Documentary Evidence

by John Daniel

(note: a quarrel is an old name for a diamond-shaped pane of glass used in making lattice windows)

I love to think of them
standing on a bench outside the Angel,

Walter Bogan, John Tucker, 8 in the evening
Nicholas Gay, William Amyott,

a candle on the table, Edward Rounsevall,
taking turns to stand on the bench

to peer through a broken quarrel
at the Reverend John Prince in the Angel

holding the thighs of Mary Southcote,
her coats around her waist,

William Hoyle, shuffling along,
William Payne, standing up, her hands on the wall

Henry Martyn, a diamond shaped aperture,
her hands on his shoulders, John Atherton,

the vicar of Berry Pomeroy, John Prince,
the author of the Worthies of Devon

his back to the wall sitting down, Lizzie Payne,
Mary Southcote facing him, standing between his legs

Walter Bogan, John Tucker,
outside the Angel, Nicholas Gay,

William Amyott, Edward Rounsevall
shuffling along on the bench

to peer through the quarrel,
William Hoyle, Mary Southcote 29,

her back to the viewers, William Payne,
John Prince, holding her thighs,

Henry Martyn, John Atherton, Lizzie Payne,
Walter Bogan taking turns to peer through the broken quarrel

John Tucker, Nicholas Gay,
her hands on his shoulders, William Amyott,

Edward Rounsevall, his hands around her waist,
William Hoyle, her coats round her thighs,

her hands on his shoulders
William Payne, his back to the wall

Henry Martyn, John Atherton, Lizzie Payne
until Nicholas Gay shouted

“Fie! For shame on you!”
on a bench outside the Angel

in Fore Street Totnes, April 24 1699
about 8 in the evening