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Anonymous 314One of an unknown number of Gentlemen of the county of Suffolk who questioned Aubrey Grinset, an accused witch who allegedly bewitched John Collet of Cokely and Henry Winson of Walpool to death, and caused the fits of Mr. Thomas Spatchet of Dunwich. A group of gentlemen first heard her confess that she had a familiar spirit, had been the death of some, and that she bewitched Thomas Spatchet. She later confessed again to two gentlemen (who may have been in the first group or different gentlemen entirely); this time she admitted to harming Spatchet but denied causing the deaths of Collet and Winson.(19-20)She was also called before other Gentlemen, and some Credible [P]ers[o]ns offered to give Testimony of many things aforementioned, as of her free and Volunta[ry] Confessing, that She had a Familiar Spirit, and that She had been the Death of some &c. Some Depositions were taken, but one standing up said, That if she Bewitched noone but Spa[t]chet, and Ma[...]ing, and such as they are, She should never be Hanged by him. And thus notwithstanding what could be witnessed against her, yet [s]he was [...]nt home and nothing in point of Law was done again[s]t Her. Nei[t]her can any excuse the matter by saying that in Distemper of body she knew not what she said, the contrary was clea[r] to those that conversed with her; and was also evident; for being asked a question, and the same question being put to her a considerable time after, she could answer as before; and therefore she well knew what she said. Aft[e]r [t]his tim[e] [t]wo Gentlemen questioned with her and she confessed to them the same things the manner of her becoming a Witch and her hurting Mr. Spatchet, but was not so ready to confess her being the death of those men afore[-]mentioned, and grew hardned to deny some things before acknowledged. ()