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1645. Carta de Antónia de Oliveira para a Inquisição de Lisboa.

Author(s) Antónia de Oliveira      
Addressee(s) Inquisição de Lisboa      
In English

Private letter from Antónia de Oliveira, married to Gaspar de Cerqueira, sargeant of the King's servants company, to the Lisbon Inquisition.

The author lists several behaviors by Vicência de Faria to demonstrate that she is guilty of witchcraft.

The Inquisition archives contain, apart from the around 40 thousand individual proceedings ("processos"), a collection of scattered charges, for which the Inquisition "Promotor" had to decide whether or not to prosecute. Complaints, confessions, letters by the commissioners or about different stages of each proceedings are some of the document types that can be found in these books. This letter has been kept among such documentation.

«This woman, I've known her for almost four years. Presenting herself as a matchmaker, she has declared herself a witch, and said she had taken a lot of medicine in this land, therefore she knew about witchcraft, and she told me she took black goat's heads to boil together with other evil things, as a way to attract people from very faraway places. She has her feet on the ground and her eyes are focused: as soon as the person moves away, she is picked up for witchcraft. She told me she did this. She measures the stairs and the doors with ribbons and she tears them apart for the spells. She brings souls from the other life, with devotion, to tell her what's to come. She told me she had done this.She takes the altar stone and she insistis on more spells and she gives them to drink, so that they will give it to her. She told me she did this and, if necessary, she would do the same to me. She shows devotion to forbidden saints, such as St. Daniel and St. Erasmo, with evil letters, three small oil lamps lit, naked, without nightgown, with her hair loosen over her back, making curtsies around the house. And she opens the window very late at night, saying evil words to the churchyard or the belfry that she sees. I saw her doing this once at her house. She takes a broomstick and dresses it like a woman and she throws it down the stairs, late at night, saying evil words and she closes the door. And, in the morning, she finds it upstairs. She told me she did this. She looks for chicken in the dumps, dead with spells, to the boiling cauldrons. She told me she did this. Someone stole me a hand towel. She told me she would do something, in my presence, to guess who had taken it. She took a sieve with a pair of scissors in the sieve's hole and an evil letter under the sieve and she shuffled it with words. I saw it myself. I indicate as witnesses Gaspar de Cerqueira, my husband, who assisted in this house a few years ago. Filipa Lobata de Bulhães (she lives in the house of Catarina Nobre, in Horta Seca) She also assists at the house of Ms. Brites, widow, who was married to Cavaco. The navy physician, Lopo Dias da Cunha (who went to Tangier). Francisco Antunes (he lives in his farm, near Nossa Senhora dos Olivais). He is out. He'll return two weeks from now. Maria d'Oliveira, a weaver at her house, assists Vicência de Faria. Gaspar, a mulatto boy, the seargent's servant, Bento Misiel (he lives in Chão do Loreto). Maria de Faria (she's got a tent at the king's chapel), her cousin. Inês de Lião, a physician's wife (who now lives at Jogo da Pela) who wrote her the evil letters, for she told me so. Her mother and sister, accomplices in these things, all three involved in this. The sister's name is Estácia da Silva. She lives with her mother. She is in Carvoeira. Her name is Luísa da Silva.»

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esta molher a Çonheso vai por quatro annos
dandose por Casamentera deÇalrose por feitiseira que tinha Çomido muito remedio nesta tera pelo o que sabia de feitisarias aonde me dise que tomava Çabesa de bode negro pa fazer frividouros Com muitas Çouzas diabliquas pa fazer vir pesoas de muito lonig teras
toma a tera debaÇho dos peis i esta Com os olhos postos en
muidandose a pesoa va tomala pera lhe fazer fitisos
isto me dise ella
toma mididas das esCaidas i das porta por nastros da Cabesa i fallos en boquadinhos pera feitisos
isto me dise ella que fazia
tira almas da outra vida Com devasão pera lhe falarem a suber o que esta pera vir
isto me dise que o tinha feito
toma a pedra d era i piza Com mais feitisos i da a beber pera lhe darem
isto me dise que fazia i se me fose nesesaro que ella mo faria a min mesma
fas devasais de santos defezos que he são diniel i santo arasmo Com quartas diaboliquas Com tres Candeinhas asezas nua sem Camiza Com os Cabellos deitados pellas Costas abaCho fazendo mezuras pelos Cantos de Caza
i abre a genela fora d oras i dis palavras diaboliquas pera adro o Canpanro que veja
esta lhe vi fazer eu en sua Caza
toma hũa basora i enfeita i vistida Como molher i deita pella esCasda abaCho di nuote fora d oras Com palavras diabliquas i feiCha a porta
i pola manha aCha en sima
isto me dise ella que fazia
busqua galinha pellos munturos mortas Com feitisos pera firvidouros
isto me diChe ella que fazia
furtarome hũa toalha de maos
ella me dise que diente de mi faria Couza pera adivinha quẽ ma tomara
tomou ella hũa pinera Com hũa tizoura no buraCo da pineira Com hũa quarta diaboliqua dibaCho da pinera i a fes ballha Com palavras
isto vi eu mesmo
aponto por testemunhas gaspar de serqra meu marido que asistio nesta Caza algũas anos
felipa lobata de bulhais
mora en Caza de Caterina nobre na orta sequa
tambem site en Caza de dona brites viuva que foi molher do Cavaquo
o fiziComor da armada lopo dias da Cunha foi a tangere
fransisCo antunes
mora na sua fazenda preto de nosa snra dos livais
he fora
ha de vir daqui a quinze dias
maria d oliura. tisideira en sua Caza asiste desta vsensia de fa
gaspar moso prado foro Criado do sargento mor
bento misiel
mora no Chão do lorero
maria de faria tem tenda na Capela d el rei sua prima
ines di lião molher de hũa fiziquo que lhe deu ora mora no goguo da pela que lhe fazia as Couzas deaboliquas que ella mo dise a mi mesma
sua mai irmã Consuantes nestas Couzas que todas tres trato nestas Couza
Chamase a irmã estasia da siliva
tena Comsiguo sua mai
esta na Cravoera
Chamas luiza da silva

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