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Anonymous 450 (Plural)A number of men and women from London, who serve as the jury or "bench" at the trial of Elizabeth Jackson, a woman accused of bewitching the young fourteen year old girl, Mary Glover. When Mary Glover is first brought in front of the bench to testify against Elizabeth Jackson, on December 1, 1602, even though she cannot see Elizabeth Jackson who was in the prisoner's dock, she cries out, "Where is she?" Upon hearing this, the jury is initially convinced that Mary Glover counterfeits her affliction, and accuses her of such, and "bad her proceede in her evidence." Mary Glover eventually collapses in a "senseles fitt," however. Towards the end of the trial, the jury is counselled by the Lord Chief Justice Anderson, and Sir John Crook, the Recorder of London, that "the Land is full of Witches," who have "on their bodies divers strange marks," as Elizabeth Jackson is reported to have. Further, Judge Anderson declares that "you shall hardly finde any direct proofes in such a case," as the Devil is devious in his dealings. He reminds the Jury that Elizabeth Jackson is not afraid to threaten others, "She is full of Cursings, she threatens and prophesies, and still it takes effect." Judge Anderson also points out how illogical it is to believe that the cause of Mary Glover's fits is natural, considering the nature of her fits. The Recorder of London follows up by describing the trials he put both women through, and his conclusions that neither fear nor counterfeiting were responsible for Mary Glover's symptoms. He believes that it is "in dede through witchcraft." The Jury gather, and decide that Elizabeth Jackson is "guilty of witchcraft." She is sentenced to "a yeeres imprisonment," after being found guilty by the Jury (Anonymous 450) at the end of her trial. During this time, she is also expected to "stand on the pillory" four times, and confess to her crime.(Fol. 30r - Fol. 30v)The Fift and last experyence, of this kind of fitt, was in the Session house, in the day of Elizabeth Jacksons tryall; the whole proceeding whereof, we will a litle more largely satand upon, then we have done this former instances; And so shut up this history. the first day of December 1602 Mary Glover was brought, on her good day, to the Sessions house to geve evidence against Elizabeth Jackson, indicted there, that day, of the horrible cryme of Witchcraft: the said Mary being placed [Fol. 30v] with her face towards the bench (and not seinge the old woman who was among the Prisoners int he docke) felt a commanding power seaze upon her, and therefore, as interrupted in her purposed speech, cryed, where is shee? where is she? At which words, some of the bench cryed, shee countefetteth: and withall, bade her proceede in her evidence: which was as she indeavored, still she was interrupted, and so againe said, where is shee, that troubleth me?()