|Anonymous 155||A spirit or familiar from Milton in the county of Bedford, known to take the form of a beetle and thought to belong to Mary Sutton and Mother Sutton. When an old servant of Master Enger's (Anonymous 89) was heard talking of the Suttons' misdeeds, "a Betle came, and stroke the same fellow on the breast: and hee presently fell into a trance as he was guiding the Plough." His fellow servants were unable to help him; after a time he recovered on his own and headed home to report the incident to Master Enger.
||The same old seruant of Master Engers within few daies after going to plough, fell into talke of Mother Sutton, and of Mary Sutton her daughter, of what pranckes hee had heard they had plaide thereabouts in the Countrey, as also what accidents had befallen him and his fellow, as they had passed to and from Bedford. In discoursing of which a Betle came, and stroke the same fellow on the breast: and hee presently fell into a trance as he was guiding the Plough, the extremitie whereof was such, as his senses altogether distract, and his bodie and minde vtterly distempered, the beholders demed him cleane hopelesse of recouerie, yea his other fellow vpon this sodaine sight was stricken into such amazement, as he stood like a liuelesse trunke deuided from his vitall spirits, as farre vnable to helpe him, as the other was nedfull to be helpt by him. Till at length being somewhat recouered, and awaked from that astonishment, hee made hast homeward, and carried his master word of what had happened. |
Anonymous. Witches Apprehended, Examined, and Executed. London : 1613, B2v