First examination of Susan Swapper / sheet 4

of th’other. And there he did tell her

In that valley there was a pot, and in that pot there was gold, and upon the top of the pot a chain. And beside the pit under a little stub, there was a crock, metal with three legs, in the which there was money.

 And then he bade her sit down upon a bank, and she did sit down. And then she saw a man all in black on the on[e] side of the hedge, and a woman in green on the same side, one going to meet another (as she thought). And as she sat, she thought the ground did move under her, and then she cried

“Lord have mercy upon me, what shall become of me!” And then the tall man came to her again, and bade her

Be not afraid, for she should have no harm.

And then she looked about her again, and did see the two persons which she did see by the hedge side, and she asked the tall man what they were. And he said

the woman in green is the [Queen] of the Fairies, and that if this examinate would kneel to her, she would kneel give her a living. But she did not kneel unto her.

And then she looked about, and they were gone. And the tall man came to her again, and willed her to

“Rise, and go home”, but she could not rise. And then he willed her

In the name of God, to rise, and then she rose and went home, and the man vanished away.

And so this examinate went home sick to bed and sent for Mistress Taylor and told her all the discourse. And she asked her whether she did see nothing else, and she said No. Then Mistress Taylor said she had been troubled with that before, and wished she had a hundred pounds to buy her farm again.

And the next time that Mistress Taylor and this examinate had conference togethers, she prayed this examinate to demand of them when she should have some money of them, for if she had a thousand pounds, she could tell where to have a purchase for the same. And this examinate accordingly the next time her familiars appeared unto her, did ask them

When the said Mistress Taylor should have money of them. And the tall man who named himself to be Richard, said that

If she be so hasty, she shall tarry until she had a child of her body should live to be six years old.

And she being examined what the four spirits’ names were, she sayeth the eldest named himself Robert, the tallest of them Richard, and the two women Katherine and Margery. And she further sayeth that after all this, Mistress Taylor prayed her again to demand of her spirits when she the said Mistress Taylor should have some money of them, which accordingly she did, the next time they appeared unto her. But they would give her no answer.

And she being demanded why that she did not reveal the apparition of these spirits unto anybody, she answered, that Mistress Taylor had caused her to swear to reveal the same to no person.

And she further sayeth that Mistress Taylor gave unto this examinate’s husband a penny a night for a fortnight or thereabouts to lie out of his house, to the intent that the spirits might have more familiar conference with this examinate, which accordingly her husband did.

And she sayeth th----- said Mistress Taylor hath been with this examinate in her house wh[en] the spirits have spoken one to another, and have made a noise, but she never knew that any of them did speak to Mistress Taylor, for she said she was afraid of them. Then said this examinate

I must needs be afraid if you stand in fear, and she answered again,

If you trust in God, you need not stand in fear.

And this examinate sayeth that she hath seen at sundry times 18 spirits, but only four of them did speak, which appeared unto her at the first. And Mistress Taylor did tell this examinate that she had seen 80 or 100 of them, and they were all fairies. And she sayeth that one spirit in the likeness of a woman great with child did appear unto her in her house in the day time, and did wish that she had some apples, whereupon this examinate went to Mistress

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