|Hercules||One of two familiars, allegedly owned by Cecily Sellis which her son, John Sellis describes as "like his sister" with "eyes as big as himself" and that his brother John describes as "big as his sister" with eyes like "vnto goose eyes." Hercules (alias John, Jack, Sotheons) is a black male imp which allegedly became unruly and attacked John one night, grabbing him by the leg or the toe, leaving a mark. This attack caused some conflict in the family; Henry Sellis Sr. yelled at his wife, and when Henry Sellis Jr. told his mother he was afraid, she yelled at him. Between the two boys, the story emerges that Hercules lives with his own sister imp on a soft padding of wool, nestled into the roots of a crab apple tree. She is fed milk with a wooden spoon from a wooden bowl by both of the boys' parents, Henry Sr. and Cicily Sellis, and is sent to hurt Richard Rosse's maid before sent away, or sold for two pennies.||The information of Iohn Selles the youngest sonne of Henry and Cysley, taken before mee Brian Darcey Esquire, the third day of March.
THe said Iohn Selles saith, that he is about he age of vi. yeeres iii. quarters, & saith ye one night there was a blacke thing like his sister, that tooke him by the legge and that hee cried out, saying, father, father, come helpe me and defende mee, for there is a blacke thing that hath me by the legge: at which he saith, his father said to his mother, ye stinking whore what meane yee? can yee not keepe your imps from my children? & beeing asked what colour they were of, & what they were called, he saith, that one is black, & another is white, & yt he hath hard his mother to call them Imps, & that they haue eyes as big as himselfe: and he saith, yt his father bad his mother put them away or els kill them. And saith, yt a while sithence his mother deliuered the~ to one of Colchester (he thinketh his name is Wedon or Glascocke) and saith yt Wedo~s wife had a cap to dresse of his mothers, and saith, that they were carried away in a basket at that time. And beeing asked, whether his father or mother bade him that hee shoulde saye nothinge, hee saieth, that his
mother said vnto him that hee should goe before: a gentleman, and willed him to take heed he telled no tales nor lyes.
He saith, that his father called one of them, which is the blacke one, Iohn, which he said his father mocked him because his name was so: And his mother called ye white one an Impe. He saith he hath seene his father to feede them out of a blacke dish with a woodden spone, and yt he knoweth the same dishe, & the last time he fed them it was behinde the Bromestacke at ye crabtree. And hee saith, that the man which carried them away gaue his mother a pennie, and that when she should goe to him she should haue another pennie, hee saith at that time his brother was from home at one Gardeners house.
And being asked, whether euer hee sawe his mother to feede them, he saith, that he hath seene his mother to feed them twise, and that out of a dish with a spone with thinne milke.
Note also, it is to be considered, that there is a scarre to bee seene of this examinats legge where it was taken, and also the naile of his little Toe is yet vnperfect.|
W., W. . A True and Just Record, of the Information, Examination and Confession of all the Witches, taken at S. Osyth in the county of Essex. London: 1582, D2-D2v