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Abraham VandenbemdeA man of of Wapping in the county of Greater London, known to be associated with Thomas Cromton and Anonymous 339 in a confederation, who hired Anne Hook to give affidavits against Anne Levingston and seek out others who would do the same; Levingston's inheritance of Lady Powel's estate had "undone 36 Persons of the said Ladyes Kindred," an inheritance they sought to overturn.(3-4, 5, 6)THe said Abraham Vandenbemde with other the said confederates (having laid a Plot to take away the life of Mrs. Anne Levingston, because the Lady Powel had given her an estate which some of them expected) in December last repaired to one Jone Simpson, and proffered her 10 l. in hand, and 500 l. more in Hillary term following, if she would swear that Mrs. Levingston had used sorcery & withcrast to take away the Lady Powels life. And on the 10 of Jan. then following, one Anne Hook (who pretends her self to be a cunning woman) being imployed by the said confederates, did perswade her thereunto, offering her six score pounds, and half the money which the said Vandenbemde and the said Cr[...]mpton were to give her and her husband for making their Affidavits, if she would do the like. But the said Simpson abhominating so wicked a practice, to take away an innocent Gentlewomans life, discovered the Plot; for which conspiracies of the said confederates, a speciall Supplicavit was granted out of Chancery, to bind them to the good behaviour and other legal prosecutions are still depending against them. But the said confederates not resting there (in further prosecution of the Plot) did imploy the aforesaid Hook, to procure witnesses to swear what they desired[.] [...] On the 7th of March last, the said confederates came to Wapping, and got a warrant from one Mr. Waterton a Justice of the Peace, to apprehend the said Petersons person, and to search her house for Images of Clay, Hair, & Nails, which accordingly they did; but upon strict search and diligent inquiry could find no such thing; whereupon the said confederates carried her before the said Justice, to have her examined where the said Vandenbemde, Collet (their Sollicitour) and two or three other persons whom they brought with them, sate at the table as the Justices Clerks to take her examination [...] And on the 14 of March following (being the Sabboth day) was by the said confederates means, again apprehended, and examined a new, about the said Lady Powels death. And the Argument which they then made use of to perswade the said Peterson to confess, was, that she needed not fear what she confessed, for it was not her life they aimed at, but to have matter whereby to accuse one Mrs. Levingston, who had gotten the said Lady Powels estate, and thereby had undone 36 Persons of the said Ladyes Kindred [...] On Munday the 5th. of April instant, two Bills of indictment were preferred against her at Hicks-hall, and found by the Grand-Jury, upon which indictments upon the 6th. of April, she was arraigned before Mr. Recorder (who is of Councel for the conspirators,) and on the 7 of Apr. she was tried; at which triall the said confederates (who before had spent three weeks time at Wapping in procuring witnesses) were present, with three Councellors to prosecute the said Peterson.()