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250

A fourteen year old girl from Wapping in London, who in 1693 starts suffering strange fits after an invisible hand hits her on the back while in a yard near her aunt's house, leaving her seeming as though she was dead. Sarah Bower is described as "of a Temper pretty Brisk and Lively, somewhat given to Pride." A surgeon (Anonymous 99) is sent for, and after blooding her, she seems somewhat recovered. However, Sarah Bower finds her side is numb after her fit, and she bends at the waist from the weight of her limbs that hang as though dead. Her fits continue in intervals over several weeks, and it is believed that these fits are caused by "Fright she might receive by the Stroke on the Back." The many doctors that visit Sarah Bower, including Richard Kirby, give her "Comfortable things to take." However, she is not cured, and the doctors proclaim that they had never seen fits of such a nature before. After six weeks of continued fits, Sarah Bower rises one morning to find that "she was taken Speechless." Her tongue was also contracted. With the permission of Sarah Bower's aunt, Kirby, an author and doctor put his hand into her mouth, and tried to move her tongue, only to find it fixed. Some time later, at a neighbour's house, a gentleman dressed all in black offered Sarah Bower riches in return from blood from her arm. However, this caused Sarah Bower to make all the "Noise that possible she could," causing her neighbours to come in, and the "black Gentleman or Devil [to] immediately Vanish[...]" When Sarah Bower tries to describe these events, most neighbours believe that "some Rogue had attempted to Rob the house." The following Thursday, Sarah Bower regains her power of speech, and relates the story about the Gentleman in black, citing that "he had sort of broad Feet like a Cow." She also tells of how an angel appeared to her, and advised her not to yield to Satan and predicted her death would arrive soon. The angel also sends a message through Sarah Bower, advising that if the "People of London, and England, did not speedily repent from their Sins, especially that of Pride in Apparrel, and turn from the Evil of their Ways, God Almighty would give them up as a Prey to their Enemies." She also predicted that she would lose the power of speech again, and "it would not be restored to her again till St. Thomas's-Day, at Christmas," when she would declare many more things. Further, Sarah Bower states that at two in the afternoon, she must go and meet the gentleman in black. Before this meeting, Sarah Bower looses her power of speech, and reads the 17th chapter of Matthew's Gospel in the Bible, while emitting a "buzzing Noise." At two o'clock, Sarah Bower leaves her room and went into the yard, "where she was soon thrown to the Ground in a strange manner," and her fits are more violent than every before. However, her neighbors could see "no Form or Shape [...] that could occasion her Fall." Sarah Bower's fits are believed to be caused by an Evil Spirit, that would "be troublesome, sometimes falling out a Laughing, other times making Faces at them," and spitting at those who pray for her. At other times during her fits, Sarah Bower barks like a dog, lowing like a bull, roaring like a lion, or makes "other most hedious Noise." It is believed that the Devil presents himself before her in "the hideous Shape of a Monstrous Fiery Dragon, other whiles a Lyon," and she is torn between the Angel "pulling one way, and the Devil another."(3)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3

Sarah Bower Sarah Bower Demoniac
727

A surgeon who is sent to examine Sarah Bower after her first fit. He bloods her, which allows her some relief and returns her from a state where she seems close to death. However, her limbs remain numb, and "in a manner Dead."(3)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3

Anonymous 99 Witness
727

A surgeon who is sent to examine Sarah Bower after her first fit. He bloods her, which allows her some relief and returns her from a state where she seems close to death. However, her limbs remain numb, and "in a manner Dead."(3)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3

Anonymous 99 Surgeon
728

An astrologer and medical practitioner, living at Mr. Loft's, in King-Street, St. Ann's, Westminster, Richard Kirby allegedly helped cure Jane Walter of East-Basham near Feaknam in Norfolk, a young man in Suffolk, the daughter of John Ballard of Ditchingham-Dam, near Bungy in Norfolk, Ann Burgess in St. Edmunds Parish, near Five Bridge, in Norwich, and Sarah Bower.(3)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3

Richard Kirby Richard Kirby Physician
728

An astrologer and medical practitioner, living at Mr. Loft's, in King-Street, St. Ann's, Westminster, Richard Kirby allegedly helped cure Jane Walter of East-Basham near Feaknam in Norfolk, a young man in Suffolk, the daughter of John Ballard of Ditchingham-Dam, near Bungy in Norfolk, Ann Burgess in St. Edmunds Parish, near Five Bridge, in Norwich, and Sarah Bower.(3)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3

Richard Kirby Richard Kirby Witness
728

An astrologer and medical practitioner, living at Mr. Loft's, in King-Street, St. Ann's, Westminster, Richard Kirby allegedly helped cure Jane Walter of East-Basham near Feaknam in Norfolk, a young man in Suffolk, the daughter of John Ballard of Ditchingham-Dam, near Bungy in Norfolk, Ann Burgess in St. Edmunds Parish, near Five Bridge, in Norwich, and Sarah Bower.(3)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3

Richard Kirby Richard Kirby Author
729

A woman from Wapping in the county of Greater London who is with Sarah Bower during her fits. She is Sarah Bower's aunt. (3)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3

Bower (Aunt) Relative of Victim
729

A woman from Wapping in the county of Greater London who is with Sarah Bower during her fits. She is Sarah Bower's aunt. (3)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3

Bower (Aunt) Witness
2345

A man from Bungay in the county of Norfolk, whose daughter was bewitched for over two years, resulting in "many strange Fits in day," during which she would vomited stones, crooked-pins, glass, a buckle, buttons, and other things. John Ballard takes these items, and presents them to the Mayor of Norfolk (Anonymous 101) as evidence of his daughter's bewitchment.(7 - 8)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 7 - 8

John Ballard John Ballard Witness
2345

A man from Bungay in the county of Norfolk, whose daughter was bewitched for over two years, resulting in "many strange Fits in day," during which she would vomited stones, crooked-pins, glass, a buckle, buttons, and other things. John Ballard takes these items, and presents them to the Mayor of Norfolk (Anonymous 101) as evidence of his daughter's bewitchment.(7 - 8)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 7 - 8

John Ballard John Ballard Relative of Victim
732

A woman from East Basham in the county of Norfolk, who was allegedly bewitched. Her tongue is found tied "in her Head with a Hempenstring." As well, she is "run full of Pins." She sometimes suffered from around twenty fits a day and it was thought that the cause was a toad (Anonymous 236) believed the be Teechle's wife's familiar, which would creep into her lap on several occasions. When it was offered to burn the toad, the familiar disappeared.(7)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 7

Jane Walter Jane Walter Victim
732

A woman from East Basham in the county of Norfolk, who was allegedly bewitched. Her tongue is found tied "in her Head with a Hempenstring." As well, she is "run full of Pins." She sometimes suffered from around twenty fits a day and it was thought that the cause was a toad (Anonymous 236) believed the be Teechle's wife's familiar, which would creep into her lap on several occasions. When it was offered to burn the toad, the familiar disappeared.(7)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 7

Jane Walter Jane Walter Demoniac
733

A woman from East-Basham in the county of Norfolk, known as Teecle's wife, who allegedly has a familiar (Toad 2) whom she uses to bewitch Jane Walter, causing her tongue to be tied up, and for her to be "full of Pins," and suffering from "many strange Fits, sometimes 20 or more in a day." Teecle's wife has long been suspected of being a witch. When it is offered to burn the toad, the familiar mysteriously vanished.(7)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 7

Teecle (Wife) Witch
734

A girl from Bungay in the county of Norfolk, known as John Ballard's daughter, who is allegedly bewitched for two years. During this time, she voids stones, crooked pins, glass, a buckle, buttons, and other things from her mouth, while having "many strange Fits in a day." All of these are presented as evidence before the Mayor of Norwich (Anonymous 101) by John Ballard.(7-8 )

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 7-8

Ballard Ballard (Daughter) Demoniac
734

A girl from Bungay in the county of Norfolk, known as John Ballard's daughter, who is allegedly bewitched for two years. During this time, she voids stones, crooked pins, glass, a buckle, buttons, and other things from her mouth, while having "many strange Fits in a day." All of these are presented as evidence before the Mayor of Norwich (Anonymous 101) by John Ballard.(7-8 )

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 7-8

Ballard Ballard (Daughter) Victim
735

A woman from Norwich in the county of Norfolk, who is allegedly bewitched for several years. She suffers from over twenty fits in one day, during which she voids "Pins, Nails, Quills, Tabacco pipes, and a bended Farthing, with several other things." These items were shown to the Mayor of Norwich (Anonymous 101) as proof of her possession.(8)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 8

Agnes Burgess Agnes Burgess Demoniac
735

A woman from Norwich in the county of Norfolk, who is allegedly bewitched for several years. She suffers from over twenty fits in one day, during which she voids "Pins, Nails, Quills, Tabacco pipes, and a bended Farthing, with several other things." These items were shown to the Mayor of Norwich (Anonymous 101) as proof of her possession.(8)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 8

Agnes Burgess Agnes Burgess Victim
736

A woman from Norwich in the county of Norfolk, the daughter of John Brown, who is allegedly bewitched for years. She "voided" many things from her body including pins. These were taken as evidence of her bewitchment before the Mayor of Norwich (Anonymous 101).(8)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 8

Grace Brown Grace Brown Demoniac
736

A woman from Norwich in the county of Norfolk, the daughter of John Brown, who is allegedly bewitched for years. She "voided" many things from her body including pins. These were taken as evidence of her bewitchment before the Mayor of Norwich (Anonymous 101).(8)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 8

Grace Brown Grace Brown Victim
2343

A number of men and women from Wapping in London, who are the neighbours of the demoniac, Sarah Bower. When Sarah Bower cries out upon being visited by a gentleman in black offering her riches in return for blood, her neighbours (Anonymous 100) come running to see what happened. They assume from the gestures the speechless girl gives them that "some Rogue had attempted to Rob the House." When Sarah Bower regains her power of speech, she relates to her neighbours her story of the gentleman in black, and how "he had sort of broad Feet like a Cow." She also tells Anonymous 100 of how an Angel (Anonymous 27) visited her, predicted her death, and bid her tell how "the People of London, and England, did not speedily repent from their Sins, especially that of Pride in Apparrel, and turn from the Evil of their Ways, God Almighty would give them up as a Prey to their Enemies." She also predicts to Anonymous 100 how her speech would leave her, and that at two in the afternoon, she would be forced to meet the gentleman in black. In front of these witnesses, she also reads the Bible "to her self with a buzzing Noise." At two o'clock, she left Anonymous 100 and "went into the Yard," where she was thrown to the ground "in a strange manner," and her fits were worse than even, although none of Anonymous 100 could see any "Form or Shape [...] that could occasion her Fall." These neighbours were also witness to several fits of Sarah Bower, characterized by her being thrown about the room, spitting on those who prayed for her, and making "hedious Noise," including barking, roaring and lowing.(3-4)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3-4

Anonymous 100 Witness
2344

A number of men from Wapping in London, who attend to the demoniac Sarah Bower during the first six weeks she experiences violent fits. At first, they assume that she suffers from "the Fright she might received by the Stroke on the Back," and so she is given many "Comfortable things to take." However, her condition does not improve, and the doctors declare that "they never were with any Patient that had such Fits before."(3)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3

Anonymous 481 Physician
2344

A number of men from Wapping in London, who attend to the demoniac Sarah Bower during the first six weeks she experiences violent fits. At first, they assume that she suffers from "the Fright she might received by the Stroke on the Back," and so she is given many "Comfortable things to take." However, her condition does not improve, and the doctors declare that "they never were with any Patient that had such Fits before."(3)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 3

Anonymous 481 Witness
2346

A man from Norwich in the county of Norfolk, who serves as mayor to the town. Three cases of demoniacs offer their vomited stones, pins, pieces of glass, buckles, buttons, quills, etc. to him as evidence of their possession. These including John Ballard's daughter from Bungay, Ann Burgess of St. Edmund's Parish, and Grace Brown from Norwich.(7 - 8)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 7 - 8

Anonymous 101 Examiner/Justice
2346

A man from Norwich in the county of Norfolk, who serves as mayor to the town. Three cases of demoniacs offer their vomited stones, pins, pieces of glass, buckles, buttons, quills, etc. to him as evidence of their possession. These including John Ballard's daughter from Bungay, Ann Burgess of St. Edmund's Parish, and Grace Brown from Norwich.(7 - 8)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 7 - 8

Anonymous 101 Witness
2347

A young man from the town of Southwold in the county of Suffolk, who suffers from bewitchment for some time. The witch (Anonymous 480) responsible for his circumstance was allegedly executed for it.(7)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 7

Anonymous 479 Demoniac
2347

A young man from the town of Southwold in the county of Suffolk, who suffers from bewitchment for some time. The witch (Anonymous 480) responsible for his circumstance was allegedly executed for it.(7)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 7

Anonymous 479 Victim
2348

A woman from Southwold in the county of Suffolk, who is allegedly executed for bewitching a young man (Anonymous 479) for some time. He suffered from unknown symptoms.(7)

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 7

Anonymous 480 Witch