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Mr. RadcliffeA man from Edmonton in the county of Middlesex, now part of the London Borough of Enfield, known to be married to Agnes Radcliffe. He accused their neighbor Elizabeth Sawyer of bewitching Agnes to death after Sawyer's sow ate some of Agnes' soap, and Agnes struck the animal. Mr. Radcliffe claims that, on her deathbed, Agnes told him "Elizabeth Sawyer her neighbour, whose Sowe with a washing-Beetle she had stricken, and so for that cause her malice being great, was the occasion of her death."(B2)That shee the said Elizabeth Sawyer, not hauing the feare of God before her eyes, but moued and seduced by the Diuell, by Diabolicall helpe, did out of her malicious heart, (because her neighbours where she dwelt, would not buy Broomes of her) would therefore thus reuenge her selfe on them in this manner, namely, witch to death their Nurse Children and Cattell. But for breuities sake I here omit formes of Law and Informations. She was also indited, for that shee the said Elizabeth Sawyer, by Diabolicall helpe, and out of her malice afore-thought, did witch vnto death Agnes Ratcleife, a neighbour of hers, dwelling in the towne of Edmonton where shee did likewise dwell, and the cause that vrged her therevnto was, because that Elizabeth Ratcliefe did strike a Sowe of hers in her sight, for licking vp a little Soape where shee had laide it, and for that Elizabeth Sawyer would be reuenged of her, and thus threatned Agnes Ratcleife, that it should be a deare blow vnto her, which accordingly fell out, and suddenly; for that euening Agnes Ratcleife fell very sicke, and was extraordinarily vexed, and in a most strange manner in her sicknesse was tormented, Oath whereof, was by this Agnes Ratcleifes Husband, giuen to the Court, the time when shee fell sicke, and the time when shee died, which was within foure dayes after she fell sicke: and further then related, that in the time of her sicknesse his wife Agnes Ratcleife lay foaming at the mouth, and was extraordinarily distempered, which many of his neighbors seeing, as well as himselfe, bred suspition in them that some mischiefe was done against her, and by none else, but alone by this Elizabeth Sawyer it was done; concerning whom the said Agnes Ratcleife lying on her death-bed, these wordes confidently spake: namely, that if shee did die at that time shee would verily take it on her death, that Elizabeth Sawyer her neighbour, whose Sowe with a washing-Beetle she had stricken, and so for that cause her malice being great, was the occasion of her death. ()