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Name Description Original Text
Anonymous 242A familiar in the shape of a rat, who visits the child James Barrow. Upon seeing the rat, James Barrow says "Satan, thou must be burned in hell fire, and all that do obey thee." The child rehearses these words over and over. He also claims the rat told him to "go up stairs, and play with his pretty Rat there." James Barrow often listens, and goes up the stairs, where a "little box with single money in it," would be forced out of his hand. The child was also observed to say "I will not sing, I will sing," but he would sing nonetheless.At another time as he was sitting in the yard on a block, a Rat did ap|pear to him (as he said) unto which he was heard to say, Satan, thou must be burned in hell fire, and all that do obey thee, often rehearsing these words: and further said, that Christ was manifest to destroy the works of the Devil. Neighbours coming in, and hearing these sayings, and seeing his actions (for he sate fillipping with his fingers) did very much wonder at it. He said moreover, the Rat told him he must go up stairs, and play with his pretty Rat there; and up stairs he would often go: He also had a little box with single money in it, which would sometimes be for|ced out of his hand, which he would strive to take up often, repeating these words, I will not sing, I will not sing, but could by no means take it up, except he did sing.

Appears in:
Barrow, John. The Lord's Arm Stretched Out in an Answer of Prayer, or, A true Relation of the Wonderful Deliverance of James Barrow. London: 1664, 7