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Name Description Original Text
Anonymous 468A man from Cambridge in the county of Cambridgeshire, who visits a minister (Anonymous 467) residing at an inn as a Cambridge scholar. The two engage in a discussion, and fall into dispute about witches, "and their Power." The minister believes that witches conjure the devil in several shapes, and the Cambridge scholar offers to summon the Devil in various shapes. However, Anonymous 468 simply employs a local boy (Anonymous 477), to pretend to be a crow, a horse, a dog, and a duck. The minister believes that these noises come from real animals, even after the boy exposes himself. This "true relation" is an example of how even ministers can be deluded into believing falsehoods.(63 - 65)Another notable true Relation of what happened in a Town in England, wherein is plainly shewed how easily men are de|ceived by Iugling Confederacy in Conjuration. IT happened, that a Minister being remote from his dwel|ling, lodged in an Inne, and because he wanted company fit for him, he sent for a young Cambridge Schollar to keep him company, who being of his acquaintance, and dwel|ling in the Town, came to him, and after some discourse they fell into a dispute about Witches, and their Power, the Mi|nister affirming, That Witches do truly conjure up the De|vil in several shapes as they list, for said he, I know some that stood privately behind a Hedge when a Conjurer raised up the Devil in the shape of a Cock, and then again in the shape of a Horse, and heard the Cock crow, and the Horse neigh, but being very dark they could not see him; but the Scholar holding the contrary opinion, said, I will undertake to demonstrate the same thing to you in this Chamber, so as you shall verily think that I Conjure up the Devil in such shapes; Come on said the Minister, if you can do that, then also will I acknowledge these things to be but delusions. Now mark how strangely it happened, There was a Tap|sters Boy in the Inne at that time, who had by wanton custom gotten a faculty of imitating the crowing of a Cock, the neighing of a Horse, the barking of a Dogge, the quacking of Ducks, and the noyse of many several Beasts, in a very wonderful manner; the Scholar therefore, for the lively acting of the foresaid Delusion, went down, and instructed this Boy to bring up a Jugge of Beer, and to set it down by the fire, and then to convey himself under the Bed, and withall to act the part of all several Creatures as the Scholar should call for them by Conjuration; now when this Boy had so conveyed himself under the Bed, the Scholar did put out the Candle, and left no light in the Chamber but the obscure light of a dim fire, the reliques of an Ostree Faggot, and said to the Minister, Now will I make you beleeve that I Con|jure up the Devil, Come Pluto, I have a Letter to be sent with all speed to the Pope, therefore I conjure and command thee to come speedily to me from the lowest pit, in the shape of a swift running Horse, that may carry this Letter with speed, and bring me an answer; then began the Boy to snort, and neigh, and stamp, very much resembling a wilde marwood Horse, in so lively a resemblance, as it made the Minister begin to look sad, and amazed; then said the Scho|lar, Now I have well considered the matter, thou art not a Creature swift enough for this business, therefore I conjure thee down again, and I command Pluto to come to me in the shape of a Grey-hound, Praesto, vade, jubeo, celeriter; then the Boy under the Bed barked, and howled so like a Dogge, as the Minister did more and more creep close to the corner of the Chimney, sighing very sadly. Then said the Scho|lar, I consider that thou art not swift enough for my pur|pose, therefore I command thee to return to thy place, and send me up a Cock; then the Boy crowed so like a Cock, as no ear should distinguish it from a natural Cock; then said the Scholar, Thou art not a Creature swift enough for my purpose, therefore I command Pluto to send me up a Duck; at that command the Boy did so lively act the quacking of Ducks, as a man would have thought that many Ducks had been in the room. Then began the Minister seriously to ex|hort and admonish the Scholar, saying, Verily thou art farre gone, certainly thou art farre gone in this craft, and many more words; at which so sad discourse, the Boy under the Bed burst out in laughter, and came forth and acted his part again openly, and made the Minister ashamed. Yet here it may be noted, that the Ministers phantasie was so farre deluded, that he would not be perswaded, but that he saw real Ducks squirming about the room, as he expres|sed. I say then, how little credit ought Ministers or other men to give to flying Reports, when they themselves may so easily be deluded? The setting of Spels is referred to this de|scription, and is done only by confederacy with him that is spelled; who feigneth himself so Charmed, or spelled, that others who would be in like action of Theevery, might fear to come into that place to steal, because of the Spel. So much for the Sixth term of description in the text, Vtens in|cantatione, that is, an Inchanter, or Charmer.()