son,

Henry Lord Rofc,

lick after <*

:

was taken litck time

ftrange Manner, and in a Lord Rcfs was feverely tormented by them, and inhumanly tortured by a atrajige Sicknefs ; And prefcatly after theLnJy

d.ed

.

ana

after Francis


'Catharine

was

fee

upon by

their devil iflb Practices,

and very frequently in Danger of her Life, in ffrange and unufual Firs. And as they confefied, both the Earl and his Countefs were fo bewitched, that they fhould have no more Children. Yet the Earl attended his Majefty both at Newmarket and Whitehall, bearing his Lofs with a gr^aC and little fufpe&ing it pro* deal of Patience ?

from Witchcraft, 'till God Almighty would fuffer them no longer to go on in their Wickedneft, but bring them to Shame for their wicked and villanous Pra&ices* About Chrlfimas they were apprehended and carried to Lincoln Jayl, after due Examination beceeded

fore fufficienc Juftices and difcreet Magistrates. Joan Flower y before. her Conviction, callcdior Bread and Butter, and wiflied it might never go through her if ftie were guilty of the Matter fhe was accufed of ; and upon mumbling of it in her Mouth

Ihe never fpoke more, but fell down and died as flie was carried to Lincoln}^], being, extremely tormented both in Soul and Body, and was buried at sfneajfef.

When

the Earl heard of their Apprehenfion he

down with his Brother Sir George, and them by themfeives, and examining fometimes he referred them to others, fometimes employing their Tryal, before the Judges at Lincoln, where they were convicted of Murder, and executed the made

1

1

hafte

th of March.

To

demonftrate the Jufrice of their Suffering, and the horrible Practices they were guilty of; we fhall fubjoin their own Examinations and Evidences againft themfeives, which apparently difcover their ill Practice of that abominable Arc

pi Witthchrafr,

tU


Tfa

HI STORY

of

The Examination of Anne Baker *f Bottefford fÂť ffc C**% of l eiceiter Sphfier, taken

March

the

Firfi

1618,

by

the

Right Honourable Francis Earl of Rutland, Sir George Manners, Knight, two tjeflys Jufiices of the Peace for of his

M

the County* of

Lincoln, and Samuel Flem-

Vector of Divinity^ one of his Majefiys Jufiices of the Peace for the County of

ming

Leicetfer.

QUE fays that there are four O nets, Black, Yellow, Green

Colours of Pla-

and Blue, and always Deach and that (lie law the ÂŁJue Planet firike Thomas Fairbom, the e!deft Son to William Fairbom of Bottcsford aforefaid, by the Pinfojd there, in which Time the laid William Fa'rbombeat her and broke her Head, whereupon the laid Thomas Fairbom did mend and being asked who lent that Planet, {lie anfwered it was nor L She faid further, That fhe faw a Hand appear unco her, and that flie heard a Voice in the Air fay to her, 4nnt Baker, fave thy felf, for to Morxow thou and thy IVIafter muft be flain ; and the next Day The and [ler Matter were in a Cait together, and fuddenK fhe faw a Fafh of Fire, and laid her Prayers, and the Fire went away, and prefently after a Crow came and picked upon her Cloaths, and fhe faid her Prayers again, and bade Ctte go to whom he was lent, and the Crow that Black

is

;

;

Gcw

went


1 Witchcraft,

&c.

183

went unto her Mafter, and did beat him to Death* and flie with her Prayers recovered him to Jive, but he was ficka Fortnight after, and faith, That if {he had not had more Knowledge than her Mafter, both he and fhe and all the Cattle had been killed.

Child of Anne Stan* to have bewitched the faid Stannidge deliverAnne laid, fhe Death, to that (he laid ic and Hands, her into Child ed her did no Harm but to it And beupon her Skirt, ing charged by the Mother of the Child, that upon the Burning of the Hair, anr the Pairing of the Nails of the laid Child, the fa id Anne Baker came in and fat her down, and for the Space of an Flour could fay nothing fhe confclTes that fhe came into the Houfe of the faid Anne Stannidge in great Pain, but did no: know of the Burning of the Child's Hair and Nails, but faid fhe was fo lick that fhe did not know whether fhe went. Being charged that lhe bewitched Elizabeth Hcvghy the Wife of William Hough to deach, becaule fhe made her angry for giving her Alms of her ftcond Bread ; fhe confelfes that fhe was angry, and faid that fhe might have given her of her better Bread, for fhe had gone too ofeen of her Errands, but fhe confeiled no more. She confeiVd that fhe came to jean Gill's Houfe, her Child being fick, and that fhe was entreared to look on the Child, and to tell her whether it wasfore-fpoken or no; and fhe faid it was foreipoken, but when the Child died fhe could not

Being examined about

nidge,

which

fhe

a

wasfufpe&ed

:

;

tell.

And

being asked concerning Nortlcy carrying home to his own Houfe, where the faid fhe asked him who gave the was Baker Anne he told her Anthony Gil!, to and Child that Loaf, vhom fhe faid, he might have had a Child of his

his Child

;

own,


HIS

i84

TO R Y

of

own, if he would have fought in Time for It} which Words flie confefTed fhe did fpeak. Being blamed by Henry Mills after this Manner a Fire let on ycu, I have had two or three ill ,

fhe anfwered, You fhould have let me Nights alone then ; and this fhe confels'd. 7 he faid Anne Baker, March the 2d, confefs'd before Doftor Flemming, that about three Years ago fhe went into Northamptonjhire, and that at her coming back again, one Peak's Wife, and Denni/s Wife of Beloyre told her that my Lord Henry was dead, and that there was a Glove of the faid Lord's buried in the Ground and as that Glove did rot and wafta, fo did the Liver of the faid ;

Lord

rot and v/afte. Further fhe faid, March the Third, before Sir George Manners Knight, and Samuel Flemming Doftor of Divinity, that fhe had a Spirit which had the Shape of a white Dog, which fhe called her ,

,

good

Spirit,

Samuel Flemming y Teft

The Examination of Joan Wiilimot^ taken the zSth of February, in the 16 th Tear of the Reign of our Lord James over England, King, &c. #ndover Scotland the ?2d, be-

/^Alexander Amcot^ Efcj; one of his M?je s Juftices of the Yeace of the faid

M

Parts and County.

GH E confeffesthat her O Lord of Rutland hadJoan Flow Uojy with roIH

dealt

$eyhad

pu^.

that n*y her, and

away her Daughter* and

that

though


WrTCHC though fhe

A F T, &C. could not have her Will of

it?

R.

my Lord

himielf, yet fhe had fpied my Lord's Son, and had ftricken him to the Heart ; and fhe fays that lord's Son was ftricken with a white Spirit, and unto her and that fhe can cure fame that fend and of fome that fome reward her for her Pains,

my

:

fee taketh nothing, She further fays, that

.

Friday Nignt, her spithat there was a bad her, rit came to her and told her Soui to the given at Deeping who had appear Devil ; and that her laid Spirit did then

on

Woman

done unto her in a more ugly Form than it had and that it urged her much tt give her formerly o: her fomething, though it was but a Piece great a taken had it Girdle, android her that would Ihe deal of Pains for her ; but fhe fays than nothing, and told it thai fue had lentit to give ;

it

my

Lord Re/jui-, would co wail..

place, but 'only to fee how and that her Spirit told her that he

no

i

WiUimot, the taken the fetond Day of March, before {aid Alexander Amcots.

The Examination of

T) EING

lJ

Spirit

the fai J Joan

examined, fhe

which

fhe

faid,

That

called Pretty,

fhe had a

which was

Rutgiven to her by William Berry of Langholm in *hat and Years ; landjlire, whom fce ferved three her, defaced her to it gave he her Matter, when blow into her to open her Mouth, and he would and that Ihe good her a Fairy which would do into it ; blow did he opened her Mouth ; and that of bar out came and that prefentlv after there in Ground Mouth a Spirit, which flood on the her about a Woman, and enquired ;

the

m

Form of

!>ouJ|


"

HISTORY

we

The Soul, which fhe promifed

of

to lift at her Matter's De/ire. She further confefTed , that me never hurc any Body, but helped feveral that font for her which were ftrucken or fore-fpoken and that ; her Spirit came weekly to her, and would rcll her of leveral that were fbicken and fore-fpoken. Ana Ihe fays, That the Ufe fie had of the Spirit, was to know howthofe did whom ihe had undertaken to mend, and that Hie helped them by cer. tain Prayers which fheufed, and not by her own Spirit ; neither did fhe employ her Spirit in any thing, but to bring her Word how thofe did Whom fhe li2d undertaken to cure

A d . u to her

er /*y TJiat t Night in the Form r tl -

laft

}

s

>

iier Spirit

came

of a Woman, mumbling, but me could not tell what it laid ; and being asked whether fhe wa< not in a Dream or Slumber when fhe thought ihe faw it Ihe faid ^o, and that Ihe was as much awake as at that ;

pielent.

Alexander Amcott,

Thomas Robifon 7 Teft.

mmEMmmm wmmmmm The Examination of Joan Willimot of Good-

°y

in

the County of Leicefter, Widow, *«*'»tbe ijthof March by Sir Henry Waitings, Knight > and Samuel FJem-

ming

Dcttor of Divinity,

jefiys Jufikti of County,

S H^j L T

Two

the Peace

<f his of the

Mtfaid

onfQ{red e in

/hat fhe tcld one Cook's Wife of the faid County, Labourer that

MnPatcktt might have had

his Child

llm,if 'he


Witchcraft,

&c.

187

for it in Time, and if he would have fought out and that her Ways in Irricken Death it were not within her, Thing evil an had fatcketth Wife fne her, and that of end an which flwroid make ;

knew by

her Girdle.

She laid further, That Gamaliel Greete of WMh?.d a Spirit tham in the laid County Shepherd, his Swearin him, into put like a white Moufe

Thing and that if he did look upon any chat and hurt could widi an Intent to hurt, he cut was whÂŤch he had a Mark on his left Arm, tins all away and that her own Spirit told her

in"

-

;

;

befoie'it went from her. She laid futther. That

Joan Flower, Margaret about a Week before Joan flower and lhe, met Blaekhrroiv HO!, and went flowers Apprehenfion in Flower s Houie ; from thence home to the faid Joan like apt, and there me law two Spirits, ÂŤae of tnem one tnat and Owl an and the other like and thougnt me as Ear, ; lucked under her right lay, dia Spirits her the faid Joan told her, that hang'd nor burnt. that fne would neither be Flower Further flie faith, That the faid Joan ;

it, and worked took up fome Earth and fpat upon into her Purle, up it put and it with her Finger, hurt the Lord not could and faid, Though Ihe is dead, which himfelf, yet lhe had fped his Son

H

Haftings,

$%m. Fhmming*


i38

The

HISTORY

of

Tie Examination of EHen Green of Stathorne in tU County of Leicefter, taken the 17 th of

March,, by Sir Henry Hayings, Knight^ and Samuel Fiemming Doctor of Divinity^ for the J aid County.

QHE bout

Jufiicas of the

Feacs

fays, that Joan Willimor of Gccdby came fix Years fince to her in the Woods, and

perl waded her to forfake God, and t o betake her ÂŤ*ifto the Devil, and me would give her two spirits, to which flie gave her Coafent upon ;

'which Joan Willimot called tw o Spirits, one in the Likenefs of a Kitlin, and the orher cf a Mold-

warp; thenrlt, the faid WiUimot called Puff, the other Hifehife, and they, prefently came to her; and then Ihe departing left rhem with the faid Green, and they leaped upon her Shoulder, and theKitlin fucked under her right Ear on her JSleck, and the Mold warp on her left Side in the like Place.

After they had fucked her Ihe fent the Khiin to a Baker of that Town, whole Name flie remembered not, who had called her Witch and Itricken her, and bid her Spirit go and

bewitch him to death ; the Moldwarp ihe bid go to Mne Dawes or the fame Town and bewitch her to death, becaufe {he had called her Witch, Whore and Jade, Ve. ana a Fortnight's Time they both died.

m

And the

laid Ellen Green further faid, That Ihe lent both her Spirits to Stonesky, to one Willifon Âť husbandman, and Robert Wittimm a Husband-

man's


Witchcraft,

&c.

1&9

man's Son, and bid the Kitlin go to WlUlfon and bewitch him to death, and the Moldwarp to the other and bewitch him to death, which they did, and within ten Days they died. Thefe Four were bewitched whilft the laid Green lived at WaU tham. three Years fince, the faid Green removed thence to Stathorne where flic now dwelt. Upon a Difference between the laid WiUlmot, and the Wife of John Pacchet of Stathorne, Yeoman ; the faid WiUlmot called her the faid Green to go and touch the faid John Pacchet s Wife and her Child, which fhe did accordingly, touching the faid John PacchefsWife in her Bed, and the Child in the NurlVs Arms, and then fent her Spirits to bewitch them to death, which they did, and the

About

Woman

languifhing for but the Child died the next touched. lay

Month and more, Day after Ihe was

a

fbe further confefTed, That the faid Joan WlUimot had a Spirit fucking on her, under the kfr Flank, like a white Dog : And flie faid fur-

.And

ther,

That

{he

faw the fame fucking on her, laft being then at John WiliimQts

Barley Harveft,

Houfe.

And

her felf the faid Ellen Green further fhe gave her Soul to the Devil to have

as to

fays, That the faid Spirits at

command for a Confirmation them to fuck her always, fuffered Ihe which, of the Change and Full about as .above-mentioned,

fit

the

;

Moon,

Sam Flemming+

The


rbe

nam

HISTORY

of

^9

ecses ssas

Examination of Philip Flower,

of Daughter of Sifter

Margaret Flower, and Joan Flower, bfore Sir William Pelham, and Mr Butler J unices of the Peace, Feb* 4. 'which wai brought in at the Ajjiz*zs y us Evfa dence agalnft her Sifter Margaret. \

'QHE

faid, that her Mother and Sifter bore Afolice to the Earl of Rutland, his Countefs and their Children, betatife her Sifter Margaret was

O

of the Lady's Service as Laundrefs, exempted from other Services about the and Houfe; whereupon her Sifter, by her Mother's Command, brought' from the Caftie the RightHand Glove of the Lord Hekry Rojfe, which Ihe delivered to her Mother, who preiently rubbed it on the Back of her Spirit Rutterkin, and then put put out

hot boiling Water ; afterwards fhe pricked and buried it in the Yard, wifhing the it often Lord Roffe might never thrive ; and fo her Sifter Margaret continued with her Mother, where fhe often law the Cat Rutterkln leap on her Shoulder, and fuck her Neck. She further confefTed, That fhe heard her Mother often curfe the Earl and his Lady, and upon that would boil Feathers and Blood together, ufing many devilifh Speeches and ftrange Geit into

,

ftures.

The


WlCTHCRAFT,

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&C.

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Margaret Flower, Sifter ^/Philip Flower, $6iit the 22a /'/Janua-

TbeExamin

>thn of

ry, I6l3. confefec!, That about SHE Mother fent her fmce.

four or five Years for the Right-hand and afterWard$ htr Lord of Rojfe Glove Hwy the Caftle of Beaver, Mother b d her go again lo and bring down the Glove or fome otfaeft TPhinfi and then ihc asked, for of Lor4 ; what? Her Mo: her anfwerea, to hurt my Lord upon which lie brought down a Glcve, and Roffe delivered the lame to her Mother, who ftroked Butterkln her Cat wi:h it, after it was dipped in hot Water, and lb pricked it often ; afr er which Henry Lord 11 Jfc fell lick in a Week, and was much tormented with the fame. She further laid, That finding a Glove above two or three Years fince, of Francis Lord Rcffe, on a Dung-hill, Die delivered it to her Mother, who put it into hoc Water, and afterwards took it out and rubed it on B&tterkin the Cat, and bid him goupwaids; and after her Mother buried it in the Yard, and faid a Mifchief light on him, but he will mend again* She further confeiled, That her Mother and flie and her Sifter agreed together to bewitch the Earl and his Lady that they might have no more Children ; and being asked the Caufe of their Malice and Ill-will, (he faid, that about four Years fmce, the Countefs taking a Diflike to her* gave her forty Shillings, a Bollter and a- Matrefs, h< r

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The

HISTORY vf

bad her lie at home, and come no more to dwell at the Caftle, which Ihe not only took il], but grudged it in her Heart very much^ fwearing to be reveng'd. After this her Mother complained to the Earl againft one Peake, who had offered her Tome Wrong, wherein Ihe perceived that the Earl took not her Part, as fhe expected ; which Diflike^ with the reft, cxafperated her the more againft him, fo that flie waited for an Opportunity of Revenge upon which Die took Wool out of the Matrefs, and a Pair of Gloves which were given her by Mr. Favafor, and put them into warm Water, mingling them with fome Blood, and ftirring it together, then fhe took the Wool and Gloves out of the Water, and rubbed them on the Belly of Butterkin the Car, faying the Lord and the Lady would have more Children, but it would be long firft. She further confefled, That* by her Mother's Command, fne brought to her a Piece of a Hankerchief of the Lady Catherines, the Earl's Daughter, and her Mother put it into hot Water, and then taking it out rubbed it upon Rutterkin, bidding him fly and go j whereupon Rutterkin whined and cried Mew upon which fhe faid Rutterkin had no Power of the Lady Catherine to hurt her. .and

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The Examination of Philip Flower the z^tb of February 1618, before Francis Earl of Rutland, Francis Lord Willoughby of Ersby, Sir George Manners, and Sir

William Pelham.

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y keeps

confefled, that fhe had a Spirit fucking the Form of a white Rat, which to her left Breaft, and hath done fo this

on her

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three or four Years ; and as to her Agreement betwixt her Spirit and her felf, fhe confeifed that when it came firft to her, fhe gave her Soul to ir, and it promifed her to do her good, and caufe Thomas Sywpfon to love her, if fhe would fufFer it to fuck her, which fhe agreed to ; and fo the laft

Time

it

fucked was on Tuefday

at

Night, the 23d

of February.

The Examination of Margaret Flower at the fame Ttme y &C. confefied, That fhe had two familiar SpiSHE fucking on her the one White, the other rits

;

The White fucked under her left Black fpotted Bread, and the Black fpotted within the inward When flic firft entertained Parts of her Secrets. her Sou], and they cothem promifed lhe them, things fhe commanded which all do venanted to :

them, &c\ She further

faith, That about the 30th of Januabeing Saturday, four Devils appeared to her in Lincoln Jay], at eleven or twelve a-Clock The one ftood at her Bed's Feet, at Midnight like an Ape, and fpoke to her, Head with a black but what, fhe could not well remember ; at which fhe was very angry, becaufe he would fpeak no plainer, or let her underftand his Meaning; the other three were Rutterkin, Little Robin and Spirit, but fhe never miftrufted them, nor fufpeÂŁted her

ry laft paft,

:

felf till then.

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Tfo

There

is

HISTORY

of

another Examination of the [aid

Mar-

garet Flower^ taken the Fourth of February, to this Ejfeff* asked what flie knew concerning the Beit} witching of the Earl of Rutland, his Wife and Children, fhe faid, that it was true, that her at felf, her Mother and Sifter were all difpleafed turning for Countefs, the with efpecially him, her out of Service; upon which, four Years agoe, her Mother commanded her to go d the CaftJe, and bring her the Right-hand Glove of the Lord Henry Rojfe, the Earl's eldeft Son ; which Glove fne found on the Ruflies in the Nurfery, and delivered the fame to her Mother, and put it into hot Water, prick'd it often with her Knife, and then took it out of the Water and rubbed it upon Rutterkin, bidding him height and go, and do fbme Hurt to Henry Lord Rojffe ; whereupon he fell fick and loon after died, which her Mother hearing of laid it was well ; but after fhe had rubbed the Glove on Rutterkin % the Spirit, Ihe threw it into the Fixe and burnt it. Thefe Examinations were taken and carefully

T>Eing

'

preferved, as Evidence againft them ; And when the Judges came to Lincoln, about the Firft of March, being Sir Henry Hobbert, Lord Chief Jufcice of the Common-Fleas, and Sir Edward Brombley one of the Barons of the Exchequer, they were prefenfed to them, who both wondered at the Wickednefs of thofe Perfons, and were amazed at their horrible Contracts with the Devil to damn tl^ir

own Souls, And


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the Right Honourable the Earl of Caufe of Grief for theLofs fufficient had "Rutland could not but be amazed he yet of his Children ; horrible Contracts, hearand at their Wickedneis ing them exclaim againft the Devil for deluding them, and now breaking his Promife, when they flood moil: in need of his Help. And notwithstanding all thefe Aggravations, yet this generous Nobleman urged nothing againft them bun their own Confefiions, and left them wholly to the Cenfure of the Law, their own Aftions and Confeffions bringing them to deferved Death*

And though

C

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P.

VII.

Containing Hi(tories of Vifions> Jffmtiovs^ Sprits > Divinations^ &c. reported of Melampus, ITJpllonius that they Tyan*us

Tlrs/ias, Thalct,

is

}

and

underftood the

Language of Birds The latter of them fitting amongft his Friends, feeing a great many Sparrows upon a Tree, and another coming in chirping amongft the reft, told them that it told its Fellows that there was a Sack of Wheat fpik in :

Place near the City, and they going to fee And it is fa id of Dcmocritus, that it true. he could name the Birds, whofe Blood being mixed together would produce a Serpent ; of which whofcever flaould eat would underftand the VoiHepwies fays, That whoever goes to ces of Birds. catch Birds on a certain Day of the Calends of No<vembcr and boils the firft Bird they catch with the Heart of a Fox, that all that eat of that Bird

fuch

a

found

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HISTORY

of

Should underftand the Voices of Birds and

all

o-

ther Creatures.

reported of Rabbi Jokna, the Son of Manner he enJockabodj that after a certain lightened a rude Country-man, called Eleazcr ; alfo

Ir is

being altogether illiterate; fo that being encompalled about with a fudden Brightness, he unexpectedly preached fuch high Myftcries of the Law to an Aifembly of wife Men, that he did even aftcnilh all that were near him.

The

Sibyl in Delphos

was wont either by

to^ receive

the Spirit

DeviJ two Ways, viz,, and Fire, which did break out of the Mouth of the Cave, where flie fitting in the Entrance, upon a hracen three-footed Stool, dedicated to a certain Deity, was prefently infpired and uttered Prophecies j or a great Fire flying out of the Cave, furrounded the Prophetefs, and enabled her to a

fubtil

which Inspiration fhe alfo received as upon a confecrated Seat, breaking forth

prophfcfie,

lhe fat

fjjpefently into Predi&ions.

There was a Prophetefs in Branch* which fat upon an Ex-tree, and either held a Wand in her Hand, given her by feme infernal Deity, or Wafhed her Feet, and fometimes the Hern of her Garments in the Waters, upon which lhe was prefently filled with the Spirit of Prophecy, and

many Oracles. In the Country of Tkracia there was a certain Paffage confecrated to Bacchus, from whence Predictions and Oracles were wont to be given, the Priors of whofe Temples having drank Wine abundantly, did ftrange Things. There was once at Phan's, a City of dchaia, in the Middle of the Market, a Statue of Mercury, where he that went to be informed, having fumed Frankincenfe, and light Candles which was fet before it ; and that Country Coin being offered on the right Eland of ilrj Statue, whifper'cd into unfolded


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pent Ear of the Statue, whatever he deprefently his Ears be.ng (topfired to know, and made what Hafte he ped with both his Hands, when he ^ouldfrom the Market-place; which ft Voice fir the open, was paft, his Ears being for an obferved was he heard from any Man into the

Prince of the MagiclS^tflrtSi the Father and Knowledge of natural ÂťftS,was laid to attain to the Years SoliThings as well as divine, by twenty

he wrote and did very ftrangeTmngs and Sooch-iayconcerning the Art of Divining

when

tude,

m

Hereticky, Magus, who was the Prince of after Jefus and the Father of the firft Herefies one, great be a (hrift, giving himfelf out to appear to taught that himfelf was he, who (hould he ihould dethe Jews as the Son, and in Samaria Ihould Nations other fcend as the Father, and to iortlv himlelf fet appear as the holy Ghoft. He He nrgm a of \ for a God, at lean: for the Son Maor Sorceries bewitched the People, with his Power of gick, to fay, This Man is the great

%mon

:

Adminiftration of his Ma-gical Operations, they fet up a Statue with thislnicnption ;

God

:

And

in

His Image was made arcer the Figure of 'Jupiter, and the Image* of Salen* t or Helena, his Harlot (whom he affirmed to be the firft Conception of his Mind, the Mother of conceived all, by whom, in the Beginning. he his Mind, to make the Angels and Archangels ) was made after the Figure of Minerva, and thefe they worfhipped withlncenfe, Victims, Offerings this Magical and Sacrifices. Notwithftanding and was Faith, Chriftian the Sorcerer imitated To Simon the holy God.

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baptized, fuppofmg that the Apoftles healed by Magick, and not by the Power of God ; and fufpeft ing the holy Ghoft to be given by Magical Science, he offered Money for the Gift, which be ^

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10

7he

HISTORY

of

being denied him, he ftudied all Manner of Mamuch the more, and to make himfelf

gick, fo

l'eem fo much the more glorious in the Emulation ; and to make himfelf famous in his Contefl againft the Apoftles, vented his Herefies, and boafted of his Sorcery. And inftead of the holy Ghoft he got him a Devil for a Familiar, which

he faid was the Soul of a ilain Child, and that he had adjured it for his Afliftance, in doing whatever he commanded. His Pritfh and Profelytes were alio taught to ufe Exorcifms and Incantations, and Charms and Allurements ; and had alio thtir Familiars, and ftudioufly exercifed all manner of curious Superftitions and unlawful Arts. Elymas, the Sorcerer or Magician, fought to turn away the Deputy from the Faith ; Menmdcr the Succefibr and Difciple of Simon Magus was

with a Devil , and being inftru&ed with Demoniacal Power, was pot inferior to the ether in Diabolical Operations; and having attaincd to the Height of Magical Science, which he faid hs had from his Euvoja, and by her was taught,