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George LongA man who presides over the hearing of Edmund Robinson who claims that he did not at first believe his son when he told him about witches in the area. (144)July 12. Examination of Edmund Robinson, of Newchurch, co. Lancaster, mason, taken before George Long, Justice of Peace for Middlesex, by command of Sec. Windebank. Examinant says that the first time that Edmund Robinson, his son, began to publish anything concerning the witches that met at Horestones in Pendle Forest was about Martillmas [Martinmas] last, and that he first made it known to examinant and afterwards to his mother. Examinant gave no credit to him, but sharply rebuked and corrected him. Nevertheless the boy continued in a constant affirmation thereof even with tears, insomuch that examinant imagined he had seen some vision or something that had troubled his mind, but he never believed anything that the boy spoke concerning the same. He never prosecuted or gave any evidence against them, but was sent for by warrant to bring his son before Mr. Shuttleworth and Mr. Starkey, two justices of peace, who bound examinant to bring forth his son at the next assizes. When he came there he was spoken to by the grand jury and others to prefer an indictment against Frances wife of John Dicconson, for the witchcraft of his son, but he refused. There was never any offence between examinant and Frances Dicconson or her husband, but confesses that he bought a cow of John Dicconson for 53s. id., for which he was paid without any difference between them therefore. Utterly denies that he ever had speech with Richard Hooker of receiving money for freeing Frances Dicconson. Dicconson and his wife are neighbours of examinant, and there was never any cause of difference between them. Thinks them very honest harmless people.()