First examination of Susan Swapper / sheet 2

And Mistress Taylor did thrust a spit into the ground where they did dig, and they heard a sound, and this examinate being very sick could stay but a very little space, but departed away without setting any sage. But Mistress Taylor said (at the thrusting in of the spit the first time),

It was there when they heard the sound. And she thrusting in the spit the second time so far as she could, said it was in vain to dig, for now it is farther of[f].

And also the same time, Mistress Taylor went into the summer house and did take up a stone and thrust in the spit. And so departed without digging any further, but put in the earth in the place again where she digged.

And afterward they departed out of the garden, and went unto the house of this examinate, and then Mistress Taylor sitting by her, did tell this examinate that

One Ro[bert Pywall], all which did dwell in the house where this examinate now dwelleth, was troubled in like sort, and she caused him to dig before that time for money in her garden. And so he digged so far until he came near unto it. And when he had digged near unto it, the said Pywall being afraid he would needs call Master Taylor, which accordingly he did. And then Master Taylor coming to the place where he digged, she said

The further they digged the further the money was off. But, she said, she was heir to the money, and therefore it was God’s will that he should not enjoy it. And then she bid Pywall

 

Dig further and fear not, for she was with child, and “I hope in God nothing will hurt us.”

But Pywall was fearful, and his colour faded away, and she thought in her conscience that he died of it.

And after this speech Mistress Taylor willed her that

If the spirits should appear unto her again, in regard they had digged already and could find nothing, that she should ask them the sum of it, and in what place and wherein it was, and whether there were any more in any other place. And that if she did find the money, she would give unto this examinate one hundred pounds, and that she and her children should never want whilst she lived.

And further Mistress Taylor did then tell her that

When she was a maid, she was grown greatly in debt, and there appeared unto her in the night time when she was abed, a man to her thinking clothes all in black velvet, who spake unto her and said that

 

If she would go with him her debts should be paid by All Hollandtide.

 

Whereupon she made her mother acquainted therewith, and she would have gone with him, but her mother would not let her.

And so Mistress Taylor departed from her for that time, and willed this examinate to look to it and to proceed as she had begun, and she would not see her want in anything.

And this examinate that night did sleep in quiet, and was not anyways troubled. And the next morning, Mistress [Taylor c]ame to this examinate and asked her how she had sped that night, and this examinate answered

“Very well, I thank God, I hope now I shall be well, for I have not been troubled.” Then said she,

 

“If you have not, I have, for if they have not been with you, they have been with me, for they have scrabbled about my pillows, and drawn them.” And that her mother sitting by the fire with her child, the doors did open and shut, nobody being there with them. And therefore she thought they were there with her that night.

And so she departed. And the next night following, this examinate did sleep in quiet and heard nothing.

And in the morning Mistress Taylor came unto her again and asked her whether she had seen anything, and she

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