|Newes||An imp familiar that appears in the form of a polecat with a slightly bigger head, and is allegedly conjured by Elizabeth Clarke. Although Newes is mentioned by Hopkins as discovered in terms of her being watched, a mysterious pole-cat sounding shriek is mentioned by Richard Edwards, in reference to Elizabeth Clarke and Rebecca West. Newes does not appear in the Elizabeth Clarke's legal indictment. However, a Newes does appear in the legal indictment against Rebecca West. West is accused entertaining, employng, and feeding "'a white katt' called Newes" with the "intention of getting [its] help in withcraft and sorcery."||The Discoverer never travelled far for it, but in March 1644. he had some seven or eight of that horrible sect of Witches living in the Towne where he lived, a Towne in Essex called Maningtree, with divers other adjacent Witches of other towns [...]
they were to keep her from sleep two or three nights, expecting in that time to see her familiars, which the fourth night she called in by their severall names, and told them what shapes, a quarter of an houre before they came in, there being ten of us in the roome, the first she called was
1. Holt, who came in like a white kitling.
2. Jarmara, who came in like a fat Spaniel without any legs at all, she said she kept him fat, for she clapt her hand on her belly, and said he suckt good blood from her body.
3. Vinegar Tom, who was like a long-legg'd Greyhound, with an head like an Oxe, with a long taile and broad eyes, who when this discoverer spoke to, and bade him goe to the place provided for him and his Angels, immediately transformed himselfe into the shape of a child of foure yeeres old without a head, and gave halfe a dozen turnes about the house, and vanished at the doore.
4. Sack and Sugar, like a black Rabbet.
5. Newes, like a Polcat.|
Hopkins, Matthew. The Discovery of Witches. London: 1647, 2