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There were voices raised against the infamous Matthew Hopkins as this
excerpt from a 17th century pamphlet proves.
There now goeth forthe in our land one calling himself Witche Fynder
Generall. Many a towne and hamlet pay heed to his claime and give hime
hire to discover the Witches in their midst. Yet 'tis all vaine: for his
methods are most cruell and his meanes fals; and whoe, once accus'd, could
acquit himself therof when denial and assent alike give sign of guilt?
Nay, surely it is poore Innocentes alone that he ensnareth in his trap.
If ye would know a Witche, there are ways more sutil to detect them,
than the pricking of a supposed Devill's Mark, or the submitting of their
boddies to cruell Torture. Mere appearance telleth ye naught, for Witches
doe come in divers shapes and sizes. They may aye be born gentil or
humble. Accident concerneth us not; Substance is true Essence.
Hear ye then how our fathers before us discover'd the Witche:
Mark well their manner, for it is quiet and assumeth naught. It is in
peacefull tones they speak, and oft seem abstracted. Seeming to prefer the
company of Beastes, they converse with them as equals.
They will dwelle in lonely places, there better (as they say) to know
the voices of the Wind and hear the secrets of Nature. Possessing Wysdom
of the feldes and forrests, they doe heale and arme with their
They concerne themselves not with idle fashion, nor doe worldly Goodes
hold worth for them.
Be not so confused as to think that only Womankynde harbour the gift in
this matter. Of Men there bee many that holde mickle power.
Edward Johnston, Esq. Sudbery, Suffolk, 16
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