|Anonymous 26||A number of apparitions that allegedly appear to Christian Shaw while she is having a fit. Shaw claims that "she met with Apparitions of strange and unaccountable things," however, she also believes that she was carried "in a swing by six Women and four Men" to the gate of her parent's home. When Shaw and "her Tormentors" arrived at the gate, however, they "could [not] open it so that they left her there as usual." This is somewhat surprising for Shaw, as the gate "was not bolted nor lock'd."
|| The Night following she was suddenly carried away, as before, from her Parents and others thro the Chamber and Hall, and sixteen large steps of a winding Stair towards the top of the House, where she met with Apparitions of strange and unaccountable things, but was carried down again [...] she thought in a swing by six Women and four Men [...] the the Gate, where she was found, and thence [...] up as formerly with all the parts of her Body distended and stiff like one dead; she lay so for some time, and when recover'd, declared, that both then and before, she had endeavoured to open the Gate, and that those she saw about her helped her, with a design to get her to the Court to drown her in the Well, which she heard them say they intended to do, and that then the World would believe she had destroyed her self. It is observable that in one of these fits afterwards, she was stopt at the Gate, tho it was not bolted nor lock'd, yet the Providence of God order'd it so that neither she nor her Tormentors could open it so that they left her there as usual. |
Cullen, Francis Grant. Sadducimus Debellatus. London: 1698, 11-12