|Anonymous 61||A very handsome young man who appears at the threshold of John Bishop's home in Much Clacton, purportedly there to see Rebecca Jones. He asks Jones how she is, asks to see her wrists, and pricks her until she bleeds, carrying away her blood on his fingertip. This may or may not be the first form of two forms in which the Devil appears to Jones; Jones also encounters a man in a ragged suit who allegedly gives her three familiars. ||The Examination of Rebecca Jones of St Osyth, taken before the said Justices the 9th of May. 1645.
This Examinant saith, That about 24. or 25 years since, dwelling with one John Bishop, of Much-Clacton in the County of Essex as his servant, there came one morning one to the doore of the said John Bishop and knocked, and that this Examinant going to the dore, shee saw there a very handsome young man (as shee then thought) but now shee thinkes it was the Devill; who asked this Examinant how shee did, and desired to see her left Wrist, which shee shewed unto him: and that he then tooke a pin
from this Examinants owne sleeve, and pricked her wrist twice, and there came out a drop of blond, which he took off with the top of his finger, and so departed. |
H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 61-62