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Master EngerA man from Milton in the county of Bedford, known to be a gentleman landowner and the father of a seven year old son. Mother Sutton and Mary Sutton began a vendetta against him and his for some unknown slight, beginning with the destruction of his horses in their stables and of his swine in their pens. After his stricken servant, Anonymous 89, reported that Mary had tried to coerce him into having sex with her in exchange for the return of his health, Master Enger took matters into his own hands and began a campaign of harassment in return. He approached Mary as she was tending hogs. When he could not persuade her to come with him, he snatched her by force and took her to Anonymous 89's bedside, where Anonymous 89 scratched her; the servant improved but became worse than before when she left. Master Enger's son died, for which he blamed Mary and Mother Sutton; he was visited in his grief by a gentleman friend (Anonymous 90), who advised him to swim both women to see if they floated. The next day, Master Enger seized Mary again, beat her senseless, bound her to his horse and dragged her to the water. She was observed to float like a plank, searched for teats, and a confession of her spirits forced out of her son. Master Enger had her swum a second time, this time bound toe to thumb and with a rope around her middle held on either end by servants; she floated again, and spun about as if caught in a whirlpool. He forced a confession out of her and used it to apprehend Mother Sutton as well, ultimately succeeding in having both tried and executed for witchcraft.(A4-A4v)Continuing thus almost for the space of twentie, or one and twentie yeares, and in that time had brought her daughter to be as perfect in her diuellish charmes as her selfe, there grew some difference betwene a Gentleman of worship called Master Enger dwelling at Milton Milles, and this mother Sutton, On whom she had vowed to take a strange and actuall reuenge for the discontent she had conceiued against him, which rancour of hers she thus prosecuted: His horses that were left well in his stable ouer night, she caused them to be found dead in the morning, some strangled, some hauing beaten out their braines, others dead, and no cause perceiued how. Besides this losse, which for the strangenesse bred some amazement in him, for that it happened not once, but often, this also did second it: when his Swine were in the fields at their troughes eating their meat, some of them would sodainly fall madde, and violently fall to tearing out the guts, and bowels of their fellowes: others by ten and twentie in a company, as if they had ben carried with one desire, would leaue their feding, and run headlong into the Mill dammes, and drowne themselues. So that not by accidentall meanes, but the hellish and most damnable witchcrafts of this Mother Sutton, and her daughter, many these harmelesse cattell and Oxen, made as nedfull reliefes to the necessitie of man, were thus perplexed, and an honest and worshipful Gentleman Master Enger, from whom she had oftentimes both foode and cloathing, damnified by her meanes to the value of two hundreth pounds in lesse then two yeares. ()