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juncture of time as this is, which is all I have | day more and more in him, that the succeeding to say as to that particular at this distance. age may be the better for him. My Lord, I
« My Lord the visit your son made me, I am, your lordship’s very humble servant, took for a great honour and favour from him,
GEOR. WINTON.” especially considering how much good I have Farnham Castle, July 4, 1672. heard of him, which I hope will increase every | For the right hon. the Earl of Anglesey.
286. Proceedings against TEMPERANCE LLOYD, MARY TREMBLES,
and SUSANNA EDWARDS, for Witchcraft : 34 Charles II.
A. D. 1682.* A True and Impartial RELATION of the Con- And saith, That when the said Susanna was FESSIONS of Three WITCHES.
apprehended concerning Grace Barnes of Bid.
diford aforesaid, that this informant did go to Devon. ss.—Biddiford, ss.
see the said Susanna. And that when the The Information of Dorcas Coleman, the wife said Susanna was in prison, she did confess
of Jobn Coleman, of Biddiford aforesaid, unto this informant, that she had bewitched Mariner, taken upon her oath before Tho- her, and done her some bodily harm by bemas Gist, Mayor of the borough, town, and witching of her. manor of Biddiford aforesaid, and John And thereupon she fell down on her knecs, Davie, Alderman, two of his Majesty's and desired this informant to pray for her the Justices of the Peace within the same bo- said Susanna Edwards. rough, &c. the 26th day of July, A.D. 1682.
Thomas Gist, Mayor,
JOHN DAVIE, Alderman.
Devon. ss.-Biddiford, ss. the year of our Lord God 1680, she was taken
The Information of Thomas Bremincom, of in tormenting pains, by pricking in her arms, i stomach, and heart, in such a manner, as she
Biddiford, in the county aforesaid, gent. was never taken so before.
taken upon his oath before us, Thomas Upon which, she this informant did desire
Gist Mayor of the borough, town, and one Thomas Bremincom to repair to Dr.
manor of Biddiford aforesaid, and John Beare for some remedy for these pains. And
Davie, Alderman, two of his Majesty's
Justices of the Peace within the same very shortly afterwards the said Dr. Beare did repair unto this informant.
borough, &c. the 26th day of July, a. D. And upon view of her body he did say, that it was past his skill to ease her of her said The said informant upon his oath saith, That pains; for he told her that she was bewitched. about two years ago, Dorcas Coleman the wife
And further saith, That at the time of her of John Coleman of Biddiford aforesaid, maritormenting pains, she this informant did see ner, was taken very sick, and in her sickness her the said Susanna Edwards in her cham- this informant did repair unto one Dr. Beare ber : And that she this informant would point for some remedy for these pains. The said with her finger at what place in the chamber Mr. Beare being come unto ber, and upon the said Susanna Edwards would stand, and view of her body did say, that it was past his where she would go.
skill to ease her, by reason that she was beAnd further saith, That she hath continued witched. 60 ever since, more or less
And further saith, That after that the said
Mr. Beare had left her, he this informant did From a Pamphlet, entitled, “ A true and see one Susanna Edwards, of Biddiford aforeimpartial Relation of the Informations agaiust said, widow, to come into her chamber to visit 'three Witches, viz. Temperance Lloyd, Mary her the said Dorcas. * Trembles, and Susanna Edwards : Who were This informant further saith, That as soon as indicted, arraigned, and convicted at the As- the said Dorcas did see the said Susanna sizes holden for the county of Devon, at the Edwards, she did strive to fly in the face Castle of Exon, Aug. 14, 1682. With their of the said Susanna ; but was not able to several Confessions, taken before Thomas get out of the chair wherein she sat. This Gist, mayor, and John Davie, alderman, of informant, and John Coleman the said Dors Biddiford, in the said county, where they cas's husband, did strive to help her out of were inhabitants. As also their speeches, the chair : Upon which the said Susanna Ed.
confessions, and behaviour, at the time and wards began to go backwards for to go out of place of execution, on the 25th of the said the chamber. month. London : Printed by F. Collins.? And further saith, That when the said Su. See other Cases for Witchcraft, ante, vol. 2, sanna was almost gone out of the chamber, the : 1049; vol. 4, p. 817 ; vol. 6, p. 647; and said Dorcas did slide out of the chair upon her the Case of Wenham, A. D. 171%, post.
back, and so strive to go after the said Susanna,
a true copy
But this informant and her said husband seeing | manner of sickness ever since unto this day, her in such a sad conditiou, did endeavour to with some intermissions. take her up from the ground, but could not, THOMAS Gist, Mayor. until that the said Susanna was gone down John Davie, Alderman. over the stairs. This informant further saith, That at the
Examined with the original whereof this is same time of her tormenting pains, and when
John Hill, Town-Clerk. she could neither see nor speak, by reason that
Devon. ss. Biddiford, ss. her pains were so violent upon her, this informant hath seen her, the said Dorcas, to point The Information of Grace Thomas, of Biddiwith her hand which way the said Susanna Ed
ford, in the county aforesaid, spinster, wards was gone.
taken upon her oath the 3d day of July, in And further saith, That immediately after
the 34th year of the reign of our sovereiga he hath gone out at the fore door of the house lord Charles the Second, by the grace of where the said Dorcas doth live, and bath seen
God, of England, Scotland, France and the said Susanna Edwards to go the same way
Ireland king, defender of the faith, &e. that the said Dorcas did point with her hand.
before us Thomas Gist, Mayor of the
borough, town, and manor of Biddiford Thomas Gist, Mayor.
aforesaid, and John Davie, Alderman, twa John Davie, Alderman.
of his majesty's Justices of the Peace
within the same borough, &c. Devon. ss. Biddiford, ss.
The said informant upon her oath saith, That 'The Information of John Coleman, of Biddi- upon or about the 2d day of February, which
ford, in the county aforesaid, mariner, was in the year of our Lord 1680, this infortaken upon his oath before Thomas Gist, mant was taken with great pains in her head Mayor of the borough, town, and manor and all her limbs, which pains continued on her of Biddiford aforesaid, and John Davie, till near or upon the first day of August then Alderman, two of his Majesty's Justices following; and then this informant's pains beof the Peace within the same borough, gan to abate, and this informant was able to &c. the 26th day of July, A. D. 1682.
walk abroad to take the air : But in the night
season she was in much pain, and not able to The said informant upon bis oath saith, That take her rest. Dorcas Coleman his wife has been a long time This informant further saith, That apon or sick in a very strange and unusual manner: about the 30th day of September now last pasi And he hath sought far and near for remedy. this informant was going up the high street of
And saith, That one doctor George Beare Biddiford, where this informant met with Terbeing advised with concerning her sickness, in perance Lloyd of Biddiford aforesaid, widow, this deponent's absence, (whilst he was at sea) and she the said Temperance did then and there the said Mr. Beare hath (as this informant was fall down upon her knees to this inforinant, and told by his said wife, and his uncle Thomas wept, saying, Mrs. Grace, I am glad to see you Bremincom, at his return) said, that it was so stroog again. past bis skill to prescribe directions for her Upon which this informant said, Why dest cure, because that the said Dorcas was be thou weep for me ? Unto which the said Tesiwitched.
perance replied, I weep for joy to see you so This informant further saith, That about well again, as the said 'Temperance then prethree months now last past, his said wife was tended. sitting in a chair, and being speechless, he this This informant further saith, That in that informant did sce one Susanna Edwards of Bid- very night she this informant was taken very diford aforesaid, widow, to come into the cham- ill with sticking and pricking pains, as though ber under a pretence to visit her.
pins and awls had been thrust into her body, Whereupon this informant's wife did strive from the crown of her head to the soles of ber to come at her the said Susanna, but could not feet; and this informant lay as though it had get out of the chair.
been upon a rack. Upon which this informant and the said And saith, That these pricking pains bare Thomas Bremincom did endeavour to help her continued upon her body ever since; and that out of the chair ; and the said Susanna did go her pains are much worse by night than by towards the chamber-door.
day. And further saith, That when the said Su- *This informant further saith, That ca sanna was come at the chamber-door, she the Thursday the first day of June last past in the said Dorcas (remaining speechless as aforesaid) night, she this informant was bound and seem did slide out of the chair upon her back, and ingly chained up, with all her sticking paling so strore to come at her the said Susanna ; gathered together in her belly; so that on a but was not able to rise from the ground, sudden her belly was "swoln as big as two until the said Susanna was gone down the bellies, which caused her to ery oul, I shall stairs.
die, I shall die; and in this sad condition this And further saith, That the said Dorcas informant lay as though she had been deal fie hath continued in such a strange and unusual a long space (which those persons that were in
the chamber with her this informant did com
Devon. $5.---Biddiford, ss. pute to be about two hours.)
And this informant further saith, That on The Information of Anne Wakely, the wife Friday night last, being the 30th day of June, of William Wakely, of Biddiford, in the this ivformant was again pinched and pricked county aforesaid, husbandman, taken the to the heart, with such cruel thrusting paips 3d day of July, A. D. 1682. in ber head, shoulders, arms, hands, thighs,
The said informant upon her oath saith, That and legs, as though the flesh would have been upon the 2d day of July, instant, she this dethen immediately torn from the bones with a ponent, by order of the said Mr. Mayor, did man's fingers and thumbs.
search the body of the said Temperance Lloyd, And further
saith, That she was even pluck in the presence of Honor Hooper, and several ed out over her bed, and lay in this condition for
other women. the space of three hours (as she was by soine of the said persons then in this in- formant did find in her secret parts, two teats
And upon search of her said body, she this infórmant's chamber.)
This informant further saith, That upon the hanging nigh together like unto a piece of flesh first day of this instant July, as soon as the that a child had suckt. And that each of the
said teats was about an inch in length. Upon aforesaid Temperance Lloyd was apprehended and put in the prison of Biddiford, she this in which this informant did demand of her, the formant immediately felt her pricking and said Temperance, whether she had been sucked
at that place by the black man ? (meaning the sticking pains to cease and abate.
Devil.) And saith, That she hath continued so ever since unto this time; but is still in great weak- knowledge, that she had been sucked there
Whereunto the said Temperance did acDess of body. And further saith, That she believeth that time that she was sucked by the said black
often times by the black man ; and the last the said Temperance. Lloyd hath been an instrument of doing much hurt and harın unto man, was the Friday before she was searched, her body, by pricking and tormenting of her (which was the 30th day of June last past.)
And this informant further saith, That she in manner as before in this her information she hath been an attendant of the said Grace Thohatb set forth. THOMAS Gist, Mayor.
mas about six weeks now last past : And that
on Thursday now last past (which was the 29th Joun Davie, Alderman,
of June last past) in the morning, she, this in
formant did see something in the shape of a Devon. ss.-Biddiford, ss.
magpie, to come at the chamber-window where The Information of Elizabeth Eastchurch, the the said Grace Thomas did lodge. Upon which
wife of Thomas Eastchurch of Biddiford, this informant did demand of the said Tem-
Thomas Gist, Mayor.
John Davje, Alderman. ; The said informant upon her oath saith, That upon the 2d day of this instant July, the said Grace Thomas, then lodging in this informant's vant unto the said Thomas Eastchurch, as ap
The like is deposed by Honor Hooper, ser said husband's house, and hearing of ber to complain of great pricking pains in one of her pears by her information, takon upon her oath kuees, she this informant did see her said knee, Thomas Gist Mayor, and John Davie Alder
the day and year abovesaid, before the said knee which had been prickt; and that every of man, two of his majesty's Justices of the the said pricks were as though it had been the Peace, within the borough, town, and manor
of Biddiford. prick of a thorn. Whereupon this informant afterwards, upon the same 2d day of July, did
Thomas Gist, Mayor. demand of the said Temperance Lloyd, whe.
John Davie, Alderman. ther she had any wax or clay in the form of
Devon. SS. -Biddiford, ss. a picture, whereby she had pricked and tormented the said Grace Thomas ?
Temperance Lloyd, her Examination taken the Unto which the said Temperance made an- 3d day of July, in the 34th year of the swer, that she had no wax nor clay, but con. reign of our sovereign lord Charles the fessed that she had only a piece of leather Second, by the grace of God, of England, which she had pricked nine times.
Scotland, France and Ireland, king, deThomas Gist, Mayor.
fender of the Faith, &c. before us, ThoJoux Davie, Alderman, .
mas Gist, Mayor of the borough, town, and manor of Biddiford aforesaid, and And saith and confesseth, that she this exami
, jesty's Justices of the Peace within the that on purpose to put ber the said Grace out same borough, &c.
of her life. The said informant being brought before us And further saith, that the black man (or by some constables of the said borough, upon rather the Devil) did promise this examinant the complaint of Thomas Eastchurch of Bid- that no one should discover her. diford aforesaid, gent. and charged upon sus. And further confesseth, that the said black picion of having used some magical art, sor- man (or rather tbe Devil, as aforesaid) did suck cery, or witchcraft, upon the body of Grace ber teats which she now hath in her secret Thomas of Biddiford aforesaid spinster ; and parts : And that she did kneel down to him in to have had discourse or familiarity with the the street, as she was returning to ber own Devil in the shape of a black man: And being house, and after that they bad tormented the demanded how long since she had discourse or said Grace Thomas in manner as last above familiarity with the Devil in the likeness or mentioned. shape of a black man,
Being demanded of what stature the said Saith, That about the 30th day of Septem- black man was, saith, that he was about the ber last past, she met with the Devil in the length of her arm: And that his eyes were shape or likeness of a black man, about the very big; and that he hopt or leapt in the way middle of the afternoon of that day, in a cer- before her, and afterwards did suck her agaio tain street or lape in the town of Biddiford as she was lying down; and that his sucking aforesaid, called Higher Gunstone lane: And was with a great pain unto her, and afterwards then and there he did tempt and solicite her to / vanished clear away out of her sight. go with to the house of the said Thomas This examinant doth further confess, That Eastchurch, to tor:nent the body of the said upon the 1st day of June last past, whilst the Grace Thomas; which this examinant at first said Mr. Eastchurch and his wife were absent, did refuse to do: But afterwards by the temp- that the said examinant did pinch and prick tation and persuasion of the Devil in the like the said Grace Thomas (with the aid and lap ness of a black man as aforesaid, she did go to of the black man, or rather the Devil) in he the house of the said Thomas Eastchurch, and belly, stomach, and breast; and that they conthat she went up the stairs after the said black tinued so tormenting of her about the space of man; and confesseth, that both of them went two or three hours, with an intent to have up into the chamber where she the said Grace killed her. Thomas was, and that there they found one And further saith, that at the same time she Anne Wakely the wite of William Wakely of did see the said Anne Wakely rubbing and Biddiford, rubbing and stroking one of the chafing of several parts of the said Grace Thoarms of the said Grace Thomas.
mas her body: Although the said Anne Wake. And the said examinant doth further confess, ly, being present at taking of this examinaThat she did then and there pinch with the nails tion, doch affirm that she did not see the said of her fingers the said Grace Thomas in her examinant. shoulders, arnis, thighs and legs; and that Thomas Gist, Mayor. afterwards they came down from the said JOHN DAVIE, Alderrpan. Grace Thomas, her chamber into the street together; and that there this examinant did see
Devon. $$.-Biddiford ss. something in the form or shape of a grey or braget cat ; and saith that the said cat went
Whereas the said Temperance Lloyd hath made into the said Thomas Eastchurch's shop.
such an ample Confession and DeclaraThe said examinant, being further demand.
tion concerning the said Grace Thomas,
we the said Mayor and Justices were inend, whether she went any more unto the said Thomas Eastchurch's house, saith and con
duced to demand of her some other ques. fesseth, that the day following she came again
tions concerning other witcheries which to the said Thomas Eastchurch's house invi
she had practised upon the bodies of sevesible, and was not seen by any person ; but
ral other persons within this town, viz. therethis examinant did meet with the braget cat She the said examinant did confess, That as afore said; and the said cat did retire and leap about the 14th day of March, w hi. I was in the back into the said Thomas Eastchurch's shop. year of our Lord" 1670, she was accused, in
The said examinant, being further demanded dicted, and arraigned, for practising witchcraft when she was at the said Thomas Eastchurch's upon the body of one William Herbert late of house the last time, saith, that she was at the Biddifordi aforesaid, husbandman: and that alsaid Mr. Eastchurch's house upon Friday the though at the trial of her life at the castle of 30th day of June last past ; and that the Devil: Exeter, she was there acquitted by the judge in the shape of a black man was there with and jury then ; yet this examinant doth pow her : And that they went up again into the said confess, that she is guilty thereof, by the per: chamber, where she found the said Grace Tho- suasion of the black man, and that she did mas lying in her bed in a very sad condition. prick the said William Herbert unto death, Notwithstanding which, she this examinant Thomas Gist, Mayor, and the said black man did torment her again : Joun Davie, Alderman.
Devon. ss.-Biddiford, ss.
the said Thomas Eastchurch's shop in the form And whereas upon or about the 15th of shop a puppet or picture, (commonly called a
and shape of a cat; and fetcht out of the same May, which was in the year of our Lord 1679, child's baby) and that she carried the same up she was accused before the then Mayor and into the chamber where the said Grace Thomas Justices of the town of Biddiford aforesaid, for did lodge, and left it about the bed whereon the practising witchcraft upon the body of one said Grace Thomas did lie; but would not conAnne Fellow the daughter of Edward Fellow of fess that she had prickt any pins in the said Biddiford, gent. And although her body was puppet or baby-picture, although she were de then searched by four women of the town of manded particularly that question by the said Biddiford aforesaid, and the proofs then against Mr. Ogilby. her not so clear and conspicuous, the said Mr. Fellow did not further prosecute against her; confess, that she was the cause of the death of
Also the said Temperance did then and there yet this examinant doth now confess that the said Anne Fellow, the daughter of Edward Fellow black man or Devil, (or some other black man named in her said examination. or Devil) with her this said examinant, did do
Also she did then and there confess, That some bodily hurt to the said Anne Fellow, and she was the cause of the death of one Jane that thereupon the said Anne Fellow did short- Dallyn the late wife of Symon Dallyn of BidSy die and depart this life. Thomas Gist, Mayor,
diford, mariner, by pricking of her in one of
her eyes, which she did so secretly perform, JOHN DAVIE, Alderman.
that she was never discovered or punished for
the same. Devon. ss.-Biddiford, ss.
Also the said Temperance Lloyd did confess Whereas we, Thomas Eastchurch and Eliza- and declare, that she did bewitch unto death beth Eastchurch bis wife, Honor Hooper, and one Lydia Burman of Biddiford aforesaid, Anne Wakely, upon yesterday, which was the spinster, because she had been a witness against 3d of July, 1682, did give in and deliver our se- her the said Temperance at the trial for her life veral Informations upon our oaths, before our and death at the assizes when she was arraigned oaths, before Thomas Gist, Mayor of the bu- for the death of the said William Herbert, and rough, town, and manor of Biddiford aforesaid, had deposed that the said Temperance had apand John Davie
alderman, two of his majesty's peared unto her in the shape of a red pig at Justices of the Peace within the said borough, such time as the said Lydia was brewing in the &c. of Biddiford, against Temperance Lloyd of house of one Humphry Ackland of Biddiford Biddiford aforesaid, widow, for using and prac
aforesaid. tising of witchcraft upon the body of Grace Being further demanded again in what part Thomas of the same town, spinster, as by our of the house of the said Mr. Eastchurch, or in several examinations it doth and may appear.
what part of the bed whereon the said Grace But because we were dissatisfied in some Thomas lay, she left the puppet or baby-picture particulars concerning a piece of leather which above mentioned, saith, that she would not nor the said Temperance had confessed of unto the must not discover; for it' she did discover the said Elizabeth Eastchurch, in such manner as is same, that the devil would tear her in pieces. mentioned in the said Elizabeth Eastchurch's And afterwards the said Mr. Ogilby desired examination, and we conceiving that there the said Temperance to say the Lord's Prayer might be some inchantment used in or about the and her Creed, which she imperfectly performsaid leather :therefore upon this present 4th day ing, the said Mr. Ogilby did give her many of July, we, with the leave and approbation of good exhortations, and so departed from her. the said Mr. Gist the Mayor, did bring the said In witness whereof, we have bereunto set Temperance into the parish church of Biddiford oor hands this 4th day of July, in the 34th year aforesaid, in the presence of Mr. Michael Ogilby of the reign of our sovereign lord Charles the rector of the same parish-church, and divers 2nd, by the grace of God, of England, Scotland, other persons, where the said
Temperance was France and Ireland king, defender of the faith, demanded by the said Mr. Ogilby how long Anno Dom. 1682. since the Devil did tempt her to do evil.
July 4, 1682, sworn before us, Whereupon she the said Temperance did Thomas Gist, Mayor, say and confess, that about twelve years ago John Davie, Alderman. she was tempted by the Devil to be instrumental
Devon. ss. Biddiford, ss. to the death of William Herbert named in her said examination.
The Information of Thomas Eastchurch of And that the Devil did promise her that she
Biddiford, in the County aforesaid, gent. should live well and do well.
taken upon his oath before us, Thomas then also confess that she was thereupon an
Gist, Mayor of the borough, town, and instrument of the death of the said William
manor of Biddiford aforesaid, and John Herbert.
Davie, Alderman, two of his majesty's And as to the said Grace Thomas, she far
Justices of the Peace within the same bo. ther said and confessed, that on Friday was
rough, &c. the 3d day of July, A. D. 1682. sevennight, (which was the 23d day of June The said informant upon his oath saith, That
And she did
last parti ishe the said Temperance came into upon yesterday, which was the ad day of July,