|John Hutton||A man from Sunderland in the County of Northumberland, known to be "one it was suspected that could do more then God allowed of." During one of her fits, Mary Muschamp wrote an abbreviation of his name, and the undeciphered abbreviation of one other person's name. Mary Moore sent to him shortly therafter, demanding that he confess who had afflicted Margaret and threatening to apprehend him if he would not. Moore's servant reported back his answer: "DOROTHY SVVINOVV wife then to Colonell SVVINOVV, was the party that had done all the mischiefe to her child, and was the cause of all her further crosses." John Hutton also blamed Swinow for the death of Margery Hambleton. When Hutton heard that Margaret wanted two drops of his blood to save her life, he tried to do it himself privately; instead "the child nickt him halfe a dozen times in the forehead, but no bloud appeared; then he put forth his right arme and that was not till her mother threatned his heart bloud should goe before she wanted it; then he layd his thumb on his arme, and two drops appeared, which she wip'd off with a paper." Margaret later claimed two more drops would save her brother, George Muschamp Jr.; her mother Mary Moore hunted Hutton down and took more of his blood. Margaret's fits were observed to not trouble her in Hutton's company, and she fell into a terrible one when he left. Moore had Hutton apprehended, and he died in prison. Margaret claimed that he was her greatest tormentor, and had he lived, he would have given them the names of two more witches. He is said to have been able to call up storms, and is credited with nearly blowing a ship off course as it entered Berwick Harbour.(7-11)||Divers of these fits she had, in every one expressing their bloud would save her life; from ten dayes to six, from six to three, which was on a Saturday, being heavily tormented, her tongue taken from her, with her eyes fixt on her objects, wrote thus againe, JO. HU. DO. SVVI. hath been the death of one deare friend, consumes mother deare friend, and torments me; for three dayes they have no power, but the fourth they will torment me: two drops of his or her bloud would save my life, if I have it not I am undone, for seven yeares to be tormented before death come. Whilest she was writing the teares comming downe her face, still saving her selfe in this bitter agony, as it were, from her enemies blows.
As soone as her mother came from Newcastle, she sent (that servant she revealed her minde to at Newcastle) to one JOHN HUTTON, he was one it was suspected that could do more then God allowed of; bidding him confesse who had wrong'd her child, or she would apprehend him: her child in her extremity writing the two first Letters of his name, with anothers.
So when this servant told him his message another being by to witnesse his answer, which was thus: WILLIAM HALL, your Mrs. knowes as well who hath wrong'd he[r] child as I: for the party that with a troubled minde your Mrs. had concealed all this time, and at Newcastle in her chamber all alone told you is she that hath done her all this wrong. The servant answered, God blesse me, could he tell what his Mistresse said to him, no living soule else prese[nt] it, bidding him reveale the party? the Rogue sayd, a great stone is not easily lifted, and he had one foot in the grave already: repeating many old sayings: but sayd, DOROTHY SVVINOVV wife then to Colonell SVVINOVV, was the party that had done all the mischiefe to her child, and was the cause of all her further crosses.
This answer being brought, and her childs last writing, three dayes they had no power, the fourth to torment; and the Sabbath being one of the three, the monday following, her mother, her Neece MUSCHAMP, her son in Law EDVVARD MOORE, GEORGE ARMORER, WILLIAM HALL, and WILLIAM BARD, rid to Etherston thinking Mr. WALTON to have beene a Justice of the Peace; but was not: then she with her company went directly to Sunderland, where Jo. HUTTON dwelt, and sent for him, who forthwith came, and though they had never seen him, but by the childes description, nor he them; he knew them all naming their names; and fell downe on his knees for to pray for the child; but her mother bidding him rise, she desired none of his prayers, but tell her how he came to know what she spake to her servant all alone, so far off, he repeated before all the company what he had formerly spoken.
She sayd her eldest son was very ill too, the Lord blesse him, not thinking that he was wronged; but the Rogue answered, one was the cause of both: she in a maze sayd, I had a sister that dyed in a restlesse sicknesse, God grant she was not wronged too: the Rogue sayd, Mistresse, Mistresse, one is the cause of all, envy nothing will satisfie, but death. Said she is this possible? Mistresse sayd he my life is in your hand, but I'le maintaine DOROTHY SVVINOVV was the death of the Lady MARGERY HAMBLETON, the consuming of your son, and the tormentor of your daughter, and the cause of all your evill; and if you would have my hearts bloud take it, for my life is in your power, none speaking of bloud to him. She told him the child had wrote two drops of his or her bloud would save her life; and if the Devill had left so much in him, she would (if it pleased the Lord) have it ere they parted. The wretch using still Godly words and his prayers, desired to take his bloud privately, that none should see; so the child nickt him halfe a dozen times in the forehead, but no bloud appeared; then he put forth his right arme and that was not till her mother threatned his heart bloud should goe before she wanted it; then he layd his thumb on his arme, and two drops appeared, which she wip'd off with a paper, the which she had writ the words in, and bid him farewell: he bid them ride softly, they had both tide and time enough, it being a fine quiet day; of a sudden as soon as they were on horse back it grew very boystrous, that they had much adoe to sit on their horses; riding fast, at Sunderland Towns end, came two white Lambs to them, and kept close with their horses till they came to Bambrough, being two long miles, neither sheep nor lambs neere them; the water was very deep, yet being venterous they rid it over.
On Munday night she fell into a heavenly Rapture, rejoycing that ever she was borne, for these two drops of blood had saved her life, otherwise she had beene seaven yeares in torment without any ease, or death had come: behold her two Angels (which she was bold to call them) on her right hand, and her Tormenters on her left, setting her selfe with a majestick carriage, her words so punctuall and discreet, that it was admirable to the beholders.
Saying her Angels bid her now be bold to speake out, looking on her left hand, saying, thy name is JOHN HUTTON, and hers is DOROTHY SVVINOVV, she hath beene the death of my Aunt HAMBLETON, the consumer of my Brother, and the tormenter of me; she knowing my Aunts estate was but for life, and her onely sonne had marryed FAUSETS daughter, who to enjoy the estate, he having but one sonne, was the cause of yong JAMES FAUSETS unnaturall fits: But thinking Mr. FAUSET would follow her more strictly there, then we could doe here, let him alone, to be the more vehement with us, every fit promising me case, if I would consent to lay it on my mother; but I will never consent, but if it were possible indure more torment; fince she is all that the Lord of his goodnesse hath left to take care of us five fatherlesse children; except our Father in Heaven, which protects her for our sakes.
Thus for two houres together she continued in a very heavenly religious Discourse with these Angels, rejoycing that she had got two drops of blood; saying, if her Brother had as much, it would save his life also; witnesse to these words were Mr. MOORE of Spittle, his six Sonnes and a Daughter, Mr. ELIZABETH MUSCHAMP, Mrs. MARGARET SELBY, ANNE SELBY, and GEORGE LEE, who was almost cast away comming into Barwick Harbour in a Ship by that fearfull tempest which HUTTON raised. GEORGE ARMORER, WILLIAM HALL, WILLIAM BEARD, HENRY ORDE, with divers Neighbours, all admiring the Lords great power expressed in that afflicted childe. Her mother being destrous to have some small quantity of HUTTONS blood, rode the next day to him with two servants, who brought him to her sonne, he not being able to goe to him. He acknowledged still his life was in her hands, and came riding behinde one of her servants home to the Spittle where she dwelt, and being brought before Mr. MOORE, confirmed all that he had
confessed, and withall sayd, Mrs. SVVINOVV had two bad women about her, the Millers and the Websters Wives, who had beene the death of Jo. CUSTERD and his Wife, with many other things of their wickednesse: That night he desired to goe to rest, and when he pleased to call him, he would confesse further to him alone; the next day came Mr. WILLIAM ORDE, Mr. BROAD Minister, with Mr. HEBERIN, and EDVVARD SAUFIELD, who heard all this confirmed, and so the mother tooke her sonne in her armes to the place where the wretch was, and got his blood.
He stayed there seven or eight dayes, and yet Mr. MOORE had never power to examine him any more, the wretch still desiring to be gone, the mother in the presence of MARGARET SELBY, MARGARET ORDE, and WILLIAM BEARD, charged him, that although he had beene long the Devills servant, at last to be but a bridge for Gods creatures to goe over, in confessing the truth; who answered, Mistris, Mistris. If I were a yong man, able to endure all the torments that should be layed on me, I would take my death that Mrs. DOROTHY SVVINOVV was the death of the Lady HAMBLETON, the confumer of your sonne, and the Tormentor of your Daughter, and the cause of all your other troubles.
Now whilest he was there the Girle was never troubled, but he was not past the Townes end, till she fell into a terrible fit; saying, DOROTHT SVVINOVV with two Witches more were come to torment her worse then ever HUTTON did, and the one was a yong woman, and the other an old: So that till they had Justice of DOROTHY SVVINOVV, her mother and they should never be at peace: Upon this her mother rid to Justice FOSTER of Nuham, and upon Oath gave Information against both HUTTON and Mrs. SVVINOVV, to apprehend them, who after delayes apprehended him, and sent him to Newcastle Goale, but not her, though it will appeare she was three several times in his company after he had the Information upon Oath, whereof he gave her a Coppy, with the Coppy of HUTTONS Examination, but would never let Mrs. MUSCHAMP see it; seeing that delay, she spoke with a Durham Justice at Bellford, which not being in the County, and in haste he could not grant her a Warrant to apprehend the sayd Mrs. SVVINOVV; but bid Mr. FOSTER doe Justice, which is not yet done.
The Girle having many tormenting fits, in the midst of which her Angels alwayes appearing to her, banishing the Witches, which she apprehended; the Girle would cry out and relate to her Angels how she by the two Witches had been tormented, forcing her to get the information, whereof her mother kept a Coppy; so that let her mother give the paper to whom she would, or laye it any where, the child would goe to either place or party most strangely. As soone as her Angels departed. her torments leaving her, she told them that her enemies would have killed her: but justly might she sing the 35. Ps Plead thou my cause O Lord, &c. Repeating the first part thereof so sensibly and distinctly, that the Ministers there present admired to heare it. As likewise her declaring the death of the Rogue HUTTON in prison before it was knowne there, saying if he had been urged he would have discovered the other 2. Witches()|