|Hester Spivey||A widow from Hosthersfield, Yorkshire (possibly Huddersfield) who accuses Hester France of bewitching her servant, Elizabeth Johnson. Spivey tells the jury that upon coming home one evening her servant, Elizabeth Johnson, explained how Hester France had come to the house and told her while she was tending to the fire that "itt was a good deede to scare her lipps with itt." Johnson thought nothing of it and France left, but then came back and allegedly cursed Johnson. Spivey then proceeds to explain how from six to eight one evening, Johnson could neither speak nor stand--except for one moment where she spoke to her brother, asking him to get Hester France.
Spivey alleges that Johnson got better after being scratched by a needle.(51)||XLV. HESTER FRANCE. FOR WITCHCRAFT.
Jan. 23, 1651-2. Before Henry Tempest, Esq. Hester Spivy, of Hothersfeilde, widdotv,* saith, thatt upon Thursday last she went unto the milne, and, att her comcing home att night, Elizabeth Johnson, her servant, told her thatt Hester France had beene at her howse, and, she mending the fire with the firepoite, the sayde Hester sayde, itt was a good deede to scare her lipps with itt, if she thought anie thing by itt ; and soe went out of the house, but came in againe and cursed the sayde Elizabeth, and prayed to God that she shold never bake againe. And tlie sayde Elizabeth told her thatt she thought the sayde Hester had bewitchther; and then this informant answered, she hoped she had a better faith then to feare either witch or devill. And, after they was gone to bedd, the sayde Hester made a greate noise in her
sleepe, insomuch that she affrighted this informant; and, in the morning, she bidd her goe to some neighbors to see if her eare rootes Avere not downe, but they were not downe. Thereupon the sayde Ellisabeth lay herself downe upon a bedd, and, this informant presently following her, she sawe that she cold not speake, and takeing her into her armes, she cold not stand, and soe she continewed speechles from six a clock untill betwixt eight or nine in the evening, saveing thatt she spoke once to her brother. Whereupon the sayde Hester France was sent for, and, she being come, the sayde Elizabeth spooke to her, and catched country people near Bradford. They had escaped from the ''crowning" victory at Worcester. Floreal fiddis civUas !
att her, and sayde " Thou art the woman that hath deard me," and soe scratched her, since which the sayde Elizabeth is somewhat better, but still continewes very ill. John Johnson^ of Hothersfeilde, the younger, saith that Kobert Cliff is now very weake and sick, and hath beene sick this halfe yeare. And this morninge the sayde Robert sent unto the constable of Hothersfeilde, and desired him to send the sayde Hester France unto him; and she being come into the chamber he scratcht her very sore, and sayde, " I thinke thou art the woman that hath done me this wrong;" and then she answred and sayde that she never did hurt in her life.