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Assertions for a specific being.

Name Description Original Text
Anonymous 165A devil that possesses "a Sanguine strong Maid," (Anonymous 409), causing in her alongside "a suror uterinus ex corruptione Seminis," a number of "strange Histerical Fits," over the course of five years between 1642 and 1647. These fits are characterized by: her increase in strength far above her own, so that "many could not hold her" ; her requests for "Needles and Pins, and Cords," so that she might kill herself; her ability to foretell that a papist would come to cure her, and her laughter "at his Holy Water" ; her "Swear[ing], Curs[ing], and Rage against any that were Religious, and Hugg[ing] of those that were Vicious, and be merry with them." However, once Richard Baxter returns to Bewdley, he prays by her side one night, which encourages the neighbours to pray for her as well. While "they were Praying, she was usually in violent Rage, and after thankt them." One day, Mr. Thomas Ware prayed for her, and the maid "fell on the Floor like a Block, and having lain so a while, cryed out, He is gone, He is gone." She also says, "The Black Dog is gone," suggesting that the devil appears to her in the shape of a black dog. After this, she "never had a Fit." Richard Baxter further believes that the devil managed to gain "a Real possession" of the maid alongside her "suror uterinus," after a young man and her sin together during her fits, when "his Lust was provoked" by her "naked Body [tossed] about, she being strong and comely." In Bewdley, a Sanguine strong Maid, fell into strange Histerical Fits: It began by Stoppage of the Menstrua, I gave her Castory and Rad. Ostrutii, and Sem. Dauci on Forestus Commendation, and she began to be better: But I being driven out of the Country by War, and Mr. Robert Morton (Dr. Mortons Father) their Pastor and Physitian driver after me to Coventry, she was left without help, and grew worse than ever: Till at last I think by a suror uterinus ex corruptione Seminis, she seemed 194 possest by a Devil: In her Fits, many could not hold her, she would be cast off her Bed, and upon it again, by a force far above her strength, as the Beholders Judged: They shewed Needles and Pins, and Cords brought to her, none knew how, to kill her self: A Papist coming to Cure her their way, she told them of his coming far off, and laught at his Holy Water. In her fits she would Swear, Curse, and Rage against any that were Religious, and Hugg those that were Vicious, and be merry with them: Thus she continued from 1642 till 1646 or 1647.

Appears in:
Baxter, Richard. The Certainty of the Worlds of Spirits and, Consequently, of the Immortality of Souls. London: 1691, 193-194