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Anonymous 243 (Plural)Five spirits, who allegedly possess the young boy, James Barrow. These spirits are seen to depart the boy during his dispossession, an event consisting of prayer and fasting which lasts three days. At the departure of each spirit, "a kind of strange rising upwards to his throat as if he was ready to be choaked, bursting forth with a kind of belching," was observed. As each spirit leaves James Barrow, he counts how many have left him. Once all the spirits are gone, the boy is allegedly dispossessed.Now it was observed, that at the departure of every Spirit (which was, as we suppose, five, at distinct times) their departure was with a kind of strange rising upwards to his throat as if he was ready to be choaked, bursting forth with a kind of belching, and throwing forth his hand, saying, There is one gone; so in the departure, giving the distinct number of them as they went forth, crying out when the third was gone, There is one for every day, as aforesaid: And when the fourth went out, he shaked his hand after him, saying, Fare thee well, farewel, there is four; now all is gone, now all is gone. One said, Thou art a Lyar; for till God put praise into this Boys mouth, we will not give over: But when he said, four were gone, it was to be observed, he did butten up his doublet very carefully and orderly, measuring the breast of it, to see whether he did it even; after which he fell asleep, and slept, as near as we could judge, an hour and an half, or thereabouts: in all which time, we con|tinued earnest in prayer to God, and at the last he awaked and looked about him wildly, and in a little time the fifth spirit began to roar and to be disturbed, as the other before; and then one of us did adjure him in the Name of Iesus to come out: Then he said, If he did, he would go into another; upon which he was commanded to come out and go to his own place. Then we heard him cry, Legat, come out, come out, come out, thou must come out, thou must come out, oft saying it over; and then stopt his mouth with his hands, and coat, and knees, and arms, as if he were resolved to stop in the Devil with them; but at the last, to the praise of our God be it spoken for ever, which worketh wonders, by his own Power alone brought him out; he brought him out with a sneeze and a kind of thruttling in his throat, and so the fifth came forth: at which time the Boy sate very still, with a very sober countenance, lifting up his hands and eyes, as though he had matter of praise in his mind, for the space of three hours: and at that time I was desired to speak to him, but found him dumb, and then he sate down again, and we applied our selves to the Lord in prayer; and the last that prayed, asked of God a sign, as in the morning, whether the work was done? and that if it was done, the Lord should put praises into the Boys mouth; and then the Boy did lift up his hands and eyes, which we did look upon as an Answer from the Lord: and so with one accord returned praise to God with all our hearts: and when we had concluded, we asked the Boy how he did? but he could not speak: One asked him whether we should pray for him? but he did not answer. Iames, said one, if we shall pray for thee, give us a sign; then he did lift up his hands and eyes: and then they went to prayer again that the Lord might loose his tongue, and so they left him (my self, his mother and two other friends more with him) and went into the Kitchin. One of the friends that stayed above put his finger into his mouth, and finding his tongue doubled, laboured to un|fold it, and groaned in spirit to the Lord; and it pleased the Lord so to loose his tongue, that he spake, and praised his holy Name, who alone worketh great Wonders. Then we found that the Lord had answered< page break> our prayers, to the great joy of us all;

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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, 16 - 17