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Thomas SawdieA boy from Lawrack (Landrake) in the County of Cornwall, known to be twelve years old and the servant of John Roberts, who was allegedly tempted into allowing the Devil to possess him after a Fair. The Devil appeared to him first as a woman who offered him money, which he refused, and then as a black dog with fiery eyes who came to him three nights running, again offering money, until he accepted and agreed to meet in a field in eight weeks time. The next morning, the money the Devil had given him had vanished, and he fell sick with a swollen stomach and a lack of appetite. This illness lasted a fortnight, then the swelling moved to his neck and throat. He also began to have fits, as if epileptic, and also convulsive fits. Soon, he began to have roaring and whistling fits whenever people conducted their religious duties around him, and fall into a dead sleep after. His mother, Dorothy Sawdie, eventually pressed him into confessing, after which the Devil appeared to him again, this time in the shape of a velvet-clad little man, who threatened him with his fist and told him he would fall down dead at the naming of God. The Devil would also appear to him at other times, sometimes showing him things, sometimes giving him visions of nearby towns and villages, and other times threatening him. John Roberts, after several weeks, appealed to various Ministers to help the boy, and they came to the house led by a Mr. Teag to pray over him for a day. They succeed in weakening the possession enough that, the next day, Thomas Sawdie is finally dispossessed after being made to recite the Lord's Prayer repeatedly.(Title Page, 1-3)A Return of Prayer: Or a Faithful Relation of Some Remarkable Passages of Providence concerning Thomas Sawdie, a Boy of Twelve Years of Age, Servant to John Roberts of Trebitian in the Parish of Lawrack, and County of Cornwal. [...] In a Field, as he was on his way alone, not far from his Masters house, there met him the appearance of a Woman very gawdy, all in white: who asked him, whether he wanted any money: whether he would have any money: reaching out money to him with her hand. The Boy refused it. On this the Spectrum or appearance vanished away, rushing by him with some muttering, discontented words, which he did not understand, and suddenly a great Black Dog, with very great and fiery eyes stood before him; on which he fel to the ground as dead, but when he recovered, and rose up, he saw nothing. After this he went home, and followed his business; but that night lying with his Fellow-servant he rested very unquietly, and there appeared to him again the former spectrum in the shape, or likeness of a great black Dog, which charged him, that he should not discover any thing that he has seen, and that he would come again to him the next night. The second night, when his Bed-fellow was asleep, it came again, and stood by his bed-side, as before; made him some tempting proffers, and went off. And the Boy confesseth, that he was not then afraid, though he heard the voice of a man out of the mouth of a Dog. The third night it came as formerly; and asked him whether he would have any money? and the money tendred was eight pieces, as great as pieces of Eight, very specious, which were given hm, and received by him, on this condition, that he shouly come to it neer the Bakes-Park-Gate (which was neer his Masters house) on the Lords Day in the afternoon (which is called Ugly Day) which was to be the Evening before the next Fair, to be held at Lawricks, eight weeks distant from the former: To which Fair he should be carried, and have all his desires. Now the Boy was charged, when he received the money into his hand,. and laid it on a Chest by him, that the next say he should lay it up in the Chest, and nail it fast, and not make it known. But the next morning the money was gone from the top of the Chest, where he laid it. However he was promised afterwards that he should have money enough, if he would come into the Field called the Bakes-Park, at the time and place appointed. On this the boy fell sick, swelling in his stomack and belly, and almost totally lost his appetite to meat. In which manner he continued for a Fortnights space: then the swelling struck up into his neck and throat, most thinking that it was an impostume: some that it was wormes; but the apparition told the Boy that this was not sickness, but it was only to deceive fiery eyes stood before him; on which he fel to the ground as dead, but when he recovered, and rose up, he saw nothing.()