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Francis MillesA woman from Manningtree in the county of Essex, described as a Manningtree rogue, who watches Elizabeth Clarke as a witch, and testifies that Clarke "smacked with her mouth, and beckned with her hand, and instantly there appeared a white thing about the bignesse of a Cat." Milles then confirms that Clarke was implicated in the murder of Robert Okes, a Clothiers child, and William Cole of Manningtree aforesaid in handling, who dyed not long since of a pining and languishing disease. She also searched Margaret Moone as a witch. She finds "three long teats or bigges in her secret parts, which seemed to have been lately sucked." She concludes that "they were not like Pyles, for this Informant knows well what they are, having been troubled with them her self." She likewise searches her daughters and finds like marks on them. She claims to have born witness to Margaret Moone's attempt to conjure her familiars (from out of a hole in the wall) with beer and bread. (8-9, 28, 28-29)The Information of Frances Milles, Grace Norman, Mary Phillips, and Mary Parsley, taken upon oath before the said Justices the 25th of March. An.Dom. 1645. THese Informants say joyntly, That watching with the said Elizabeth Clarke, suspected as aforesaid, about twelve of the Clock last night, the said Elizabeth smacked with her mouth, and beckned with her hand, and instantly there appeared a white thing about the bignesse of a Cat; and that these Informants saw five Impes more, which the said Elizabeth named as aforesaid. And that the said Elizabeth told these Informants, That the old Beldam (meaning the said Anne Weste) did by Witchcraft kill the wife of one Robert Okes of Lawford in the County aforesaid; and was the death of a Clothiers childe of Dedham in the said County of Essex: both which dyed as these Informants very well know about a weeke since. And the said Elizabeth told these Informants, that the said old Beldam Weste had the wife of one William Cole of Mannintree aforesaid in handling, who dyed not long since of a pining and languishing disease. *** The Information of Francis Milles taken upon oath be- fore the said Justices, April 29. 1645. THis Informant saith, that being imployed by the Neighbours of Thorpe aforesaid, to search Margaret Moone, who was suspected for a Witch, she found three long teats or bigges in her secret parts, which seemed to have been lately sucked; and that they were not like Pyles, for this Informant knows well what they are, having been troubled with them her self. And this Informant saith, that she asking the said Margaret for her Impes, which sucked those teats: she said, if she might have some bread and beere, she would call her said Impes; which being given unto her, she put the bread into the beere, and set it against an hole in the wall, and made a circle round about the pot, and then cried, Come Christ, come Christ, come Mounsier, come Mounsier: And no Impe appearing, she cried out and said, she had Devilish Daughters which had carried her Impes away in a white bagge, and wished they might be searched, for they were naught: And upon the searching of her Daughters, this Informant found that two of them had biggs in their privy parts as the said Margaret their mother had. *** The Information of Mary Philips, Elizabeth Harris, wi- dow, Susan Burles, and Philip Tumnor taken upon oath before the said Justices, April 29, 1645. THese Informants do all and every of them concur with Frances Milles in her said Information, in that particular concerning the teats of the said Margaret Moone, and her two daughters; And the said Mary Philips doth also confirm and concur with that part of the Information of the said Frances Milles, touching the pot, the circle, and the calling of the Impes by the said Margaret Moone. And this Informant Mary Philips doth also say, that being sent for to search the said Margaret Moone, as she was coming towards Thorp aforesaid, and going over a broad foot Bridge, this Informant sensibly felt a great blow on her head, which strook her into a ditch up to the neck. And this Informant and the said Francis Mylles, doe both of them say, That as soon as they came into the room where the said Margaret Moon was, she called these two Informants, Mannintree Rogues (they both dwelling at a Town so called,) and said, Who a Devil sent for you? But I hope I have met with some of you. ()