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Anonymous 11A girl from Luyck in Brussels, known to be nine years of age. When Anonymous 12 came to the door to beg, this girl gave her bread and beer, and received a sorrel leaf in return, which she ate. Not long after, this girl began to suffer convulsive fits and "did fall down as dead." She was examined by physicians of both genders and many remedies were tried to no effect. A priest prayed over her, but this only caused her to contort violently and begin to vomit horse dung, pins, hair, feathers, knots of thread, nails, pieces of broken glass, eggshells and more. Her family noticed that when Anonymous 12 came near or looked toward their home, Anonymous 11 became all the more tormented and had her apprehended; Anonymous 12 confessed and was hanged for it. This did not end Anonymous 11's fits, however - Anonymous 12 claimed at her hanging that two other witches were also practicing their art on her. The girl's parents brought her to famous physician Henri de Heer, who witnessed her vomit a variety of strange things, be unable to eat for 15 days at a time, swell and suffer convulsions. de Heer claimed to pull the strange objects directly from her throat with his hand, disproving claims that she faked her bewitchment. He gives her a decoction of various herbs and makes an ointment, both of which he credits for her cure.(5-13)A young maid, about nine years of Age; second to none in the City where she lived. either for beauty or birth. having given unto a witch y beg['d] at the door both bread and ber, did receive from her a leaf of Sorrell, which having unwarily put into her mouth, and swallowed it down, not long after she w[a]s troubled with convulsion [fits] [s]wounding awa[y] she did fall down as dead. There were c[a]ll[e] to her help P[h]ysitians both male and Female (for at Tralectum upon y river of M[o]sa where this came to passe) both sexes pr[a]ctice Physick, It was in y month of May; in y year 1652. Many Remedyes for many days were applyed but to no effect [unto] y poor maid being Tormented with [most] grievous fits it was thought expedient (according to y [custom]of y [...]) yt [t]hey should ha[v]e recourse to the Religious man, who [...] appeared, and began [t]o exercise his Function, b[ut] y Ma[i]d began to turn[...] w[...]e[...]t[...] her body into those form[s] which [no] man [can] conce[i]ve but those yt saw her, After y she spewed Horse-dung, [...], pins, hair, feathers, knots of thread, peces of broken glasses, [nayles dropt] from [...] k[n]ife [...] then a spa[n] y [s]hels of E[g]gs [...]. In the mean time her parents, sisters and neighbors did observe y if at any ti[m]e [y] witch ca[me] [near] to the house or but looke[d] [towards] it y poor maid was Tormented more then before, nor could be [....] [f]rom her fits or gi[v]e any sign of life [w]ill [s]he was go[ne] further off. The witch was therefore apprehended who confess[i]ng this & many other Witch [cr]a[f]ts, was deservedly Hanged The reverend man who did go alongwith her to the place of Execution, did desire her (as the hangman was fiting the halter to her neck) in this her last agony, and moment on which Eter[n]ity doth depend to un-bewitch the Maid, she ma[d]e answer to the holy Father y [s]he could not do it in regard y four times (w[h]ich we call days) had interven'd since [s]he had swallowed down the Witchcraft, morover she affirmed yt if she could do it The young Maid would not so easily recover, for she named two other witches who had practised upon her their deadly Arts, and if ever she escap'd, she said it would ask a long time. Her Father and her Mother therefore despa[i]ring of her Recovery, did bring their daughter unto my house about the middle of September whom I entertaine[d] for some weks: what things I then saw, and heard and touched because I know that many who differ in Religion from me will hardly beleve. So God shall save me. I will give you here a perfect account of and of no more [t]hen what I saw. The day after y she came unto m[y] house, I sent to [L]uick for the Reli[g]ious man who is yet alive. Before he came ner unto the Threshol[d] by fifty paces, the Maid fell down I did beleve she had ben dead f[o]r there was not th[e] least sign of breath to testifie she was living, The fingers of her hands, and her toes (I should hardly have [b]eleved it, if I ha[d] not sen and touched them) were by a strang convulsion so contracted that the third joynt was so sunk down a[n]d knotted to y second, which could ne[v]er come to passe by nature, that you would h[a]v[e] thought they h[a]d ben both but one joynt. I attempted but in vain, to i[n]terpose a golden Bo[d]kin which I h[a]d, the like I made triall of with a nayle, and at last with a hot Iron but could not pre[v]ai[l]e. The mother (who was so indulgent to her that she was a hardly ever from her) tol[d]me that the holy man sent for to Lu[i]ck w[a]s not far off, And in[d]e[d] so it was, for she scarce had spoke the wor[d] but he knocke[d] at the door, and being come into the c[ha]m[b]er, he no sooner pronou[n]ced the first words out of [t]he Gospell when y poor maid who lay before more senclesse then a carkase was so veh[e]men[t]ly shaken al h[e]r bo[dy] over (th[e] joynts of her finger[s] and her toes being still t[i]ed in a knot) that six of us were not able to hold her I who endeavoured with all the strength I h[a]d to hold her head did perceive both w[i]th my eyes & hands y do what I could she by a formid[a]b[l]e convulsion did turn both head and neck towards her shoulders In the mean time the lower part of her belly being swelled high & into a great bulk, did sem more nerer her throat then her groyn, and her guts made so great a noyse that plainly they might be heard of all being ten paces from her. This sounding of her Bowels was much like unto the sound of the waters which the wind doth make under the stern of a ship when the tide and the tempest do begin to scold she did vomit forth all this while some of those things which I haue already mentioned: I tooke compassion on the innocent Maid & besought the Divine that he he would forbeare to read any more. He was no sooner silent but in that instant she lay most quiet and when he was gone out of the house the young Maid rose up opening her eyes and her fingers and toes being reduced to their first naturall posture she did wepe a little, and did chide her Mother that she had sent for the divine, although she protested that she neither saw him nor heard any word he spake. Immediately afterwards as if she had suffered nothing at all, she played with her companions and did eat and drink with them untill the reverend man returning to his office, she returned to her torments as before. I did then behold her to vomit many feathers and w[oo]ds of straw, thicker then my thumb with pinns stuck a crosse in them and po[in]ts made of thre[e] of severall colours. I did b[e]hold her also at yt same time to vomit four rowes of p[i]ns stuck in a blew paper whole and fresh, as if they had bin newly bought at the H[ab]erda[s]hers-shop. Finally the poor M[a]id affirmed that she did vomit forth all those things which she saw in the W[i]tches basket when she begged of her, which being contrary to all Philosophy must certainly proced from the Divel. Else it was impossible that so long & sharp a knife as that which she vom[i]ted should not cut her bowels and her throat: I therefore affirmed that there was some mist cast on our eyes, & that which this young M[a]id sem'd to vomit did only fall from her lips into my hands by the illusion of the Divel: but the young maid being then with us & of an app[r]ehension above her age, di[d] interpose, and doubt not (saith she but these things do proced out of my owne body, and taking me by the hand she did put it into her mouth, and sa[i]d you may fele a pin comming up without a head: I did fele it. & thinking I had taken fast hold of it in her throat I did perceive that it was suddenly pluckt down into her body by force from me, as some taggs of her points were heretofore by others. [B]ut seing her prone to vomit I put my right hand into her mouth and with my fingers in her throat I did take out a nedle with thred, points and straw an[d] other things. Which I still preserve to satisfie the curious. Being sent afterwards to severall places but to no effect, she was returned to me again in a sad condition, not only loathing wine and bere, but bread and all manner of meat; for forty dayes together she lived onely on Grapes Almonds, Apples, and the cold fruits of Autumn; neither did the rose fall from her chek, nor the Lilly wither f[r]om her brow. At the last for f[if]tene dayes together she would take no sustenance at all, how she could live so long without any food I must confesse I cannot tell, but that she did doe it, both I and my servants are ready to take the greate[st] and most obliging Oath that can be propounded to us On the sixtenth day she of her own accord did call for drink, and [n]o longer did refuse her [m]eat. Not long afterwards, I prepared her a deco[c]tion of Mugwort[,] St Johns Southernwood, Vervin, Maiden-haire, Rorida, & other Ingredients which are behind to have a vertue to dispell the power of witch-craft, & having for certain dayes u[se]'d her bo[d]y to this drink, I did send her h[o]me. In the mean time turning over all Books of physick y were writen on this sub[j]ect, I did light upon the Secrets of Charichter[n]s, who prescribeth a remedy for this Inch[a]ntment, which when I found to be highly commended by [S]chlandius y Physitian of Wormtz, I did write to him, and to some Ap[o]thecaryes in Franckford in whose shops he said it was to be sold, being resolved to give any mony for it, But wh[e]n I found y they were loath to part with s[o] great a secret and being studious night an[d] day to do the young maid good, I took Cha[r]ichtorus into my hand again & having at the last understood him, for the Print[e]r by a great fau[l]t had made Hol[t]zbletterbe[a]r but one wo[r]d, which should be [3] words in the German Tongue, I made the Oyntment at last my self and I will describe unto you th[e] way to make it. Take of the fat of a young Dog wel[l] melted & cleansed 4 ounc[e]s, Of the fat of a [bear] Eight ounces of the fat of a Capon 24. ounces. Thre stemms of the gren and cor[r]ell Tre, Tre y hath the gum on it, Cut y peces small and beat them till they grow moyst, beat the wood, leaves and berries together, Then take all and put them into a pot, which having set in y sun 9 weks; you shall extract from thence a gren balsom, with which anoint y Ioynts and those places of y bewitched which do most pain them & by a sure experiment you shal cure them, as appeareth by this Maid, who eversince hath bin perfectly recovered. This we have thought fit to put into English, and who will refuse to read it? And because this young Maid had more violent fits then those in Yorkshire, it may please God that using the same remedy they and all others who are bewitched in the same maner may find the same recovery which is the happy end that in this paper we do aim at.()