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PusseA familiar from Stathorne in the County of Leicestershire, allegedly belonging to Ellen Greene; this spirit appeared in the form of a kitlin, or kitten. Ellen Greene claimed to have received this spirit, and one other in the form of a mole, from Joan Willimott, and that Willimott had named it Pusse. Pusse would sit on her right shoulder and suck from her neck beneath her ear. Greene sent Pusse to bewitch several people to death, including the Baker for the town of Goadby (Anonymous 65), a husbandman named Willison, Mrs. Patchett and the Patchett's child. In exchange for Pusse's services, Greene gave her soul to the Devil and let Pusse suck from her at the change and full of the moon.The Examination of Ellen Greene of Stathorne in the County of Leicester, taken the 17. of March 1618. by Sir Henry Hastings Kt: and Samuel Fleming D. of Diuinitie, two of his Maiesties Iustices of the Peace of his said County. SHee saith, that one Ioan Willimot of Goadby came about sixe yeares since to her in the Wowlds, and perswaded this Examinate to forsake God, and betake her to the diuel, and she would giue her two spirits, to which shee gaue her consent, and thereupon the said Joan Willimot called two spirits, one in the likenesse of a Kitlin, and the other of a Moldiwarp: the first the said Willimot called pusse, the other hiffe, hiffe, and they presently came to her, & she departing left them with this Examinate, and they leapt on her shoulder, and the kitlin suckt vnder her right eare on her neck, & the Moldiwarp on the left side in the like place. After they had suckt her, shee sent the Kitlin to a Baker of that Towne, whose name shee remembers not, who had called her Witch and stricken her; and bad her said spirit goe and bewitch him to death: the Moldiwarpe shee then bad go to Anne Dawse of the same towne and bewitch her to death, because she had called this examinate witch, whore, jade, and c. and within one fortnight after they both dyed. And further this Examinate saith, that she sent both her spirits to Stonesby, to one Willison a husbandman, and Robert Williman a husbandmans sonne, and bad the Kitlin goe to Willison and bewitch him to death, and the Moldywarp to the other, and bewitch him to death, which they did; and within tenne dayes they dyed. These foure were bewitched while this Examinate dwelt at Waltham aforesaid. About three yeares since, this Examinate removed thence to Stathorne, where she now dwelt: upon a difference betweene the said Willimot and the wife of John Patchet of the said Stathorne Yeoman, shee the said Willimot called her this Examinate to goe and touch the said John Patchets Wife and her Childe, which shee did, touching the said John Patchets wife in her bed, and the childe in the Grace-wifes armes, and then sent her said spirits to bewitch them to death, which they did, and so the woman lay languishing by the space of a moneth and more, for then shee dyed; the childe dyed the next day after she touched it. And shee further saith, that the said Ioane Willimot had a spirit sucking on her, vnder the left flanke, in the likenesse of a little white Dogge, which this Examinate saith, that she saw the same sucking in Barley-haruest last, being then at the house of the said Ioan Willimot. And for her selfe, this Examinate further saith, that shee gaue her soule to the Diuell to haue these spirits at her command; for a confirmation whereof, she suffered them to suck her alwayes as aforesaid about the change and full of the Moone.

Appears in:
Anonymous. The Wonderful Discovery of the Witchcrafts of Margaret and Phillip Flower. London: 1619, Fv-F2