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Assertions for a specific person.

Name Description Original Text
Anonymous 421A young man from Winchester in the county of Hampshire, who upon visiting his mother (Anonymous 418) in her second home when he is only seventeen, is "taken after a most dreadful manner, in raving, and frantick Fits." During these fits, "five or six men could not hold him," and he would "leap up with his head against the Cieling." He would also seek out "a Knife, Pen-knife, or Razor," and attempt to cut his own throat, "or do himself some other mischief." The young man further claims that during his fits, a suspected witch (Anonymous 419), possibly responsible for the fits his mother (Anonymous 418) experiences, appears to him, and commands him to do these things, "or else she would strangle him, or choke him with pins, or such like." This forced those around the young man to put away sharp objects, and to clear his hands and pockets. After these fits, as is characteristic of possession, he would "cast out of his mouth Pins, and Needles, in great abundance," and be in "extream weakness," forced to stay in bed. In one instance, during one of his fits, his mother allegedly sees the suspected witch (Anonymous 419), and his stepfather, John H. cuts her hand with his sword. The young man is afflicted by these fits "for about five years," after which time, "he ran away in one of them, and hath neither been seen, nor heard of since."(192-193)A little time after her removing to the second house, her Son came from Winchester, about the Age 193 above specified, he was a strong, and healthful youth for his years; but had not been there above two or three months, before he was taken after a most dreadful manner, in raving, and frantick Fits, so that five or six men could not hold him, he would spring out of their hands, and leap up with his head against the Cieling, sometimes he would catch up a Knife, Pen-knife, or Razor, and therewith endeavour to cut his own. Throat, or do himself some other mischief, roaring out in most frightful manner, That the suspected was by him, and commanded him to do it, or else she would strangle him, or choke him with pins, or such like: So that they very diligently sought up, and laid aside Knives, Scizers, Razors, or whatsoever else might prove dangerous to him on such Occasions: Notwithstanding which, (and though they had cleared his Pocket of such Weapons, at the coming of his Fit) they should see and find in his Hands, and his Pockets, divers of those mischievous Instruments they had just before laid aside()