|Elizabeth Hardman||A young girl of Cleworth in the County of Lancastershire in the parish of Leigh, known to be the sister of Margaret Hardmen and belong to the Starchie household, alleged to be afflicted with fits by Edmund Hartlay. Hardman is found under a bed making a hole in the wall, saying that she will be drawn through it to Heaven. She is alleged to have been able to predict her fits and the details of them, and attributed this knowledge to a white dove. At one point, she and Eleanor Holland were unable to eat for three days and nights, nor speak to anyone but one another except " to ther lads. saue that their lads gaue them leaue (as the said) the one to eate a toast & drink, the other a sower milk posset." Hartley is said to have been angry that the ate, even with permission, and made them vomit it up. At a dinner, Holland and the Hardman sisters were thrown back, their bodies swelled, their faces disfigured, and strange motion was observed from within their bodies. At one time, Harman describes her possessor as being like an urchin, who went through a tiny hole in the parlor and returned in a foul shape promising her gold if he gave her leave to possess her again; he threatened to throw her into the fire and break her neck when she resisted. At another time, he came to her in the shape of a bear with fire in its mouth, which terrified her into running away; she was caught and showed two bags, one of silver and one of gold, and promised nine times as much but she resisted. He came next in the shape of an ape, again promising gold, threatening to cast her out the window or into the fire, and departed with a shriek.(Image 5, 6, 8, 10)||The 1. or. 2. weeke of Lent Mistres Starchie required them all. 5. to tell her how they were handled, that certaine knowledge might be had thereof to the preachers: they all; answered, that an angell like a doue was come from god, & that they must follow him to heauen, which way soeuer he would lead them, though it were through neuer so litle a hole, for he toulde them he coulde drawe them through, and soe they ran vnder the beds, And Elizabeth Hardman was vnder a bedde making a hole, and beinge asked what she did? she said that she must goe through the wall for she on the one side, and her lad on the other would soone make a hole. she would (on a time) haue leaped out of the casement through the glasse windowe.
About a fortnight or. 3. weekes before their deliuery, Elinor Hollande and Elizabeth Hardman foretould how many fits they shoulde haue before they slept. and to morrowe quoth El. Hol. in the forenoone I must haue a fit of 3 howers long. when the tyme came shee bad them set the hower glasse. they set it behind her out of her sight, her eys also was closed. she was senclesse, & speachlesse, saue the noting of the time, which she truly noted: saying, ther is a quareter, the halfe hower, and as the glasse was runne out, she sayd turne the glasse, & thus did she 3. tymes or 3. howers. after comming to herselfe she said Iesus blesse mee. which all of them vsually said at the end of ther fites. In like manner did El. Hard. for 2. howers, who beinge demaunded how the knewe this, answered that a white Doue told them so.
About the 21. of March El. Hol. & El. Hard. for 3 daye & 3 nights to gether could nether eate nor drinke, nor speake to any except it were on to another, & to ther lads. saue that their lads gaue them leaue (as the said) the one to eate a toast & drink, the other a sower milk posset. And it. notwiihstanding that permissio[n] thei said he was angry that thei had eaten. & told them that thie should not be quiet, vntil the had cast it vp a gaine so the vomited saying, take it to thee, here it is againe, for thou gauest vs lisence to eate it, & nowe thou art angry. & if the went about to swallow a litle drink the were so taken by the throat, that the pict Illegible word vp againe.
Shortly after our comming, as we sat at dinner, came in Margaret Hardman and hir sister, & El: Holland on after another like players to bid vs welcom: forasmuch as no body sent for me said one of them, I am come of my owne accord. And hauing thus spoken shee was throwen backward on a forme, and so all 3. were frangely & greuosly tormented. Their faces (as I remember) were disSingle illegible letterigured, their bodyes (I am sure) greatly swelled, & such a sensible stiring & rumbling within their bodyes, as to ones sight and feling they had some quick thing within each of them: and not only so, but such a violent mouing there was also in their inward parts: (especially in M. Hardman) as was easily harde of vs that were present.
El. Hard said, it was like an vrchin, and went through a very litle hole (as she thought) out of the parler, but out of hand returned a gaine in a very foule shape promising her golde, and whatsoeuer shee would desier, if she would giue him leaue to enter againe, but she yealded not. then he threatened to cast her into a pit, saying somtime thou wilt go a lone. he said also, he would cast her into the fyre, and breake her neck, but she resisting he departed like an vrchine.
El. Hard. said he came like a beare with fyer in his mouth wherwith she was so terrifyed that she lept quite out of her bed, and rann from him, she wist not whither: but one of the company stayed her. Then he desyred her to open her mouth, as he opened his, shewing her two bagges, one of siluer an other of gold, promising her 9 times as much but not preuayling he ran away as a beare that breakes loose from the stake when she was layd downe and prayed, he came agayn like an ape, promising her golde &c, at her pleasure. Then he menaced to cast her out of the windowe, and into the fyer if euer she stood neare it, and so departed: very foule & with an horrible scryke.()|