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Name Description Original Text
Anonymous 407A man from Colchester in the county of Essex, who allegedly "in a Bravado, and Defiance of the Devil," walked at night in a churchyard, where the Devil appeared to him, and "met him in the shape of a Black Dog with terrible Eyes." This encounter brought "Terrors," so that "he was never quiet in his Mind till he got into good Society." Upon this, Anonymous 407 decides to go to Colne, in the county of Essex, where he is taken in at Mr. Shepherd's house by Mr. Harlakenden. While staying in Colne, Anonymous 407 would pray, and during his prayers, "the Black Dog was seen by the Man as if he would have torn Mr. Harlakenden's Throat out," but Mr. Harlakenden seemed to never notice these apparitions, which also sometimes came to him "as a Fly or a Flea." This apparition haunted Anonymous 407 for the rest of years, making him "a most ferious Christian," so that even at his death, "lying long sick, had great Peace and Victory over the fear of Death, and was so joyful and desirous to be dissolved, that this Dog or Flea made no impression upon him."(153)Yet I remember a story of one a Colchester, who in a Bravado, and Defiance of the Devil, would walk in the Night to the Church-Yard, wher eit was reported he appeared and walked, and he met him in the shape of a Black Dog with terrible Eyes, which brought him by Terrors into such a mind, that he was never quiet in his Mind till he got into good Society. ()