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Mr. SmithsonA Vicar in Fuystone, York who witnessed the strange reapperance of a cursed penny, but would not support Fairfax's witch hunt.(45, 50)Mr Smithson, vicar of Fuystone came to visit her and tarried supper with us and after supper as we sat talking of other things in the parlour especially of the penny my daughter had occasion to open the desk which stood by fast locked. She opened the lock and lifted up the cover and presently both she and all who were present saw the penny lying upon the shelf in the desk to the great marvel of us all especially of myself who had so diligently sought for it before. Whereupon I took it and put brimstone upon it and so thrust it into the midst of the fire which was so vehement that it moved. Mr Smith son to say I warrant you it will trouble you no more and we all thought it to be molten and consumed yet on Sunday following 2nd December the penny again lay in sight before the fire and was then taken up by Edward Fairfax my son a boy ten years old. Then I took it and with brimstone and fire dissolved it and beat it to powder on a stone (45) I sent for Henry Graver, and for Mr. Smithson, the Vicar of Fuystone, to whom I reported the strangeness of the case; and of them expected advice, but I found myself deceived in that expectation, for these men were great friends to the woman, and turned all their speeches to entreat I would suffer the woman to depart, and to make further trial before I brought the woman in question; to which I consented. (50)()