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490

Thomas Sawdie allegedly begins to have fits whenever the Roberts family reads scripture or prays, in which he yells, roars, whistles and otherwise causes a disturbance until he is too exhausted to continue. After these fits, he would fall into a dead sleep around midnight in which it was difficult to tell whether he was alive or dead, his arms would spread apart, and his body be stricken with a stiffness such that they would break before they would bend; he would not come out of this state until 7 or 8 the following morning. In the mornings, he would be lifted out of his bed by an unknown force and thrown violently under it without disturbing the bedsheets.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Return of Prayer: or A Faithful Relation of Some Remarkable Passages of Providence concerning Thomas Sawdie. London: 1664, 4

1663, July Lawrack  Landrake with St Erney  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
491

Dorothy Sawdie confronts her son Thomas Sawdie the morning after his third fit triggered by prayer and the reading of scripture, and presses him to tell her whether he had seen any evil thing, made any promise to it, or any other thing. Thomas is unwilling, but is said to have eventually confessed to making a compact with the Devil and to his agreement to meet in the field.(4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Return of Prayer: or A Faithful Relation of Some Remarkable Passages of Providence concerning Thomas Sawdie. London: 1664, 4

1663, July Lawrack  Landrake with St Erney  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
492

Thomas Sawdie allegedly begins to have furious frantic fits, in which he attempts to run away while removing his clothes. Eventually, they are forced to bind him with a narrow towel tied into three knots at his wrist, but he soon demonstrates that he can remove his hands when he pleases from this confinement, and once leaps a high gate with his hands still bound behind his back. These fits include fitting himself through small spaces in attempts to make his escape; Sawdie claims that he could "put his body out at a Mouse-hole" and indeed manages to get himself stuck to the waist in a hole in a wall that should not have fit him.(5-6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Return of Prayer: or A Faithful Relation of Some Remarkable Passages of Providence concerning Thomas Sawdie. London: 1664, 5-6

1663, July Lawrack  Landrake with St Erney  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
493

The Devil allegedly appears to Thomas Sawdie in the form of a little man with long fingers and large eyes dressed in black velvet after Sawdie confesses to his mother; the Devil threatens Sawdie with his fist and tells him that thereafter he will fall down dead whenever God is named. As promised, Sawdie continues to howl, whistle and be disruptive when Scripture is read or other religious activities, then fall into a death-like state.(5, 6)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Return of Prayer: or A Faithful Relation of Some Remarkable Passages of Providence concerning Thomas Sawdie. London: 1664, 5, 6

1663, July Lawrack  Landrake with St Erney  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
1240

James Barrow is cured of his possession and bewitchment by prayers and an exorcism. This takes place over three days, during which time James Barrow progressively heals. At first, James Barrow cannot even stand to hear the name of God and Christ, crying out "Legat, go to the Devil Legat," although his mouth did not move. As well, he shies away from the Bible. By the end of the first day, however, he seemed to rejoice at the sight of the Bible. A second day of exorcism consisted of prayers for the better part of the day, which James Barrow endures well until night, when "he fell into a very great Agony." The third day, James Barrow admits to "strong temptations of the Devil, namely to cut his throat, or drown himself, or knock out his brains against a post." Prayer is still performed for the boy, and he roars like a dog, and tears at his clothing. A departure of five spirits is noted from the boy, after which time he is restored.(12-17)

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 12-17

1663, July London Borough of Southwark  Southwark  London, Greater  London   England 
2195

John Roberts, Thomas Sawdie's master, becomes concerned about the boy's illness and sends to Mr. Cary, a physician for help. Mr. Cary allegedly finds Sawdie's urine to be full of black dust and scraps of brown paper; he requests a second sample, thinking the first must have been contaminated by the container. When the second sample, brought in a vessel known to have been clean, proves to be the same, Mr. Cary declares it bewitched. He sends Sawdie a julep, a plaster and a cordial of Alchermes. The boy not only fails to respond to this treatment, he begins to have fits.(2)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Return of Prayer: or A Faithful Relation of Some Remarkable Passages of Providence concerning Thomas Sawdie. London: 1664, 2

1663, July Lawrack  Landrake with St Erney  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
2196

Thomas Sawdie allegedly begins to suffer two kinds of fits. The first is like an epileptic fit, lasting up to eight hours, after which the swelling in his throat would reduce but the swelling in his belly remain. The second is convulsive, and he would have up to fifty in a day. The convulsive fits last for about two weeks, during which he tears the hair from his head and bites himself and anyone or anything else he can reach. (3)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Return of Prayer: or A Faithful Relation of Some Remarkable Passages of Providence concerning Thomas Sawdie. London: 1664, 3

1663, July Lawrack  Landrake with St Erney  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
2197

Thomas Sawdie's uncle (Anonymous 376) allegedly takes Sawdie to a cunning person named Condy in the neighboring community of Stoke-Climsad after various treatments fail to help him; Condy diagnoses the boy as "overlookt" and gives him a plaster, a powder and a bag to hang about his neck. When this fails to cure Sawdie's illness or fits, the boy's family returns to Condy twice more with no better results. On their last visit, Condy advises the family to "watch him carefully, and not to let him be out of their sight, least he were taken away."(3-4)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Return of Prayer: or A Faithful Relation of Some Remarkable Passages of Providence concerning Thomas Sawdie. London: 1664, 3-4

1663, July Stoke-Climsland  Stokeclimsland  Cornwall  Cornwall  England 
2198

Thomas Sawdie's confession to his mother allegedly triggers a fit in which he moves his body like a person ringing bells for five hours, while otherwise appearing senseless. During this fit, he sometimes neighs or sings strange musical notes and tunes, and then tries to scratch, bite and tear at those who hold him.(4-5)

Appears in:
Anonymous. A Return of Prayer: or A Faithful Relation of Some Remarkable Passages of Providence concerning Thomas Sawdie. London: 1664, 4-5

1663, July Lawrack  Landrake with St Erney  Cornwall  Cornwall  England