|Anonymous 162||The spirit of a man in St. James's in London, who used to carry "stockins and such ware about to sell," whose servant murdered him "for the money" before running away and becoming a soldier. The spirit appears to this servant (Anonymous 403) as a "headless Man," and stood by his Bed, saying, "Wilt thou yet confess?" Eventually, the spirit turns into a "bed-fellow" for the servant, still saying "Wilt thou yet confess?" When the servant confesses, he is sent to Hispaniola. ||About twenty Years past, when I was in the Lord Broghill's (now Earl of Orery's) Lodgings in London, one Night he brought me the Report, that one of Cromwell's Soldiers being on his Watch, near the Chappel of St. James's House, something came towards him in an affrightening shape, and he calling out, Stand, stand, or I will shoot you, at last discharging, it ran upon him, and threw him over the way far off and that it had been that day Examined, and affirmed confidently; and what became of the Report of it afterward, I know not, save that it was said to happen oft. |
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 57
|Anonymous 162||A familiar imp which Mary Greeneleife allegedly allows to feed on her daughter as well as the daughter of Susan Sparrow. This may be the mysterious leveret which also haunts their home. This hare was allegedly chased by Anthony Sharlock's dog, on the off chance it was the leveret which was making his son ill, and Good-man Merrill's dog. Mary Greeneleife denies having a familiar and denies the leveret was anything but a natural wild animal acting strangely.||The Information of Susan Sparrow, taken upon oath before the said justices the 25th day of Aprill.An.Dom. 1645. at Little Bentley.
THis Informant saith, That about thirty yeares since, living under the same roofe with Mary Greenleif of Alresford, either of them had a Daughter of about thirteen or fourteen yeares of age, and being one night in bed with their children, this Informant heard the childe of the said Mary Greenleif to cry out in a fearefull manner; Oh Mother, now it comes, it comes, oh helpe mother, it hurts me, it hurts me: Whereupon this Informant called to the said Mary, and said, Good-wife Greenleife, Good-wife Greenleife, if your childe be asleepe, awaken it, for if any body comes by, and heare it make such moane (you having an ill name already) they will say, You are suckling your Impes upon it: Whereupon the said Mary replyed; I doe so indeed, and I will fee with them (meaning her said Impes,) that they shall suck my daughter one night, and thine another: And this Informant saith, that the very next night, her childe cryed out in the same manner, and clasped her armes about this Informants necke, being much affrighted, sweating, and shrieking in a terrible manner, complaining that shee was nipped and pinched on her thigh; and that the next morning searching what the cause should be, shee found above the right knee of her childe, a black and blew spot, as broad and long as her hand: And this Informant saith, that her childe did complaine on that leg, at least a moneth after. And this Informant saith, that the house where this Informant and the said Mary did dwell
together, was haunted with a Leveret, which did usually sit before the dore: And this Informant knowing that one Anthony Sbarlock had an excellent Greyhound that had killed many Hares; and having heard that a childe of the said Anthony was much haunted and troubled, and that the mother of the childe suspected the said Mary to be the cause of it: This Informant went to the said Anthony Sharlock and acquainted him, that a Leveret did usually come and sit before the dore, where this Informant and the said Mary Greenleife lived, and desired the said Anthony to bring downe his Greyhound to see if he could kill the said Leveret; and the next day the said Anthony did accordingly bring his Greyhound, and coursed it, but whether the dog killed it this Informant knows not; But being a little before coursed by Good-man Merrills dog, the dog ran at it, but the Leveret never stirred, and just when the dog came at it, he skipped over it, and turned about and stood still, and looked on it, and shortly after that dog languished and dyed. But whether this was an Impe in the shape of a Leveret, or had any relation to the said Mary, this Informant knows not, but does confesse shee wondered very much to see a Leveret, wilde by nature, to come so frequently and sit openly before the dore in such a familiar way.
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, 19