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William SpicerA man from Beckenton in Somersetshire, known to be 18 years old. He is said to have regularly taunted an old woman (Anonymous 8) living in the Alms-House by calling her witch and telling her of her buns. Enraged, she appealed to a Justice of the Peace and Spicer was "so frightened, that he humbled himself to her, and promised never to call her so again." A few days later, he began to have strange fits; this condition lasted a fortnight. During these fits, he claimed to see "this Old Woman against the Wall in the same Room of the House where he was, and that sometimes she did knock her Fist at him; sometimes grin her Teeth, and sometimes laugh at him." Three or four men would be needed to hold him while in the throes of a fit. Whenever he asked for a small beer, he would vomit 30 or more crooked pins.(1)IN the Town of Beckenton, about Two Miles from Froom, and Seven from Bath, in Somerset-shire, liveth one William Spicer, a young Man about eighteen Years of Age; as he was wont to pass by the Alms-house (where lived an Old Woman, about Fourscore) he would call her Witch, and tell her of her Buns; which did so enrage the Old Woman, that she threatened him with a Warrant; and accordingly did fetch one from a Neighbouring Iustice of the Peace; at which he was so frightened, that he humbled himself to her, and promised never to call her so again. Within a few days after this Young Man fell into the strangest Fits that ever Mortal beheld with Eyes, and these, by turns, held him about a Fortnight: When the Fits were upon him, he would often say, That he did see this Old Woman against the Wall in the same Room of the House where he was, and that sometimes she did knock her Fist at him; sometimes grin her Teeth, and sometimes laugh at him in his Fits. He was so strong, that three or four Men could scarce hold him; and when he did call for Small Beer to drink, he would be sure to bring up some Crooked Pins; first and last, to the Number of Thirty, and upwards.()