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Dr. CletherA man from Spital in the County of Northumberland, known to be a physician and the husband of Mrs. Clether. Dr. Clether, with Mrs. Clether, was present as a witness in the Judge's chamber when Mary Moore begged justice against Dorothy Swinow on behalf of her family. While Moore was arguing her case, Margaret Muschamp fell into a fit, related "before them all DOROTHY SVVINOVVS malice from the beginning," and begged too for justice. The judge denied Moore and Muschamp, and declared Muschamp's fit to be feigned. (15-16)So their Mother not daring to disobey such divine commands, whose confidence doth wholly depend upon Gods providence from Heaven, rid behinde her sonne, and came to the Judge, relating her sad condition; he heard her, but being falsely informed, did not resent it: she went to the Justices to remove DOROTHY SVVINOVVS body to the County where the act was committed: they pretended ignorance, the childrens mother went with them to a Counsellour to instruct them, whose answer was he would not meddle in it: Yet these dejectments did not drive her from an undoubted confidence in an all sufficient God; the next day betweene one and two of the Clock in the afternoone the Girle suddainely had a fit and after her torments her Angels appeared unto her, to them she complaines, saying, no Justice abroad, no Peace at home, what should become of her mother? for that Godlesse thiefe DOROTHY SVVINOVV, by the instigation of the Divell, had hardned the heart of both Judges and Justices against her, and now at this instant (sayd she) is using meanes to harden her husbands heart against her too (which she knowes will be cruellest to her of all) and withall begun to consume her eldest sister, and that she would this night, or to morrow morning go to the Judge, begge once more for Justice; if she got it, her Brother with the rest should be well, if not, worse then ever; saying, if the Judge denyed her it, it would not be well with him; this was part of her two houres discourse. Witnesses the Chamber full, amongst which was, * Colonel SIPTHORP, and his Wife. * Colonel RODDAM. * Captain TOMPSON, his Brother and two Sisters. * Mr ANDIRSON, and Mr. SVVADVVELL. * Mrs. CLETHER. * Mrs. ALLGOOD. * Dr. GENISON. BEfore she was out of her fit came Dr. GENISON, who invited the mother with her children to his house, being the next house to the Judges Chamber, in regard the Girles first appoyntment was alwayes kept; so after her supper sent to see if it were more convenient to waite upon the Judge that night, or the next morning: the answer was returned that night was fittest: So Dr. CLETHER and his wife, with Dr. GENISON and his, went along with the mother and their children thither, there was a great many spectators to see the Event. Thus being set downe in the chamber, her mother began her former suit, in begging Justice: his answer was, that that which belonged unto the County Palatine of Durham, belonged not unto him: So she requested him in his returne back, either to doe it, or else give order to the Justices in the County to apprehend her; of a suddaine the Girle fell into a fit, relating before them all DOROTHY SVVINOVVS malice from the beginning, the cause of the troubles that broke Sir Ro. HAMBLETONS heart, the death of his Lady, and how she sought still by evill meanes to take away her mothers life, when the Lord would not permit that, got leave first to torment her, then to consume her brother, and now hath begun to consume her eldest sister, and harden her Father in Lawes heart, to make her mothers life more sorrowfull, with her hands up, and eyes fixed upon her objects, begged Justice for the Lords sake, for Jesus Christs sake; saying I ought to command Justice by the Lawes of the Realme, in the name of our Soveraigne Lord the King, but I beg not in the name of any mortal man, but in the name of the King of Kings, Justice for Christs sake, Justice for his mercies sake, it we have but ordinary Justice, which ought not to be denyed to the poorest creature who demands it, my brother that sits there shall goe home as well as ever he did, I no more tormented, my mother no more afflicted, and my sisters torments at an end: if we have no justice my torments shall be doubled, my brother worse then ever he was, and my sister (which she hath this day begun to torment) worse then any of us, and my mothers afflictions, by the hardning of folks hearts against her will be unsufferable; but the Lords preserving mercy will never leave them who depend upon his providence; but it will be worse for them who deny us justice then for us. These words with many more significant expressions, that the Judge thought she feigned: but as soon as she was out of her fit, did not know what was past, as all the beholders did see, onely an innocent bashfull Girle, without any confidence at all when she was out of her fits. So her mother returned home with them, where she found her other Girle began to consume. ()