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Hannah CrumpHannah Crump is a girl from Warwick in the county of Warwickshire, identified as the daughter of John Crump, and who is "afflicted with strange fits. Crump is taken to Thomas Hospital in Southwark where she "was taken with one of her fits in such a manner that they would not [attempt to cure her,] but said she was fitter for Bedlam than to come into an Hospital among sick People." She was then taken to see a cunning-man or physician in "Winchester Park in Southwark," who after taking her patient history confirmed that she was bewitched and offered to cure her for five pounds, but suggested that he take on the bewitchment himself. Someone, he claimed, had to bare the curse, once it was made; if not him, than the witch herself, until one of her familiars could infect someone else with it. It occurs to Hannah Crump's sister that prayer and fasting may help Hannah Crump with her dispossession. Her family arranges for such a day to happen. During this day, Hannah Crump rises from her bed "in a very great race," tearing at her clothes, and crying out "in a lamentable manner." Although there are times Hanna Crump quiets down, she still resists, kicking her father, and continuing to burn herself and her family members, breaking windows, and demanding her tabacco pipe. She reveals during prayers that her illness befell her after she consumed an apple a woman (Anonymous 488) brought her in sickness. Her family turns their prayers towards stopping the witch's powers, and she resists violently, spitting at her father. Prayer continues until evening, when Hannah Crump is "quiet on the bed, as one that was willing to rest her self after a weary dayes work." Upon waking, Hannah Crump finds herself able to take a bible and read it for an hour or two. John Crump and his daughter, Hannah, rejoice as she is dispossessed, and her affliction never affected her again.(18 - 20)One Iohn Crump of Warwick having a Daughter which was very much afflicted with strange fits, to the amazement of all her Relations, her grieved Father left no meanes unattempted for the Recovery of his afflicted Child, as Physick, and what the wisdom of man would afford him in the place where he lived; but all proved in vain. Then at last He and one other of his Daughters came up to London, and brought up the afflicted Maid, in order to get Cure; himself being here before, and having made way to get her into Thomas Hospital in Southwark; she being come, the day of her reception was appointed, her Father with two of her sisters (one living in Town) brought her to the said Hospital: But so it happened that when the Officers came to receive her, she was taken with one of her fits in such a manner that they would not; but said she was fitter for Bedlam than to come into an Hospital among sick People. Thus her Father being filled with care and sorrow, knew not well what course to take, but was then advised to have her to a man that lived in Winchester Park in Southwark; which advice he accepted of, and went to the said man with his Daughter; and after some time of discourse and consideration he (professing some skill in Astrologie) told them she was bewitched, and that if he did take her in hand he would have five pound, ye could not promise perfect cure: For (said he) if I cannot be strong enough for the Witch, after I have taken the affliction from the Maiden I must bear it my self; but if I can be strong enough for the Witch, she must bear it, till she dispose of it to some other, for none of her Familiars will bear it. The Father of the Maid having received this Answer, had no encouragement to make use of him. Thus being at last almost without hope of obtaining any help for his distressed Daughter, whose distracted condition was the cause of much trouble and sorrow to all her Relations, beholding her (if not preven|ted) to bite her own flesh, or doing other violence to her self, or such as came to hold her; also, that if her own father had at any time taken a Bible to read, she would have been gone and not heard nor read her self, but would fall into her raging fits. And now her Father having used all wayes for help, and could find none, like to the poor man that waited for the moving of the waters, so had he waited on out|ward means, and at last met with the mercy of the same compassionate Iesus as the poor man did: For in the month of Iuly 1662. the Lord drew forth the heart of one of her sisters to desire that we would [...]ep a day in fasting and Prayer in the behalf of her sister, which we were ready to perform, and appointed a day; at which time appointed we came to the house where this afflicted Maid was, and there we found her in a deplorable condition, which put us upon some consideration of the work before us, calling to mind the Promises of God for our encourage|ment; knowing and believing that that God that cannot lie, would be found of them that diligently seek him according, to his Promise, Mat. 18. 19, 20. Mark. 11. 24. We having Gods Word to confirm our Faith, and nothing but his Glory for our end, and the distressed conditi|on of the Maid, being an object of Pity, seeing her bound with the bonds of Satan, we applied our selves to the Throne of Grace by Prayer: The Maid being laid on a bed, lay a pretty while undisturbed, but at last she rose and was in a very great rage, and unlaced her clothes to her ve|very skin, pulling her headclothes off her head, crying out in a lamen|table manner; in which fit her Father and Sister proved too weak to deal with her, one of us rising from our knees to help hold her; she finding her self mastered, said, If we would let her alone she would sit down and be quiet: Then we set her down in a Chair, she was no sooner sat, but she said to him that held her she would kick him, and as she spake, did so: Soon after she lay down again, and seemed to sleep between whiles, and after a little time rose again, and as before, pulled open her clothes, struck her father and sister, took up fire from the hearth, clapped it to her sisters arm, burnt it the breadth of a shilling that the skin shriveled off presently; and thus she remained by fitts most part of the day, some|times endeavouring to pull down all the Hangings about the Bed and Chimney, breaking the Windows; at other times making excuses to go down from us, and did so far prevail with her sister, that she was let go down, but was not willing to come up again; but that she had left a Tobacco-pipe above, which they refused to bring her down, and rather than she would be without it, she came up for it, and so was kept in by shutting of the door: The reason why she set so much by her pipe, was, because she took very much Tobacco. About mid-day as she lay on the bed, being pretty quiet, one asked her how she came into this conditi|on? she answered, That one time she was sick, and there came a woman to her and brought her an Apple, which she did eat, and (saith she) it lieth here still (pointing to her throat.) We perceiving by this that she might be bewitched, therefore in our petitions to the Lord made mention of the Witch, and desired he would be pleased to rebuke her power, if any such thing were: but at such times as we spake those words she would taunt at us, and say in an extream rage, What have you to do-with the Witch, cannot you let her alone? she doth not trouble you, and would labour to disturb us all the wayes she could, so that at the last she was fain to be held down on the Bed by her sisters; but while they held her down she struck one of us on the face violently, while he was at Prayer by her, insomuch that she made her own arm swell: After this one of us being at Prayer at the beds feet, and she perceiving she could not reach him, spat at him, so that it hung on his hair and breast, very loathsom to behold; but he continued in Prayer, was not any way moved at it; and soon after the evening came on, we left her very qui|et on the bed, as one that was willing to rest her self after a weary dayes work: And truly the Lord was so pleased to give in an answer after such a maner, that after this day she would take a Bible & read an hour or two together; and in a small time God clothed our friend Iohn Crump and his daughter Hannah with garments of joy for sorrow, and filled all the hearts of their Relations with praise; and so she continues in good health unto this day, free from that affliction, which began upon her on the first of November 1661, and continued till the time afore|mentioned: for which Mercy we may say with the Prophet, O bless the Lord, for his mercy endureth for ever.()