Case 14192

Frances Hulse of London, a poor goldsmith’s wife. Brave & fine. Married 5 years. Monday 17 October 1603, 2.45 pm. Quærit utrum habebit liberos et quali fortunæ fruetur [asks whether she will have children and what her fortune will be]. Boarding in Sir Edwin Sands’s house. Sun denotans maritum est peregrinus [the Sun, denoting the husband, is peregrine].
[In chart] Loves besides her husband as Mars in the seventh house shows.
A fully faced woman. Bold & little regards her husband. Had a child shortly after.
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Case 29518

Alice Chivoll of Great Woolstone, 33 years. Tuesday 6 August 1605, 7 am.
Feels something to move in her body as if she should have another child. Brought abed this day fortnight at [in binding] & had a daughter w[hich] died after it was [christe]ned on Thursday. Cannot sleep. A great pain in her right leg. Sleepy & it cannot sleep. Water good.
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Case 55381

Mrs. Walcot (Knight) of Yelling, 36 years. Thursday 12 December 1622, 11.30 am. In presence.
Pained in her left shoulder & runs into her arm in the top of her shoulder. Has them well & but lately. It began 4 or 5 days since. Moon in Gemini. Arm shoulder cold. Cannot sleep.
[Left column] A year since had a child, a wench & had bad & hard deliverance. Not well since.
Anointed with sallet oil & neatsfoot oil. Worst when she lies.
She would not be with child because that she did dream it would be deformed & for that she did lie & company with her husband having her flux.
[Treatment information.]
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Case 34941

Phillip Eason of Stony Stratford, 28 years. Tuesday 21 March 1609, 2.20 pm. Pained at her heart, chest & breast with pricking. Best fasting. Was 10 weeks without them [menses] & had them. Next Saturday will be a month & then had them three days together in great store[?]. Married six [years]. Had two children at a birth last Magdalene tide one stillborn & the other lived a day & then died. Purges will not work downward but upward. Had a child three years last Allhallowtide & was here & had physic about March & proved with child & was half delivered & the child lives. This woman never had her sickness at all until she was delivered. Never had them neither before she was married nor that year neither until she was delivered. At that time had a vomit & was let blood in both feet & yet did well. A thin white water. Very ill after & used to be costive. Eating. Quaerit an sit gravida [asks whether she is pregnant].
[Left of chart] Very sick after meat & was fain to go to bed.
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Case 67084

Sir Christopher Hatton’s mother for her daughter, Alice Hatton of Moulten Park, 22 years. Sunday 28 September 1628, 1 pm.
[In chart] Maid child. Was safely brought abed that afternoon. Only desires my presence. Fears that she shall miscarry.
[Right] She was safely brought abed of a dead child that day.
Her daughter with child & all her time very ill & seems that she shall miscarry. Is very weak & faint. Complains of a coldness of her stomach.
[Right column] This lady Hatton has in her house these commodities:
1 mythridate
2 diascordium
3 Venice treacle
4 alkermes
5 bezoar stone
6 syrup of gillyflowers
7 spirit of Venice treacle
8 aqua coelest
9 cinnamon water
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Case 5584

28 June 1599. The woman came from Bess [Elizabeth Parker] et dixit se parituram puellam questo pm at 30 post 8 quid inde sequitur et utrum sit meam nec non [and said that she had been delivered of a girl at 8.30 pm, what will follow from it and whether it is mine or not].
[Astrological and geomantic charts.]
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Note 10493

[Update on Case 220994, Anne Wright of Littlington, 21 years. Monday 9 April 1604, 12 pm.]
6 weeks since delivered of a boy. Which would not confess the very day her midwife came & was delivered that she was with child but stoutly denied it & imprudently & married her father-in-law’s son which was but a stripling & a lad who denied it at the first. Some suppose she had it by her father-in-law. Said she had a tympany & it proved a tympany with 2 heels.
Quaere Agnis Wright great bellied and said she had a tympany.
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Case 20595

Goody Phillips of Brodwell, 46 years. Saturday 18 February 1604, 1.40 pm. Goody Bird [her midwife] came for her. Extreme sick and looks every hour to be delivered & yet is not. Her midwife has been three days with her but yet is not delivered. A great wind in her stomach.
[In chart] At 11 after brought abed.
She is gone according to her reckoning a fortnight past her time of her account.
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Case 48122

Elizabeth Cooper of Bechampton, 35 years. Sunday 24 January 1619, 4.25 pm. Has no throes, nor labour.
[In chart] Brought abed instantly with that I sent her, God be thanked.
Has little or no labour.
Has been either 2 or 3 days in labour ever since Thursday morning.
[Astrology, beginning Moon separating from sextile with Mars approaching opposition with Mercury.]
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Case 40432

Mary Goodman of Newton Blossomville, 27 years. Saturday 26 September 1612, 10.30 am. Senses gone by fit. Last Thursday at night h[ora] [hour] 11, September 10 Thursday h. 11 pm, 1612.
[Right of chart] In her senses until the 3 days was past. Cannot keep her clothes on her back.
[In chart] Newly about a fortnight brought abed frantic.
[Treatment information.]
Sent to me the 17 of September & then I gave her mandrake. Child dead born. Urine red & thick with great [illegible word that looks like ‘hellins’ or ‘sellins’].
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Case 57726

Goody Marshal of Newport, 33 years. Monday 23 February 1624, 8.50 am. Brought abed Friday 6 February 1624, 6.20 am. Saturday last was a sennet her child died. Griped in her thigh.
[Left of chart] 3 child all dead. Cannot sleep & much pulled & griped.
A hermaphroditus. Very light headed & first had a griping in a thigh & a shooting in every part. Did buy milk at a place where they suspect a bad woman. One Howets wife suspected.
[Treatment information.]
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Case 77616

Alice Danford of Densanger, 30 years. Sunday 16 June 1633, 8 pm.
Was safely brought abed by Dr Chamberlain & her daughter also.
Woman & child had safe deliverance.
A widow before he married her & had 2 children by her former husband. & both of them are dead. & she was married to this last husband fortnight before Michaelmas last. The child is dead in her womb.
1. Sneezing powder (2 scruples); pellitory of Spain (2 scruples); diatrium pipereon [species] (1 scruple).
2. Borax; savin juniper; origanum dictamnus; 1 dram each, in 3 papers.
3. Pennyroyal, hyssop (both 1 minim?); aniseed (spoonful); licorice (spoonful); cinnamon (1 dram); ginger (1 dram); in 2 pounds of posset ale.
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Case 29884

Joan Newman of Cranfield, 31 years. Thursday 7 November 1605, 10.25 am.
Had never but one child with which she was brought abed Sunday last was 5 weeks. Thursday 7 November 1605, 10.25 am.
[In chart] Brought abed that day. Her child dead pulled away.
Extreme ill since the physic I gave her. Brought abed that day but child was pulled from her dead. Her urine [breaks off]
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Case 16959

Agnes Olny of Tebworth in Chalgrave, 38 years. Wednesday 19 May 1602, 9.45 am. Maritus pro vxore furiosa et insanientem [the husband for his furious and insane wife]. Senseless. Has no use of her wits & light headed.
[Right] A frantic woman. Mad & laughs & misterms.
First had good motions & now worse & worse. About 3 years since delivered of a child which by means of an unskillful midwife perished & rent the woman that she ever after continued lame & could never since hold her water. Upon this day sennet about 12 of the clock she began to wax mad when Sun and Moon came both to be in Gemini & Mercury dispositer of both the lights. A thick muddish water.
[Treatment information, including Latin phrase meaning ‘God for this sick little woman, may Satan be crushed under Christ’s feet, and may my medication be blessed, so that she may be freed from this distraction of mind and also be greatly and powerfully consoled, and with compassion and blessing.’]
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Case 45822 and Case 45823

Case 45822
Mary Boddington of Turvey, 26 years. Friday 5 December 1617, 9.45 am. She mended.
[In chart] Swoons often.
Tempts and says that the devil tempts her to kill herself.
Quaerit utrum mortem evadet [asks whether she shall escape death].
A hoarse cough.
Hot & dry. Cannot rest.
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Case 45823
Brought abed upon Saturday last at twelve at daytime. Saturday 29 November 1617, 11.40 am.
Bleeds at the nose. Cannot rest. Is so pained & vexed. Hot & dry. A hoarseness & cannot rear [bring up] anything.
[In chart] Frantic & brought abed on Saturday.
[Left of chart] A cordial drink did her much good.
Was then brought abed & delivered of a boy & swooned very often until 2 in the afternoon.
Susp. veneficium [witchcraft suspected].
He sent also 2 December 1617, 10 am.
[Astrology, beginning Moon in square to Sun …]
Had a comfort drink for that she swooned & was heart sick.
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Case 41833

Elizabeth Whistler of Stoke Hammond, 30 years. Wednesday 10 May 1615, 1.15 pm.
[In chart] She was brought abed yesterday about sunrise.
She was brought abed of a boy which is well but not christened.
The boy was christened on Thursday & died on Friday night.
She complains of her head & brows that one is fain [obliged] to hold her head always.
She had a fall on her right shoulder on Michaelmas last from a horse & now applied bucks [rabbits] to her side upon stitches which she felt. & have also applied a rose cake with treacle & aquavitae warmed & sallet oil. But she feels no ease nor can take no rest.
Was ill on Monday last. Much urine but thin like well water.
Her pain took her when she was with child.
[Interpolated] Fully faced & red coloured.
Her flesh casts.
Fears a bad woman called Goody Parker.
Goody Gadstone cries out of this widow Parker.
Has her terms but now & then.
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Case 76882

Joan Dean of London the wife of one that is porter to the Earl of Northampton, dwelling in London, 36 years. Monday 8 April 1633, 10 am.
Brought abed a week after Christmas in Grasin in Maidenhead Alley.
[To right of chart, treatment information.]
[Right column] Has not had them since she lay in. & she lay in & was brought abed a week after Christmas. Never had her courses since. Very cold.
[Left column] Full of melancholy & has mind for nothing nor husband nor child.
Has 5 children. Mopish ever since 5 weeks before Michaelmas. Ever since that she quickened.
Cannot sleep.
Urine thick & has dregs in it of a good colour.
[Middle column] A neighbour fell out with her & ill ever since. Mary Dudwyn did curse her & her children. And Mistress Barbery also suspected.
[Left column] Complains of her stomach & head. Mopish. Has taken much physic of the doctors. Vomits & purges & was let blood.
Vomits, purges, pills was also let blood by the doctors yet never the better.
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Case 48556

Temperance Negoose of Dunton in Bedfordshire, 30 years. Tuesday 27 April 1619, 9.38 am.
Thursday next a week brought abed & is full of melancholy. Despairing & offering to drown herself. Was so a year since & mended with that I sent her. God’s name be praised for it.
Faint & weak.
Complains of her belly & griping.
Doubts of God’s grace.
Fearful in her sleep.
Belly griped.
Urine red & thick.
Her child was christened & that day hence doubts & despairs of her salvation.
It died & since she waxed m[gap].
Offers to drown herself. Cholical. Is loose bodied.
[Astrology beginning Saturn Lord of the 6th …]
Grief touching her child.
[Over page] Temperance Negoose of Dunton by Bedford, 30 years. Tuesday 27 April 1619. 9.39 am.
[Treatment information including an electuary, an unguent and a pigeon applied to her feet.]
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Case 71341

Alice Goodcheape of Campton, 40 years. Saturday 5 February 1631, 2.30 pm. Brought abed a fortnight since. Cannot sleep.
[In chart] Light headed.
The Saturday after her delivery she became light headed & on the Sunday following she put her fingers into the child’s mouth & tore it. But the child died not. & on the next day at night being Monday, she smothered it with her hand. The coroner has sat on the [case of the] child & found her guilty of the fact.
[Treatment, an unguent and a syrup.]
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Case 48121

Mistress Kent of Beckley by Oxford, 32 years. Sunday 24 January 1619, 9.00 am.
[In chart] Desperate. Defies God. Praises the devil.
A quarter of a year ill ever since she lay in childbed. Despairs of God’s mercy. Charges herself with many crimes as that as that [sic] she did lie with her sister’s brother’s son. Says that the devil will have her. Denies God & blasphemes him. Thinks that she is bewitched by her brother’s son.
Despairs of mercy. Has taken physic. Twice let blood. Temples, two arms, in the emrods [hemorrhoids], & purged.
[Treatment information.]
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Case 68796

Mistress Joan Plot of Dunstable, 36 years. Saturday 29 June 1629, 1 pm.
Brought abed this day 5 weeks.
[In chart] Her conscience sorely tormented about her child that died a year since. Imagination so depraved that no counsel will serve.
[To right of chart] Brought abed 5 weeks since.
Took a grief for a child of 4 years old that died.
Despairs of her salvation because that she said if he die let him die. This thought troubles her mind. Cares not for her husband nor child but goes into a corner to weep. Waxes mopish.
[Left column] Covetous to have [or save?] [ward?] & neighbours. Nurses a child.
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Case 23797

Sara Pendred of Dunstable, 45 years. Friday 12 August 1614, 6.25 am. Maritus pro uxore sine consensu [the husband for the wife without consent].
Brought abed on Monday last was sennet.
He came for his wife who is distracted of her wits & did scratch her husband yesterday. & yet a very godly & a religious woman that cannot sleep nor take any rest.
She did talk idly by fits some 3 or 4 days ago but came into a fit of extremity about 2 in the morning. & ever since her wits have failed her and lies as one distracted of her wits. Has not gone to stool these 2 days.
Brought abed August 3 Wednesday 10 am 1614 of a boy who does well. Her daughter told her that was bound prentice to one in London who was a customer to her as she told her mother that she thought would put her out of her wits if she so continued.
[Treatment information.]
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Case 48912

Mistress Audley of Sandy, 25 years. Monday 7 June 1619, 5.47 am. She died the Wednesday following.
[In chart] She died. The witch since is cast into Bedford jail.
Brought abed a fortnight since. She dreamed that she must not nurse her own child. Cruelly tormented & has little use of her senses in her fits. & cries how how [sic] a woman suspected. Who, upon burning of her hair & paring of her nails burnt in the fire, the woman suspected came in presence but they did nothing to her.
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Case 37961

[Bottom right of page] Elizabeth Seabrook of Willing, 31 years. Saturday 27 April 1611, 10.45 am.
Lies in a fortnight today.
Robert Layton’s wife & she brought abed all in one day. Layton’s wife in the forenoon being in the morning about sun rising. & Elizabeth Seabrook in the afternoon about 3. Seabrook’s child will not suck her but will suck any else in the town & Layton’s child will take Seabrook’s milk.
[Bottom left of page] Goody Seabrook of Willing & has had 2 more that never would take her breasts but now nursed elsewhere & died both. It did suck Friday was sennet although not willing.
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Case 62500

Mistress Ellen Ball of Northampton, 30 years. Tuesday 30 May 1626, 4 pm.
In childbed 3 weeks Sunday last at 3 in the morning.
Has been formerly troubled with the evil faint & had the king’s evil breaking out in her eyes & [was?] cured. Lost one [gap].
Her 7th child would gladly [gap] suckle it but her husband fears it will hurt her head & [gap] & weaken [gap]. Her urine good. Has an ague [gap] her 6 w[eeks] & cannot rest.
Is grown [gap]. Apt to catch her eye [gap] at one time then another. [Added above the line] & pained.
Eyebright water
Fennel water [gap].
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Case 35006

Mistress Mary Crowly of Harlington, 26 years. Monday 27 March 1609, 1 pm.
4 children the youngest a quarter [of a year] old & she does suckle it.
Suckles. Has no terms.
[In chart] A disquiet of the mind.
[Left margin] No joy of anything.
Tempted with many idle thoughts suddenly to stab either herself or others. & tempted [leaves off]
Took a conceit about a sennet & since fallen again into her old passions of melancholy sadness.
White & fully faced.
Fully faced.
Was troubled with such fancies in her conscience 15 years since.
5s given.
Not sick in stomach & yet has no stomach.
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Case 57815

Mr Hatch for his child a year old. Wednesday 3 March 1624, 11 am.
[In chart and then across page] Her convulsions suddenly ceased upon the moment departing from London & since fallen into one side. Taken in one side.
[In chart] Dead on the right side.
[Left of chart, sideways, note to look on 26 Feb.]
Urine little white & thick being cold.
Used the pomander & the cord[ial?] lozenges.
It fell into her neck the fountain of the humours & has no sense nor motion of the right side.
Understanding indifferent. Sucking & eating indifferent well.
The gentlewoman that gives her suck has for these three weeks had her courses which do yet continue & make her sickly & knows not whether she had a mischance. Do fear her sucking to hurt the child. Would know my opinion & what diet drink Mistress Elizabeth might take & what physic & whether they should bring down the child.
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Case 12847

Elizabeth Carter of Cranfield, 43 years. 14 years since had a child. Monday 26 November 1599, 10.15 am. Never well since she bred two twins & one died. Pained in her breast.
[In chart] Bewitched.
Elizabeth Carter’s water passing good. Fears that her pain came which is all over her body & was in her nipples out of which pulled out black thorns & prickels at sundry times & this she thinks came to her by some evil tongue as her first husband’s toe did rot by the same means.
Heavy in her body & belly & her tongue pained. Cannot sleep.
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Case 11071

Agnys Olny of Tebbath in Chalbrook parish. Friday 25 July 1600, 8.30 am.
Had a bad midwife. [Astrology.] It is of Jupiter in Leo and Mercury in Leo. Hot in her body full of aches cannot hold her water. Electuary lenitivi half an ounce. Diacatholicon 2 drams.
Sit over a close stool wherein sheeps’ heads had been sodden to stay her water. Her midwife used in great haste a very iron hook to deliver her child & so has harmed her. Has used to bath her body with French mallows, fennel, sheep’s suet & running water. But not the better. A white greasy water. Her water ready to burn her when it comes from her.
A thin plate of lead cooled in vinegar. Red sandalwood, water lilly, parsley, bole armeniac, dragons’ blood, myrtle berries, pomegranate blossoms, myrrh, frankincense. 12 pence.
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Case 40373

Mary Goodman of Newnton, 30 years. Thursday 17 September 1612, 9.00 am. Child dead born.
[In chart] Frantic.
Brought abed. Sept. 10 Thursday 10.10. pm. Child dead & she well after it until Monday she rose & took a cold & never since well but has lost her remembrance & is mad for she cannot sleep.
Laudanum 2 ounces in posset drink. Ointment of mandrake 1 ounce. Vid sept 26 [see September 26].
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Case 40432

Mary Goodman of Newnton Blossomfild, 27 years. Saturday 26 September 1612, 10.30 am. Senses gone by fit last Thursday at night 11 pm Sept 10. In her senses until the 3rd day past. Cannot keep her clothes on her back.
[In chart] Newly about a fortnight brought abed. Frantic.
Half a dram my cousin Eving[ton] water 1 ounce. Diasc. 1 dram. Water of lettuce 2 and a half ounces. Syrup of poppy 1 ounce. Seeds of poppy 1 scruple. All.
Sent to me the 17 of September & then I gave her mandrake. Child dead borne. Urine red & thick with gravel.
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Case 15411

Sibill Fisher of Cokenho, 24 years. Monday 1 August 1603, 12.15 pm.
[In chart] Light headed.
Light headed, laughs but at first took it with a weeping. Looks ghastly. A fleering [grimacing] look sets her teeth. One night did nothing but swear and curse.
[Top right of page] Sibill Fisher she knows not of her husbands coming for her, knows nobody. They bind her hands and feet. When she is loose she is so strong that they cannot deal with her. Sings idle songs. Desires to dance. She had 2 midwives. The first unskilful. The 2 forward & would not meddle with her because she was not first sent for, suspected to be a witch. The woman well layed, but a week after fell into these fits & at first speaking of her 2 midwives said what did you there with your black hen & such like speeches.
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Case 64172

Elizabeth Watts of Westoning by Amptill, 42 years. Saturday 30 June 1627, 1.45 pm.
[In chart] Mind sorely troubled.
[Left column] Joan Dogget suspected, but this woman does not suspect her. Always sickly & it took her with a gasping being then in travail.
[Right column] Fears some ill thing haunts her inwardly. It rises in her imagination like a hairy thing up to her throat & so to her chaps sundry times together.
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Case 21595

Joan Spark of Blunnam, 32 years. Tuesday 16 October 1604, 11. 25 am. Had 6 children. Was delivered a Monday last fortnight of a boy which is well.
Sometimes well, & she talks idly of the devil altogether & says fondly that she has given her self to the devil & would make her self away. This last night took a garter to do it. In her fits will not talk. Has very strange fits & does fear least some ill has happened to her. Fears a bad woman that used to curse them. Had 2 calfs strangely taken. Cannot sleep.
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Case 10235

Ursula Coles of Ashon, 26 years. Wednesday 2 April 1600, 10.00 am. This day sennet at night. With consent.
[In chart] Troubled in mind.
Ill in mind. Troubled in mind. James Linwell of Ashon that was amiss & now is mended by that I gave him. Ill in his mind about a year since. He caused this body to come. This woman is ill in mind. It is of Jupiter in Leo and Mars in Leo. Had a child about five weeks before Michaelmas. Grieved in mind that she went not to church. Before Easter haunted with some evil spirit. Devil more in her mind than God yet she always calls upon God. Ready to despair by reason of sins. Stomach full. An honest well minded woman & of a tender conscience.
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Case 13715

Elisabeth Machum of Milton. Wednesday 27 April 1603, 2.00 pm.
[In chart] Morbus comitialis. Gravidam fuit [epilepsy. Was pregnant]. Has had a child yet never the better.
[Below chart] Was never helped.
She proved with child as I think
[Right] Nescit an sit gravida [does not know whether pregnant].
Makes her nose bleed.
[Treatment information.]
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Case 15962

Elisabeth Winkles [née Machum] of Gorefild, 20 years. Tuesday 13 December 1603, 2.00 pm.
Brought abed 5 weeks since of a boy. Yet her former fits continue. Walks up & down in her fits stretching out her hand. A little rheum runs out of her mouth. Heart pained a little before. After her fit head beats & pains her & is hot & burns about her brows.
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Case 31759

Margery Turnan of Hogston, 28 years. Tuesday 23 June 1607, 11.00 am. Married 6 years. 4 child, youngest 6 weeks old. Tempted to despair.
[In chart] Mind troubled. Temped to do ill & harm.
[Right of chart] head light [largely lost in binding].
When Margery was but 15 years was tempted & well ever since until this three quarters of a year since.
[Treatment information.]
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Case 69930

Elizabeth Whitton of the parish of Hardingstone in Cotton End by Northampton, 26 years. Thursday 7 January 1630, 2.30pm.
Urine good. Not sick but troubled with melancholy. Nescit an sit gravida (does not know if pregnant). Was brought abed since midsummer last & does suckle it. [Astrology.]
[Left of chart] Ill ever since 3 days before Michaelmas. Apt to swooning, is troubled with tooth ache as she [breaks off].
Troubled with ill thoughts. In great perplexity.
Studying upon hard script that she did not understand as of predestination.
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Case 30527

Mary Assop of Harborough, 40 years. Tuesday 27 January 1607, 9. 30 am. The husband for his wife without consent.
[In chart] Mopish & senseless.
[Treatment information.] Never well since her last child the last Lent which lives still. Prays & calls upon God & thanks him. Her eyesight fails her. [Astrology.] Elisabeth Wakeline kneeled down upon her knees & prayed unto god in her own house before the woman & prayed to God that Mary Austoppe might never have her health so long as she had a tongue to speak again she said the plague of god light upon her & all the plagues in hell light upon her. Her urine dunnish & somewhat blackish with hanes of purulenta materia en fundo [festering matter in the bottom]. Stinking strong & filthy. Heart hot & eats very well. Almost a year thus. The woman was at her travail thus cursing her & said although I have not my wish one way yet I have it another way.
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