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Assertions for a specific being.

Name Description Original Text
J.A spirit or familiar from Stradbrook in the county of Suffolk, known to belong to Doll Barthram. This spirit answers to the name of J. According to the familiar Gyles, J. would tear Joan Jorden to pieces after Gyles killed her. J., Gyles and Tom were ordered to hang Caver's wife by Barthram. Tom "brought a rope and put it vnder her chaps" and Gyles pulled her up.This Spirit being demanded diverse questions, returned answers; saying, (among diverse other things,) Joane, Ioane, I come for thy life; J will haue it, I am a Boy, a Boy; my name is Gyles; an old woman that dwells in the streete gaue mee that name, to witt, Doll Barthram; She sent me; I haue serued her 10. yeares, yea 20. yeares; She is now in prison, (as indeede she was); Nan Barthram sent me now; I will kill Ioane tomorrow night; J will teare her in peeces; She hath giuen her life and soule to mee (which Ioane in parte acknowledging, viz. that she had given him her life, hee laughed Ho, Ho, Ho.) To this whe[n] John Sheereman defying him) replyed, that he should not haue her life, he said, I wil haue thine then; I come to thee, J come; & with that, offered towards him, to the great astonishment & feare of him and the rest present. And yet thus for that time he vanished away. But, not long after, he returned againe; in maner as at the first (except scraping the wals.) When, vpo[n] occasion of talke touching one Cavers wife, in the presence of many, he said: Tom, (which was another of the Spirites of the said Doll,) and J, at Doll Barthrams commandement, did hang her. But first I led her into a ditch vp to the chyn and could not drowne her, and therefore I brought her out againe. Then Tom brought a rope and put it vnder her chaps, and I pulled her vp and hung her. Which seemeth to haue ben so, because of the strangnes of it. For, the rope werewithall Cauers wife was hanged, was but put vnder her chaps, not about her neck: and the noose was so bigge, that three mens heds might haue slipt through it at once.

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Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 94-96