|Anonymous 223||An apparition from Warboys in the County of Huntingdon, known to belong to Mother Alice Samuel. The Throckmorton children, Joan, Jane, Elizabeth, Mary and Grace, claim to see it once Mother Samuel is living in the household. They allege that Mother Samuel sent it, and is only pretending not to see or hear its capers. They tell their father that this spirit is one of several at her command, and that she feeds them with her blood. Robert Throckmorton demands Mother Samuel to confess to this, but she denies it vehemently.||Many times also as she sate talking with these children, being in their fits by the fire side, they would say unto her: Looke you heere Mo. Samuel, doo not you see this thing that sitteth heere by us? she would aunswere no, not she: why they wold say againe, I mervaile that you doo not see it, looke how it leapeth, skyppeth, and playeth uppe and downe: poynting at it with their fingers here & there as it leaped. Somtimes also they would say, Harke Mo. Samuel, how you not heare it? harke how loude it is, I mervaile you doo not heare it, nay you cannot but heare it. She wold denie it, and bid them aske their father, or some other whom she saw to stand by, whether they heard it or not. The children wold aunswer, that they saw no body although thtey stood hard by the. Then would they tell Mo. Samuel, that it telleth them, that shee both heareth it, seeth it, and sent it. The father these childre, Ma. Throckmorton, to make a kind of experience of this matter, one night willed Mo. Samuel, that it telleth them, that shee both heareth it, seeth it, and sent it. The father of these childre, Ma. Throckmorton, to make a kind of experience of this matter, one night willed Mo. Samuell (as hee might have doone to any other then beeing present) to name howe many fittes those three children that then were in their fits, shoulde haue the next day following, and what kind of fits they shold haue, when they should being, and how long they should continue. Mo. Samuel, was very loth to be brought unto it: yet in the end, theyr father saying that she should doe it. shee saide, one of them shall aue three fittes, naming the child, such & such for the manner, namely easie fittes, appointing the time for their beginnings and endings: th eother shall haue none, but be well all the day. All which fits, proued very instly in euery one of them the next day, as she had spoken.
At an other time not long after, Mo. Samuel sitting by these chyldren beeing in their fittes as before, Ma. Throckmorton theyr father, and some other also being with him, demaunded of Mo. Samuell, saying, that he had heard, that those that were acquainted with these spirits (as the children say that shee is) and had retained them in their seruice, to doo for them as they commaunded, that they did feede them, and reward them with some thing from them, but most usually with their bloode, and that euery day: now therefore (said he) make open confession, & shame the devil in telling the truth, whether you doo any such thing or not.
Shee most vehemently denied it, with many bitter words and curses upon her selfe, desiring the Lord, to shew some present token from heaven upon her, that all the world might knowe, that she was such a kind of woman, as they suspected her for, if she used any such thing, or rewarded them any such way, or had any spirits, or knew what they were.|
Anonymous. The Most Strange and Admirable Discouerie of the Three Witches of Warboys . Unknown: 1593, 42-44