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Anonymous 15A grey devil described as of a "stout thick squat stature" who appears and tells Margaret Gurr that if she does not soon hang herself with clothes lines, she must thrust knitting needles in her ears as a means of killing herself. Four days later, as she lies down in her bed, the grey devil reclines beside her, and begins painfully gripping her hands and wrists, immobilizing her, as he pretends to rest (snoring all the while). She cannot escape his grasp. Finally, God grants her the strength to wriggle free and the horrible imp or devil vanishes out of her sight and she is able to get some peace. Later, this same devil and his accomplice, a black devil, carry Margaret Gurr through the air when she fetches water. The Devil may also be responsible for property damage at the household of Margaret Gurr's master, Christopher Elderidge. When Margaret Gurr prays, however, she is no longer subject to the temptation of the grey devil. Dr. Skinner eventually casts out the grey devil from Margaret Gurr's body, so that the grey devil visits her no more.I Margaret Gurr, servant to Mr. Christopher Elderidge in the Parish of Tunbridge in Kent, had two Devils appeared to me about Ten of the Clock in the forenoon, one Sunday the 19th Day of July, 1681. One of these two Devils seemed to be in Gray Cloathing, and the other in Black: The black Devil was of little Stature and short, the gray Devil was of stout thick squat Stature; they both ran behind the Table that was in the Room. The gray Devil would have me hang my self with Clock-Lines that was in the Room; then the Devil told me, That if I would not hang my self with the Clock-Lines, I should put or thrust Knitting-Needles in my Ears, and so destroy or kill my self that way

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Skinner, John. A Strange and Wonderful Relation of Margaret Gurr of Tunbridge, in Kent. Unknown: 1681-1684, 1