Case 6280

Mary Goddard the daughter of Andrew Clark & Joan. She dwells at Westminster in Gardeners Lane, 28 years the Thursday before Christmas next. She has been married two years. The wife of John Goddard, pinner. Question whether she shall have any children or no. & when. & what is the cause, she has none. & whether the fault be in her or her husband. Question Monday 5 November 1599, 8.15 am.
She must pay 5s. Re[ceived] 12d.
It is overmuch dryness of her matrix is the cause. She has no children for she has not her courses well & her husband is dry also. Prepare & purge twice.
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Case 20484

Luce Basell of Olney, 40 years. Sunday 28 February 1602, 4.40 pm.
Had not sickness till 8 or 10 weeks since. She cannot keep her meat ever since this sennet. Comes up shakes and burns with cold. Asks if she is pregnant. Urine of a mediocre colour.
[Right of chart] Jane Drubb did curse her, and presently had a calf that foamed and died. Beat hard against the ground. Taken grief and fear by the womb.
[Treatment information.]
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Case 42054

Cicely Cowden of Newport, 15 years. Saturday 24 June 1615, 5.20 pm.
At this time her laughing frantic fits began. She went to see a dead woman & two hours or 3 hours after fell frantic mad & laughs. Slept soundly yesterday night. Some think it may be bred because she has a mother. Something frantic at some times of the year. Some think it comes by her breasts swelling which did issue & now are stopped.
Antimony 4 quarters. Conserve half an ounce.
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Case 49967

Grace Child of Amerson, 60 years. 20 November, 1619, 3.20 pm. Was present. Deep melancholy & a strange fancy.
[In chart] Epilept[ic] fits of the mother.
Head much distempered & very forgetful. Vexed with many sore fits of Satan & that very often [inserted] in most pitiful manner.
[Left margin] Epilet[ic] fits of the mother.
Much grieved in trouble in mind. Ill since midsummer last. Head runs with many idle fancies. Thinks something haunts her & inwardly possesses her & speaks within her telling that she is his.
[Left margin] Thinks some live thing to be in her head alive.
Cannot speak when it is on her, when her fit is on her. Now can lift up her hand or arms & it writhes her mouth face & hands & takes away her senses & something [breaks off]. 8 years since was so troubled as she is now. Claver an old blind minister.
Liori, Mahoma, Mauro. All these three spirits came into her together. [Astrology.]
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Case 42211

Anne Becke of Kemolten, 60 years. Friday 11 August 1615, 6.20 am. Matrix ascensus [rising of the womb]. They do fear she is possessed.
Has a great rising up to her throat one day more than others.
[Between lines] Like the mother.
& sometimes will cry Lord Jesus Jesus help me, & then again will say that the devil will come for her & have her. Sometimes talks well and sometimes idly. [Astrology.] Black dullish water stinking & full of white stinking thick unsavoury matter. Has eaten little since Wednesday was sennet. It begins at the bottom of her belly as a live thing & rises up the th[roat] & swells & she waxes big.
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Case 75152

Mary Harding of Shiddlington, 15 years. Monday 23 July 1632, 8.30 am. Married at Christmas last. Pained in her heart & stomach. Has little or no appetite to her meat. Cannot sleep. Ill 3 weeks. Stands as one in a trance.
[In chart] Convulsive fits. Mother.
In love with a young man & her friends against. Urine indifferent. 3 weeks sick. Yet married against her will. [Treatment information.] Has used all yet not the better.
[Treatment information.]
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Case 53589

Mrs Anne Gawdon of Horton, 34 years. Last Candlemas eve betwixt 11 & 12 or near 12 in the daytime but came in her own person Tuesday 19 February 1622, 10.45 am. Twice married but of late 3 quarters of a year.
[Right] Head continually pained, neck & shoulder.
Is sorely troubled with the mother some 3 hours in extremity & comes not to her present memory & senses not in 12 hours. Within half a year February 7 on Thursday about 9 in the morning & also on the 10 of February & some grief last night. Feels also an evil heat in her stomach. A very windy stomach full of obstructions. [Right margin] A cold body especially in her fits.
A thick white settling. Has not the course of her body as she was wont to have them once in three weeks some days well coloured now twice in 3 weeks some 3 days & pale coloured.
[Left column] [Astrology.] And is sorely pained with griping under her left side under her short ribs & has the wind colic & the stone colic after it not able to make water for an hour after it.
[Right column] No appetite, costive. Much discontent by her husband when he lived by living from her but he is dead. Stomach heaves when it begins. Begins at her left side. Back much pained. Quivers & shakes & is very dry & stomach is full & foul.
No physic 14 years. Grief bred it.
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Case 68820

Lady Elizabeth Walter, 48 years. December last the 8 being Thursday about nine at night but came to me Tuesday 23 June 1629, 3.00 pm. Cold in her stomach mouth & lips. [Right] Spleen & mother & veneficium [witchcraft].
[Left of chart] A bad husband that did not regard her.
[Right of chart] Cowslip rosemary flowers mithridate oil of ambers to prevent the palsy.
A windy head & noise. A spice of the mother & spleen.
[Over page] This woman had a violent purge in winter & snowy weather which wrought 20 times in a day & night that it could hardly be stayed. & stopping the looseness with hot cloths never had them since. Which was about 2 years since. Took saffron 1d & it set her in a flower [menstruation]. Then drank a pint of barley water & that made her extreme cold in stomach & lips. Yet digests well. [Astrology.]
[Over page] The Lady Walter beyond London 40 miles came to me for my counsel. [Treatment information.]
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Case 38297

Joan Carter of Denton, 27 years. Monday 17th June 1611, 9.25am.
[In chart] Mother.
Her child 22 weeks old. Had a sore fit of the mother yesterday & swooned often times. Subject to melancholy. It is of Saturn in Pisces. Apt to take grief & discontentment. Subject to melancholy.
[Treatment information.]
[Angel: Asariel] It will do her good by god’s grace.
Had this disease before she was married but never since yesterday.
[Treatment information.]
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Case 56943

Marge Savage of Towcester, 44 years. Saturday 23 August 1623, 2.00 pm.
[In chart] Mother.
Eyes do run with water. Urine much but good. Did complain of her head ever since Christmas & now but a day of her stomach & did swoon once today & did cast with all about eight in the morning. Has an arising up to her stomach ready to stop her wind. 6 children. No child these two years.
Has them orderly every month. Had them last week orderly.
[Treatment information.]
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Case 58888

The Lady Crawford of Bockerings Park, 38 years. Friday 16 August 1624, 1.39 pm.
[Below chart] Heat in the back.
Married 8 years no child. Whites indifferent. Mother. Subject to melancholy. Hot & dry. A bath.
[Left] 4 years since a diet drink.
[Right] Costive worse
[Astrology.] [Treatment information.]
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Case 63747

Bridget Raynolds of Holcot, 23 years. Wednesday 25th April 1607, 9.30 am. Troubled with the mother on her left side arising up to her throat & cannot speak then [in binding] for a whole day and night nor yet cannot take her breath.
Has them but not well. [Treatment information.]
Stomach full. Always costive. [Treatment information.]
[Right column] Married 6 years but never had child. Not well long before in her stomach. & was ever healthful before Christmas last.
[Bottom right] Not heart sick nor feels any pain but in her back.
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Case 49717

Mrs Hull of Newport who did dwell at London but came down to recover her health, 36 years. Saturday 18 September 1619. Had 4 children by her first husband & now married 2 years to one Mr Hull. 2 years & a half & has had no child.
Had a vomit at London & since never well. Urine like well water. Troubled with sore stitches on her right side & chest as a thing arising like a live thing. Her feet did burn. Had of me an electuary which did her no good. Has a great dryness is exceedingly hot & dry in her fit & goes away with a cold sweat. Is much troubled with the mother. Had not her sickness kindly these 2 years since her husband died. Is very faint & short winded & is led betwixt 2 people supporting her.
[Treatment information.]
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Case 52206

Old Mr Edwards, his daughter in law. For his oldest dead son’s daughter [he means wife] at Henlowe in Bedfordshire, 34 years. Wednesday 28 March 1621, 7.45am. A widow much troubled in her hearing. [Left] A good urine but much whites.
[In chart] Hearing bad.
Unwilling to take physic. [Left column, astrology.]
Since Saturday her first fit took her with a great wind in her stomach or like the mother. A windy stomach like the mother. She swells & heaves upwards that 3 folks cannot hold her down. This fit continued 3 hours & rested. Then the same night about eleven taken again with another fit but it held her not so long. On Monday the like fit but not as vehement as the first. But yesterday being Tuesday about eleven in the forenoon as vehement a fit as 4 women could not hold her down & made her shake as a woman bewitched.
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Case 65367

Mrs Haws of Bedford, 47 years March 27 next. Wednesday 13 February 1628, 11.00 am.
Sick a long time but worse of late. Is corpulent. Can eat little. Troubled with fits of the mother.
Grief for her husband’s death. No physic. Sleeps much after her mother fits & complains of her legs.
[Treatment information.]
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Case 46567

Mrs Cook of Stachdon. 40 years. Wednesday 6 May 1618, 11.00 am.
Aguish water. Has as it were an ague as cake on the left side. Head ill & very faint. Last week took her purge & wrought plentifully & used her ointment. Has them not well. Stomach clogged with the stoppage. Full of wind in her left side with an ague cake has also a lump like a wedge in the bottom of her belly ascending upward. A very windiness of the spleen. Mother suspected. All full of wheals.
[Treatment information.]
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Case 37866

Mrs Dorothy Rawlings of Stambridge, 31 years. Thursday 18 April 1611, 10.30 am.
[Left margin] Michael: She will mend.
Much troubled after cold taken in her chest which makes her by fits to vomit full of rheum & toothache. Did pull her tooth. Has been much troubled with often swooning & vomiting. The mother & that 8 years since that is gone & now mended. Took physic of me 8 years since & she was quick & knew it not. Had them 5 weeks hence but 3 or 4 days but not so well as heretofore. A tall & a slender woman full of choler. Posset drink made with pennyroyal & did sweat over a close stool & so went to bed. It is of Saturn in Pisces in the 8th house.
[Treatment information: Diaphænicon, electuarium rosarum, of each three ounces, hiera picra half an ounce, syrupi de 5 radicibus two ounces.]
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