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Assertions for a specific being.

Name Description Original Text
Anonymous 2A familiar which appears in the form of a squirrel to Joan Peterson, alleged to have taught Peterson all of the strange things she is known to do. This being was seen and heard talking with Peterson through the night by a maidservant, "which so affrighted her that she lay as if she were in a trance;" the maidservant "was so bewitched by it, that she could not remember one word" of the conference between the two. Peterson's son also knew of the familiar, and was known to speak of it to his schoolfellows.There was one likewise who had been a Maid-servant to the foresaid Peterson, witnessed that one night lying with her Mistresse, being in bed she told her that a Squirrel would come to her, but wished her not to be afraid, for it should do her no harm, and accordingly about midnight there came a Squirrel (or a Familiar in that likenesse) and went over the wench to Peterson, which so affrighted her that she lay as if she were in a trance; and she further affirmeth, that her Mistresse and it talkt together a great part of the night; but being demanded what they discoursed on, she replied, that she heard her conference very perfectly, but she was so bewitched by it, that she could not remember one word. Also her son (a boy of about 7 or 8 years of age) being askt by some of his School-fellows how his mother could do such strange things, he said, that she had a Squirrel that taught her what she should do.

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Anonymous. The Witch of Wapping. London: 1652, 5-6