First examination of Susan Swapper / sheet 5

Taylor and teld her of it, and she answered that if she had any, she should have some. And so she went and fetched three apples and delivered them to this examinate, and willed her to give it unto the woman, which accordingly she did. And two of them she did eat, and the third she cut in four quarters and flung away.

And after that time the tallest of the men named Richard willed this examinate to go to Anne Bennett the younger, and demand of her a raw piece of powder beef, which accordingly she did. And Mistress Taylor did give it her to deliver unto him, and she did deliver the same unto him, who did cut it in pieces and did lay it in the window. But what after became of it, she knoweth not.

And she sayeth that she hath divers times given them water, and once bread. And that the spirits did consume the water, and that when they left any water, the same was blackish, and the tub became speckled with white.

And one other time Richard her familiar willed her to

Go to young Anne Bennett, and demand of her a piece of cloth if it were never so old, of her length and of her breadth, or else a piece of inkle or an old hairlace of that length, which accordingly she did. And Mistress Taylor refused to do the same, saying

She had done too much already, as she doubted.

Whereupon she returning to him her answer, the said Richard asked one of his fellows

Where the brimstone was which lay upon the mantle of the chimney, and he answered

He saw none. Then one of the women said that she had it.

And she further sayeth that Mistress Taylor, the next time that she this examinate came to her house, did make four nosegays and delivered them unto this examinate to give unto the four fairies as she termed them. The which nosegays she did lay in the window for that the familiars were not there at her coming. And afterwards they were taken [a]way as she thinketh by the spirits, for that nobody else could come there, the doors being shut.

And she further sayeth, Mistress Taylor hath divers times sent them herbs to be laid in the window, which accordingly was done by this examinate. And if this examinate had stayed any long time from her, and not have fetched herbs to lie in the window, then Mistress Taylor would blame this examinate, and say that if you do anger them, you shall see whereto it will come.

And further this examinate sayeth that she being at the Strand when there was speech given that Sir Thomas Waller was coming over Rye ferry, she seeing the people run to the ferry to meet him, amongst the rest she made all the haste she could to go to the ferry. And coming to the ferry side, she did see standing underneath the further mill, one of her familiars named Richard. And this examinate going towards the mill he vanished away, and did see him no more there.

And she this examinate standing amongst the people, of a sudden one pulled her by the coat, but she could not tell who it was. And the press of people being gone, this examinate went to Mistress Taylor’s house, and teld her of it, and she blamed this examinate, and said you are never within.

And so this examinate went h------- house, and her husband being at home and wanting a shir[t, we]nt up into her garret to fetch him one. And then she heard a great piece shot off, and the trumpet sound, and this examinate coming down from the garret with the shirt, said unto herself

Lord have mercy upon us, there is a great troop of men come to the town, and great joy. And the spirit Richard spake and said,

Aye, and as much sorrow. And then she turned about and saw him, and he went out into another chamber.

And then this examinate went to Mistress Taylor and told her what she had heard. And she answered

Welcome, by the grace of God.

And she further sayeth, that that day in the morning that Robert Burditt was slain,

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