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Dr. Francis HerringA man from London, who is summoned by the court to Elizabeth Jackson's trial, a woman accused of bewitching the young Mary Glover. Dr. Herring, "a highly successful" doctor from the College of Physicians, and a "medical author," had been petitioned before the trial of Elizabeth Jackson, by the old woman herself. Dr. Herring, Dr. Bradwell, and Dr. Mounford were all listed as her accusers, and Dr. Herring was examined by a dozen fellows from the College (Anonymous 462). Dr. Herring "explained that he had accompanied the girl during her first test by the Recorder, at her parents' request." He had been convinced during this trial by stages (which included being exposed to Elizabeth Jackson in disguise, as well as being burned by hot pins and paper to prove that Mary Glover experienced real fits in the presence of Elizabeth Jackson), that Mary Glover was truly bewitched, and that Jackson was the culprit. Nonetheless, many at the College opposed his views and supported Elizabeth Jackson, including Dr. Edward Jorden and Dr. John Argent. At the trial, Dr. Herring testifies with Dr. Spencer, and he concludes that Mary Glover is afflicted "of som cause supernaturall; having stranger effects, then either the mother, or any other naturall disease hath ever ben observed to bring forth." Dr. Herring cites the strange motions of Mary Glover's hands to her mouth, the strict timing of the opening and shutting of Mary Glover's mouth, the voice from her nostrils, and Mary Glover's falling into fits int he presence of Elizabeth Jackson as evidence of the supernatural. Dr. Herring also believes the casting of Mary Glover's body towards Elizabeth Jackson during the reciting of the Lord's Prayer to be further evidence of the involvement of the supernatural. (Fol. 36r - Fol. 37r)These matters, by this gentleman and the rest, beinge geven in, upon their others, Two Phisitions, namely Doctor Hering, and Doctor Spencer, being served by writt (according to the maner of the Court) to appeare that day, and yeeld their opinions, touching Mary Glovers case, resolutely affirmed, that they estemed it a case, which proceeded of som cause supernaturall; having stranger effects, then either the mother, or any other naturall disease hath ever ben observed to bring forth. Doctor Hering propounded among many others, as fittest for the assembly to [Fol. 36v] judge of, theis instances following: The strange motion of her hand to her mouth, in her ordinarie fitt, that at the touching of her mouth with her finger, it opened and shut againe, at so strickt a measure of time; That her mouth opened at an other so curious a Circumstance, to speake so many, and such words, and no others, nor no moe: That she fell downe into a farre differing fitt, at her best times, so soone as that Elizabeth Jackson came into the house, where the maide was: That if the same Elizabeth Jackson, were brought in secretly, during the time of her ordinary fitt, she should be changed presently, into that extraordinary senseles fitt, and that uncouth voyce in her nostrills would never cease, so long as Elizabeth Jackeson remayned in the house, where the mayd lay. And lastly That int he time of the Lordes prayer, at the pronouncing of the last petition, Deliver us from evill; her body, if it then lay in any senseles traunce, would rebound up in the middle. Doctor Spencer argued from the improbabilitie of necessary causes, in [Fol. 37r] so young a mayde, as also from the disproportioned moving in her belly, which was not so uniformely a risinge or bearing upward, but in a rounder and narrower compasse, playing up and downe, as with a kind of easie swiftenes, that certainly it did not truly resemble the mother; howsoever som accidents seemed to carie cullour that way. He stood also upon the varietie of the fitts, upon the occasion of the womans presence. ()