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Anonymous 152A spirit from the Forest of Pendle in the county of Lancashire, known to appear in the shape of hare. This sprit allegedly appeared to James Device after his grandmother Elizabeth Southerns asked him to go to church and bring the communion bread to the spirit she sent to meet him on the way home. He ate it instead, and the hare-spirit threatened to pull him to pieces. Device prayed to God, and the spirit vanished.The Examination of IAMES DEVICE, sonne of ELIZABETH DEVICE, of the Forrest of Pendle, in the Countie of Lancaster, Labourer. Taken the seuen and twentieth day of Aprill, Anno{que}, Reg. Regis IACOBI, Angliae, &c. xo. & Scotiae Quadragesimo quinto Before ROGER NOWEL, and NICHOLAS BANNESTER, Esquires: two of his Maiesties Iustices of Peace within the said Countie. HE saith, that vpon Sheare Thursday was two yeares, his Grand-Mother Elizabeth Sothernes, alias Dembdike, did bid him this Examinate goe to the church to receiue the Communion (the next day after being Good Friday) and then not to eate the Bread the Minister gaue him, but to bring it and deliuer it to such a thing as should meet him in his way homewards: Notwithstanding her perswasions, this Examinate did eate the Bread: and so in his comming, homeward some fortie roodes off the said Church, there met him a thing in the shape of a Hare, who spoke vnto this Examinate, and asked him whether hee had brought the Bread that his Grand-mother had bidden him, or no? whereupon this Examinate answered, hee had not: and thereupon the said thing threatned to pull this Examinate in peeces, and so this Examinate thereupon marked himselfe to God, and so the said thing vanished out of this Examinates sight[.]

Appears in:
Potts, Thomas. The Wonderfull Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster. London: 1613, H3