First examination of Susan Swapper / sheet 3


“God be thanked, I heard nothing, and now I hope I am rid of them.” Then Mistress Taylor said unto this examinate, that
She had spoke to somebody of it. And she answered, that
She had said nothing unto anybody, but that Mistress Taylor and this examinate had said before this examinate’s husband. Then Mistress Taylor said that
She doubted that the speech which we have made before your husband hath hurt us.

And the next night after there appeared unto this examinate two of them, viz. one man and one woman. And one of them viz. the man asked this examinate

When was young Anne Bennett here? and she answered that
She was here yesterday. And then he asked
What she had in the summerhouse? and this examinate answered she could not tell. And then he said unto her again, that
Those things that she was troubled withall was true, and that the field at Weeks Gr[een w]as ploughed, and the crock was broken, and some part thereof was found and the rest was left behind.

And so they departed. And then in the morning, Mistress Taylor came unto her again, and asked

“What news?” and this examinate did tell her as before is said. And then she said,
“Is it even so? Well I have a groat of the same money”, which she said she gave sixpence for.

And this examinate further sayeth that after that time, she was not troubled in a long space, but she grew to be well.

And after Whitsuntide last, the two men and women appeared unto her again. And the two women came into her chamber, and the two men went up into another chamber, which she sayeth Mistress Taylor would not let out to any until she heard further.

And one of the women said unto her,
“How now, now thou art well!” and she answered
“Yea, I thank God.” And then she said,
“Thou must go with me” and I answered
“In the name of God, whither must I go with you?”

And this examinate’s girl coming up the chamber, the woman vanished away. And then she went unto Mistress Taylor and told her of it. And Mistress Taylor said

“Well, you shall hear more soon”, and willed her that
If they should require her to go any whither with them, that she should have a strong faith in God, and so go with them.

And the next night following, two of them came unto her, and one of them asked her whether

She would go with them, and she said
No, she would not go with them that night, but the next day she would go with them, by God’s help.

And the next morning she went to Mistress Taylor and teld her what had passed that night. And Mistress Taylor then asked her

Why she did not go with them? And she answered that
She was too much afraid to go by night, unless she had some to go with her. And then she said
“I promise thee, I should be afeared to go, too.

And the next day between twelve and one of the clock, this examinate being alone in her house, did hear a great stamp in the loft over the hall. And then she went up, and the tall man asked her whether

She would go with him? and she answered
“Aye, by the grace of God, if you [will] tell me whither.” And then he said
She should go to Weeks [Green], and asked whether she would go with him or alone? And she answered
She had rather go alone, if she knew the way.

And then she went to Mistress Taylor and teld her of it, and Mistress Taylor teld this examinate

“The way is easy to be found”, and so she directed her the way, and told her by what token she should know the house.

And thereupon this examinate went to Weeks Green by the house. And there she did see the tall man stand in the street by the orchard, and he willed her to follow him, thorough a rye field into the green field next to it, which she did.

And in the middle of the field there was a valley of th’one side, and a bank

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