|Anonymous 390||A man from Crediton in the county of Devon, who is allegedly the Devil disguised as a carrier with four horses. The carrier is "one whom [John Buxford] had often observed to frequend the Roade." Happening upon John Buxford using "meere force" to compel his son on the road to Crediton on November 5, 1645, the carrier "very courtiously demanded of him why he used such severitie towards the boy." John Buxford explains his son's "unwillingnes to take any good course of life, or honest vocation for his future maintainance." The carrier placates the father, agree that "it was a pitty the Boy should miscarry by undertaking a forced service upon him." He offers to take the boy, if the boy is willing, to find him a master, "and such employment as would put him in the way so gaine a compleat estate to maintaine himself and helpe his friends." The father and son agree to these terms, as long as the boy should be sent "backe [...] in eight daies time at the furthest, if he should not take likeing of the promised service." As soon as John Buxford leaves, however, "the Hourses and Packes vanished," and the carrier "metamorphosed in a trice from a man to a flying Hourse in a black and ugly shape and colour." The carrier is revealed to be the Devil in disguise. At a later date, on November 13, 1645, the Devil resumes his disguise as a carrier, and comes "upon the way by stragling Troopers of the Malignant Party." When the troopers attempt to rob him of his horses, "the Carrier and his Horses suddainely vanished away in the flames of fire," killing three troopers, and leaving the rest "so terribly shaken and almost stifled with the noisome sent of Brimstone," that they were barely able to escape and share their story.(2-3)||Upon the fifth day of November in the morning, he charged the Boy to prepare himself for to goe along with him to Crediton, which the Boy presently refused, saying he would rather go to the Devill: whereupon the old man taking him by the arme did fall a beating of him, so that by meere force compelled him along, (the Boy all the time afing many bitter execrations, and the father bestowing many grievous stripes up on his shoulders) continuing this posture for above halfe a miles distance from the Towne, which they met with a Carrier driving before him foure Houses loaden with packes of Cloath, who seemed to this John Buxford to be one whome he had often observed to frequend the Roade. The Carrier very courtiously demanded of him why he used such severitie towards the boy; wherepon he willing to satisfie him, told him all the circumstances of his 3 Sonnes refractory behaviour in running from his Master, and his unwillingnes to take any good course of life, or honest vocation for his future maintainance. The Carrier replyed, that, it was pitty the Boy should miscarry by undertaking a forced service upon him: But if they two could agree, and that the Boy were willing to goe along with him, he doubted not but he should find a Master for him, and such employment as would put him in the way so gaine a compleat estate to maintaine himself and helpe his friends. But the old man willingly listed to the Carriers proposition, and being very desirous to provide for his sons good, (as the naturall affection of all Parents towards Children doth greatly oblige) was content that he should goe a long with the Carrier, who condtioned with him to bring or send backe the Boy in eight daies time at the furthest, if he should not take likeing of the promised service, thus all parties have concluded, the Boy being more inclined to any service then to live with his old Master the Weaver. The old man took his leave of them both, bequeathing his sonne Ioseph to the hopefull tuition and custodie of this supposed Carrier.
No sooner was he departed out of their sight, but suddainely ensued the beginning of this stupendious Miracle, the ending whereof is able to amaze each curious inquisitour, that studies to prie in the Cabinet of Divine or Humane Misteries, for in the first place, the Houses and Packes vanished, the timorous Boy beholds his new Master metamorphosed in a trice from a man to a flying Hourse in a black and ugly shape and colour;()|