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Assertions for a specific being.

Name Description Original Text
Anonymous 244An evil spirit (Anonymous 244), aka "the Devil's instrument," who afflicts a woman living on Goswell Street (Anonymous 236). This woman's brother-in-law (Anonymous 236) decides to pursue this spirit in an attempt to exorcise her of it. On June 13, 1678, he prepares a fire, and "phasied the Evil Spirit to be got into a Stone-Bottle that hung over the fire," a bottle which roared loudly. The room he finds himself in becomes filled with unexplained smoke and fire. Anonymous 236 also hears a noise like a Clap of Thunder, or the report of a Cannon, and suffers a blow to the side of his head that makes him feel as if he has been stuck with awls (tools) or needles, which throws him to the ground. The Evil Spirit then departs up the Chimney, "carrying away the Pot-hangers and Bottle with him; but the Bottle came down again, still roaring and casting a dismal tract of Smoak, but not in any part broken." The spirit seems gone, or trapped in the bottle. After this incident, Anonymous 224 seems cured of her affliction.; till her Brother-in-Law, at whose House she lay, being satisfied that her Affliction proceeded from the malice of the Devils Instruments, on Thursday last being the 13th of this Instant June 1678. And fitting by a good Fire all alone in the Womans Chamber, he phansied the Evil Spirit to be got into a Stone-Bottle that hung over the Fire; and [] three hours observation, heard with[] rid noise and roaring, as if a th[] had bellowed all at once: This h[] sound somewhat daunted our Champion, for a Man may be very stout and yet be worsted by the Devil; and therefore he prudently thought fit to retreat, but before he was got far, that part of the Room was filled with Smoak, the Fire all spread abroad, and another kind of noise is heard, like a Clap of Thunder, or the report of a Cannon: And now the dreadful Battel begun, for presently something invisible, with a furious stroke, hit the Man on the Head, and thereby almost beat him down to the Ground; with the violence of which he was for some space of time insensible; but recovering a little, felt a terrible pain all on that side of his Head, as if it had been stuck full of Awls or Needles; and thereupon that part of the Room where the Man was, was filled with so thick a Smoak, that several people who came up out of a lower Room, upon hearing of the noise, could not so much as see the Man that was struck, though it was clear in all the rest of the Room: And now the Evil Spirit, with a dreadful noise, was departed up the Chimney, carrying away the Pot-hangers and Bottle with him; but the Bottle came down again, still roaring and casting a dismal tract of Smoak, but not in any part broken.

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Anonymous. Strange and Wonderful News from Goswell-street: or, a Victory over the Devil. London: 1678, 5 - 7