|Anonymous 249||A devil know to be from Hertfordshire. When a farmer, Anon 489, disagreed with the mower Anon 490 on the matter of Anon 490's wage to mow three half-acres of oats, Anon 489 allegedly proclaimed that "the Devil himself should Mow his Oats before [Anon 490] should have anything to do with them." That night, Anon 490's field burned. In the morning, Anon 490 went to see the extent of the damages, and instead found his oats neatly mowed in precise circles. Anon 489 "is as yet afraid to remove them."||The Mowing-Devil: Or, Strange NEWS out of Hartford-shire.
Being a True Relation of a Framer, who Bargaining with a Poor Mower, about the Cutting down of Three Half Acres of Oats; upon the Mower's asking too much, the Farmer swore, That the Devil should Mow it, rather than He: And so it fell out, that that very Night, the Crop of Oats shew'd as if it had been all of a Flame; but next Morning appear'd so neatly Mow's by the Devil, or some Infernal Spirit, that no Mortal Man was able to do the like.
Also, How the said Oat ly now in the field, and the Owner has not Power to fetch them away.|
Anonymous. The Mowing-Devil. Unknown: 1678, Title page