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Assertions for a specific being.

Name Description Original Text
Anonymous 164The Devil "in the shape of a Black Dog with terrible Eyes," who appears before Anonymous 407 in Colchester in Essex, when Anonymous 407 "in a Bravado, and Defiance of the Devil," would walk at night in a churchyard. This apparition brings "terrors" to the mind of Anonymous 407, so that Anonymous 407 is "never quiet in his Mind till he got into good Society. The Devil follows Anonymous 407 to Colne in the county of Essex when he moves, appearing to Anonymous 407 while he prays, as "the Black Dog," and made like "he would have torn Mr. Harlakenden's Throat out," although Mr. Harlakenden seemed unaware of this apparition. Anonymous 164 also appears on occasion as "a Fly or a Flea, and various shapes," and continues to follow Anonymous 407 until his deathbed. However, by that time, Anonymous 47 is so "ferious Christian," that "this Dog or Flea made no impression upon him."Yet I remember a story of one a Colchester, who in a Bravado, and Defiance of the Devil, would walk in the Night to the Church-Yard, wher eit was reported he appeared and walked, and he met him in the shape of a Black Dog with terrible Eyes, which brought him by Terrors into such a mind, that he was never quiet in his Mind till he got into good Society.

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 153