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Sir Henry NevelA man of Windsor in the county of Berkshire, known to be a knight, to whom Richard Galis complained to in the matter of Mistress Audrey, Elizabeth Stile, Mother Dutton and Mother Nelson; Nevel agreed to examine the four and found them unable to engage in prayer. Nevel declared Galis overseer of their religious reform, responsible for ensuring they are publicly at the pulpit at Service. When Galis brings Stile to him again, this time uninvited with Stile in tow bound and foaming at the mouth, Nevel refuses to assist him. When Galis is at last able to provide sufficient evidence against Stile, Nevel is the one to commit her to Reading Gaol and order her examined.(Image 9, 11, 12)VPon which complaint after Sir Henry Neuel had aduised him self, mooued with the pittefull aspect of my wildishe countenance, promise was made me that at a prefixed day he only for that purpose would come to Windesore, and vpon due examination had, seek redresse of my troubles. At which day appointed, I posted me to the lodging of the said Sir Henry Neuel being in the Castel, there to renue the remembraunce of his promise, who knowing mine errand vpon my first entrance into his Chamber commaundid me foorthwith to bring them before him, at which commaundement, you may thinke I made no delay, but hasted me about my busines, & brought before him as many as I suspected, which were, Audrey the Mistresse, Elizabeth Stile, Mother Dutton and Mother Nelson, saying, Sir I haue executed your commaundement and brought them into your presence, which if by good and sufficient tryall, I can not prooue to be Witches: let me receiue the punishment due vnto them, at which woordes quoth Sir Henry vnto them, what say you to this? Then his Woorship further examined them in the presence of Maister Doctor Wickham Maister Wullard a Prebend of the Castel, Maister Morris, and Maister Stafferton Gentlemen, how and after what sorte they liued, whome they serued and how they had imployed their time, they aunswered, as euery one would in his own case the best, saying, yt where they had been suspected to be Witches & woorkers of mischief against their neighbours, it was contrary and that the occasion put vp against them was rather vpon malice then otherwise. Then said I vnder your Woorships correction, if they be such good liuers as they make them selues to be: I besech you to examine them in the Articles of the Christian faith, and vpon their aunswere iudge of the rest. Then quoth Maister Wickham, can you say the Lordes prayer which he hath taught you? No forsooth quoth one, no forsooth quoth an other and likewise the rest, vpon which replycation: Maister Wickham began with a moste godly protestatio[n] to perswade them not only to forsake their damnable wayes afore & at that time vsed, and diligently to learne the Lordes prayer, the beleef, and the ten Commaundements, but also dayly for their better instructions to haue recourse vnto the Temple of God, to heare his deuine seruice, and for th'xecution there of (because none durst wade so farre against them as I) I was appointed ouerseer, beeing charged that on the next Sunday following they should be brought to the Church, and publikly in the presence of all men to be set vnder the Pulpit during the time of Seruice. [...] I went to the sayde Elizabeth Stiles house, charging her to goe with me vnto Sir Henry Neuelles, which squatting downe vppon her buttockes, she denyed to doo. Then finding a Carte rope harde by, I bounde it about her myddle, and layde the rope on my shoulder, wherewith forceably I pulled her out of her house, drawing her a long the streate, being on the market daye (not one daring once to helpe mee) but a litle boye, which helde the rope by the ende) vntill I came vnto the lodging of Sir Henry Neuell, vnto whome in the presence of a companie of Gentlemen at that time talking with him, I offered vp my present, saying, behold here rigth worshipfull, I haue brought you her a monster, which because of her febled lymmes, is not able to goe, I haue taken paynes to drawe. Then she began to curse, banne and sweare, foming at the mouth like a bore, to the great astonishement of all the beholders, which amased with that horrible sight (more for feare I thinke then for any good wyll) suffered her to escape, with the which departure (as I could not chuse being greatly greued) seing that for all my complaintes made, no hope of redresse was to be looked for at the Magistrates handes [...] ELizabeth Stile, alias Rockingham apprehe[n]ded for her witchcraft vsed in Windsore, and for the same brought before Sir Henry Neuel Knight, was by him examined, who for that he by manifest proofes of her vniust & vnhonest behauiour, founde her an offendour vnto the Quenes Maiesties liedge people, committed her to the common gaile at Reading, where she being examined, had (the feare of God pricking her thereunto as it seamed) some remorse of conscience, and confessed before Thomas Rowe, the Iaylour, Iohn Knight, the Cunstable Iohn Griffith an Inholder, & one William Pryntall, of diuers as well men as women, that vsed to doo much harme, by Sorcery, witchecrafte, & enchanteme[n]ts, whose names hereafter ensue.()