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Name Description Original Text
Anonymous 418A woman from Winchester in the county of Hampshire, who was a schoolmistress there after her first husband died. When she married again, to John H. she continued "her practice." She refuses to lend a "piece of small changing money," causing a woman of "evil fame" to allegedly mutter. After this incident, the schoolmistress is visited by "a monstrous great Toad walking upon all four like a Cat." She retreats into her house, and "desired her husband to get some Instrument" in order to kill the toad. However, before John H. has a chance, the toad "rusht suddenly into another room, and was never seen afterwards." That same night, the schoolmistress experienced her first fit of many, which would last a total of 17 years. During her fit, she was afflicted "with violent prickings and pains, as if her inside had been stuck with pins, needles or thorns," which causes blood to come out with her urine. These fits occur sometimes as frequently as "twice or thrice in one day, sometimes whole days together." They were also preceded by the visitation of seven or nine familiars (Anonymous 171) in form of cats, who would enter the room she was in, and for a quarter of an hour, "crawl about, and stick against the walls," while making "a dreadful yelling, hideous noise." The cats would then suddenly disappear in "a mighty great light, like a flash of lightning." This light would linger all through the night, and she would be "in the highest extremity of Misery," crying out the name of the suspected witch (Anonymous 419). Although physicians (Anonymous 420) suggested she move houses, the fits still happened, and Anonymous 418's chickens would die by "suddenly turning round, twisting their Necks several times about, until they dropt down dead." The cats belonging to Anonymous 418 were often observed to react as "if they were Devil-drove" when the cat familiars (Anonymous 171) were in the same room. The son of Anonymous 418 (Anonymous 421) also suffered from a number of fits, and during one of these, the schoolmistress saw the suspected witch "scrambling against the wall of the room." She calls out to her husband, and he takes he sword to the witch, cutting her hand. The schoolmistress also finds herself unable to enter Church, if the suspected witch (Anonymous 419) was there, but instead would have to "continue in the Porch, or at the Window." Eventually the schoolmistress dies of "pain and grief" from these fits after 17 years and the loss of her son who goes missing during one of his own fits, while she was the age of 57, and reduced from "a strait well proportioned body to a very crooked deformity."(189 - 190)THis Woman had been the Wife of a Vicar belonging to the Quire of Winchester, and had been very honestly and well educated, and lived in good reputation with her first husband, and during the time of her Widow-hood, when she taught a School of Girles in Winchester, which practice she continued in the Country when the Wife of J.H. And lived with him in modest and virtuous manner: She was then about 57. Years of Age, and had with her a Son by her former husband aged about 17. Years or upward. There lived in the village at a house over against this School-Mistress, a woman that had been of 190 evil fame among the neighbours, and suspected of divers ill practices. The first apprehension that she had of any danger from the suspected party, was upon this occasion; the suspected agent came to the house of the School-Mistress, and asked her to lend her a piece of small changing money, which she refused to do; whereupon the other told her that she knew she had such a piece about her, and it should be better if she had lent it to her, so she departed from the house muttering: ()