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Name Description Original Text
Francis FeyA man from Spreyton, in the county of Devon, who is visited by at least two specters in his service to Mr. Philip Furze. The first of these is "a resemblance of an Aged Gentleman, like his masters Father," who approaches him "with a Pole or Staff in his hand, resembling that he was wont to carry when living, to kill the moles withal." At first Francis Fey is "not a little surprized," to see the ghost, but his directed by the specter to fulfill "several Legacies which by his Testament he had bequeathed were unpaid," including paying two persons ten shillings, and the dead man's sister, a Gentlewoman, twenty shillings. Francis Fey points out that one of the former two persons is also deceased, which prompts the specter to tell him to pay "the next Relation." It is promised that if Francis Fey does these things, the ghost would "trouble him no further." Francis Fey fulfills these wishes, save that when he goes to Totnes to visit the Gentlewoman, (Anonymous 412), she refuses the twenty shillings, fearing it is "sent her from the Devil." Francis Fey spends the night at her house, and the specter appears to him again. Francis Fey challenges the ghost's promise not to trouble him any more, saying he had done all but could not provide the sister. The ghost tells him to into Totnes and buy her a ring worth twenty shillings, and that she should accept this. Francis Fey does as he was advised, and she received the ring. After this, the "Apparition of the old Gentleman, hath seemed to be at rest, having never given the young man any further trouble." The following day, traveling with a servant of the gentlewoman (Anonymous 413), Francis Fey is attacked by the ghost of the old Gentleman's second wife (Anonymous 169), and flung off of his horse "with such violence," that there was a "resounding great noise." The young man is continually tormented by this second ghost, who thrusts his head in small places, causing him injury and requiring "the strength of divers men" to release him. She also attempts to strangle him using the girding of his injuries, and various "Cravats and Handkerchiefs, that he hath worn about his Neck." When Francis Fey wears a perriwig, the ghost tears these up after tearing them off his head, and when Francis Fey attempts to protect the perriwig "he esteemed above the rest," by putting it in several boxes, and putting weights on these boxes, the ghost still breaks all the boxes, and "rended into many small parts and tatters." The ghost also tears his shoestrings from his shoes, and tears his gloves in his pocket, and the clothes on his back, unless they belonged to another. Finally, the daemon also entangles "the feet and legs of the young man [...] about his Neck, that he hath been loosed with great difficulty." This is repeated at times with "the frames of Chairs, and Stools." Near Easter, Francis Fey is "taken up by the skirt of his doublet, by this Female Daemon, and carried a heighth into the Air." His master, Mr. Philip Furze misses him, and goes to look for him. Francis Fey is found near half an hour later, and "he was heard singing, and whistling in a bog, or quagmire," and was in fact "in a king of Trance, or extatick fit," which he sometimes suffers from, although it is unclear if these fits are caused by the spirit. When Francis Fey is asked where he was, he tells his master that he had been carried so high into the air, that "his Masters house seemed to him to be but as a Hay-cock." This story is verified when a workman finds a shoe outside of Mr. Philip Furze's house, and a perriwig in a tree. After this incident, where the young man's body had bee "on the mud in the Quagmire," was "somewhat benummed, and seemingly deader than the other." Francis Fey is then taken to Crediton, "to be bleeded," which after accomplished, he was left alone. When "the Company" (Anonymous 417) which accompanied him to Crediton found him again, he was "in one of his Fits, with his fore-head much bruised, and swoln to a great bigness." When Francis Fey comes out of his fit, he explains that "a Bird had with great swiftness, and force flown in at the Window," and thrown a stone at his forehead. When searched, it was found that under where Francis Fey sat lay "a weight of Brass or Copper," which it seems the Daemon used to harm the boy. The Spirit continued to "molest the young man in a very severe and rugged manner," indefinitely.(178 - 179)About the month of November in the year 1682. In the Parish of Spraiton, in the County of Devon, one Francis 178 Fey (Servant to Mr. Philip Furze) being in a Field near the dwelling house of his said Master, there appeared unto him, the resemblance of an Aged Gentleman, like his masters Father, with a Pole or Staff in his hand, resembling that he was wont to carry when living, to kill the moles withal: The spectrum approached near the young man, whom you may Imagin not a little surprized at the appearance of one that he knew to be dead; but the spectrum bid him not be afraid of him, but tell his Master (who was his Son) that several Legacies which by his Testament he had bequeathed were unpaid, naming Ten Shillings to one and Ten Shillings to another, both which persons he named to the young man, who replyed, that the party he last named was dead, and so it could not be paid to him; The Ghost answered, He knew that, but it must be paid to the next Relation, whom he also named: The spectrum likewise ordered him to carry Twenty Shillings to a Gentlewoman, Sister to the deceased, living near Totness in the said County, and promised if these things were performed to trouble him no further; but at the same time the spectrum, speaking of his second wife, (who was also dead, called her wicked woman; 179 though the Gentleman who writ the letter knew her, and esteemed her a very good woman: And (having thus related him his mind) the spectrum left the young man; who according to the direction of the Spirit took care to see the small Legacies satisfied, and carryed the Twenty Shillings, that was appointed to be paid the Gentlewoman near Totness, but she utterly refused to receive it; being sent her (as she said) from the Devil: ()