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Anonymous 237A man from Spital in the County of Northumberland, known to be a Justice of the Peace. He heard Mary Moore's plea to remove Dorothy Swinow to Northumberland for prosecution, which he denied. The next day, Moore again appeared in the Judge's chamber to beg justice against 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. (14-15)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. ()