|Pretty||A spirit or familiar from Goadby in the County of Leicestershire, described as a fairy and known to appear as a woman. Joan Willimott named it Pretty and alleged in her examination that William Berry gave her this spirit by blowing into her mouth, and that Berry urged her to give Pretty her soul. Pretty is said to come to Willimott weekly, and would "tell her of diuers persons that were stricken and forespoken," which Willimott would then seek to help through prayers. Pretty appeared in an ugly form the Friday before Willimott's examination, to tell Willimott that a woman at Deeping had given her soul to the Devil; Pretty then requested a piece of Willimott's girdle. Willimott claimed that she had only sent Pretty out once, to check on Francis Lord Rosse's well-being, and that Pretty had reported he was improving.||The Examination of Ioan Willimot, taken the 28. of February, in the 16. yeare of the raigne of our Soueraigne Lord, IAMES, ouer England King &c. and ouer Scotland the 52. before Alexander Amcotts Esquire, one of his Maiesties Iustices of the peace of the said parts and County.
THis Examinat saith, that Ioane Flower told her that my Lord of Rutland had dealt badly with her and that they had put away her Daughter, and that although she could not haue her will of my Lord himselfe, yet she had spied my Lords Sonne and had stricken him to the heart. And she sai[t]h, that my Lords Sonne was striken with a white Spirit, and that shee can cure some that send vnto her, and that some reward her for her paines, and of some she taketh nothing. She further saith, that vpon Fryday night last, her Spirit came to her and told her that there was a bad woman at Deeping who had giuen her soule to the Diuell: and that her said Spirit did then appeare vnto her in a more vgly forme then it had formerly done, and that it vrged her much to giue it something, although it were but a peece of her Girdle, and told her that it had taken great paines for her, but she saith that she would giue it nothing, and told it that she had sent it to no place but onely to see how my Lord Rosse did, and that her Spirit told her that he should doe well. |
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, E2v-E3