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Name Description Original Text
Anonymous 233A spirit or familiar from Thames Street in London, known to belong to Anne Kirk and to have possessed Joan Nayler. This spirit was heard to say ""Giue me thy liuer, thy lights, thy heart, thy soule, &c; then thou shalt be released, then I will depart fro[m] thee" and to bid Joan to hang herself. It contorted her body in tormenting fits, during which she accused Anne Kirk of bewitching her. Master Nayler had Kirk apprehended, and thereafter Joan was witnessed to fall into fits whenever in Kirk's presence. For so it was, That money being given to poore at the buriall of the said Anne Nayler; This witch was vexed that she had none, being a parishioner; and therefore practised against the said Ioane Nayler also. Who the next night after her sisters buriall, was tormented with an evill spirit, which spake in her oftimes in the hearing of her Parents; saying, Giue me thy liuer, thy lights, thy heart, thy soule, &c; then thou shalt be released, then I will depart fro[m] thee: also; Goe, take thy lace & hang thy selfe: Go into the next roome and hang thy self in the iack rope, and so thou shalt be released. She was oftimes grievously tormented and in a traunce, during which her mouth was turned to th'one side, her ioyncts so shrunke vp that the soles of her feete did beate togither, her shoulder bones did strike one against another, so, as that they were heard to rattle, to the terror of them present. And (according to the wordes of the spirit in her sister Anne) she oft said, that mother Kerke had bewitched her. And when the maide (according as some had willed her to doe) did reach forth her hands to scratch this mother Kerke, they were so fast closed tha[t] none could open the[m]. Whervpon, her Fathe[r] suspected this Anne Kerke of witchcraft, & procured a warrant from Sir Richard Marti[n] to fetch her before him, he being the[n] in th[e] house of the said M. Nayl. & in the presence of the maide. But so soone as the witch came to the dore, she fel into her former trau[n]ce, her handes being againe so closed as they could not be opened, Sir Rich Martin himselfe assaying it. Into the like traunce the maide did also fal being in the houses of Sir Iohn Hart, & Sir Steph. Slaney (or Some) so soone as the witch (being by the[m] sent for,) was entred into their dores: And the like also did she fal into, being in the fields, at the same instant when the witch was bayled forth of prison: as also being in the Sessions house, when the iury were departing to co[n]sider of the matter.

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Anonymous. The Trial of Maist. Dorrell. Unknown: 1599, 101-103