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Name Description Original Text
Mr. Justice CullumA man from Cannon Lee in the county of Devon, whose two labourers find Joseph Buxford on his property. When Joseph Buxford is found, "his hands and legs strangely distorted, his haire of his head singyd, his cloathes all be smeared with pitch and rosin, and other sulfurous matter, which yeelded an odious stench." As he is unable to speak, and found in such a condition, the boy is brought to Justice Cullum's house, where he is given clothing, a bed, and "some nourishing broth." Upon receiving these things, Joseph Buxford is so restored, he immediately confesses "his name, birth-place, and his strange journey with the Devill," which at first seemed "rediculous" to the Justice. But, upon "a little better pondering in what manner he was found and brought to the house," the Justice decides the story might be true, and sends for the boy's father, John Buxford. The father verifies his son's story, by first acknowledging that the boy is his son, and the "manner of his departure, with other circumstances above rehearsed." Upon verifying the story, Justice Cullum and the minister Mr. Gainwell, write "a true information" to Major General Massie, in Tiverton, relating the entire story.(5)5 The time being now expired accoding to the former contract made which this arch enemy of mankind, whose power extends no further then God hath limited; the Boy Joseph was conveyed backe again to a place named Cannon Lee in Devon, where he was found by two honest Labourers being servants to Mr. Justice Cullum living there, who first espied him under a Hedge, and comming to him demanded what he was, but receiving no answer but onely signes with his Head, they perceived that he was speechlesse, and his hands and legs strangely distorted, his haire of his head singyd, his cloathes all be smeared with pitch and rosin, and other sulfurous matter, which yeelded an odious stench; but they commiserating his miserable condition, tooke him up betwixt them and carried him home to there Masters house, where he was shifted and put in a warme bed, and shortly after by meanes of some nourishing broth given him, was so well revived that he then declared unto them his name, birth-place, and his strange journey with the Devill, which seemed at first rediculous to the Justice and most which heard him, but then a little better pondering in what manner he was found and brought to the house, he sent for the old man his father, who comming thither, acknowledged him to be his sonne, and manner of his departure, with other circumstances above rehearsed: ()