|Ann Duffield||A woman from Studley Hall, from near Ripon, North Yorkshire, who testifies in the case against Mary and William Wade for bewitching the fourteen year old Elizabeth Mallory, daughter of the Lady Mallory, of Studley Hall. She relates how Elizabeth Mallory suffered from various fits for twelve months and how Mallory repeatedly accused Mary Wade of having bewitched her, also threatening Wade that she (Mallory) would be ill and force Wade to be tried before a justice and punished if she did not confess to wronging her. (75-78)||LXXV. WILLIAM AND MARY WADE. FOR WITCHCRAFT.
July 12, 1656. Before Thomas Brathwaite, Esq. Ann Duffeild arid Mary Wilson, of Stiidlei/, spinsters, say, that Elizabeth Mallory, daughter of the Lady Mallory, of Studley hall, beinge
[Begin Page 76] of the age of 14 yeares or thereabouts, hath layd these twelve weekes languishinge, haveing the use of her limbs taken from her; beinge not able to rise from her bed, but as she was helpt ; and in that tyme holden with strange fitts, sometimes in her armes and leggs, and moste parts of her body. Xow, of late, within thre dayes, in one of her fitts she cryed out and saied, *' She comes, she comes." And beinge asked who it was, she replied, " Mary, Mary." And the said Ann Duffeild nameinge diverse Maryes with their sirnames, which she had formerly knowen, nnto her, she did not any way alter in her carriage till she named one Mary Waide. And, upon that, she skreaked and cryed oute, " She comes ! she comes ! Nowe she sitts yonder in the windowe like a catt." And once she said, " She is a tall woman att the bed's feete." And since the tyme of the nameinge of the said Mary, she hath vomited severall strange things, as blottinge paper full of pins and thred tied about, and likewise a lumpe of towe with pins and thred tied aboute it, and a peice of wooll and pins in it, and likewise two feathers and a sticke. And when she was tolde by the said Ann that she had vomited the feathers and sticke, she said she sawe them this morneinge in her hands. And beinge asked by the said Anne in whose hands; she said, " in Mary Waids:" and tolde what feathers they weere, though when she was oute of her fitts she could not tell that she was in any such fitt. And in her fitts she sayd and cryed oute that if she would confesse but in thre words that she had done her wronge, she should be well. Wliereupon the said Mary was sente for and, after much intreatie, beinge perswaded to say she had done her wronge, and to aske her forgivenesse, which she did, the said Elizabeth stood upp on her feete, though imediately before her limbs were drawen upp that she could not stir, and sayd she was well, and walked upon the bed. But, presently after, the said Mary Waide denyed that she had done her wronge. Where- upon the said Elizabeth sayd, " If she denyes it, I shall be ill againe :" and presently begun with her ill fitts as formerly. And in moste of her fitts since, she sayd she should never be well till she had confessed she had done her wronge, or was carryed before a justice and punished. Anne Duffeilde, re-examined, on July 16, says, that this day Mrs. Elizabeth Malory was in an exstreame fitt of sicknesse for the space of two howers. And this informer, with others, beeinge with her, demanded of hir what she see aboute hir in that fitt.
[Begin Page 77] And the said Mrs, Elizabeth Malloiy answered that shee see two catts, one blacke and one yellow catte. And they demaundcd of hir what they weare, and she veplycd " The women that sente them weare at Rippon, which yow well know." And further shee said " William " once or twice. And this informant demaunded of hir "What William?" and she replyed she knew not, but onely trusted in God; and desired them to pray with hir ; which the company did. And then she named William and Mary, but when they named William Wayde she was paste holdinge, her extreamaty was such, and cryed out " William Wade thou terrifyer." Mary Mealbancke, of Studley Magna, informeth, that, aboute the first of January laste, she beinge in the dearry or milkhouse of Studley, Mary Wayde came in to the said house : and j\Irs. Elizabeth Mallory beeinge present, and haveinge a peice of breade in hir haunde, the said Mary Wayde desired her to bestow the said peice of breade upon hir. This informer replyed that breade was noe novelty in Cristmas ; whereupon the said Mary answered that " your breade is novelty at any tyraes;" and pressinge still vipon hir to bestowe upon hir, after she haid demaunded it three tymes the saijj Mrs. Elizabeth Malory gave it to hir. And she thankefully received it, and tould hir that they weare very curteous gentlewomen. And beinge demaunded of this informant whether she conceived the said Mary Wayde was soe importunate for the peice of breade for wante or noe, she saith that for divers yeares bypaste she haide beene there neighbour, but she coulde not perceive but that there house was furnished with breade and good breade. She further saith that the said Mrs. Elizabeth J\Ialory, if she had beene reedeinge upon hir booke, or upon discourse at any tyme betweene hir fitts, she woulde have leaft of, and would have given notice to the company with hir that she was to have a fitt, and would have expressed directly whether it would have beene a great fitt or an easie one, and it would have happenned accordingly. She further saith that Mrs. Elizabeth JMalory affirmed that alter they weare both comitted to prisson, that is to say, the said Wm. Wayde and Mary his wife, shee should have noe more sore fitts. Which, accordingly, after she was assured certaynely that they weare both in holde, she was freede from hir fitts; and hath soe contynewed for above a fortuett. And before that tyme she haid them contynewally, very many every day for the moste parte. And this informer further saith that in the exstreamety of hir fitt she cryed out, " Now she comes, Mary Wayde, Mary Wayde, Mary Wayde !"
William Waijde, of Studley saith that this day (July 16) he
[Begin Page 78] was at worke, and was sent for to goe to the Lady Mallorye aboute 12 or one of tlie clocke in the afternoone. And he went to the said Lady Mallorye, whoe desired him to aske hir daughter, whoe then lay sicke, forgivenesse, and to repeate some words aftir hir, or some other gentlemen which was then present, but he denied to do soe. He had noe pins in his hand. He saith that at that time that he was theire the Lady Mallorye gave order to shut two kats with a peice and he heard the peice goe of. And then the Ladye and others theire desired him to goe oute of the roome, which he did. He saith that Mrs. Elizabeth Mallorye, as he is fullye perswaded, is possesed with an evill spirit, which is the cause of hir presente mallady and sicknesse. And he is cleare of all and every accusation that now is laid against him bye the Ladye Mallorye or any other person whatsoever.