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A strange but true narrative of the delusion of the devil

John Thurston went to a Quaker meeting, after he denied reading good books and ministerial teaching, he went into fits and fell on his bed, dreaming of his sins and Christ’s light entering him, the Quakers came and spoke to him, almost slit his own throat with a knife, then he thought to be possessed by the devil, then God gave peace to his conscience.

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Strange and wonderful nevvs from Goswell-street

about three years ago a woman began to have uncontrollable fits, doctors could not do anything and concluded that she was bewitched, one of the rooms of the house filled with smoke and a loud banging like thunder or a canon was heard, her brother-in-law was hit on the head, a spirit ran up through the chimney, after she was freed from her possession

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Wonderful news from Buckinghamshire

a young maid’s father got into a fight with a woman ‘who had an evil name,’ after which she went into fits, a voice spoke through her saying inappropriate words, ministers were called to speak to the spirit, one spirit left but another remained possessing her after a minister got involved

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News from Old Gravel-lane

a woman was attending an antipedobaptist meeting, during which her husband and her heard strange sounds, she went blind, and was then possessed by the devil, going into fits, a spirit than began to talk through her, he wouldn’t let her eat, she remains like this

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The Hartford-shire wonder

Jane’s father Mr. Stretton summoned a wizard/fortune-teller to figure out who had taken his Bible, she then fell into violent fits, flames came out of her mouth and she didn’t eat for days, she remained in fits

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The Lord’s arm stretched ovt

written by father of James Barrow, when reading scripture he felt a horrible burning, rat and cats would appear to him, he was confined to one stool in the house, doctors were consulted, he was brought to Roman Catholics who put crosses on his head, he denied their request to make the boy a Catholic, he was later thought to be bewitched, he would scream in the night, eventually he became dispossessed, a Hannah Crump of Warwick similarly was possessed and dispossessed

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A return of prayer: or A faithful relation of some remarkable passages

a boy named Thomas Sawdie went to the town fair, he wanted money from his mother but did not get any, when he was alone a woman in all white appeared and offered him money, when he said no she disappeared and big black dog took her place, seeing this Thomas fainted and awoke with them gone, he continued to see the dog at night, eventually he received money from it for the next fair, he then fell sick and started swelling, a physician deemed him possessed and he went into fits, he would often run and take off his clothes, he often saw fires and the devil as a rat, the devil eventually left him

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The Quakers dream

discusses the plague of Quakers in England, how they burn Bibles, and how members go into fits during meetings, a M. Gilpin wanted to join them, he went to meetings and later was troubled with dreams about his sins, thought he felt got enter him like a dove, saw glorious visions, went into fits, had dreams of Quakers dancing naked

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The Quakers shaken

the author went to a Quaker meeting, they denied ministerial authority, after going to the meeting the author was unable to read the Bible, and became carnal, giving into the curse of the Quakers, went into fits in a meeting and dreamed of sin, due to the Devil’s instigation he thought to be conversing with God, he was forced to draw circles around his house, almost slit his own throat with a knife

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The Ranters declaration

a group of Ranters got into a dispute, the often swore, committed crimes, and took to drinking, they would sing Christmas songs, a preacher Dr. Pordich fell into a trance while preaching,