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Witchfinder Response.

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Introduction

Bobbie Turney

Witchfinder Response

Diary of Mary Brierley

Monday

A very cold frost this January morning and even putting extra logs on the fire couldn’t warm up my little cottage. Thank goodness it’s nestled here just inside the woods or that bitter wind would be worst.

After wrapping up in every bit of clothing I could find I went out to feed the chickens and collect the eggs, the goat, bless her got a bit grumpy when I tried to milk her, didn’t want to get up out of the straw I reckon.

I went into the woods and checked my traps – found a brace of rabbits. Gutting and skinning them soon warmed my hands, they hadn’t been dead long and the blood was still warm.

I made a rabbit stew and added some of my vegetables, they are lasting the winter well. Oh how I look forward to the planting in the spring, watching them grow and hopefully getting another good crop next autumn.

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Wednesday

Mr Parker road by on his horse and cart as I was chopping some wood - offered to help me, I let him and noticed he was pained with toothache. After he’d done chopping my wood he came in and I gave him some clove oil to hold on his poor tooth to ease his pain. Told him to go get it pulled. We shared a herbal tea and he shared news from the town. Seems Parliament have commissioned a man called Matthew Hopkins to scour the land for witches. Such nonsense, there be no such things.

Thursday

More news form the nearest town of Colchester, Joe Hooper passed by coming back from market and told tales of two women who had been sought out and arrested by Matthew Hopkins who is know as the Witch Finder. The poor souls lived together with their pets much as I do; they too kept themselves to themselves. Someone was

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Conclusion

What am I now supposed to do, if this had been last year I would have laughed at them and so would anyone hearing the story. But this year when it seems people will point the finger just to appear innocent themselves or to gain a few shillings I fear the worst. I doubt if I will rest tonight.

Sunday

I did manage with the help of a soothing camomile tea to sleep quite well and hope I’ve worried myself for nothing. I did all the usual jobs and now I’m about to get a vegetable broth on the stove. Dear Gimble he’s rubbing round my legs hoping for rabbit, but my traps where empty.

What’s this I see coming up the hill, a fancy cart and small crowd walking with it, they seem to be heading this way? Who is the stranger with the black tall hat?

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