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Michael OgiblyA man from Bideford in the county of Devon, the local parish rector, who, along with the mayor, Thomas Gist and the Alderman, John Davie Alderman, questions Temperance Lloyd in 1682. Ogilby asked Lloyd a series of three questions designed to determine her damnation. He first asked: "how long since the Devil did tempt her to do evil?" Lloyd confessed that she had become a witch circa 1670; her first maelfic act that of murder had been against William Herbert, an act committed at the prompting of the devil who promised she "would do well." Ogilby also asked Lloyd if she "had prickt any Pins in the said Puppit or Baby-picture," she had grab from Thomas Eastchurch's shop, an act of thievery done while she was in the shape of a cat. Lloyd would not confess to any more then laying the puppet on Grace Thomas' bed. Finally, Ogilby asked Lloyd to "say the Lords Prayer and her Creed; which she imperfectly performing, the said Mr. Ogilby did give her many good Exhortations, and so departed from her." (17-20)WHereas we, Thomas Eastchurch and Elizabeth Eastchurch his Wife, Honor Hooper, and Anne Wakely, upon yesterday, which was the 3d of July, 1682. did give in and deliver our several Informations upon our Oaths, before Thomas Gist Mayor of the Burrough, Town, and Mannor of Biddiford aforesaid, and John Davie Alderman, two of his Majesties Justices of the Peace within the same Burrough, &c. of Biddiford, against Temperance Lloyd of Biddiford aforesaid Widow, for using and practising of Witchcraft upon the Body of Grace Thomas of the same Town Spinster, as by our several Examinations it doth and may appear. But because we were dissatisfied in some particulars concerning a piece of Leather which the said Temperance had confessed of unto the said Elizabeth Eastchurch, in such manner as is mentioned in the said Elizabeth Eastchurch's Examination, and we conceiving that there might be some inchantment used in or about the said Leather: Therefore upon this present 4th day of July, we, with the leave and approbation of the said Mr. Gist the Mayor, did bring the said Temperance into the Parish-Church of Biddiford aforesaid, in the presence of Mr. Michael Ogilby Rector of the same Parish-Church, and divers other persons, where the said Temperance was demanded by the said Mr. Ogilby how long since the Devil did tempt her to do evil. Whereupon she the said Temperance did say and confess, that about twelve years ago she was tempted by the Devil to be instrumental to the death of William Herbert named in her said Examination. And that the Devil did promise her that she should live well and do well. And she did then also confess that she was thereupon an Instrument of the death of the said William Herbert. And as to the said Grace Thomas, she further said and confessed, that on Friday was Sevennight, (which was the 23th day of June last past) she the said Temperance came into the said Thomas Eastchurch's Shop in the form and shape of a Cat; And fetcht out of the same Shop a Puppit or Picture, (commonly called a Childs Baby) and that she carried the same up into the Chamber where the said Grace Thomas did lodge, and left it about the Bed whereon the said Grace Thomas did lie; but would not confess that she had prickt any Pins in the said Puppit or Baby-picture, although she were demanded particularly that Question by the said Mr. Ogilby. Also the said Temperance did then and there confess, that she was the cause of the death of Anne Fellow, the Daughter of Edward Fellow named in her said Examination. Also she did then and there confess, that she was the cause of the death of one Jane Dallyn the late Wife of Symon Dallyn of Biddiford Marriner, by pricking of her in one of her Eyes, which she did so secretly perform, that she was never discovered or punished for the same. Also the said Temperance Lloyd did confess and declare, that she did bewitch unto death one Lydia Burman of Biddiford aforesaid Spinster, because she had been a Witness against her the said Temperance at the Trial for her Life and Death at the Assizes when she was Arraigned for the death of the said William Herbert, and had deposed that the said Temperance had appeared unto her in the shape of a red Pig at such time as the said Lydia was brewing in the house of one Humphry Ackland of Biddiford aforesaid. Being further demanded again in what part of the house of the said Mr. Eastchurch, or in what part of the Bed whereon the said Grace Thomas lay, she left the Puppit or Baby-picture above-mentioned, saith, that she would not nor must not discover; for if she did discover the same, that the Devil would tear her in pieces. And afterwards the said Mr. Ogilby desired the said Temperance to say the Lords Prayer and her Creed; which she imperfectly performing, the said Mr. Ogilby did give her many good Exhortations, and so departed from her. In Witness whereof, we have hereunto set our Hands this 4th day of July, in the Four and thirtieth year of the Reign of our Soveraign Lord Charles the Second, by the Grace of God, of England, Scotland, France and Ireland King, defender of the Faith, Annoq{que} Dom. 1682. July 4. 1682. Sworn before us Thomas Gist Mayor. John Davie Alderman. ()